Day: May 3, 2020

Safe trading guide for garden centres launched ahead of re-open plan

A social distancing and trading guide has been launched to help protect workers and green-fingered enthusiasts when garden centres re-open.

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has produced the safe trading guide for garden centres which includes advice on products to be sold, customer numbers in stores, entrance and exit protocols and queueing and checkout procedures.

It is part of the HTA’s campaign to reopen garden centres and they have also produced accompanying signage that can be downloaded from their website to support the implementation of social distancing measures. These resources are available for HTA and non-members alike, given the importance of this issue to the country.

The guidance document, which aims to ensure all garden centres open in a safe manner for staff and customers alike – should the Government formally announce a relaxation – has been informed by leading HTA retailers, the British Retail Consortium, and the relevant government

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Government pledges extra £617m for businesses based in shared working spaces

The government has pledged a further £617m in grants to small businesses, seeking to plug gaps in a scheme that has left thousands of companies unable to access much-needed finance.

The additional funds will go to “businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates,” the government said.

The funds add to a £12.33bn pot that has already been made available through the small business grants fund and the retail, hospitality and leisure grants fund.

Many small businesses were excluded from the original scheme, which based eligibility on whether companies paid business rates.

Before Saturday’s announcement, a payout of £10,000 was available to businesses operating out of premises that have a ratable value — a measure of the rental value of the property — of up to

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COVID-19 daily wrap: Decision on social restrictions due next week

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Deputy editorial director Manley departs Bloomberg Environment

Mary Ann Manley

Mary Ann Manley, the deputy editorial director at Bloomberg Environment, is leaving the company after almost 22 years.

On LinkedIn, Manley wrote, “I had the luxury of engaging in challenging and meaningful work that I loved, surrounded and supported by the best, smartest, funniest, most amazing people in the business.”

Manley was previously managing editor with Bloomberg BNA’s Environment, Health & Safety Division. She oversaw coverage and conducted analysis of environment, health and safety legal and policy developments.

She also plays a primary role in identifying speakers for national conferences, initiating strategic relationships and collaboration with national partners, and working on new product development.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Manley worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

She received her bachelor of arts degree from American University and law degree from Widener University School of Law, and is a member of the

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