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Tourism Business Update - 19 July 2024

Latest news and information for local tourism and hospitality businesses.

    Wales Tourism Week: 15-21 July 2024

    Happy 'Wales Tourism Week' to all our colleagues and partners! 

    Have you caught up with all our exciting announcements this week? Check our WTW pages

    HMRC Employer Bulletin - July edition

    The July edition of the Employer Bulletin brings you all the latest HMRC updates and guidance to support employers, payroll professionals and agents. 

    Included in this edition are important updates on:

    • PAYE Settlement Agreement calculations 2023 to 2024 
    • Paying Class 1A National Insurance contributions 
    • Improving the Self-Serve Time to Pay service for PAYE and VAT customers 
    • The Self Assessment threshold change 
    • Spotlight 64 - warning for employment agencies using umbrella companies 
    • Employment related securities - end of year return deadline for employee share schemes

    Download the July Employer Bulletin now

    Gower Summer Sunday Service is back - starting 21 July

    Swansea Council will be operating a local bus service between Swansea and Rhossili on Summer Sundays again this year.

    Services will start on Sunday 21 July until Sunday 25 August inclusive, plus Bank Holiday Monday 26 August.

    There will be two buses allocated to the last journey back from Rhossili at 5.05pm to make sure that there are plenty of seats available for everyone.

    You can download the timetable below:

    Gower Summer Sunday Service 2024 - Timetable (PDF) [29KB] 

    Creative Wales Music Revenue Fund 2 - closes 22 July 

    The focus of this round is to help music businesses with:

    • campaigns for new releases
    • promoting live music
    • producing music for background or incidental use in the media
    • Welsh-language music

    Music businesses will be able to apply for between £20,000 and £40,000 to spend on projects which would benefit from support, due to financial constraints.

    Projects could include live music promotion, release campaigns for new EPs / albums, additional studio time, or session musicians for example.

    The funding covers the full spectrum of contemporary popular music genres (electronic, hip-hop, indie and alternative, metal and punk, pop, rock, etc). It doesn't cover genres with existing support in place such as classical or jazz music.

    The deadline date to submit your funding proposal is 22 July 2024 at 12pm.

    Apply to the Music Revenue Fund

    Mumbles Sea Defences business drop-in session: 25 July (6pm-8pm), Victoria Hall, Mumbles

    Businesses are invited to an evening drop-in session to hear updates on the Mumbles sea defences project from 6-8pm on Thursday 25 July at Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane, Mumbles. 

    The multi-million pound sea defences project, driven by Swansea Council and largely funded by the Welsh Government, is designed to protect Mumbles' seafront community for generations to come. It's due to be completed by main contractor Knights Brown next year.

    The council continues to promote the scheme - and the fact that Mumbles and its businesses remain open - through the #ImprovingMumbles social media campaign. Discussions also continue on other Mumbles-related matters, including the Wales and West Utilities gas works along Mumbles Road. 

    Changes to parking along the seafront have included new roadside spaces being created in Southend. Hundreds of other parking spaces remain in the Mumbles seafront area.

    The council's tourism team, in partnership with local businesses and organisations, continues to promote Swansea Bay, including Mumbles, as a year-round destination and continues to run the Swansea Bay Land Rider during the warmer months.

    Read full story on sea defences scheme 

    Free bus services this summer - starting 26 July

    The hugely popular free bus offer in the city is back for the summer holidays. All journeys must start before 7.00pm.

    This offer is for journeys that start and finish within the Swansea Council area.

    The free buses offer applies every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Friday 26 July to Monday 26 August.

    Read more about free bus services

    Business Swansea Advice Surgery: Fri 26 July (10am-1pm), The Institute, 45 St Teilo St, Pontarddulais, SA4 8SY

    •    Access to business support
    •    Swansea Council grants and loans information
    •    Help with funding applications
    •    Recruitment and training
    •    Signposting to relevant agencies
    •    Networking opportunities

    Meet the Experts:

    •    Business Swansea Anchor Team
    •    Skills for Swansea - Gower College
    •    Business Wales
    •    Swansea's Broadband Engagement Officer
    •    Development Bank of Wales
    •    Focus Futures

    Just drop in, no booking needed.

    Towards Carbon Zero: Carbon Reduction and Energy Savings Training Course for SMEs - Fri 26 July (9am-4pm), Dyfatty Community Centre SA1 1NB

    As the world focuses on reducing carbon emissions, businesses have an important role to play in reaching global climate goals. Our training course aims to equip small and medium-sized businesses in Swansea with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve carbon neutrality, build resilience to climate change and increasing energy prices, and contribute to a sustainable future.

    During the training course, participants will learn about the basics of carbon reduction and the path to net-zero emissions. We will cover topics such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, waste reduction, and more. Additionally, we will provide hands-on activities and case studies to help participants understand how to apply these concepts in their own businesses. 

    Trainer Tanya Nash from Future Clarity is an expert in sustainability and carbon reduction. She will provide practical advice and guidance on how to measure and reduce carbon emissions, and how to develop a carbon reduction strategy tailored to each business.

    This training course is suitable for small and medium-sized businesses from any sector that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable future.

    These FREE training courses will take place Fri 26 July 9am-4pm in Dyfatty Community Centre, Chapel Street, Swansea SA1 1NB.

    Book your place today 

    HMRC webinars - Sept/Oct

    If you reimburse or pay expenses and provide benefits to your employees - including directors - find out about the effects on tax and National Insurance, by joining these live webinars. You can ask questions by using the on-screen text box.

    Expenses and benefits for your employees - phones, internet and homeworking

    This webinar provides an overview of the tax and National Insurance treatment where an employer: 
    •     provides a mobile phone 
    •     reimburses the use of a personal mobile phone 
    •     provides broadband in an employee's home, or pays towards it 
    •     provides homeworking expenses to its employees   

    Register here 

    Expenses and benefits for your employees - if your employees have more than one workplace

    We'll be looking at:
    •     employee travel to different types of workplace 
    •     geographical locations 
    •     the 24-month rule 
    •     the 40% test    

    Register here 

    Expenses and benefits for your employees - travel

    Find out about the tax treatment of: 
    •     travel and subsistence payments to employees 
    •     mileage payments for employees using their own vehicle 
    •     benchmark and bespoke scale rates 
    •     keeping records and sending reports to HMRC    

    Register here 

    The Welsh Business Show: 8 Oct, Swansea.com Stadium (9am-2pm)

    The Welsh Business shows are Wales' largest business to business exhibition and provide a platform for businesses of all sizes to showcase their products and services.

    The shows are an opportunity for you to acquire new business techniques, listen to inspiring keynote speakers, seek expert advice, gain knowledge from other delegates and exhibitors and improve business contacts through networking.

    This year's date for the Swansea event is 8 October (9am-2pm). 

    The show is free to attend if you pre-register and there are also opportunities to exhibit.

    For further information please visit: The Welsh Business Shows - Business Expo Wales | TWBS

    Wales Climate Week: 11-15 Nov

    Wales Climate Week brings together people from across Wales to share learnings, stimulate ideas and encourage discussion on solutions for tackling climate change.

    This years' theme is 'Shaping a Climate Resilient Future'.

    The Week will coincide with the global COP29 summit and will follow publication of a new national Wales climate resilience strategy (scheduled for the Autumn). Sessions will reflect on the new strategy and how we can work together to deliver cross-sector climate resilience plans. The Week will also showcase projects and programmes being delivered to build resilience to climate change within our communities and the natural environment across Wales.

    This year's event will include:

    • A 5-day virtual conference
    • Climate Conversations fund
    • Fringe events

    For further information please select the following link: Home | Wales Climate Week 2024 (gov.wales)

    If you would like to share any ideas for the Week or if you have a question, then please contact us via email at climatechange@gov.wales

    The Green Growth Pledge helps Welsh businesses take pro-active steps towards improving their sustainability, demonstrating their positive impact on the people and places around them, as well as joining a growing community of forward-thinking organisations who are helping Wales transition to a low carbon future. Find out more by visiting Green Growth Pledge | Business Wales (gov.wales)

    'Say NO to the O' campaign to protect Gower seals from flying rings

    Gower Seal Group are behind a campaign to stop people buying flying rings, and for retailers to stop selling them.

    The campaign highlights the harm and suffering caused to unsuspecting and curious seals who find these discarded flying rings floating in our seas. Their natural curiosity and playfulness can cause them to find themselves entrapped in the ring, which can slowly suffocate them. 

    The group, which aims to make Swansea and Gower a 'Flying Ring Free Zone', says there are safer alternatives such as the solid disc frisbee.

    Please spread the word amongst your visitors this summer and help protect our seal population. 

    Find out more about Gower Seal Group

    Green flags 2024

    Six of Swansea's main parks have been awarded Green Flag status, recognising the vital role they play in boosting residents' wellbeing and improving the natural environment.

    Clyne Gardens, Singleton Botanical Gardens, Brynmill Park, Parc Llewelyn, Cwmdonkin Park and Victoria Park have all gained the prestigious flag status for another year. All the parks are managed by Swansea Council and welcome thousands of visitors each year.

    Three more Green Flag Awards have also been given to Swansea University Singleton Campus, Penllergare Valley Woods and Mount Pleasant Hospital - which is managed by Coastal Housing Group. 

    The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Sites are judged against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

    Read full story about Green Flags

    Swansea Bay Seafront Consultation - have your say

    Innes Associates have been commissioned by Swansea Council to carry out an independent study on possible improvements to the Swansea Bay seafront between the Civic Centre and Blackpill.

    We are keen to hear the views of people who use the seafront, including local residents and businesses, to find out what you think of the seafront, the beach and the facilities on either side of the main road. 

    The long-term aim is to enhance and improve the seafront in a way that responds to what people feel is most needed, and to create a year-round sustainable experience for people who visit the seafront that will plan for and support the local economy, the wellbeing of users and the sustainable management of the habitats found within the area so that the plants and animals found in the area can continue to flourish.

    This survey is anonymous and should take no more than five minutes to complete. 

    Take the survey now

    Focus Futures: fully funded support for tourism businesses

    Focus Futures aims to support local business communities by providing a mixture of guidance and opportunities around self-employment and enterprise.

    Fully funded business advice is available from their in-house advisors, who can support your business whether it is already established or at pre-start stage.

    They also offer support in applying for funding, putting together a business plan, 1-2-1 and group sessions with experts, access to webinars and events, opportunities to network and learn new skills that will help you in the workplace.

    Focus Futures is part of Business in Focus, a social enterprise that supports the growth of enterprise in Wales, and is funded by the UK Government's Shared Prosperity Fund.

    For more information, visit the Focus Futures website or email Swansea@FocusFutures.co.uk

    Valuation Office Agency (VOA) - Warning of false claims

    The VOA is aware of false claims about upcoming deadlines to appeal the 2023 rating lists.

    These are not true. You should be wary of anyone making these claims.

    You are generally able to challenge your property valuation on the 2023 list at any time until March 2026. Any claim of an earlier deadline, for example the end of June or August this year, are false.

    You should be cautious of any agent who:

    • tries to pressure you to make a decision or sign a contract
    • makes claims about 'unclaimed credits' or similar
    • says they are acting on behalf of the VOA
    • demands large sums of money up front

    Remember - you don't have to use an agent to manage your business rates.

    If you want an agent to manage your business rates, use our checklist to choose an agent. Don't let an agent choose you.

    The VOA has issued new guidance on staying safe from scammers.

    If you are concerned about potential misrepresentation by agents, send any evidence to ccaservice@voa.gov.uk.

    Looking for vacant premises for your business? 

    The Council's vacant land and property pages bring together information from a wide variety of sources, including properties available via both commercial agents and council owned property.

    The properties are split into industrial buildings, offices, retail buildings and land.

    Browse the vacant land and properties pages

    Great events in 2024:

    15-19 July: Wales Tourism Week
    19 July: Classic Ibiza Swansea, Singleton Park
    20 July: Let's Rock Swansea, Singleton Park
    20 July: Archaeology Fun Day, Oystermouth Castle
    22-27 July: Beach Sculpture Festival 
    4 Aug: The Gower Show
    7 Aug: Peter Pan, Oystermouth Castle
    8 Aug: Romeo & Juliet, Oystermouth Castle
    6-8 Sept: Gower Bluegrass Festival, Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill
    7-15 Sept: Gower Walking Festival
    14 Sept: Open Day, Oystermouth Castle
    15 Sept: Admiral Swansea Bay 10k
    8 Oct: The Welsh Business Show, Swansea.com Stadium
    11-15 Nov: Wales Climate Week
    19 Nov: The Green Economy Conference and Exhibition, Swansea Arena
    7 Dec - 5 Jan: Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime, Swansea Grand Theatre

    Find out about more events happening in Swansea

    Found this tourism trade update useful? Pass it on or contact Geraldine.Williams@swansea.gov.uk

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    Last modified on 19 July 2024