We are currently looking at the attractive possibility of providing business rate relief to those businesses that satisfy some or all of a range of requirements that contribute to well being and economic performance.
Green credentials such as using or producing renewable energy
Providing creche facilities or access to them for staff,
Providing flexi-time working which would, for example, help carers seeking employment,
Helping those who wish to use the Welsh language, and the
Provision of time off for staff who wish to engage in voluntary activity
There may well be further desiderata that can be added to the list The reduction in the level of business rates would clearly depend on how many of the criteria were satisfied, recognising that some may not be feasible for all businesses.
We are obviously studying ways of empolying these same criteria in the public sector.
Where possible a nudge is better than a bludgeon!