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21st March 2017

Welcome our newest Team Member

A big welcome to our newest team member Jake O’Brien, who started at the end of January as a Web Development Officer. Jake became interested in technology during school and has been engulfed ever since, he enjoys reading news articles and likes to keep up-to-date with new advances.

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21st March 2017

Update on VisitEngland Quality Schemes' licence

The VisitEngland accommodation assessment schemes have been successfully run under licence since 2012. The existing licence ended in March 2017 giving VE the opportunity to review how they operate and grow the schemes. Following a rigorous tender and evaluation process, VisitEngland has appointed the AA as licence-holder to run all National Quality Assessment Schemes, subject to contract.

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21st March 2017

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU’s long awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was supposed to have passed into law by now, but European legislators have not yet even agreed on the final text of the bill, let alone how individual cases should be policed. In the meantime, however, there has been plenty of progress in the European courts on issues such as the right to be forgotten, requiring search engines to delete results that link to pages with out-of-date or incomplete information on individuals. The UK parliament has also changed the law to make it easier to prosecute direct marketers who bombard consumers with nuisance telephone calls and text messages. Companies can now be fined up to £500,000 and the Information Commissioner’s Officer, which enforces the rules, only has to prove nuisance, annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety have been caused, rather than "substantial distress or substantial damage" as before.

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21st March 2017

Impact of Business Rates Increase in the Self Catering Sector

South West Tourism Alliance have commissioned a report into the impact of the 2017 Business Rate Rises on the self-catering sector. This is in response to an outcry from the many self-catering operators in the region at the scale of the rises following the recent revaluation. The report’s analysis is based on the Valuation Office’s entire database of over 40,000 properties in England and Wales.

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21st March 2017

How much business do you get from your Trip Advisor listing?

We have received comments recently from businesses stating that they don’t receive enough bookings from Trip Advisor and/or other online travel agencies to justify the fee paid for their listings.We would value feedback on your experiences of OTA’s and the cost to advertise through them. Please call Jodie on 01743 261919.

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21st March 2017

Have your Say on Shropshire Council’s Draft Economic Growth Strategy

Shropshire Council have just released their draft economic growth strategy that sets out their commitment and ambition to grow the local economy of the County.

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