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Latest business news from Newport City Council

The BID shares below the latest business news bulletin from Newport City Council, which may be of interest to our members...

Creative Business Newport

Creative Business Newport is a Creative Industries Cluster Hubs project, delivered by Cardiff University’s Centre for the Creative Economy and funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council and Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This project aims to establish and evaluate three pilot creative industries cluster hubs outside of Cardiff to help drive investment and opportunity and extend the benefits of the city’s thriving creative cluster. Find more information here.

Newport Food Festival 2023

This year the event will span three days, with the Festival Supper taking place on the Friday evening, the traditional stalls on Saturday and food trucks with music on the Sunday. You can find information on this year’s format here.

Newport Food Festival Supper

Friday night will see the festival kick-off with a supper event at the Mercure Hotel, which will showcase fabulous Welsh, Georgian and German cuisine cooked up by our featured chefs. A specially designed three course meal and half a bottle of Georgian wine is included in the price. Any businesses or individual wishing to book seats or a corporate table can register here.

Newport City Council Local City Centre Rate Relief Scheme 2023/24

This is a local scheme, funded by Newport City Council, to reduce rates in the city centre to assist existing city centre businesses and encourage greater levels of occupancy.

The scheme aims to provide support for eligible occupied properties by offering a discount of 25% on non-domestic rates bills for such properties. You can find more information here.

Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Relief in Wales 2023/24

This relief is aimed at businesses and other ratepayers in Wales in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, for example shops, pubs and restaurants, gyms, performance venues and hotels.

The scheme aims to provide support for eligible occupied properties by offering a discount of 75% on non-domestic rates bills for such properties.

The Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Relief in Wales 2023/24 and Newport City Council Local City Centre Rate Relief Scheme 2023/24 both need to be applied for and the online application form and criteria for each is included on the webpage. You can find more information here.

Support to help women entrepreneurs to succeed

Open to any women and non-binary people in the Cardiff Capital Region, the Developing Entrepreneurial Women programme aims to address the barriers to female entrepreneurship, namely those around confidence, agency/efficacy and self-esteem and resilience. Over the course of the next year we will be holding events, workshops, networking and more. More information can be found here.

Green Business Loan Scheme

We all have a responsibility to tackle climate change and with a volatile energy market, there has never been a better time to invest to save and make a positive change towards a greener future.

Whether you are starting or continuing your business’s decarbonisation journey, the Green Business Loan Scheme offers an incentivised funding package to support your business. Find out more here.

Business in the Community’s Age at Work programme

The Wales Age-Inclusive Learning Network brings professionals with an interest in age inclusion together online, to hear and share best practice, share learning, network and to hear from a topic expert.

There is a range of topic-specific workshops available and participants can register for one or multiple sessions. Please see here for details on the workshops here.

Restart Scheme

Newport City Council’s Restart Team is working with businesses in Newport to overcome recruitment challenges and reduce the cost per hire. If you want to benefit from our fully funded service to bring a pool of suitable candidates with the skills you need through your door contact Read more here.

New ‘Help to Grow’ website for businesses

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has unveiled a new centralised website, targeted at helping UK businesses. The new ‘Help to Grow’ site from DBT is aimed at upskilling both big and small businesses across the country by helping them to: learn new skills, reach more customers and boost business profits. Find out more here.

Place Net Zero Toolkit

Energy Systems Catapult has developed a Place-based Net Zero Toolkit for local authorities, energy networks, businesses, communities and innovators to accelerate zero carbon solutions.

The toolkit helps clean companies and communities flourish. It combines cutting-edge whole system models, tools, guides, case studies and information, to support the growth of innovative low carbon businesses, attract infrastructure investment and create jobs. Find out more here.

Energy Advice for Welsh Businesses

With energy prices increasing, the whole issue of energy efficiency is in the spotlight.

Business Wales, the North Wales Business Council, Ambition North Wales, in collaboration with the Welsh Government Energy Service, has summarised some ‘low and no cost’ energy efficiency solutions, to help businesses and individuals mitigate against rising energy costs this year. Find out more here.

Cyber check-up tools for SMEs

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched two new security tools aimed at small businesses, microbusinesses, organisations and sole traders that lack the resources to address cyber issues.

The National Cyber Security Centre – a part of Government Communications Headquarters – unveiled the services to coincide with the latest phase of its Cyber Aware campaign. Find out more here.

Support for Newport's cutting-edge industry

Newport City Council’s leader Councillor Jane Mudd has welcomed the Welsh Government’s confirmation of its support for the expansion of Newport’s compound semi-conductor cluster.

Economy minister Vaughan Gething made his comments following a successful trade mission to California’s Silicon Valley.

Last year, one of the city’s most prestigious businesses, SPTS Technologies – part of the US-based KLA group – was given planning permission by the council to expand its Welsh headquarters. It is relocating from a site off Ringland Way to a new location in Imperial Park. Find out more here.


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