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Business Support during Covid-19

Below is information provided to us by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Business Investment and Tourism Services team and the Humber LEP.

 

 

 


Update 24/02/2021

Roadmap from lockdown

Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against four tests outlined in the roadmap.

 


Update 23/02/2021

Changes to the Additional Restrictions Grant

Recent changes to the fund mean that for those businesses who receive SEISS but also directly employ staff, have seen significant reduction in income and have ongoing fixed costs can now apply.  For full eligibility criteria go to:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/additional-restrictions-grant-arg/

As the council do not know what the demand will be for this funding, the application process will open for a two week period 15th to 28th February 2021 to register your request for financial support. When the applications have closed, the council will review what level of support can be provided and aim to give an update on funding on 8 March 2021, the website will be updated on this date confirming funding support.

 

COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021

 

Kickstart Scheme employer resources

If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme. This information now includes a section on brand representation and usage:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/kickstart-scheme-employer-resources

 

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Useful Links

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Other Business Updates

LinkedIn

Invest East Riding now has a company page on LinkedIn. Follow the page to find out about the services offered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Business Investment Services Team. There will also be updates on business news, events, funding, opportunities and other information relevant to starting, locating or growing your business in the East Riding:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/invest-east-riding

 

Humber Renewables Awards

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s ergo centre and the University of Hull’s Aura Innovation Centre are pleased to be a joint programme sponsor for the forthcoming Humber Renewables Awards and have taken a table at the online event on 4 March.

The awards will recognise local businesses, committed to the development of renewable energy across the Humber. This is a free event, which will include the award ceremony along with networking opportunities. Register here for your ticket:

https://humber-renewables.awardsroomcloud.com/humberrenewables2021/en/page/home

If you would like to join the virtual ergo/Aura table, please email ergoconnects@eastriding.gov.uk, once you have registered.

 

Festival of Green Innovation

Join the Aura Innovation Centre for the launch of the UK’s first ever Festival of Green Innovation on 2 March. Find out more and register for this online event:

https://aura-innovation.co.uk/events/festival-of-green-innovation/

 

National Lottery Grants for Heritage reopen with refocused priorities

Applications are now open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 to £5million. Find out more about their revised approach and eligibility:

https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/national-lottery-grants-heritage-2021-22

 

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Update 03/02/2021

East Riding Support Workshops

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has commissioned specialist consultants The Retail Group to provide free business growth workshops to town centre businesses in East Riding.

The workshops will provide practical ideas and suggestions about how you can adapt, evolve and improve your performance, both now and over the coming months to help you improve your resilience and to grow sales in these challenging times.

The Retail Group has delivered similar workshops in other parts of the country and the feedback from businesses has been completely positive about how it has helped them to trade and operate.

You can watch a 2 min summary showreel video here which demonstrates how the workshops work.

The remaining interactive workshops will take place:

· Hedon and Withernsea, Thursday, 4 February, 6-7 pm, register here.


Update 02/02/2021

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Find out how your trading conditions affect your eligibility for the scheme, what is meant by reduced activity, capacity or demand or temporary closure and read examples of how this could affect your eligibility:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-your-trading-conditions-affect-your-eligibility-for-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Claims for the third grant have now closed. Details about the fourth grant will be announced by the government on 3 March 2021:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

 

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The deadline for applications for the Christmas Support Payment has been extended to 28 February 2021:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-christmas-support-payment-for-wet-led-pubs

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/local-restrictions-support-grant-closed-businesses/

 

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Useful Links

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Other Business Updates

Free online workshops for town centre businesses

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is offering free online business support workshops –delivered by retail specialists – for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in town centres across the East Riding. The workshops aim to help improve resilience and grow sales during these challenging times, focusing on actions which can allow businesses to continue trading and improving despite closed premises.

Further details of the workshops and their locations can be found:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/east-riding-of-yorkshire-council-32169862673

 

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Update 26/01/2021

Businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: business.support@eastriding.gov.ukand they will respond as quickly as possible.

Important information about business grants

On 21 January 2021, the council made £18.5 million in business grants payments, which include the new one-off top-up payment. Please refer to the ‘Important information about business grants’ link below, to check what period your new payments cover:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/important-information-about-business-grants/

 

Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020. You can pay now or get ready to opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Feedback

We would be really grateful for any suggestions or feedback regarding the weekly updates. It was great to find out recently how the Driffield Town Council uses the updates as a source of support information for their local businesses. They also add the updates to their website each week and have received a good deal of positive feedback.

Please reply to this email to let us know about how you have been using the information, or with other feedback or suggestions you may have.

 

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Useful Links

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Other Business Updates

Brexit – act now to keep your business moving in 2021

The Government has set out 6 key actions that they are encouraging businesses to take, as well as launching a series of on demand videos, to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/act-now-to-keep-your-business-moving-in-2021-business-minister-urges

 

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Update 12/01/2021

This week it includes information about the third national lockdown and new grants to support businesses.

We are awaiting further guidance from the Government on the new lockdown grants and will provide an update once we have any further information. However, those that have already applied for any of the previous grants will receive the new payments automatically, as the relevant information has already been received. New applications will be permitted from those that have not previously applied.

National lockdown: Stay at Home

On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a third national lockdown. Find out what you can and cannot do:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

 

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/46-billion-in-new-lockdown-grants-to-support-businesses-and-protect-jobs

We are currently waiting for the full guidance. We will let you know as soon as we have any further information.  There will also be an update on the council’s website:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

This scheme provides support for those businesses that do not qualify for the mandatory national business grants during the various periods of national and local restrictions imposed by the Government. This includes businesses that have not been mandated to close, that are ineligible for the Local Restrictions Grant scheme and can demonstrate a severe impact on business turnover as a result of restrictions and have fixed business costs.

Find out about eligibility and how to apply here:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/additional-restrictions-grant-arg/

 

Kickstarting Tourism Grants

The Humber Business Growth Hub has been allocated European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) monies by government to operate a Covid-19 Recovery grant scheme to help Small to Medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the Visitor Economy/Tourism sectors to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. SMEs that have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 and that have an eligible project proposal can apply for the grant:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/kickstarting-tourism-grants-for-smes/

 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The visitor economy – updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses

Updated guidance in line with national lockdown and updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses

 

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

 

To keep up-to-date with the latest developments

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: business.support@eastriding.gov.uk and they will respond as quickly as possible.

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Update 12/01/2021

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is working to prepare a media campaign to encourage people to use their local highstreets- once the current lockdown restrictions have been relaxed.

We are seeking businesses who may be interested in helping to create some content for this campaign.

This would involve a photographer/ videographer coming to your premises and capturing some images of your business.

We are at this stage pulling together a longlist of businesses that may be available, before the marketing company creates a shortlist from this.

Any business selected will receive an information pack with all the information they need to know.

Please let us know if you are interested in being part of this campaign by 5pm on Thursday 14th January.

The East Riding of Yorkshire have also commissioned specialist consultants The Retail Group to provide business growth workshops to businesses in Driffield and nearby centres. The workshops will provide practical ideas and suggestions about how you can adapt, evolve and improve your performance, both now and over the coming months. The workshops will help you to improve your resilience and to grow sales in these challenging times. The Retail Group have delivered similar workshops in other parts of the country and the feedback from businesses has been completely positive about how it has helped them to trade and operate.

The online workshop will be held at 18.00, please register for a free place on Eventbrite using this link: Driffield, Tuesday, 19 January, 6-7pm,https://driffworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk 

 



Update 07/01/2021

Business Grants

Growing Hull and East Yorkshire provides capital investment grants to SME businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire. The primary objective of the programme is to achieve sustainable employment by supporting the expansion, modernisation and diversification of businesses located in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.

The scheme builds on the success of Growing the Humber which has invested £35.3m since 2013, leveraging £122m from 439 businesses and supporting the creation of 2,814 jobs.

Further information can be found here


Update 03/01/2021

Local restrictions

The local restriction alert level for the East Riding is currently Tier 3 Very High. The council’s website contains further information about what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in the East Riding of Yorkshire:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/local-restrictions/

 

Closing certain businesses and venues in England

This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England under the different local Covid alert levels:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close

 

If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus

Guidance for employers and workers on work absences due to coronavirus (COVID-19):

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/if-you-need-to-self-isolate-or-cannot-attend-work-due-to-coronavirus

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

Updated after the scheme was extended until the end of April 2021:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-step-by-step-guide-for-employers

 

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated to incorporate guidance on tier 4 and phased returns:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response

 

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

 

To keep up-to-date with the latest developments

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: business.support@eastriding.gov.uk and they will respond as quickly as possible.

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Update 21/12/2020

Extended opening hours

Retailers and businesses in the East Riding can extend their opening hours to take advantage of new permissions in the Government’s local tiered restrictions, from Monday-Saturday during December 2020 and January 2021:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-support-for-businesses/#extend-my-business-opening-hours

New procurement rules to benefit smaller businesses:-

The Government has published a green paper outlining changes to the UK’s procurement rules which will allow more small and medium-sized businesses to win public sector contracts. The Government has also confirmed that the public sector contracts which are not subject to international trade rules can be awarded to British businesses. The bidding process for contracts under £4.7 million for public works and £122,000 for goods and services can be limited to small businesses, voluntary, community and social enterprises, or to a certain geographical area.

Read more about the new rules at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-plans-set-out-to-transform-procurement-providing-more-value-for-money-and-benefitting-small-business

Brexit transition

Make sure you’re ready and sign up for updates:

https://www.gov.uk/transition

EU exit briefing for local shops:-

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has published an EU Exit Readiness briefing for the convenience sector to help retailers consider how their business may be affected when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

To read more, go to:
https://www.acs.org.uk/news/acs-eu-exit-readiness-briefing-local-shops

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

To keep up-to-date with the latest developments

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: business.support@eastriding.gov.uk and they will respond as quickly as possible.

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Updated on 16/12/2020

The local restriction alert level for the East Riding will be reviewed on 16 December, with announcement of any changes expected on the 17 December. The council’s website contains a large range of local information and links to national guidance including service updates, what restrictions are in place, how and when to self-isolate and what support is available to individuals and businesses in the East Riding:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Updates on the grants provided by the government, due to the local restrictions, can be found on the council’s website. This information will be updated if there are any changes to the tier rating:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/

 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice for food businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK – updated self-isolation period to 10 days:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses

The visitor economy – updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

 

To keep up-to-date with the latest developments

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: business.support@eastriding.gov.uk and they will respond as quickly as possible.

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Updated on 08/12/2020

Tier 3: Very High alert

The East Riding is now in Tier 3 (Very High) of the three-level restrictions. Find out what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert

Financial support will continue to be available during this period. However, we are currently waiting for the full guidance. We will let you know as soon as we have any further information.  There will also be an update on the council’s website: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/

 

Closing certain businesses and venues in England

This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England under the different local COVID alert levels:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close

 

Prime Minister announces £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’

Support for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food through festive period:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-announces-1000-christmas-grant-for-wet-led-pubs

 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services –updated guidance on Tier 3 restrictions to clarify that customers can enter the premises to place or collect any type of order between 5am and 11pm. See the ‘What’s changed’ section for further information:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

Shops and branches – updated guidance covering items that have been returned, donated, or brought in for repair. See the ‘What’s changed’ section for further information:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

VAT: reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

If you’re a VAT registered business, check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-reduced-rate-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions

 

Working in England if you are a senior executive bringing significant economic benefit to the UK

Senior executives can temporarily leave quarantine in England if they are undertaking business activities which are likely to be of significant economic benefit to the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-in-england-if-you-are-a-senior-executive-bringing-significant-economic-benefit-to-the-uk

 

EU Transition

The Humber Business Growth Hub is offering support to assist Humber businesses to get ready for the EU Transition:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/eu-transition/

 

Webinars

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

 

To keep up-to-date with the latest developments

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/

Humber Business Growth Hub:

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: business.support@eastriding.gov.uk and they will respond as quickly as possible.

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