New Small Business Grant
A new £20m grant scheme was recently announced by government, a proportion of which can be accessed by businesses in Broxtowe,
The grant scheme, which will be administered at a local level by the D2N2 LEP is specifically aimed at SMEs, to help them recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The funding for successful applicants will come in the form of a payment between £1k – £5k, which can be used to support one or a combination of the following activities:
Access to technology or new equipment in order to get back on track or diversify,
Access to professional advice such as HR, legal or financial to aid business decision making and risk management.
The D2N2 Growth Hub is currently working hard to finalise the application process for these grants and will provide further information on the eligibility criteria as soon as it’s available. EU procurement regulations will apply to this funding.
Expressions of interest (EOI) can now be made to the Growth Hub, by completing a short form and providing some early business details. Click ‘More info’ to find out more about the grant and complete the EOI form.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Applications for the second and final grant are now open.
If you’re eligible and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14th July 2020, you must make your claim for the second grant on or before 19th October 2020.
The second and final taxable grant:
- is worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits,
- paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits,
- and capped at £6,570 in total.
To access further details, including the eligibility checker tool, please click ‘Apply for SEISS’ below.
Closure of the SBGF and RHLGF Business Grants
A reminder the following grant schemes will close for applications on Friday 28th August 2020;
- Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)
Over 90% of eligible business applications have already been processed, however there may still be some eligible businesses that have not applied.
Click ‘Apply Now’ to view further eligibility criteria and the application form on the Council’s business support page.
Latest COVID-Secure guidance for businesses
Businesses can continue to access updated guidance packs from government, which include tailored information on how those different business settings must operate COVID-securely.
August review on guidelines
In-light of recent changes to guidance for hair salon, barbershop and other close-contact settings, it is suggested that all businesses take the time to review their respective guidance pack ASAP.
‘Here to Help’ Food businesses
The Here to Help campaign provides practical guidance for all food businesses during the pandemic. The guidance covers how to make changes to the operating model of a food business, reopening after a period of closure or starting a new food business. Further guidance published by the Food Standards Agency can also be accessed via the ‘Open for Business’ webpage.
Please visit the Council’s ‘Open for Business’ webpage for more details.
Collecting customer details for Test and Trace
A gentle reminder that those on the following list, whether indoor or outdoor venues or mobile settings, should all be collecting details of customers,visitors and staff:
- hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés;
- tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks;
- close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors;
- facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres;
- places of worship, including use for events and other community activities.
The customer details are required to help assist the NHS Test and Trace system. By accurately collecting this information, businesses are seen to be acting responsibly and reducing the spread of COVID-19, by helping to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.
What customer information should my business collect?
- the name of the customer or visitor. If there is more than one person, then you can record the name of the ‘lead member’ of the group and the number of people in the group
- a contact phone number for each customer or visitor, or for the lead member of a group of people
- date of visit, arrival time and, where possible, departure time
- if a customer will interact with only one member of staff (e.g. a hairdresser), the name of the assigned staff member should be recorded alongside the name of the customer
For more information on how your business can collect and store data correctly, in line with GDPR guidlines, please visit the information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) webpage, which shares ‘5 simple steps’ for businesses in relation to Contact Tracing.
Town Centre Information Officers
Janice and Zahid continue to visit businesses within our town centres, to ensure they are aware of all the latest government guidance for operating during the pandemic, encouraging them to complete our Business Recovery Survey, as well as building case studies of businesses demonstrating ‘best practice’ since re-opening.
Businesses can arrange appointments to see either Town Centre Information Officer to discuss trading COVID-securely, by agreeing a return visit during their walk-arounds of the high street or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Eat Out, to Help Out Scheme
If you are an eligible hospitality business in Broxtowe and have not yet registered for inclusion to the Eat Out, to Help Out Scheme you should do so today!
How to register as a business
This is done via the government website and can be found by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button below.
Registration will remain open right up until the close of the scheme, which is 31st August 2020.
Businesses are urged to register as soon as possible in order to capitalise on the last full week of the scheme!
For more details on eligibility and exclusions, click below.
Business Recovery Survey
The Council urgently requires feedback to better understand the needs of the business community in terms of commercial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please help us by completing the short online version of the survey, so we can get your views in as quickly as possible.
Businesses are also urged to share the link to the survey – www.broxtowe.gov.uk/BusinessRecovery
to ensure the entire business community’s voice is heard.
Council Services During Coronavirus
The Council is sharing regular updates about affected Council services at https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can also get updates on our social media accounts.