New £1.4bn Welsh business support package

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans and the Minister for Economy, Ken Skates, have announced a new £1.4bn business support package to help businesses across Wales.  

The new package provides retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales with a year- long business rates holiday.  A grant of £25,000 will also be offered for businesses in the same sector with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

It also provides a £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.  

This support – extending the package announced this week – matches the measures in England providing a much‑needed boost for small businesses struggling to cope with the impact of the Coronavirus crisis.

Rebecca Evans said:

“This new support package recognises the scale of the unprecedented challenges we are facing and provides much-needed support for vulnerable sectors in Wales. But there is still more to be done.

“Yesterday, the First Minister wrote to the Chancellor urging the UK Government to intervene and provide a more ambitious range of measures to help businesses manage the impacts of Coronavirus.”

Ken Skates said:

“As a Welsh Government, we are absolutely committed to providing the support and assurance the business community needs during these difficult times. Today’s announcement is a clear demonstration of our efforts to keep fighting for exactly that.

“We continue to work with the UK Government during this national emergency and I am seeking a National Insurance holiday and financial support for wages.

“The importance of small businesses and self-employed people without rateable properties cannot be overstated. We are exploring what further support we and the UK Government can provide.”

Find out more about business support available on the Business Wales website.

Business Wales is providing businesses with tailored support and advice about dealing with coronavirus, from financial and supply chain planning to advice on staffing issues. It advises tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales wanting specific guidance to visit the Business Wales website or call the Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000, and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website  for up-to-date public health information.

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at

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