Sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme

Sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme

Businesses need to register interest by 31 March to access free workplace testing by ordering free rapid lateral flow tests Regular testing will be a vital part of the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease restrictions   As part of the government’s roadmap to cautiously lift restrictions, businesses of all sizes, including those with fewer than…

Green Homes Grant: make energy improvements to your home

Green Homes Grant: make energy improvements to your home

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home. Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces. Green Homes Grant…

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service: proposed changes to the way they respond to automatic fire alarms

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service: proposed changes to the way they respond to automatic fire alarms

Hertfordshire County Council are proposing some changes to how they respond to automatic fire alarms, and they would like your comments. While firefighters are responding to false alarms they are not available to tackle real fires. False alarms waste essential resources, potentially putting lives at risk, and they disrupt other activities such as training and…

Points-based immigration system employer campaign launch

Points-based immigration system employer campaign launch

The Home Office has launched a new campaign to help employers prepare for the introduction of the UK’s new points-based immigration system. Free movement is ending, and the new system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way employers hire people from the EU. From 1 January 2021, businesses will need…

New peer networking programme for SMEs launched in Hertfordshire

New peer networking programme for SMEs launched in Hertfordshire

The national Peer Networks programme, designed to help SMEs to grow and position themselves for future success, is set to be delivered locally by Hertfordshire Growth Hub, powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Peer Networks brings together diverse cohorts of SME leaders who, with the guidance of experienced facilitators, collaborate to find solutions to…

Govia Thameslink Railway opens largest electric vehicle charging hub in rail and announces thousands of station improvements

Govia Thameslink Railway opens largest electric vehicle charging hub in rail and announces thousands of station improvements

On World Electric Vehicle (EV) Day, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – the UK’s biggest rail franchise – welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps to open rail’s largest dedicated EV charging hub at Hatfield station, which features a total of 27 charging points. The installation marks a milestone in a wide-ranging station improvements programme being undertaken…

Big Boost For Local Businesses

Big Boost For Local Businesses

Six small local businesses have received a cash boost, thanks to the council’s Small Grants Scheme.   In March and April, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council encouraged small businesses in the borough to apply for a business grant of up to £1,000.   The following businesses celebrated their success with their awards:   Slumbering Hound Pedigrees…

2020 Employer Skills Survey

2020 Employer Skills Survey

The Hertfordshire LEP, working with Skills Support for the Workforce, is seeking the views of employers in Hertfordshire. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many organisations. We are keen to understand what funded training provision might benefit your organisation in better times and also what needs may have arisen through the impacts…

Business Rate Changes

Business Rate Changes

One of the business rate changes announced in the March 2020 budget increased the current retail discount from one third to 100 per cent. This increase in the level of the retail discount will apply in 2020/21 for eligible retail businesses occupying a property with a rateable value les than £51,000. Due to the timing…