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17 Jan 2022

Thereis now less than three months until all VAT-registered retailers are required to submit quarterly VAT updates and annual returns via the government's Making Tax Digital (MTD) system....

11 Jan 2022

Applicationsfor the Government's latest additional incentive payment of £3,000 opentoday (11 January 2022) for employers who have hired an apprentice(s) over the winter.

11 Jan 2022

Following an increase in counterfeit notes, the "Know your Scottish Polymer £50 notes" document assists retailers in determining whether the Polymer Scottish£50 notes they receive...

11 Jan 2022

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) have created the 2022 Valentines DayToolkit full of resources to help retailers promote Valentine's Day in their stores and online.

6 Jan 2022

Research shows 45% of people are unwilling to use a bike if there is no secure parking at their destination. HUDJO fixes this problem by encouragingcyclists to hop on their bike and cycle...

6 Jan 2022

A rising demand for retail property to be used for leisure and hospitality businesses has given "renewed optimism" for some UK high streets and shopping districts, according to industry...

5 Jan 2022

Maybe* have rounded up the best social media posts of 2021 so you can take those lesson into 2022 and hit the ground running!

5 Jan 2022

This year will bring everything expected at iceBike* but in a digital format in a whole month of content from Monday 21st February all the way through to Friday 18th March.

16 Dec 2021

As a member of the cycling trade we want your opinion on what date Local Bike Shop Day should fall within the May Bank Holiday, and how you'd like to celebrate it!

16 Dec 2021

You can be a HUDJO host by using any existing secure space on your business premises. By keeping bikes secure you generate additional income and give people more reason to visit you.

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Kickstart Scheme deadline extension

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Originally due to end on 31 December 2021, it has since been announced (4th October 2021) that the scheme has been extended until March 2022.

Employers of all sizes now have until 17 December 2021 to apply for funding which covers:

On top of this funding, an additional £1,500 payment is also made to the employer per placement to support with setup costs and employability training.

Employers can spread the start dates of the job placements up until 31 March 2022, with funding available for 6 months once the young person has started.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future. So far more than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved.

Download Kickstart social media posts and content

Read the Kickstart Scheme - a guide for employer

Now even simpler for employers to join

Since February 2021 the Department for Work and Pensions allows retailers to apply directly for its Kickstart Scheme regardless of the number of jobs to be funded, having amended from the previous requirement for retailers applying for funding for 29 or fewer placements to partner with an external ‘Kickstart Gateway' for quality checks.

Placements must start by the end of March 2022 and must be new jobs - they cannot reduce working hours for other colleagues. To ensure all job placements continue to be of a high quality, the government will continue to apply rigorous checks on training support and finances.

Further guidance about the Kickstart Scheme is available here. Please contact the ACT directly if you would like any further information about the ACT, Cytech or the Kickstart Scheme.

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