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Relevant local updates for Businesses regarding the Coronavirus escalation - In addition to the information on this page also visit Guidance from Central Government Government Advice for Business

The 'support finder' tool is also a quick and easy way for businesses and self-employed people to determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. click here https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

 

GROWTH SUPPORT PROGRAMME FROM NORTH DEVON+

With the Growth Support programme you are entitled to 12 hours of free business support. The first 3 hours is a 1 to 1 meeting with the Business advisor, resulting in a realistic growth plan for your business and areas identified where additional support will benefit.

The further 9 hours of free advice includes 3 hours of digital support, from a Digital Company called Cosmic, which aims to increase growth and business efficiency through digital means. Then you can choose two workshops from our lists.

For Further information about the programme either email info@northdevonplus.co.uk or call 01237 428834.

 

FREE GOV ADVICE FOR SMALL FIRMS

The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery. 

The platform is now live: https://bit.ly/EnterpriseNationSupport. 

Advice offered will include bespoke, specialist assistance from accountancy, legal, and advertising to marketing, recruitment and digital to help businesses adapt to difficult circumstances and to bounce back as the UK economy recovers.

Further details on the announcement and how it works can be found here: https://bit.ly/PNFreeAdvice

 
BETTER BUSINESS FOR ALL TOOL-KIT

The Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership has used their knowledge and expertise to bring together resources from trusted organisations to help guide you through the main considerations for restarting your business safely.

Their Covid-19 Toolkit provides useful documents such as a risk assessment templates, action plans, business checklists and other useful guides. Download the latest updated version here pdf icon Better Business for All Toolkit [481kb]

 
REOPENING GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES, EMPLOYEES AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED

For Updated Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic click here https://tinyurl.com/yaolw3rb

There are 12 guides covering a range of different types of work such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. Businesses may find that they need to use more than one of these guides in combination for their particular needs. Further guidance will be published as more businesses types are allowed to reopen

There is different guidance for educational and childcare settings https://tinyurl.com/y8sn9hkn and public transport operators https://tinyurl.com/y9xhxtmj

 
STREET CAFES AND PUBS - PAVEMENT LICENCES

The Government has introduced plans to allow more pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve customers outside such as making it easier and cheaper to obtain pavement licences. For more information on how this might affect your business check out our dedicated licensing page here https://tinyurl.com/ycehhbeb or for street cafe information check here https://tinyurl.com/ybwtuhlk

 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO BUSINESS OPERATORS ABOUT CLOSED BUSINESS PREMISES AND LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many business premises have been temporarily (wholly or partly) shut down. However, as businesses start to consider re-opening as restrictions are eased, it is important to ensure that public health is protected.

Torridge District Council is advising businesses of the action they need to take to avoid the growth of legionella bacteria in their water systems. Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia which can cause serious illness. In vacant or partially unused buildings, water can stagnate within hot and cold water systems. This can lead to legionella bacteria growing to harmful levels, that could lead to someone contracting legionnaires' disease, when water systems are put back in use. The risk of this happening increases during warmer weather and where equipment that produces water aerosols is used e.g. showers, high pressure hoses and misters etc.

Businesses must consider any change in legionella risk that the COVID-19 crisis has brought about, particularly if it is foreseeable that buildings and water systems may remain shut down for a further period of time. Where conditions for legionella bacteria growth exist, control measures need to be put into place to reduce that risk. If hot and cold water outlets are used infrequently, they should be flushed weekly to prevent water stagnation. If you cannot do this yourself, you should appoint a competent person (or people) to ensure systems are flushed and disinfected (if required) before the building is reopened.

For further guidance please refer to the following document pdf icon Legionella Guide Covid-19 [444kb]  produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Further information on control methods is available via the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/legionella-risks-during-coronavirus-outbreak.htm. Guidance on the temporary closure of swimming pools can be found here https://www.pwtag.org/guidance-on-temporary-pool-closure/.

Also see Water Supply Reinstatement Advice guide here pdf icon Water Supply Reinstatement Advice [110kb]

 
EXTENSION TO SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME 

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has now been extended - with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant capped at £6,570. 

In addition, the Government has also outlined further details on the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including improved flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time in July, and a new taper requiring employers to contribute to furloughed salaries from August.

Full details of the announcement can be found here - https://bit.ly/CJRS_SEISSUpdate - which includes a new fact sheet for both schemes.

 
CORONAVIRUS STATUTORY SICK PAY SCHEME

A new online service launched May 26 for small and medium sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.

This scheme will allow small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply online to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.

This means they will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

For more information see https://tinyurl.com/s6xdspq

 
BUSINESS RATES SUPPORT GRANTS
Local Restrictions Support Grants for the period 5 November to 2 December 2020

Grants will be payable to those businesses that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

The Government has not confirmed whether Self-catering holiday lets will be eligible in this tranche of support so we would urge people not to contact the Council for the time being on this matter until the Government has issued further clarification.

The amount of the grant will be based on the rateable value of the premises and there are three levels;

Businesses with a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive £1334

Businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 will receive £2,000

Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 and over will receive £3,000

The grants are non-repayable but are subject to tax.

We will be contacting those businesses which have been affected by the lockdown measures shortly and inviting them to apply online.

The Government has not confirmed whether Self-catering holiday lets will be eligible in this tranche of support so we would urge people not to contact the Council for the time being on this matter until the Government has issued further clarification.

DAIRY FARMER GRANTS

Dairy Farmers to receive £10,000 grant. Additional information available via this link:- https://tinyurl.com/yclxdrvo Full details and process yet to be announced.

ASSISTANCE FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) The claims service opened on 13 May.

Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-employed-invited-to-get-ready-to-make-their-claims-for-coronavirus-covid-19-support

ASSISTANCE FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES (thanks to BCrea8ive for posting)

Some of the programmes available: https://tinyurl.com/y8r6wgep 

OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ALREADY ANNOUNCED:

The full range of business support measures can be viewed here Financial support for businesses during coronavirus

Self Employed? - If you are self employed you can find information here Financial help if you're self-employed

TORRIDGE COUNCIL BUSINESS SUPPORT AGENCY - NORTH DEVON+
  • If you would like to speak to a business advisor about your cash-flow, business planning or general business support or concerns you can contact our business support agency, North Devon+.
 
FURTHER SUPPORT OPTIONS

Updated 15 Oct 2020