Tier 3 – Very High Alert
From 2nd December (Tomorrow), Broxtowe will enter into Tier 3 and will be subject to the restrictions applicable to areas under Very High Alert.
The following businesses and venues will be permitted to re-open, providing they do so Covid-securely:
All non-essential retail – including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales.
- Personal care and Close contact services – such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons.
Certain leisure and sporting facilities
Public buildings – such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties.
- Places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier.
Allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks.
Essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites.
To read the full details of the restrictions associated with Tier 3, click ‘Tier 3 Info’ below.
Preparing your business for Tier 3
In Broxtowe, many businesses will either be permitted to re-open to customers entering their premises, or continue to trade on a takeaway, delivery or Click-and-Collect basis.
To view the latest Covid-Secure guidance for your specific businesses setting, please visit our ‘Open for Business’ webpage. Here you will be able to find direct links to government guidance packs on how you must operate your business in a Covid-securely by law.
Businesses are all urged to review their relevant guidance pack and use it as a checklist to prepare for trading from tomorrow onwards.
Safety checks for those re-opening their premises
- Check fire alarms
- Check all extinguishers
- Make sure all exits are clear and operable
- Do a deep clean
- Flush water systems to avoid legionella
Also remember to continue with hands, face and space measures at all times to keep you, your staff and customers safe.
Extended opening hours announced for businesses
The government have announced that retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January 2021.
From Wednesday 2nd December, as England returns to a system of tiered restrictions, planning rules limiting opening hours for those able to re-open, will be eased to allow shops to be open for longer.
Read the full announcement by clicking ‘Extended Hours’ below.
Small Business Saturday UK
Small Business Saturday UK will take place this Saturday 5th December 2020.
With previously closed non-essential retailers and personal care services re-opening from the 2nd December, we will be encouraging residents to support local businesses ahead of Christmas, whilst continuing to follow the rules.
With the Christmas lights up in town centres from today and Broxtowe moving into Tier 3, this is a good time to promote safe local Christmas shopping.
Share your Small Business Saturday UK plans!
If your business is doing anything special this week, please promote on your social media channels and tag us in by using ‘@Broxtowe Borough Council’.
We are including a safety message in our communications, reminding residents to ‘Remember your face covering and to keep 2m space between you and other not in your household’.
Action cards – how to identify, manage and report outbreaks
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has developed Action Cards, which reflect the latest advice on how to identify, manage and report a coronavirus outbreak.
These cards will help businesses and other organisations work effectively with their local public health teams and have been developed with councils and public feedback.
The Action Cards have been available to view via our ‘Open for Business’ webpage for some time, however they have since been updated to reflect the latest guidance, in advance of end to national restrictions and areas entering their respective tiers from 2nd December.
Business Grant Support Scheme
Businesses still have until 18th December to apply for grants under the various grant support schemes.
Cash grants are to be paid to eligible business applicants, that have been affected due to the implementation of Tier 2, Tier 3 and National restrictions.
At least £1.5m has now been paid out by the Council, to more than 480 local businesses.
Who can apply?
Further details of the eligible businesses can be found on our ‘Support For Business’ webpage. Further information on the five different grant schemes and the potential grant amounts payable can also be found here.
How to Apply
Using the same form for all the grant support schemes, businesses will need to provide:
- Information about their business, answering all questions in full,
- Evidence of their business bank account – with business name, sort code and account number,
- Any other supplementary evidence as per the form, depending on their business type.
Any missing information can cause delays in processing any applications.
Other News and Updates
Prepare for EU Exit now
Businesses in Broxtowe are now looking to make preparations and take actions before we leave the EU.
Keeping up with new COVID-19 restrictions and implementing extra measures to protect staff and customers during the pandemic has taken priority but now is the time to make sure you know what leaving the EU means for your business.
Go to https://bit.ly/transitionmidst to find out more.
The Council are looking at organising some COVID-secure Christmas fairs this year.
Because Broxtowe will enter Tier 3 from tomorrow, this means that non-essential traders will now be able to attend markets.
This is positive news for all markets, as the selection of traders and the goods available to purchase will be improved, meaning these Christmas markets can be the ideal place to source gifts.
If you are interested in having a stall at any of these events, contact our Markets Officer, Clair Storey.
Best Dressed Christmas Window Competition
As in so many previous years, Stapleford Community Group are again running a Best Dressed Christmas Window Competition this year.
Taking place from Saturday 5th until Saturday 12th December with winners being announced at 6pm on 12th December.
An independent judge will have the task of picking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places which is always a difficult task as the entries are always so good.
This is something that we know staff of businesses in Stapleford love to take part in and we know our residents love seeing all the different displays and doing some of their own Christmas shopping at the same time. It’s a great opportunity to bring Christmas spirit to town and celebrate community spirit too.
Food labelling business tool
Food labelling requirements for prepacked for direct sale food (PPDS) will change from 1 October 2021 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you are a business that handles food, you need to be ready.
The Food Standards Agency have a useful business tool for helping deal with changes in allergen labelling for prepacked foods next year.
This tool will help you to identify the type of food your business provides and the allergen labelling requirements.
Use this labelling tool to find out whether the changes apply to your business and what you need to do.
D2N2 Growth Hub – Business Events
The D2N2 Growth Hub continue to offer valuable help and advice to businesses in Broxtowe. This includes various events delivered online due to the pandemic. Most events are free of charge.
Some FREE upcoming events that may be of interest to businesses in Broxtowe include:
- Event: How to plan and deliver a successful marketing campaign.
Date: 2nd December
Time: 11.00 – 12.00pm
More info: – https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/events/how-to-plan-and-deliver-a-successful-marketing-campaign/
- Event: How to choose the right Content Management System for your business.
Date: 3rd December
Time: 2.00 – 4.00pm
More info: – https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/events/how-to-choose-the-right-cms-for-your-business-1/
- Event: Getting started with Social Media marketing tools.
Date: 8th December
More info: – https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/events/getting-started-with-social-media-marketing-tools-4/
For a full programme of future events, click ‘Business Events’ below.
Digital guide for food and drink businesses
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a new digital guide covering the key actions food and drink businesses may need to take after the EU Exit transition period (from 1 January 2021).
Not all the actions covered will be relevant to every business and businesses should continue to check the Government website for updates.
Preparing for winter
It is that time of year when the weather can sometimes be even more unpredictable than normal. Wind, heavy rain and snow can all have an impact on operations. With additional COVID-19 restrictions in place, which may also affect your business, there is a lot to think about.
Don’t get caught out this winter. Plan ahead and prepare for challenging weather now.
Hands Face Space
We cannot stress enough how important it is to keep going with Hands, Face, Space, every day. Please continue to:
- Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds;
- Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will coming into contact with people you do not normally meet;
- Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering, or increasing ventilation indoors).
Council services during the COVID-19 pandemic
We have a Support for Business page on our website which has lots of useful information about grants, schemes and links to guidance.
We are also sharing regular updates about affected Council services at https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can also get updates on our social media accounts.