BUSINESSES at Milford Dock are benefitting from modernised bespoke premises thanks to a collaborative approach by the Port of Milford Haven’s property division Quayside Estates, the Port Authority has said.
The company has worked closely with three businesses in particular over recent months to ensure the buildings they occupied were adapted to meet their specific needs, resulting in considerable commercial success.
Haven Fuels, part of the Certas Energy group; restaurant Halen Mor; and licensed coffee house and restaurant FOAM all required new premises and it was the team at Quayside Estates who set to work assessing their individual requirements and producing solutions for their diverse businesses.
Haven Fuels relocated from a porta cabin that they had worked from for 17 years to The Old Sail Loft – a listed building which demanded careful planning to create a suitable office environment. Dave Tully from Haven Fuels is pleased with their new premises commenting “This building is better for our customers as well as our staff, it’s more spacious and the conditions are far more comfortable to work in”.
Meanwhile at Milford Marina there has been close co-operation between one of Wales’ leading seafood chefs Adam Birch and Quayside Estates which led to the opening of Halen Mor- a hugely successful restaurant.
Estates Manager at the Port Clare Stowell believes food outlets like this are exactly what Milford Haven needs. “This is Wales’ biggest fishing port. One of the aims of our Master Plan is to showcase this fact to the wider public. We really wanted a restaurant capable of showing off the best of what is landed here and that is what Halen Mor is doing and we are proud to be working with them.”
In June, FOAM (Milford Haven) Limited opened its doors in a newly converted space in Barrallier House on the marina. With both the initial and ongoing support of the Quayside Estates team, significant internal and external renovations and improvements were undertaken.
The team at FOAM said “Due to a close and focused working relationship between the FOAM Management and Quayside Estates teams, all was achieved within the project timeline producing a real ‘gem’ for visitors to the marina, with particular attention and praise being commented on internal contemporary decor and the seaward terrace overlooking Milford Beach and the Haven Waterway.”
Estates Director Jeff Teague, who is leading the Milford Dock Master Plan, points to these success stories as proof that collaboration early on between potential customers and the Port can benefit everyone.
“Naturally, we have a wish list of the types of businesses we want to see here,” explains Jeff. “These are ones that complement the exciting plans we have for Milford Dock as laid out in the Master Plan. The marina is full of quality businesses and in time, subject to planning permission, there will be more and more opportunities for a wide range of retail and food outlets to base themselves in a bustling waterside location. We’d encourage anyone interested in joining us to achieve our vision to get in touch.”
The Port of Milford Haven submitted an outline planning application to Pembrokeshire County Council for its £70 million Master Plan in May 2014 and is hopeful that it will be approved at the planning committee meeting next month. The aim is to create additional quality leisure and entertainment attractions for residents and visitors to Pembrokeshire, and to provide first class facilities for the marine-leisure and fishing industries. For more information please contact Jeff Teague on 01646 696100 or email email@example.com.
Applications open for emergency financial support from Economic Resilience Fund
BUSINESSES in Wales impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron virus can now apply for emergency financial support from the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund (ERF).
Economy Minister Vaughan Gething previously said £120 million would be available for retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business and their supply chains affected by the move to alert level 2 announced by the First Minister on Wednesday 22 December.
Eligible businesses can apply for grants of between £2,500 to £25,000, with grants dependent on their size and number of employees.
The application window will be open for two weeks, with payments starting to reach businesses within days.
Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:
“Following positive engagement with businesses, trades unions and other partners, we recently changed the eligibility criteria for the ERF support. The ERF grant is a Wales-only top up payment that currently supports eligible businesses who have seen a 60% drop in their income between December and February compared with the same period two years ago. The new criteria means that businesses in these sectors who have seen a 50% reduction in their turnover will now also be able to access the ERF.
“This means more businesses will receive more support from the Welsh Government.”
Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses in Wales can also receive support from the Non Domestic Rates (NDR) linked grant which is being administered by local authorities. Businesses will be entitled to a payment of £2,000, £4,000 or £6,000 depending on their rateable value.
Local authorities are also administrating a discretionary fund for sole traders, freelancers and taxi drivers and businesses that employ people but do not pay business rates. Last week this was doubled to £1,000.
The Welsh Government has provided in excess of £2.5bn funding to Welsh businesses since the start of the pandemic. Focused particularly on backing small businesses and Welsh communities, it’s targeted approach has helped protect in excess of 160,000 Welsh jobs which might otherwise have been lost.
Apply for Economic Resilience Fund support here:
Businesses will soon be able to access funding from the Welsh Government
BUSINESSES in Pembrokeshire which have been impacted by the move to Alert Level 2 Covid-19 measures in Wales will soon be able to register or apply for Welsh Government funding.
The First Minister announced a £120m package of support for nightclubs, events, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses and their supply chains, impacted by the move to Alert Level 2.
An eligibility checker for businesses has now gone live.
Businesses are urged to check their eligibility at: https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/businesssupport?_ga=2.234856926.1944247233.1641292011-360841121.1641292011
The above link also features further information and a series of FAQs about the latest round of support.
The funding will take the form of three elements.
Non Domestic Rates (NDR) linked funding of up to £6,000.
Retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business who pay Non Domestic Rates will be entitled to a payment of £2,000, £4,000 or £6,000 depending on their rateable value.
Businesses will need to re-register their details with Pembrokeshire County Council through an online process in order to receive their payments.
The Council will also deliver a discretionary fund to support sole traders, freelancers and businesses who don’t pay rates, with funding of £500 – £2000.
The Local Authority discretionary fund will be via a short application process with sole traders, freelancers and taxi drivers able to apply for £500 and businesses that employ people but do not pay business rates will be able to apply for £2,000.
Pembrokeshire County Council plans to open the schemes on Monday 10th January for the NDR related fund and Monday 17th January for the Discretionary fund.
See notes below for further information on the way the NDR linked grant and discretionary fund will be allocated.
The third element of the funding is a reopening of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund (ERF).
On top of NDR based funding, this will see funds of up to £25,000 made available for severely impacted hospitality and leisure businesses – and their supply chains.
As with previous ERF rounds, this will support businesses who have seen a reduction in their turnover of more than 60%.
Details of the application and registration process will be published on the Authority’s Business Advice and Support pages: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support
The funding package is designed to support businesses impacted by the spread of Omicron through the period 13 December 2021 to 14 February 2022.
Please note that as a result of the new emergency support packages, the Welsh Government is withdrawing its £35m Business Support Fund, announced in November, in order to process emergency payments as soon as possible.
Any expressions of interest received will be notified of this directly.
£120m financial support for businesses in Wales impacted by Omicron
BUSINESSES in Wales impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron virus will be eligible for emergency financial support under a new Welsh Government support package.
The Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced the details of the £120m funding which will be available for retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business and their supply chains affected by the move to alert level two, as announced by the First Minister on Wednesday 22 December.
Under the latest package, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business who pay Non Domestic Rates will be entitled to a payment of £2,000, £4,000 or £6,000 depending on their rateable value. Businesses will need to re-register their details, through a quick and easy online process, with Pembrokeshire County Council in order to receive their payments.
Registration will open via local authority website from the week commencing January 10, 2022
The Welsh Government has decided to extend this support to non-essential retail so that smaller shops, and Travel Agents will be supported and our high streets can continue to thrive. In England, support is not available to non-essential retail.
In addition, impacted hospitality and leisure businesses and their supply chains will be able to apply for top up funding from a new Economic Resilience Fund (ERF). Eligible businesses can apply for grants of between £2,500k – £25,000, with grants dependent on their size and number of employees. The application window for ERF will open in week commencing 17th January 2022 with payments starting to reach businesses within days.
Local Authorities will also administer a Discretionary fund for business and sole traders who do not pay rates. The fund will provide £500 to sole trader and freelancers and £2,000 to employing businesses in impacted sectors. Further details to follow on business.wales.
An eligibility checker which will help businesses to gauge how much they can expect to receive under the new support package will be available on the Business Wales website by the start of 2022.
Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We fully understand the continued challenges faced by businesses, however we are facing a very serious situation in Wales. A wave of infections caused by the new, fast-moving and very-infectious omicron variant is headed our way, this means taking early action to try and control its spread – and limit the impact on Welsh businesses.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve provided over £2.2bn of support to businesses throughout Wales to help them manage their way through difficult circumstances.
“We will continue to monitor the impact of the spread of Omicron on businesses in Wales, and will consider whether additional emergency funding is needed in the new year.”
Business.Wales will be updated with details, frequently asked question and support guidance.
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