Restart Grants and Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) Update
Progress on payments to businesses
The team processing these applications continue to work hard in fully assessing and paying out grants to those eligible as quickly as possible.
Since the 1st April the Council has received over 1000 applications for these grants.
- 494 businesses have now been paid a total of £3.3m in Restart Grants,
- A further 281 businesses not eligible for Restart Grants have received a total of £386k through the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.
Why are payments taking longer than last time?
The Council is required by Government to carry out additional checks and collect more information in this round of grant support, than those previously.
This means that the payment of grants may take longer than previously experienced.
The applications already received are being processed in a chronological order and rest assured, we continue to work as fast as we can to get payments out.
Contacting the Council for an update
If you have an application which is pending, please do not contact the Council for an update.
Any additional correspondence that we respond to will slow down the process of evaluating the applications for everyone and getting payments out.
A significant backlog of grant applications have now been cleared. However, this has meant the grants team is now able to continue processing some of the more complex applications, in particular those into the ARG scheme, which often require additional information and/or evidence from applicants following their initial submission.
Where additional information is required, the Council will make contact with your business directly, once your application has been further reviewed.
We cannot expedite any element of the checking process, nor fast track any applications. We fully understand the importance of these grants to the businesses in Broxtowe.
As part of the wider £5b ‘Project Gigabit’ programme, the UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher will provide micro grants of up to £3,500 for businesses in the hardest to reach rural areas (with current speeds of less than 100Mbps) to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections when part of a group scheme.
Commercial Property News
Stapleford Post Office Opportunity
The Post Office are seeking an applicant from a successful retailer, to incorporate a Post Office Local into their existing or proposed business in Stapleford.
Closing date for applications is the 28th July 2021. However, advert may close early if sufficient interest is registered. Click ‘More Info’ below to find out more.
What is a Post Office Local?
Integrating Post Office services into a vibrant and sustainable retail business, so they can be offered over the same opening hours. The exact layout and design will be agreed with you to suit your business.
New Office Space Available – Council Offices, Beeston
If your business is downsizing and need a smaller space for your employees, OR if you’re searching for a space to call your own as a start-up business, we have the space for you.
The Council have available space in their newly refurbished offices in Beeston Town Centre and are looking for new tenants to share the premises.
Who can apply?
We are currently assessing interest and welcome applications from all interested parties, no matter how large or small your company. Accommodation ranges from your own dedicated space to desks in a shared hub, providing a cost effective solution for your office requirements.
More about Beeston
Beeston is a busy town centre with a variety of leisure and retail opportunities. The town has excellent transport links via the A52 and M1 as well as tram and bus links to Nottingham, Derbyshire and beyond.
Further property Information
All accommodation will adhere to COVID-19 regulations and will be safe working spaces.
Price negotiable on space required.
If interested please email Sandra Scott – Commercial Manager, directly at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The Council is also pleased to offer newly refurbished office space To Let, at the former Police Station building in Stapleford Town Centre.
The building was recently refurbished to a high specification and includes:
- GF and FF Office Space
- Individual offices to rent
- B1 use class
- Located in Stapleford Town Centre, with dedicated parking available
- Fully serviced
- Kitchen space and facilities and separate Breakout area
- Intercom System and coded access
For more information about availability and pricing, please click ‘More Info’ below.
D2N2 Growth Hub – New Business Events Added
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.
For a full programme of future events, click ‘Business Events’ below.
Get your business into shape for post-COVID trading with free webinars from the Nottingham City Libraries’ Reset. Restart programme.
1:1 sessions with expert business mentors and a range of webinars are available to help you make the most of your time and money.
Here’s what’s coming up:
- Getting your Business Online – 18th May
- Digital Marketing & Social Media – 20th May and 1st July
- From Business Idea to Business Model – 3rd June
- Plan Your Post-Lockdown Recovery – 15th June
- How customer-focused is your marketing? – 17th June
- PLUS 1:1 sessions every Wednesday morning
Skills Access Hub
Businesses can now access free impartial advice from experienced Skills Advisors and develop action plans to close skills gaps within the workforce.
The plan could focus on upskilling the existing team, or look at ways to bring new skills and capacity into the business via apprenticeships, Kickstart, internships and/or graduate placements.
The dedicated team of Skills Advisers work with businesses on a one-to-one basis, to ensure support it tailored and responsive to business needs.
For more information visit – https://d2n2skillsaccesshub.co.uk/
The Skills Access Hub is a 3-year project, part-funded by the European Social Fund, that offers skills advice and brokerage support to small and medium sized businesses based across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2).
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.