E-Petitions - Scrap the TV Licence

I am sure that many of you have heard about E Petitions: this is a mechanism which allows the general public to trigger debates in Parliament.  Members of the public can start petitions on - once a petition reaches 10,000 signatures the UK Government responds, once it reaches 100,000 it is considered for debate in Parliament by the Petitions Committee. 

Small Business Saturday

2nd December is Small Business Saturday, a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights the positive contribution small businesses make to society and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ in small businesses in their communities.

Bank of England increases Bank Rate.

The Bank of England has recently increased its Bank Rate for lending money. Whilst it still remains very low by historic standards, the increase may have impacts for some people.

Wales Office: Staff

Written question to the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales from Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.

Wales Office: Nurseries

Written question to the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales from Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin.

Expat in Llandudno.

Llandudno’s Rotary Club had the opportunity to find out what it is like to be an “expat” in Llandudno at one of their recent meetings, being joined by Kora Danek.

Kora Danek and her husband Piotr have lived in Llandudno for four years and although Kora was a teacher in Poland and Piotr worked for a social network company, both now work in the Llandudno catering industry.

National Lottery cash for Aberconwy projects.

Two community projects in Aberconwy are set to benefit from the National Lottery’s Awards for All grant scheme. Clwb Peldroed Penmachno has have been awarded £9,260 which is being put towards an allotment which will be open to the whole community.

Post Offices in Aberconwy

The Post Office hosted an event in Parliament in order to showcase their products and services to MPs from across the country, highlighting the access that branches provide to banking services and household bill payments.

Bank branch closures can have a real impact on a community, so Post Office branches – particularly those in Aberconwy, – have an important role to play in offering both personal and business everyday banking services to communities. This means that millions of individuals and small businesses can withdraw and deposit cash, pay in cheques, and check their balance. In addition, constituents in Aberconwy can also pay their bills at their local Post Offices, along with a range of other services, from mails to foreign currency. Very useful for small businesses is Drop & Go at Post Offices, a pre-paid mail service which makes it speedier for small business customers to drop off their online orders, products and samples and post them to their customers across the UK and around the world.

North Wales MP praises region’s growing economy at IoD lunch.

Sam Harris writes for

Guto Bebb MP was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the organisation’s autumn business lunch at The Management Centre, Bangor, where business figures gathered to hear Bebb’s assessment of the Welsh economy.

The minister, who represents the constituency of Aberconwy, spoke of the region’s high employment rate, infrastructure investment and plans for growth deals to benefit businesses.

He also discussed the fact that since 2010, 31,000 companies have started up in Wales, something the business community should be “genuinely proud of”.

The MP also said that Welsh exports were up, with Wales currently exporting 18 per cent more goods in 2017 compared to 2016.

He also urged the private sector to get involved in growth deals to boost North Wales, calling on businesses to collaborate with the public sector and government.