GET ON BOARD
WITH ARRIVA THIS CHRISTMAS
ARRIVA Buses will be making
dreams come true this festive season, as it aims to spread some
goodwill and cheer by granting a number of special Christmas wishes
for its customers.
To say thank you for choosing to travel with Arriva this year, bus
users visiting the Arriva website throughout December are being
invited to leave their hopes for any gifts that will help to add a
little extra sparkle to their Christmas.
By writing a message and posting it to the online virtual Christmas
tree, people will automatically be added to Arriva's festive wish
list and be in with a chance of seeing their hopes become a reality.
Debra Heaton, marketing and communications manager of Arriva North
West, said:- "At Arriva we're already getting into the
Christmas spirit and what better way to start celebrating than by
giving something back to our wonderful customers.
Whether it's a wish for yourself, a loved one, or someone who you
think deserves a special treat this year, we really want to hear
from you. It doesn't have to be a big wish, or even something we can
wrap, but if we can put a smile on someone's face then we know we
will have succeeded in spreading some goodwill this season."
People are urged to post their wishes by logging on to to their
website or by visit
Wishes to be granted will be selected by Arriva and successful
recipients will be contacted directly.
For more information about Arriva's Christmas wishes and for full
terms and conditions, see their
Shop Window Photos Wanted
THIS year we want your
help! We are looking for the best shop and business window displays
on Merseyside. If you see a good displays, please let us know by
taking a photograph and uploading it with the name of the business
and its location to our Facebook
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keeps North West business costs down and helps high street
THE government has unveiled
changes to the business rates system which will cut taxes,
supporting the North West's small businesses and high streets.
Businesses in 232,000 premises in the North West will all see
benefits from the government's actions, and 102,000 premises in the
North West will see their business rates bill frozen or falling.
A 2% cap on the RPI increase to business rates. This will benefit
174,000 business premises across the North West – the remaining
56,000 properties will pay no rates at all
A £1,000 business rates discount;
available for 2 years to shops, pubs and restaurants worth less than
£50,000l; will benefit 46,000 properties in the North West
Extending the Small Business Rates
Relief for another year will provide continued support to 81,000
small businesses; 56,000 of which will pay no business rates at all
The cap on business rates, £1,000 discount for retail properties and
extension of the Small Business Rates Relief come alongside other
government action to cut the costs of rates for business, including:
A reoccupation relief which will provide a 50% business rates
discount for 18 months, on retail properties that have been vacant
for a year or more
Relaxing the rules around the
Small Business Rates Relief so that small businesses wishing to grow
and take on a second property will be able to receive the relief for
a year after expanding
Cutting the tax on employment for the North West...
Businesses and young people in the
North West will also benefit from government action to cut
employer's National Insurance Contributions for all under 21s on
earnings up to £42,000. This means:-
► Employer National Insurance Contribution bills for 174,000 under 21s
in the North West will be wiped out from April 2015.
38,000 employers in the North West
£55m worth of savings for North
West employers in the first year alone.
The North West will also benefit from actions already taken to cut
employer National Insurance Contributions in this Parliament:
► Raising the threshold at which employer National Insurance
Contribution becomes payable, lifting 140,000 people in the North
West out of employer contributions altogether.
Introducing the £2,000 Employment
Allowance for up to 137,000 businesses in the North West.
For more on the package to cut employer National Insurance
Contributions, click on