Local traders in Ceredigion are being invited to come along to an early evening seminar in Cardigan to learn more about the business rates system and seek clarification on any queries they may have.

The seminar, which has been arranged by Ceredigion Assembly Member Elin Jones, will be addressed by a representative from the Welsh Government. In addition to explaining the business rates system, information will also be provided on the Local Enterprise Zones which were recently established by the Welsh Government in Powys, and how similar zones in Ceredigion could benefit the local economy.

The seminar will be held between 18:00 and 19:00 on Monday, 26 November 2012, at the Great Hall, The Guildhall, Cardigan.

Commenting in advance of the seminar, Elin Jones AM said:

“Back in September when I met with some local traders in Cardigan with the Business Minister, Edwina Hart AM, she suggested that it would be worthwhile to arrange an early evening seminar in the town for local small businesses to learn more about the business rates system. I’m pleased that the arrangements have now been made and all local traders are welcome to come along.

“In addition to explaining the business rates structure, I’m pleased that the Welsh Government officials present will be providing an update on the introduction of Local Enterprise Zones in Powys, and how establishing similar zones locally could provide a boost to our economy.

“These are certainly very challenging times for our local small businesses and I’m well aware of the additional burden the current business rates system places on their continued viability. I therefore hope that the seminar will explain why the system operates as it currently does, and what assistance is available to help our traders make ends meet”.