We’re still at STEP 2
Until Monday 17th May, the country is still at STEP 2 of the Government’s Covid Recovery Roadmap and therefore the restrictions associated with this step still apply under law.
Broxtowe to reach STEP 3 from next week
On Monday, the Prime Minister announced that the Government’s four tests had been satisfied and that the country would officially reach STEP 3 from Monday 17th May.
By reaching STEP 3 of the Government’s Covid Recovery Roadmap, the restrictions associated with that step will then apply under law.
Summary of changes at STEP 3
The main changes that will affect businesses and venues in Broxtowe from 17th May include:
- Indoor entertainment and attractions will be permitted to re-open Covid-Securely;
- A new 30 person limit outdoors;
- ‘Rule of 6’ or two households will be permitted to meet socially indoors, which includes in Hospitality venues and will not require a ‘substantial meal’ to be ordered, although customers must continue to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) only;
- Indoor leisure facilities will be able to allow organised adult sport;
- The remaining accommodation currently closed in STEP 2 will be permitted to re-open to facilitate domestic overnight stays.
Preparing for the changes from 17th May
Those preparing to re-open at STEP 3, are strongly advised to continue reviewing the Government’s guidance packs for operating Covid-Securely. Links to all the latest guidance can be found via the Council’s ‘Open For Business’ webpage.
Grant to help businesses tackle domestic abuse
Employers across Beeston and Chilwell can access help to support workers affected by domestic abuse thanks to a grant awarded to Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) from The Rotary Club of Beeston.
With the grant of £1,000, BWP, which works across the Borough and beyond to support people affected by domestic abuse, will help local businesses focus on what they can do to address the problem.
How can my business support?
If you’d like your businesses to be part of the project contact: firstname.lastname@example.org at BWP, or email@example.com
Find out more about:
Track and Trace in businesses, venues and other settings
Businesses and venues are reminded that the details of every customer and visitor aged 16 and over, and staff members must still be collected by law.
Details of a nominated contact covering an entire group cannot be accepted, instead every individual must provide their details to comply with Track and Trace.
Hospitality venues have additional requirements and must also take reasonable steps to refuse entry to anyone who refuses to participate. What is reasonable will depend on the type of venue and context in question. The venue should satisfy themselves that they have done all that could reasonably be expected to refuse entry.
Failure to comply with any of these requirements could result in fixed penalty fines.
Businesses and venues with outdoor seating areas
Details must still be collected for those sitting in outside areas, not just those choosing to sit indoors from STEP 3 (17th May 2021).
A reminder that all customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) in hospitality settings, even in STEP 3.
How can people check into a venue?
Individuals can check in quickly and easily using the NHS COVID-19 app, to scan the unique NHS QR code poster, which must be prominently displayed by all premises that must comply with Track and Trace requirements by law.
Where a customer/visitor doesn’t have a smartphone or can’t access the NHS COVID-19 app, details can still be collected manually. All data must be collected and stored within GDPR guidelines.
National Restrictions Grant, February – March 21 closes soon
Applications to the Local Restrictions Grant (LRG) Scheme, which was created to support those businesses affected by the National Restrictions between 16th February to 31st March 2021, will close in May 2021.
Applications to the LRG will close 31st May 2021, with final payments made to those eligible by 30th June.
How does my business apply?
If you have already received a business support grant from the Council since November 2020, then you do not need to complete a further application for this scheme and the payment will be administered automatically using details held on file.
Grants from 1st April 2021
Applications to both the Restart Grant and Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) schemes, which support eligible businesses with a one-off payment covering the period from 1st April onwards will remain open at this time.
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
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.
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.
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.