Expression of Interest

We’ve recently joined forces across North and Mid Wales Jobcentres to get ready for the influx of jobs coming our way from the Construction Industry.

To help us match job seekers with the jobs available, Jobcentres across North and Mid Wales are feeding into an Expression of Interest Database.  This records the Construction skills and trades held by job seekers. It’s a live database which is being updated all of the time as claimants sign onto or off benefit.

It also helps us to identify if we have people with skills and experience who perhaps no longer have the cards or tickets needed for the jobs available. In those instances, we’d work closely with local colleges to put the right training on for the individual, linked to the needs of the local labour market.

The Jobcentre can be very innovative in their approach to recruitment so if you have jobs but lack a strong workforce, please get in touch to see how we can work together.

Katie Goodwin

Employer and Partnership Manager

Denbighshire Jobcentre Plus

County Employer and Partnership Manager Contact Details:
Flintshire Jacqueline Blythe Tel: 07759631328

Email: JACQUELINE.BLYTHE1@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

Denbighshire Katie Goodwin Tel: 07738535624

Email: KATIE.GOODWIN@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

Conwy: Sharon Williams Tel: 07920 450988

e-mail: SHARON.WILLIAMS3@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

Wrexham: Dawn Pryce Tel: 01686 863153/07900276549

Email: DAWN.PRYCE1@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

Gwynedd: Yvonne Hughes Dolgellau, Machnynlleth, Porthmadog

Tel: 07776264107

Gwynedd: Eiddwen Borland Bangor, Caernarfon, Pwllheli

Tel: 07795308217

Email: EIDDWEN.BORLAND@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

If employers are looking to recruit workers for Construction vacancies, please see the table of contacts above who can help you in the area you are looking to recruit.

Christmas shopping video with important message spreads festive cheer

A heart-warming Christmas tale with an important message has arrived in Denbighshire.

The two-minute festive film has been produced by Denbighshire County Council to showcase the wide range of local shops in the county.

The clip features the story of a family completing their Christmas shopping in Denbighshire with all gifts bought from local traders.

It also features students from Denbigh Stagecoach performing arts school singing at St Asaph Cathedral and stars Carys, a bespoke bear which was made by Sarah Chapman of Bilberry Bears in Llandegla.

The film has been released on the Council’s YouTube channel today (Thursday) and is also being shared across social media.

Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “The Council is proud to be supporting local businesses with this festive shopping video.

“This is a fantastic film with a heart-warming story and a really important message – shop locally this Christmas.

“All the businesses featured are based in Denbighshire and the film shows the huge range of products and services available in the county.

“Shopping locally is an enjoyable experience and firms offer a friendly and professional face-to-face service and go that extra mile for their customers.

“As a Council we want to see local businesses succeed as this ensures money spent locally stays in Denbighshire and helps create a thriving economy.

“The Council would like to thank all the residents and businesses of Denbighshire who made this film possible.”

More than 50 children, from Rhyl, Prestatyn, Ruthin, Bala, Corwen, Denbigh and St Asaph, aged six – to 17 from Denbigh Stagecoach performed in the film.

Jane Heckman, aged 54, of Trefnant, is the principle of the school, which also provided the actors who played the family.

She said: “Performing at St Asaph Cathedral was amazing. The atmosphere and acoustics were fantastic. It made the children feel Christmassy. It was a magical evening for everyone involved.

“The children were inspired by performing at the Cathedral.”

Mrs Heckman, who has been principle of the school for 11 years, added: “As a local business we were proud to support other businesses and the message to shop locally in Denbighshire.

“We want to support other local businesses.”

The video has been produced as part of the Council’s Economic and Community Ambition Programme which is delivering 16 high priority projects to support businesses in the county and attract further inward investment to Denbighshire.

Denbighshire has also been supporting businesses during the festive period with free parking in council-run car parks after 3pm, the #LoveLiveLocal campaign which supports shopping locally and the production of a Capital FM radio advert to encourage shopping locally.

The video was produced for the Council by Frozen Moon Productions.

Llangollen business trio champion #LoveLiveLocal online campaign

A trio of thriving Llangollen businesses are helping to spearhead a new drive to persuade people to support local businesses. Stans supermarket, the Pro Adventure outdoor shop and Lily Rose Interiors have all just joined the small and growing band of official ambassadors for the #LoveLiveLocal social media campaign.

The campaign is being supported by Denbighshire County Council to promote independent local shops, small companies and service providers and help them make the most of social media marketing. The big idea behind the campaign is that if a customer loves the product they have just bought at their local gift shop or is delighted with the restaurant meal they had, they can spread the word over Twitter or Facebook, simply adding #LoveLiveLocal, to help their business friends and neighbours.

Denbighshire Council leader Hugh Evans has invited businesses across the county to engage with the campaign, use the hashtag to promote themselves and ask their customers to use it too. He said: “There are so many fantastic businesses here in Denbighshire in all sorts of sectors from food and hotels, to shops selling uniquely made crafts and providers of first class services and unforgettable experiences. “We need to get the word out and make sure as many people as possible get to know about them and use them. “We call on the people of Denbighshire to show community spirit by supporting this bid to safeguard the future of our high streets. “Small businesses help create a thriving regional economy and provide vital jobs for local people. “That’s why we really want people to share their positive experiences and boost our #LoveLiveLocal campaign by passing on the message about how much they love shopping locally. “It’s part of our ongoing drive to develop and expand the local economy, promote shopping locally and encourage businesses to further explore the benefits of using social media.”

Among those throwing their weight behind the campaign is Stans supermarket on Berwyn Street where manager Steve Jones said: “I’ll be doing whatever I can to support it as an ambassador. “At Stans in Llangollen we’re very much in favour of supporting other businesses from the area and we stock items from 15 or 16 local suppliers alongside the main brands. “We also support local causes and in the four years since we opened in Llangollen we’ve donated about £2,500 to schools, football teams and the area’s Tidy Town team. “I think #LoveLiveLocal is useful as social media is such a valuable marketing tool and getting feedback about local businesses from the people who use them is very important.”

Another new #LoveLiveLocal ambassador in Llangollen is one of the town’s youngest businesses, Lily Rose Interiors, which opened in Castle Street just four months ago. It’s run by Jan Deeprose, who lives in the area and used her considerable background in retailing as a springboard to start her own shop selling a wide range of home and house wear, from candles and cushions to crockery and garden ornaments. She said: “I’m pleased to become as ambassador for #LoveLiveLocal as I know that social media is so vital for businesses these days. That’s why I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “It’s also so important to be doing something to support smaller local businesses, which is what the county council is doing with this campaign. “Being local is vital these days. I live and work in Llangollen, so I pride myself on knowing my local market and what people want and being able to pass the word about what businesses have to offer through this campaign all helps.”

Pete Carol, who has been running his Pro Adventure business in Llangollen since 1991 and now trades from the former Post Office in Castle Street. He said: “I’m pleased to be involved as I regularly use social media to help market my business, which is a specialist retailer for people who love the outdoors. “It’s not just about clothing and we stock items for walking, camping and bushcraft, such as such as axes and knives. “Through our presence on social media we pick up on local shares and retweets, which is good for business. “The #LoveLiveLocal campaign is an extension of that and I’m very pleased to be involved in it as it will certainly help to tell people about what’s good about using businesses in Llangollen and Denbighshire.”

Business Rates Revaluation

Business rates will be changing on 1 April 2017. Have you checked your draft Rateable Value?

As part of our work on helping to develop the local economy we’re very aware of the impact that business rates can have on your business. It has been seven years since all non-domestic properties in England and Wales were revalued. The 2017 Revaluation will be based upon rental levels at 1 April 2015 and will form the basis of your business rates liability for the next five years.

It is important to understand the local implications of this Revaluation and the draft Rating List that was issued on 30 September 2016.

If you pay business rates in Denbighshire (or aren’t sure whether or not you need to) then we’d suggest going online, using the link below, to check your new draft rateable value and get an estimate of what your business rates will be from April 2017.

Visit the new tool and enter your postcode or street address.

What is the Rateable Value? 

The rateable value is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, which is an executive function of HM Revenue and Customs.

A property’s rateable value is an assessment of the annual rent the property would achieve if it were available to let on the open market at a fixed valuation date.

  • Until 31 March 2017, the rateable values will be based on a valuation date of 1 April 2008.
  • From 1 April 2017, the rateable values will be based on the valuation date of 1 April 2015.

If you think your rateable value is incorrect, you can find and view your property details here. Once the new rateable values come into effect on 1 April 2017, you will be able to make an appeal.

What is a revaluation?

The VOA regularly reassess and update the rateable values of all business properties usually every five years. This is called a Revaluation. This is done to maintain fairness in the system by redistributing the total amount payable in business rates, reflecting changes in the property market. Revaluation does not raise extra revenue overall.

Roles and responsibilities?

The VOA sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information. Denbighshire County Council uses the rateable value and the business rates multiplier (set by central government) to calculate your business rates bill.

Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR)

In Wales, the current scheme of SBRR will be extended to 2017-18 with the same criteria – business premises with a rateable value of up to £6,000 will receive 100% relief and those with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000 will receive relief on a tapered basis from 100% to zero.

Transitional Relief Scheme

The Welsh Government are consulting on proposals for a Transitional Relief Scheme. The scheme is aimed at helping businesses who currently receive SBRR and whose rateable Value has increased to meet the cost of their rates. This will assist those ratepayers who are no longer entitled to the same amount of SBRR as a result of an increase in their rateable value following the revaluation by gradually phasing in any increases in the amount they have to pay over a three-year period. This will provide additional support to more than 7,000 ratepayers.

How can I find out more?  

For more information on the 2017 Revaluation, rateable values, and business rates go to www.gov.uk/voa/revaluation

You can also estimate your business rates bill, including any small business rate relief the local council may apply.

For further information about the transitional rates relief please visit: www.businesswales.gov.wales/business-rates-relief-in-wales

Denbighshire County Councils Business Rates Page www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/business/business-rates/business-rates.aspx

Funding your business growth

A small grant could mean a great deal to a new start up business or to a businesses that just needs a little help to grow to the next stage.

Our Business Development Grant could help you buy that piece of equipment that leads to increased orders, develop eCommerce for your website to increase sales, help train you or an employee to encourage efficiency and competitiveness, or to improve your shop frontage with a new sign that attracts more business.

The grant is designed to help businesses make the most out of their capital investment and is there to encourage business growth as part of the councils work on developing the local economy.  Our strategy is to encourage healthy private business growth which in turn leads to a prosperous local economy and good jobs for local residents.

The Dangerous Food Company said “The grant made our growth manageable and easier.”

Read about their story here.

Grants of up to £5,000 can be awarded based on 50% of the cost of growing your business.  There’s a simple two stage process that takes only a short time to complete:

  • Complete the Expression of Interest form to tell us a little about the business, the costs and what the grant is for. This helps us determine eligibility and benefit to the local economy.
  • Completion of a Full Application when your Expression of Interest is You will be asked to provide more detail about the business and the reasons for needing the grant along with supporting information.

Stonework z Industries said “The grant has helped us grow according to our demand.”

Read about their story here.

You can work with advisers from Business Wales to receive advice and support throughout the process, making sure everything is planned out and the investment is the right thing for you and your business.

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Vibrant & Viable High Streets

 Denbighshire’s town centres are not alone in facing problems engendered by the economic downturn, shifting consumer behaviour, pressure from increased competition, internet shopping, a greater choice in what, where and how customers shop. The picture is not all doom and gloom however. The internet offers new opportunities for existing retailers and for allowing people to work from home instead of commuting out. In an increasingly homogenous world Denbighshire’s independent retailers have a unique offer.  Denbighshire towns all have their own unique history, heritage, attractions, environment and story to tell.  They have the potential to stand out in an increasingly globalised society.

To capitalise on growth opportunities Denbighshire County Council has developed and secured agreement on a set of actions to guide support for economic growth in town centres. ‘Vibrant & Viable High Streets’ is not an exhaustive list of things the Council will do – actions may change over time and their delivery will almost always involve working with, and in many instances being led by, willing partners.  It was developed collaboratively with Town Champions, Town Clerks, and businesses.  The actions are grouped under three headings and the prioritised actions under each heading are highlighted below:

Actions to increase Footfall & Spend

‘Without People, Places are just Spaces’. Towns need a mix of residential, leisure and retail that bring people into town centres.  Actions are directed at increasing footfall and encouraging/enticing increased linger time and more spend in towns from residents and visitors alike.

Priority action: Test desire for developing Business Improvement Districts.

Priority action: Develop and deliver ‘shop locally’ campaigns.

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Actions related to Appearance, Vacant Premises & Public Spaces

Nowadays people do not have to go to towns to shop, therefore the Public Realm has an increasingly important role to play as towns become places people actively choose to go to (or not!). Suggested actions are intended to support existing businesses, and attract new businesses and uses which complement a high quality Town Centre offer.

Priority action: Establish a set of key objectives for Rhyl Town centre to help direct physical improvements that position it for new visitor markets.

Priority action: Develop a ‘Living Over the Shop’ initiative.

Priority action: Develop new Council housing on untidy and under occupied town centre sites and premises.

Actions to improve Local Pride & Business Leadership

The best form of promotion is still ‘word of mouth’ albeit now more often digitally via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Pride in a town by its residents and businesses and good coordinated business leadership and communication will contribute both to the robustness of the ‘offer; and to the towns’ ability to draw in increased and/or repeat spend.

Priority action: Assist town centre business partnerships to undertake activity which builds group capacity and identifies action to improve collective footfall/spend in town centres.

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Results

In addition to the overall benefits of increased footfall and spend, improved appearance, local pride and business leadership, results should include:

  • A business led programme of investment
  • Improved direction to town centre re-design work
  • Increased resident loyalty and spend
  • Increased density of population & potential footfall
  • Improved business engagement
  • Improved return on investment from actions designed to attract footfall & spend

 

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Tourism Growth Plan

Tourism plays an important part in Denbighshire’s economy.  In 2014 over 5 million people visited the County and the economic impact of this was nearly £428 million.  For Denbighshire as a whole, the revenue from tourism continues to show a small increasing trend, although with revenues from coastal tourism less buoyant than those from rural tourism.

The Denbighshire Tourism Growth Plan has been produced to indicate how the Council intends to increase this economic impact and the contribution tourism makes to the local economy.  Visitors make a real difference to the viability of local facilities such as town and village shops and pubs; an increase in visitor spend will help sustain these valued facilities in our communities.

The Plan aims to:

  • increase visitor spend
  • increase the number of people visiting the County
  • increase the overall number of people employed in the tourism sector
  • create more opportunities for tourism based businesses in our communities
  • create more opportunities for new businesses to start ups and job creation in the County.

The Plan is organised into four distinct sections and prioritised into an Action Table giving the Council’s work on Tourism Growth a focus for the next two years. The sections are:-

Activities & Attractions.

Visitor Accommodation

Local Distinctiveness

Promoting the Area.

The current priorities are:

  • To encourage the development of outdoor activity ‘packages’ where businesses work together to raise the profile of the walking, cycling, watersport and other outdoor activities and make it easier for visitors to book. Denbighshire has a wide range of outdoor activities, and this is a growing market that local businesses, including accommodation, shops and cafes, can all benefit from.
  • To work with investors to rejuvenate the coastal tourism offer.
  • To widen the range and improve the quality of accommodation available. The County has a high percentage of day visitors and converting some of these to overnight stays would increase the economic benefit locally.
  • To focus on raising awareness of local food and drink as a key part of our quality tourism offer. Tourism is a competitive industry and to stand out in the market the offer has to be unique and Denbighshire’s wide range of independent producers help us do just that.
  • All this of course needs to be promoted so the Council constantly strives to review and refresh promotional activity.

 

 

Some examples of the type of activity we undertake to deliver these priorities are:

Working with local tourism and business groups to promote the business opportunities outdoor activities such as Cycling can bring.

Engaging with local businesses and new businesses to widen the accommodation offer e.g. encouraging glamping and boutique hotel development.

Supporting local food producers such as the development of the Clwydian Range Food Trail.

Organising events such as ‘Taste for Local‘ or ‘Blas Lleol‘ in Llangollen which brought together food prodcuers and buyers from hotels, B&Bs, shops and restaurants to raise the profile of local produce.