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The team at AND Business is here to support and respond to your business needs.
Minister Announces Economic Recovery Plan
The NI Executive has announced their ‘Moving Forward: The Executive’s Pathway out of Restrictions’ document. The document outlines the stages of moving out of current Coronavirus Restrictions.
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Budget 2021
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the 2021 budget. A range of measures have been announced including, The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme have been extended until September 2021. VAT will remain reduced at 5% for a further six months and Corporation Tax is set to increase to 25% for some businesses in 2023.

Ards and North Down Borough Council are holding a Budget 2021 Update Webinar on Wednesday 10 March at 10:00am – 11:00am. Register here to learn about the implications for you and your business.

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Large Tourism and Hospitality Business Support Scheme
The Large Tourism and Hospitality Business Support Scheme (LTHBSS) is a new support scheme designed to provide support to large businesses in these sectors. The Department for the Economy will contact eligible businesses to provide an application form.
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BREXIT 1-1 Advice Clinics – Register now before it’s too late!
Do you have questions regarding moving of goods or paperwork? If so, book onto our Brexit 1-1 Advice Clinic on Friday 5 March, where you will have a confidential session with a specialist Brexit adviser. There are only 4 places remaining.
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Tourism NI Development Programme
Tourism NI’s Tourism Development Programme is tailored to tourism and hospitality businesses. They currently are offering webinars on “People and Brexit”, “Funded Skills Support” and a Meet the Buyer workshop.
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Links to updated information

Movement Assistance Scheme: get help with moving agrifood goods to Northern IrelandFinding commodity codes for imports into or exports out of the UK 

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SHINE Programme: Social Selling Excellence
This event is part of the SHINE programme of events. Attendees will explore social selling fundamentals and how they can integrate social selling into their marketing and sales activities.
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No Smoking Day
10 March marks ‘No Smoking Day’ the purpose is to help encourage as many smokers as possible to consider quitting. Perhaps you can help those in your business by organising your own virtual event.  For help with quitting you can download this free resource form the British Heart Foundation.
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Funding Info Session
26 March 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00
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Time Management Webinar
9 March 2021| 09:30 – 12:30
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Budget Update Webinar
10 March 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00
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Food and Drink Programme
Two dates remaining.
Thursday 11 March & Thursday 25 March
A three part series of events to support Food and Drink businesses during these challenging times. The programme will provide food producers with an update on key changes and developments in the marketplace.
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1-1 Advice Clinics Social Media Programme
Monday 8 March – Friday 12 March 2021
Starting as a three part series of Social Media events to support the Hospitality & Leisure industry, this programme is now offering a limited number of 90 minute 1-1 session to Restaurants, Hotels and Wedding Venues and Takeaways.
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10 March 2021 | 10:30 – 12:30
Join this webinar to learn how to generate leads – attracting potential leads to your website and convincing them to convert on an offer.
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6 May 2021 | 10:30 – 12:30
Do you want to know more about how you can manage all your online bookings and take payment? Join this webinar to find out how.
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Please keep checking our website for the latest Coronavirus Business Support Information and Information on the EU Exit.

If you need business support or advice please email signaladmin@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or telephone 028 9147 3788