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Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. 3 April 2020 Finance | Starting up | Marketing | Skills & Training | Business Ideas & Innovation | IT £500 million Economic Resilience Fund launched for Wales The Welsh Government has announced a new £500 million fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more here… Coronavirus: latest information and business support The latest on the business support available, from business rate relief, business grants, support for the self-employed, access to finance to the support available for employees. Find out
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The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago BY BEN JAMES (Image: Princess of Wales Hospital) These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago. The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases. Speaking about the makeshift field
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Positive Coronavirus News Roundup

Thom Gibbs & Harriet Barber 1 APRIL 2020 • 11:30 AM The list of beloved cultural institutions this virus has seen off is appalling. Glastonbury, all West End productions, Fast and Furious 9, it’s enough to make you pick up a worthy book for the first time in a decade. But there’s one hardy entity which is here to save us from pretending we understand Joyce. Give it up for the Eurovision Song Contest.  Eurovision should be a relic. It’s highly kitsch, frequently gauche and an example of the continent working together in a post-borders spirit of friendship. All things to
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Positive Welsh Business News – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

New £500m Economic Resilience Fund Launched For Wales The fund will support firms of all sizes, including social enterprises By Rhys Gregory On Mar 30, 2020 Last updated Mar 31, 2020 0 Comments Photo credit: Matthew Horwood  ShareFacebookTwitter First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced a new £500m fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Economic Resilience Fund aims to plug the gaps in the support schemes already announced by the UK Government, including the Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, which will guarantee
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Positive Coronavirus News roundup… #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown. British scientists have developed a new ventilator for the NHS in just a week – they hope the simple design will make it easy for manufacturers to produce en masse. Families in America, Canada and some parts of Britain, have been decking their houses like it’s Christmas with fairy lights, decorations and inflatables. Millions of the world’s poorest people will receive over 20 million hygiene and cleaning
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Royal Mint changed Tac and making Covid-19 Visors for NHS – Positive Coronavirus News #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Credit: Royal Mint The Royal Mint has begun mass manufacturing medical visors to protect frontline NHS staff from coronavirus. Based in Llantrisant, engineers at The Royal Mint developed a medically approved visor design which they can produce thousands of each day.  The first batch of visors are already in use at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital in south Wales.  Health care workers have expressed concern over the amount of PPEavailable to them, despite Welsh Government reassurance that there is enough to go around.  The Royal Mint, usually known for making money and coins, are turning their focus to helping protect people against COVID-19
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All the latest UK & Global Coronavirus News from the BBC

    By Andrew McFarlane     NHS staff saluted     It was an emotional moment for those who took part – not least the NHS staff and care workers being saluted by the nation. The Royal Family and prime minister joined well-wishers who flocked to front doorsteps, balconies and windows on Thursday evening night to applaud those dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. It came after figures revealed the UK death toll rose from 475 to 578 in one day, with 11,658 confirmed cases. There will be additional support for the NHS from firefighters, who have agreed to drive ambulances and deliver essential
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All the latest Coronavirus News from the BBC – UK & Global News…

    By Andrew McFarlane     Help for self-employed     It seems self-employed people are about to get some of the help they have been demanding since the government agreed to pay 80% of the salary of staff kept on by employers during the coronavirus outbreak. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to reveal what’s in the package at a press conference later. It comes as MPs criticise banks for asking business owners to put up personal assets such as property – other than their family home – to secure loans. This is despite government promises to cover 80% of losses if the
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Coronavirus could have ‘already infected HALF the population – and it’s been spreading since January’

Coronavirus could already have infected HALF the British population and has been spreading in the UK since January, a new study claims. Oxford … Coronavirus could have ‘already infected HALF the population – and it’s been spreading since January’
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Contactless card limit to rise to £45 from £30 next week after limits on cash shopping to help stop coronavirus

THE limit for in-store contactless payments is rising to £45, from £30, next week. This is to try and help people to limit physical contact to fight … Contactless card limit to rise to £45 from £30 next week after limits on cash shopping to help stop coronavirus
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More details on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)…

Further details have emerged for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) which is designed to assist qualifying businesses during these unprecedented times. The Scheme aims to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance.  The loan will be provided by the British Business Bank through participating providers during the Covid-19 outbreak. Full details of the CBILS scheme can be found here – but the main criteria are: Loan facilities of up to £5m 80% of the lenders risk is covered Repayment terms up to 6 years for term loans and asset finance, but
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Latest BBC News update…

UK cracks down hard     First it was advice, now it’s an order. Boris Johnson has issued a stark message to the country: “At this moment of national emergency… stay at home.” Speaking after the UK death toll reached 335, the prime minister introduced unprecedented restrictions on everyday life, meaning people must only leave their house for one of four reasons – to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where “absolutely necessary”, to shop for essential items, and to fulfil any medical or care needs.    Shops selling non-essential goods have been told to shut, along with
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Free Trains in Wales for NHS Staff On TfW and other Transport News…

NHS staff in Wales are being offered free travel on Transport for Wales rail services with immediate effect, the company has announced. NHS workers will just need to show their work ID to access services to get themselves back and forth to work until 30 April. Public transport is to operate on a reduced scale throughout Wales because of the coronavirus pandemic. However the reduced service has led to crowding on some trains. New timetables are now in place for trains and buses until further notice. Announcing the move for NHS workers, Transport for Wales (TfW) said: “At Transport for
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The New Welsh Inventions inspired by the Global Pandemic…

A new ventilator, a virus-killing snood and a hands-free door pull are just some of the innovations coming out of Wales to tackle coronavirus. Since the outbreak, doctors, scientists and designers have been working on ideas to stop the virus spreading. The ventilator has already successfully treated a Covid-19 patient and has been backed by the Welsh Government. Mass production of the snood-type mask is under way while a 3D design of the handle has been widely circulated. Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, who was part of the impetus to get the ventilator into mass production, said the innovations put
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