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Dacorum Borough Council is working to ensure the area is a place where business flourishes; where people will want to come to live and work, all in a safe environment.  We work in partnership with our business community, landowners, commercial agents and developers to make this happen.
Chancellor George Osborne

Spending Review  2015

Chancellor George Osborne opened the Spending Review by stating: “We will live within our means…our job is to re-build Britain.”

“Then there is our apprenticeship programme – the flagship of our commitment to skills…by 2020, we want to see 3 million apprentices…to make sure they are high quality apprenticeships, we will increase the funding per place – and Sajid Javid will create a new business-led body to set the standards. We will be spending twice as much on apprenticeships by 2020 compared to when we came to office. To ensure large businesses share the cost of training the workforce, the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017 will be set at 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. Every employer will receive a £15,000 allowance to offset against the Levy – which means 98% of all employers – and all businesses with paybills of less than £3 million – will pay no Levy at all. This will raise £3bn a year. It will fund 3 million apprenticeships. A huge reform to raise the skills of the nation.”

To view all Spending Review & Autumn Statement 2015: Key Announcements click here.

30 min Apprenticeship Webinar



Are you thinking about employing an apprentice?  A schedule of six 30 minute webinars, which are available FREE to businesses from across the South East of England.  Webinars will be short and to the point!  On each date a local business representative who has vast experience of employing apprentices will join the webinar.  The webinars will be held on the following dates:
  • Wednesday 9th December 2015, 5:30pm - 6:00pm.  Click here to book
  • Monday 25th January 2016, 3:00pm - 3:30pm.  Click here to book
  • Monday 8th February 2016, 9.30am - 10:00am.  Click here to book

Find out everything you need to know about bringing an apprentice into your business.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act is here.

Get access to a series of publications relating to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act.

On the 4th June 2014, the Queen announced a bill to help make the UK the most attactive place to start, finance and grow a business.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act will open up new opportunities for small businsses to: -

  • Compete
  • Get finance to create jobs

  • Grow
  • Innovate 
  •  Export

For more information click here

Get an Apprentice - Get a Grant

If you are based within Dacorum, you could be eligible for our £1,200 DBC apprenticeship grant!
See here for more info.

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Dacorum Business Charter

We are committed to working with the local business community and making Dacorum a place where businesses can flourish. The Dacorum Business Charter explains how we can support you.

 Dacorum Business Charter: 2014 - 2016

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