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£4.5m investment in Norgine’s Hengoed site provides boost for Wales’ life sciences sector The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates will today (Tuesday, 17 November) officially open the new £4.5m Norgine warehouse in Hengoed providing another major boost to the life sciences sector in Wales.   The investment by Norgine will allow them to expand production and strengthen the long-term future of the Hengoed site, which currently employs around 328 full-time staff, making it the largest pharmaceutical employer in Wales. The site hosts facilities to manufacture, pack and ship, globally used medicines. They manufacture over 20 million packs of product in Wales every year and the new 2,669m2 temperature controlled warehouse will have much larger storage facilities, including several quality control areas for the testing of ingredients. Norgine is Welsh Government Anchor Company, working closely with the Welsh Government to help drive economic growth and create jobs in the life sciences sector in Wales. The sector currently employs around 11,000 people in over 350 companies in Wales. Ken Skates, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, who opened the new warehouse, said: “I am delighted to be opening this new warehouse. This major investment by Norgine is a vote of confidence in the Hengoed site and the Life Sciences sector in Wales. As one of our Anchor Companies Norgine are playing a key role in realising our ambition to create a thriving Life Sciences sector in Wales and deliver economic growth and high-quality jobs.” Meirion Richards, Site Director, Norgine Hengoed said: “Norgine is very proud to have been a key employer in Hengoed since 1969. Through our investments in…
UKSE supports Caerphilly Start-up Fund – again New businesses in Caerphilly are getting support from Tata subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise – for the third time. The cash is helping start-ups in the county borough to get off the ground, and council officials are delighted at the number and quality of enterprises helped.   Councillor Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Development, said: The Business Start-up Fund is indispensable for small businesses, who find it very difficult to access funds these days to get companies off the ground. A great many businesses have started as a result, which would otherwise not have been able to do so. We are very grateful to UK Steel Enterprise for their continued help in this regard. The UK Steel Enterprise cash is 50% match funded by the Council, who also offers extensive advice and support to new entrepreneurs. Ruth Headon of UK Steel Enterprise said: This is the third tranche of money that we have put into this, and we are very pleased with the results, both in terms of quality and quantity of new businesses launched. We wish them all success in their ventures.
Jobs Growth Wales Jobs Growth Wales – It’s time for us to support your business. If you are considering recruiting a young person aged 16-24 years you could be eligible for funding through the Welsh Government funded Jobs Growth Wales programme. As an employer you could save circa £6,500 in salary costs for each young person you take on through Jobs Growth Wales. So, how can we support your business? Full wage subsidy support for young persons aged between 16-24 years old for a full 6 months Educ8 will reimburse ALL salary costs (at National Minimum Wage) for a young person who works between 25-40 hours per week Employers are welcome to top-up salaries themselves should they wish the Young Person to earn more than the National Minimum Wage rate Educ8 can also support employers and young people to progress via the Young Recruits Programme after the 6 month Jobs Growth Wales opportunity comes to an end Throughout the Young Recruits Programme you will receive a significant subsidy towards the young person’s wages whilst they embark upon a fully funded Apprenticeship programme In return for helping you take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, we require a few guarantees from you as the employer. The young person must be contracted to work 25-40 hours per week for a minimum of six months and every job funded by Jobs Growth Wales has to be additional to the existing workforce. You should also be in a position to provide a real opportunity for permanent employment once the 6 months of funding finishes. We are looking for…
Start-Up Saturday – Free help for new businesses from HMRC Following the previous successful Start-up Saturdays, HMRC’s education team will be running them on a bi-monthly basis. We will include information on topical areas for new businesses. Our next event will be on Saturday April 12 when we will be running the webinars below. Use the links to register and you will receive a confirmation email.   Self-Employment and HMRC – what you need to know. 10am to 11am Saturday 12 April 2014 This session concentrates on the information sole traders or partnerships need when they start. It covers Registration, National Insurance, Self-Assessment and Record Keeping.   Self-Employment & HMRC – What You Need To Know   Company Directors – your responsibilities to HMRC 12pm to 1pm Saturday 12 April 2014 This is aimed at those businesses considering setting up as limited companies. It provides the basics on incorporation and registration with Companies House and HMRC. It also looks at when you need to be an employer, and the timetable for Corporation Tax Online.   Company Directors – Your Responsibilities to HMRC    Business Expenses for the self-employed 2pm to 3pm Saturday 12 April 2014 Every sole trader or partnership wants to know which day-to-day expenses they are able to claim for tax relief. They also need to start keeping records of these as soon as the business starts. This webinar provides an overview of the most common expenses including motoring costs.   Business Expenses For The Self-Employed     Cash Basis & Simplified Expenses 4pm to 5pm Saturday 12 April 2014 From April 2013 HMRC introduced two new Simpler…
Caerphilly 10k
Caerphilly 10K registration now open Following the Caerphilly 10k’s hugely successful introduction in 2013, Caerphilly County Borough Council with support from Welsh Athletics and Run Wales will be running the Caerphilly 10k along with a new Junior 2k on Sunday 22nd June 2014. To sign up for the event visit Registration costs are as follows: Unaffiliated Entrants: £14.00 per person Affiliated Club/Welsh Athletics Entrants: £12.00 per person Concessions – Over 60’s & Wheelchair users £12.00 per person Early Bird discount of £2 will be applied to the above entry categories until Tuesday 22nd April Participants have the opportunity to enter as part of a corporate/community team, where teams consisting of 4-6 members will compete to win the coveted ‘Caerphilly 10k Team Challenge Trophy’. Registration costs £25.00 per person with members receiving additional entry benefits including a training t-shirt and sequential run numbers. Corporate/Community Teams £25.00 per person (min. 4) Junior Entrants (aged 8+) £3.00 per person Please note online bookings will incur an additional booking fee of £1.50 Full information on the Caerphilly 10k and Junior 2k can be found on Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @Visitcaerphilly for the latest event news and use the hashtag #Caerphilly10k
Pathways to Digital Employment e-skills UK, together with Welsh Government and local employers, is providing free training and skills development in the roles that Welsh employers are telling us they need to fill with new staff. There are five courses to choose from and each one includes online IT training to be  undertaken part time over a 10 week period (12 weeks in total with exam preparation), plus employability training at your local education and training provider. Download the Pathways to Digital Employment brochure
fibre for breakfast super fast broadband events in Caerphilly
Fibre for breakfast – superfast broadband events with BT BT and the South Wales Chamber of Commerce are holding a number of events throughout South Wales in the coming weeks. The Fibre for Breakfast events are an opportunity for businesses to realise the benefits of super fast broadband and have any questions they have about the new technology answered. There is an event on 18th March 2014 at the Lechwen Hall and one on 20th May 2014 at Bryn Meadows Golf course for those businesses in Caerphilly who want to find out more. The events run from 8.00-10.00am.   To book a place or for more information about the Fibre for Breakfast events then contact Rebecca on 02920 20481532.  
Free live tax webinars for business start ups Business start-ups can take part in four free live tax webinars run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on 15 February HMRC Start-up Saturday webinar programme, between 10am and 5pm, is aimed at new and prospective businesses. Each live webinar lasts an hour and gives the opportunity for questions. The HMRC webinars are: Self-Employment and HMRC – What You Need to Know 10am to 11am Saturday 15 February This session concentrates on the information sole traders or partnerships need when they start. It covers registration, National Insurance, Self Assessment and record keeping. Register for Self-Employment webinar Company Directors – Your Responsibilities to HMRC 12pm to 1pm Saturday 15 February This webinar is aimed at businesses considering setting up as limited companies. It provides the basics on incorporation and registration with Companies House and HMRC. It also looks at when companies become an employer, and the timetable for paying Corporation Tax online. Register for Company Directors webinar Business Expenses for the Self-Employed 2pm to 4pm Saturday 15 February Sole traders or partnerships need to know which day-to-day expenses they are able to claim for tax relief. They also need to start keeping records of these as soon as the business starts. This webinar provides an overview of the most common expenses, including motoring costs. Register for Business Expenses webinar What is VAT? 4pm to 5pm Saturday 15 February New businesses are often worried about VAT, what it is and when they need to register. This webinar answers these questions and explains in simple terms how VAT works. Register for ‘What is…
HMRC information and tools for SMEs If you are looking to start your own business, HMRC have a number of E Learning packages on their website giving advice. The packages advise on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting a business. The package can be completed in bite size pieces and you can be completed at your convenience. They cover subjects including: Starting in Business Registering your self employment What records should I keep? What can I claim against my Income? VAT registration Becoming an Employer Starting Your Own Business Advice for trades and professions: Tax Advice for the Construction Industry Tax Advice for Childminders Tax for Foster Carers Tax for Shared Lives Carers Tax for Sports Businesses Tax Advice for the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers Exporting Goods (UKTI) Trading with other EU Countries (UKTI) Tax Advice for Driving Instructors (DIA) Tax Advice for Driving Instructors (MSA) Tax Advice for HABIA (Hair and Beauty) Webinars HMRC also run both live, and recorded webinars. For further information, visit the link below
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