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

 

 

 


Update 24/06/2021

The government has announced that Step 3 restrictions will remain in place, and that there will be a four-week delay until 19 July. This will be reviewed in two weeks. To find out what you can and cannot do, take a look at the following guide:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

Just to remind you about the workplace vaccination programme, which enables your workforce to receive the vaccine in a controlled environment, on your doorstep ensuring minimal disruption to your working processes. Please do not hesitate to contact Zoe Stevens, Public Health Nurse Consultant – email: zoe.stevens@eastriding.gov.uk, if you would like to find out further information.

 

Business Rates – Expanded Retail Discount

If you are a business who was entitled to the expanded retail discount, you will shortly receive a new bill from July, due to the change in the level of discount. For more information visit:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/business-rates/billing-business-rates/

 

Kickstart Scheme

Added a link to a video walkthrough of the online application in the ‘How to apply – Apply online’ section:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant

Added information about Gateway Plus organisations in the section ‘What is a Kickstart gateway?’

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-employers-apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant-kickstart-gateway

 

Eviction protection extended for businesses most in need

Sorting out commercial rent debts will be key to enabling businesses to plan ahead with certainty and build back better from the pandemic:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eviction-protection-extended-for-businesses-most-in-need

 

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Updated following the extension of Step 3 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap on Monday 21 June:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities

 

Business Scale Up Development Programme

Supporting SME businesses and employees across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, the Business Scale Up Programme offers subsidised packages of training, coaching and consultancy.

Find out more about the programme:

https://www.calderdale.ac.uk/external-funding-unit/projects/business-scale-up-development-programme/

 

Events

Energy Breakfast – Clean Is Green: How Your Business Can Grow Its Bottom Line Through Clean Air

24 June 8.00am – 9.00am

Join the ergo and Aura teams at our latest virtual energy breakfast, where we will explore the benefits and key considerations for businesses in improving air quality. University of Hull Researcher Linda Whicker will discuss Carbon Mapping for businesses – what is it, what benefits it brings and how it can be used to lower your carbon emissions.  Dr Fernando Correira will talk about environment, society and governance and what it means to your business, and Kathryn Sowerby from LEVEL Systems Ltd will outline how her business helps others to monitor and improve their workplace environments, and potentially reduce both energy and costs.

Find out more and register:

https://aura-innovation.co.uk/events/clean-is-green-how-your-business-can-grow-its-bottom-line-through-clean-air/

 

InventX Demonstration Series: Advanced Materials Testing

29 June  11.30am – 12.30pm

In this webinar, Aura Technical Manager Dr Ellis Marshall will illustrate the potential of a variety of specialist materials to enhance performance, improve sustainability, and ensure greater cost-effectiveness in product development.  He’ll also demonstrate how detecting and eliminating contaminants such as microplastics can improve the quality and sustainability of your products.

Find out more and register:

https://aura-innovation.co.uk/events/inventx-demonstration-series-advanced-materials-testing/

 

An overview of COMAH in the UK

30 June 10.00am – 11.00am

Are you a manufacturing or engineering business? Do you know how the COMAH regulations apply to you?

Hosted by The Supply Chain Network and CATCH, this webinar will introduce a high level overview of what the COMAH regulations are and how they fit in the UK’s legal regulatory framework.

Find out more and register:

https://www.thesupplychainnetwork.co.uk/eventInfo/511115/AnOverviewofCOMAHintheUK

 

Useful Covid Support 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/

Hull and East Yorkshire Business Growth Hub:

https://heygrowthhub.com/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

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

Update 02/06/2021

As we continue to provide you with the weekly updates, we thought it would be useful to provide a reminder about the East Riding of Yorkshire Council COVID-19 homepage. Take a look at the website as a reminder and use it to keep up to date on COVID-19 information, legislation, support and advice:

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

Don’t be the link. Stop the spread. Save lives. Prevent, Notice, Act.

 

Support for businesses during the path to recovery

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is offering support to people and businesses in the East Riding, in order to help recover from the pandemic and stay as healthy as possible during these unprecedented times.

The council’s health and wellbeing website provides information, resources, support and advice. To find out what is available to support you and your employees visit: https://eastridinghealthandwellbeing.co.uk/wellbeing-in-the-workplace/

To find out more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing, how to access mental health training and how businesses can receive support in the workplace visit: https://eastridinghealthandwellbeing.co.uk/healthy-minds/

 

Don’t forget that 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.

 

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Guidance updated to reflect 12 May announcement on changes to notice periods and bailiff enforcement:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities

 

Other Business News

Government Help to Grow your business

The government’s new Help to Grow: Management programme offers the chance to take your business to the next level. The 12-week programme costs just £750 and is 90% subsidised by the government as part of its Plan for Jobs to help businesses to drive growth and create jobs. It is aimed at senior leaders of small and medium businesses. Find out more and register your interest:

https://heygrowthhub.com/2021/05/12/government-help-to-grow-your-business/

 

Events

Spotlight on Tourism – with Simon Calder

Thursday 10 June 9.30am

Join Visit Hull and East Yorkshire at a free to attend webinar, focussing on the challenges and opportunities facing the tourism sector as the visitor economy embarks on reopening and recovery after the most challenging of years. Presented by Blair Jacobs, travel expert Simon Calder will be discussing the future of tourism and providing invaluable insight into what the future holds for destinations such as Hull and East Yorkshire. Find out more and book your place:

https://www.humberbusinessweek.co.uk/events/thursday/2021-06-10-a-spotlight-on-tourism-in-hull-and-east-yorkshire

 

The Business Day 2021

Friday 11 June 10am-1pm

The Business Day is an annual networking event tailored to a day of discovery insight, with nearly 700 business leaders coming together; however, due to the current global pandemic, this year’s will be a three-hour live-streamed show, hosted in-person by Gyles Brandreth. Whilst maintaining COVID restrictions, speakers will be live from Bridlington Spa and delegates will able to watch the free to air event online.

Find out more: https://www.bridspa.com/thebusinessday/ and book your place: https://www.humberbusinessweek.co.uk/events/friday/2021-06-11-the-business-day

 

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/

Hull and East Yorkshire Business Growth Hub:

https://heygrowthhub.com/covid-19/

HM Government Business Support:

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

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.

 

Update 20/04/2021

As restrictions are gradually being lifted, we would like to remind everyone about our 3 Steps to Safety message. It is important that we all continue to follow to prevent, notice and act:

https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/3stepstosafety/#prevent-3steps

 

Don’t forget that 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.

 

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

 

Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Change made – Information has been added on penalties or interest that may be charged if you do not pay in full or make an arrangement to pay and how you may still be able to avoid these charges:

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

 

Other Business Updates

Do It For East Yorkshire and rediscover local high streets safely

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has launched the Do it for East Yorkshire marketing campaign, which is funded by a Reopening High Streets Safely Fund from the European Regional Development Fund, and will feature real businesses from some of the region’s market towns.

Businesses, from a town centre shop in Bridlington to an independent cafe in Beverley, are urged to help support the campaign. There are a range of useful resources which can be downloaded to share the campaign’s messages:

https://www.doitforeastyorkshire.co.uk/

 

HEY LEP officially launches – ushering in new era for Hull and East Yorkshire

The Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP) has now officially opened its doors and is beginning work on the region’s future economic direction. The new LEP covers the two council geographies of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire:

https://heylep.com/hey-lep-officially-launches-ushering-in-new-era-for-hull-and-east-yorkshire/

 

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/

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

 

Update 06/04/2021

Restart Grants

The government has asked council’s to obtain further information from businesses as part of the Restart Grants scheme. Therefore, all businesses who have previously been awarded a Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) and maybe entitled to a Restart Grant will be sent an email with a link to a Supplementary Information – Restart Grant form.

An application process will be available for other eligible businesses that are registered for business rates.

The website page will be updated by 12 April with further details including how to apply:

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

 

Recovery Loan Scheme

The new Recovery Loan Scheme opens today to support businesses across the UK as they recover and grow:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recovery-loan-scheme

 

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change on 12 April:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

 

COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021: roadmap reviews

The Government has published an update and terms of reference for the reviews committed to in the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021-reviews-terms-of-reference

 

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Change made: The visitor economy – Updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and changes to national restrictions from 29 March:

Change made: Vehicles – Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased:

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

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): construction update Q&A

Questions and answers on the announcement on construction site working hours to enable social distancing working practices:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-construction-update-qa

 

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/

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


Update 29/03/2021


Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been amended and is now open to all applicants who have received Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), have a significant reduction in income and ongoing fixed business related costs and do NOT have employees.

Please note: applications close on 31 March 2021
https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-grants-for-businesses-and-charities/additional-restrictions-grant-arg/


Business rates relief boosted with new £1.5 billion pot:-

Business ratepayers adversely affected by COVID-19 are to get a £1.5 billion discount on their bills.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-rates-relief-boosted-with-new-15-billion-pot

Automatic filing extensions granted by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act due to come to an end:-

The automatic extensions granted by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act will come to an end for filing deadlines that fall after 5 April 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/automatic-filing-extensions-granted-by-the-corporate-insolvency-and-governance-act-due-to-come-to-an-end?

Operating a Food Business during the Covid-19 Pandemic – Advice Signposting Service

Dear Food Business Operator,

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way food businesses must operate to keep everyone safe.  With the upcoming easing of national restrictions, we hope to see many hospitality sector food businesses soon serving customers outside their premises and before long inside also.  As a result, it is important to act now to ensure that the necessary precautions are in place to protect your customers and Workers as the government’s ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’ is implemented .

Food manufacturers, retailers and caterers currently providing takeaway/delivery services are also likely to need to make further adaptations as a post Covid-19 ‘normal’ emerges.

To help all food businesses through this process the Food Services team has developed an advice signposting service to direct users to information and guidance relevant to their business and to help ensure all relevant matters are considered.

This document is being maintained and updated on our Food Services webpages and can be accessed here:  https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=800951

The document can also be downloaded from our webpages here https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/food-services/ , in addition to a wealth of other food business guidance.

We are here to help you through this process where we can, while our primary focus remains on protecting consumers from both foodborne health risks and of course Covid-19.   This advice signposting document is one part of that overall effort.

We wish our East Riding food businesses well in navigating the government’s Roadmap, and in keeping staff and customers safe in the process.

Kind regards

Food Services 

Other Business Updates

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)

Through funding from the European Social Fund, the Education Skills Funding Agency and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, diverse, full-funded training has been made available to SME’s through HCUK Training:

https://www.hull-college.ac.uk/study/fully-funded-training/ssw-humber

https://www.hull-college.ac.uk/uploads/files/NEW-SSW-COURSES-FOR-WEBSITE.pdf


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/

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

Update 22/03/2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses)

If your business was mandated to close and you are registered for business rates, even if you had 100% rates relief for 2020/2021, you may be eligible for the grant. Businesses who were eligible for the grant in March 2020, will not automatically receive this grant as an application was required to receive funding to support you during the latest lockdown period. If you have not applied for LRGS, do not delay as payments will be closing on 31st March 2021. Check this link to see if you can claim:

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

If you have already applied from November 2020 onwards and are receiving payments, you are not required to make another claim.

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been amended and is now open to all applicants who have received Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), have a significant reduction in income and ongoing fixed business related costs and do NOT have employees.

Please note: applications close on 31 March 2021

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

 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The visitor economy – New shorter format focussing on actions to make your workplace COVID-Secure, as well as updated guidance covering Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown:

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

 

Other Business Updates

Connect, Develop, Achieve

This ESF funded programme has been launched to support women in the workplace to develop their skills or qualifications, to progress in STEM (SME) businesses in order to meet future demand in the sector:

https://nybep.org.uk/connect-develop-achieve

 

Events

Meet the Buyer virtual event – GMI Construction

We are pleased to announce that GMI Construction Group and The Supply Chain Network are hosting a virtual Meet the Buyer event on 29th March, to help fulfil requirements on the Siemens Project in Goole. Find out more and register:

http://eventpilot.evolutive.co.uk/eventDetails.aspx?siteId=47&eventNo=462930

 

Building Back Greener: What does it all mean?

Net Zero Challenge? 10 Point Plan? Green Recovery? As a business, are you asking yourself what all these actually mean and how they affect you? Join us at the first Energy Breakfast of the series on 25 March, as we explore what Net Zero means and discover why businesses are going green and the positive impact it can have on your organisation and the planet:

https://aura-innovation.co.uk/events/building-back-greener-what-does-it-all-mean/

 

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/

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

 

Update 16/03/2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses)
If your business was mandated to close and you are registered for business rates, even if you had 100% rates relief for 2020/2021, you may be eligible for the grant. Businesses who were eligible for the grant in the Summer of 2020, will not automatically receive this grant as an application was required to receive funding to support you during the latest lockdown period. If you have not applied for LRGS, do not delay as payments will be closing on 31st March 2021. Check this link to see if you can claim:

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been amended and is now open to all applicants who have received Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), have a significant reduction in income and ongoing fixed business related costs and do NOT have employees.

Please note: applications close on 31 March 2021

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

 

Business Restart Grant Scheme

Following the Chancellor’s announcement regarding the Business Restart Grant Scheme, the council has not yet received any information about this grant. We will let you know when we have any further information.

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

This guide explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wages. Updated to reflect that the scheme has been extended until the end of September 2021:

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

 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council urges residents to take part in its Covid-19 vaccine survey

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is asking residents to complete its COVID-19 vaccine survey. The short survey should take around five minutes to complete online and features a range of multiple choice questions. Over 1,000 residents have already completed the survey and the findings will be used by the council’s public health team to learn more about how residents feel about the COVID-19 vaccines. This in turn will be used to target communications from the council about the vaccine:

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/say/news/?entry=6046107505994d2938cf23bc

 

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/

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

 

Update 09/03/2021

Budget 2021: What you need to know

Measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/budget-2021-what-you-need-to-know

 

Recovery Loan Scheme

A new loan scheme to support access to finance for UK business as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme will launch on 6 April 2021. Further details on how to apply and details of accredited lenders will be released in due course:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recovery-loan-scheme

 

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme fourth grant

Find out if you’re eligible for the fourth grant which will cover the period February 2021 to April 2021. Also find out information about the fifth grant:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension

 

Updates to tax charges when a person is no longer eligible to Self-Employment Income Support Scheme payments

This tax information and impact note is about the tax charge arising when a person is ineligible for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant previously claimed:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updates-to-tax-charges-when-a-person-is-no-longer-eligible-to-self-employment-income-support-scheme-payments

 

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

 

VAT on admission charges to attractions

Check which attractions are eligible for the temporary reduced rate of VAT from 15 July 2020:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-on-admission-charges-to-attractions

 

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant

Added information about what employers should spend the £1,500 funding for setup costs on in ‘What you’ll get’. Also added information about what to do if a young person leaves their job placement early in ‘Getting the young people into the job placements’:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant

 

Events

Free Workshop: Bid and tenders – how to win contracts

Don’t miss out! The Supply Chain Network’s final webinar of the series takes place on 23 & 24 March if you want to learn more about securing work with new clients, and retaining current contracts. The February workshop saw a record number of attendees, with really positive feedback and engagement from businesses who were exchanging ideas throughout the session:

http://eventpilot.evolutive.co.uk/events.aspx?siteID=47

 

Energy Breakfast – Responding to the Net Zero Challenge: How to Future-Proof Your Business

Spring 2021 sees the digital return of the popular Energy Breakfast Series hosted by the University of Hull’s Aura Innovation Centre and delivered in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council ergo centre. The first event of the series, taking place on 25 March, outlines the region’s Net Zero challenge. Exploring what Net Zero means for business and reveal some of the easy steps you can take now to reduce your business’s carbon emissions:

https://aura-innovation.co.uk/events/responding-to-the-net-zero-challenge-how-to-future-proof-your-business/

 

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/

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



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.