Herald - Issue 398

Page 54 • The HERALD • 19th November 2020 v EMAIL: editor@herald-publishing.co.uk v ASK A PROFESSIONAL Xero Certified Advisors We can help with all Accountancy, Taxation and Payroll Matters for Sole Traders, Partnerships and Companies For a free initial meeting please call Tel: (023) 8084 4242 The Old School House, Claypits Lane, Dibden, Southampton SO45 5TN Email: dibden@numericaccounting.co.uk (FORMERLY STEPHENSON SHEPPARD & CO) Send your local news to The Editor, The Herald, 2 High Street, Hythe SO45 6AH or email editor@herald-publishing.co.uk Apprenticeship Funding for Local Businesses More than half a million pounds has so far been invested in employment training in Hampshire in the rst half of 2020, under a Hampshire County Council scheme that aims to create more apprenticeship opportunities in the county – with care homes by far the biggest bene ciary. e funding forms part of a £900,000 transfer from the County Council’s Apprenticeship Levy made available to help fund new apprenticeships until 31st March 2021 . Of the 120 transfers approved by the end of June, 91 went to applicants in the care sector. Priority has also been given to small and medium enterprises, public bodies such as local councils, the emergency services and construction companies. Employers seeking a share of the County Council’s transferred levy fund are encouraged to prioritise the o er of an apprenticeship to those who are vulnerable, such as young people who are not in education or training, the long- term unemployed, care leavers and people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities. To qualify, employers must ensure apprentices are a Hampshire resident or working in the county, and that the apprentice’s place of training and work will be within the Hampshire local authority area (even if the employer’s head o ce is not). Further sector related criteria will also apply. To nd out more and apply for a Levy Transfer email apprenticeships@ hants.gov.uk Opt Out of Unwanted Calls e Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is the o cial central register and o ers a free service to record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. It is a legal requirement that ALL organisations do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have your consent to do so. Organisations with which you have an on-going relationship, for example those who regard you as a customer, or in the case of charities, may well gather your consent during the early stages of your relationship with them and will therefore be entitled to call you even if your number is registered on TPS, unless you have previously told them speci cally that you object to them calling you for marketing purposes. e TPS can accept the registration of mobile telephone numbers, however it is important to note that this will prevent the receipt of marketing voice calls, but not SMS (text) messages. If you wish to stop receiving SMS marketing messages, send an ‘opt-out’ request to the company involved. Once a number has been successfully registered it is placed on the national ‘do not call’ register immediately, so organisations engaging in live unsolicited direct marketing calls know not to call it. is can take up to 28 days for the registration to become fully e ective. As TPS registration only prevents marketing calls, organisations will still be able to call you for the purposes of genuine market research. To register with TPS, telephone 0345 070 0707 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk For more details about TPS and the other preference services such as Mailing Preference Service (MPS) visit www. tpsonline.org.uk e TPS are aware of a number of bogus and scam organisations that call people claiming to be the TPS and try to charge consumers for registration. It is FREE to sign up to the TPS register. ey will never contact you requesting payments or credit card details. Once your telephone number is on the TPS, it will remain on it and there is no need to update your registration. If you suspect that you have been contacted by a fraudulent organisation, then you can contact Action Fraud to report your concerns. www.actionfraud.police.uk