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


Update 16/05/2022

Selling to the Government Guide

The government has published a guide to support businesses in bidding for and winning government contracts.

This guide includes advice on where to find opportunities through Contracts Finder and Find a Tender (FTS) and what payment terms to expect. It also includes top tips for tendering and signposts to further support for SMEs.


Making Tax Digital

With all VAT registered businesses now having to keep digital VAT records, digital plans for income tax in 2024 and corporation tax in 2026 are progressing. Find out more now.


Widening the ban on exclusivity contracts

As well as supporting workers to increase their income, the planned reforms will also benefit businesses by widening the talent pool of job applicants to those who may have been prevented from applying for roles due to an exclusivity clause with another employer.

Details of the new plans can be found here:


Guidance for businesses offering work to people coming from Ukraine

New government guidance has been published for businesses considering making offers of employment to individuals coming to the UK from Ukraine:


Business Consultation

Webinar for local stakeholders interested in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) & Multiply

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to engage with a wide range of local stakeholders from the private, public, community and voluntary sectors to get your input on how the funding should be spent and how it can support delivery in the period from 2022 to 2025.

To kick-start this engagement, the council is hosting a webinar on Thursday, 26 May 2022, between 10:00 – 11:30. Stakeholders can register for the webinar for free on Eventbrite:



Call for the last few spaces: Are you solving the right problem?

In an ever-changing world are you ready to navigate an uncertain future?

Don’t miss out on this interactive workshop which will guide you through techniques and ask key questions to help you minimise your business risks and look at adapting ways of working to overcome issues beyond your control.

The next session will be held:

At: ergo Business Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Road, Hessle, HU13 0GD

On: Thursday 19th May 2022 – 10am – 12.30pm (approx.)

To register to attend please visit:


Humber Business Week – 6th to 10th June 2022

Humber Business Week (Biz Week) showcases the wealth of talent, entrepreneurship, vision and future potential of our region through a diverse programme of events which both inspire and educate.

It is a chance for all to share knowledge and gain a better understanding and insight into key regional business developments…and a great way to improve your own network of contacts.

There are already over 20 events registered during the week.  For more details, visit:


Adapt & Thrive Weekly Business Drop-in, Fridays 10am-2pm

Whether you’re confused about your carbon footprint, concerned about the effects of climate change on your business or just fancy checking out our cutting-edge facilities, simply drop-in to this informal business clinic at the Aura Innovation Centre – no need to book!


Networking Business Breakfasts – Summer Event


With over 50 people attending our launch event, it’s time for the next networking business breakfast. Join ourselves (ERYC) and the University of Hull’s Aura business teams over a coffee and a bite to eat and let’s get talking.

The short and snappy events, mean you can get quality networking done before the working day begins – the perfect start to the day.

Fuelled by coffee, croissants, chats, and bacon butties with some banter, the free breakfast events are a chance for you to network and get an update on the latest big topics affecting businesses in the Humber region.

Ideal for small or large companies in any sector, these quarterly events will give you the chance to explore new opportunities and connections for your business and to find out how you can get support for your business from the University and ERYC.

This next event takes place on 7th July 2022, 7.30am at ergo Business Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Road, Hessle.

Register to secure your place –


For ongoing business support, contact your dedicated business advisor, or the business support team:

01482 391622

Update 23/02/2022

Business Updates

Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The businesses eligible to receive the Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant has been expanded to include personal care services.  For the purposes of this scheme, a personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment, or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

Businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Were trading on 1 October 2021 and are still currently so doing
  • Can demonstrate they have been severely impacted due to Omicron and suffered a loss of income of more than 30 per cent.
  • Have fixed business costs or a rateable value for business rates who are not eligible for the OHLG.

Please check the website for full eligibility criteria and minimum and maximum levels of grants:

As previously stated, the amount of ARG Omicron grant will be determined for all eligible businesses that have applied once applications have closed on 6 March 2022.


Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant – Deadline only a few weeks away

Details and eligibility criteria for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant can be found:

The closing date for application is 18 March 2022, with final payments being made by 31 March 2022.


Prime Minister sets out plan for living with Covid

The Prime Minister has confirmed domestic legal restrictions will end on 24 February as we begin to treat Covid as other infectious diseases such as flu. This means:

  • The remaining domestic restrictions in England will be removed. The legal requirement to self-isolate ends. Until 1 April, it is still advised that people who test positive stay at home. Adults and children who test positive are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.
  • From April, the Government will update guidance setting out the ongoing steps that people with COVID-19 should take to be careful and considerate of others, similar to advice on other infectious diseases. This will align with testing changes.
  • Self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available.
  • Routine contact tracing ends, including venue check-ins on the NHS COVID-19 app.
  • Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate will be removed.


The future’s looking bright with a HIP Summer Intern.

Besides sunbathing, letting the sand run through your toes and enjoying a BBQ with your friends, summer also brings the perfect time to recruit an intern into your business.

University students and graduates will be looking for meaningful summer work to build upon the skills learnt from their degree and apply them in a real working environment.

For you, this means there is a lot of talent available. An abundance of skills and knowledge across a wide range of areas. Engineers, data analysts, software developers, marketeers, accountants, HR, IT technicians, scientists, and more. The range of talent available for you to tap into will certainly help make your business shine.

So, if you are considering if an intern is right for your business. Now is the time to find out.  Visit to find out more.

The Humber Intern Partnership is part foundered by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by the University of Hull.


Employers’ PPE responsibilities extended to ‘workers’ from April 2022

From April, employers will be obliged to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers, as well as employees, who may be exposed to health and safety risks at work.

Organisations will need to undertake a risk assessment to establish whether a worker requires PPE to carry out their work tasks. If they do, the employer will need to carry out a PPE suitability assessment and provide protective equipment or clothing to them free of charge, as they do for employees.

Organisations will also be responsible for the maintenance, storage and replacement of any PPE they provide, while workers will be responsible for reporting any loss or damage to their PPE:



Save the Date Port Call Webinar: Strong Connections, Many Opportunities – Wednesday 9th March 2022 9am – 10.30am. 

For any business involved in ports or logistics, the Hull-Humber region is a key eastern hub for the import and export of goods to Northern England and Scotland, with many good connections to and from Rotterdam. This Port Call will examine these relationships from various perspectives and look at the latest developments on both sides of the North Sea.

To sign up and for more details of the event, please visit:


For ongoing business support, contact your dedicated business advisor, or the business support team:

01482 391622

Update 09/02/2022

Business Updates

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants

As previously reported, two grants are available to provide economic support to those hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses who have been most impacted by the Omicron variant.

Details and eligibility criteria for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and the Omicron Additional Relief Grants can be found at:


HMRC guidance for businesses affected by Covid-19. 

A series of webinars and videos have been created by HMRC to inform businesses about the support available to those affected by COVID-19.  The recent videos include the statutory sick pay rebate scheme webinar and reporting covd-19 taxable grants and payments on company tax returns webinar:


Local Food and Drink Guide 2022/23

Local food, drink and rural tourism businesses producing or sourcing local produce are eligible to join the East Yorkshire Local Food Network and benefit from a free basic entry in the 2022 / 23 Local Food and Drink Guide.

The guide aims to build on the success of previous campaigns to raise the profile of local food and drink and help drive additional sales for members.  It will be launched at the Local Food Network Spring Event taking place on Tuesday 5 April at The Manor Rooms on the Drewton Estate, South Cave.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to promote your business and the delicious local food and drink we have on our doorstep for all of us to enjoy! 

For more details:

View Rate Card with Example Entries Here

Download Enjoy Local Food and Drink Guide Entry Form Here

The deadline for booking a place in the guide is FRIDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2022.  Completed entry forms can be returned to



Alternative fuels for freight and logistics Webinar – Wednesday 16th February 2022 10.30am – 12pm

Join Aecom, Siemens, Volvo, Element Energy, and the Supply Chain Network on a FREE* webinar on alternative fuels for freight and logistics.

Decarbonisation of freight and logistics is important in achieving the target of net-zero transport. For many businesses in the North Yorkshire, East Riding and Hull region, decarbonisation of their logistics will be vital to their future operations.

To book a place and find out the opportunities presenting themselves to business in this area or for more details, please visit:

*To join the webinar, your business must be enrolled onto The Supply Chain Network. Enrolment is FREE, an enrolment form will be sent to you after booking onto the event, SME eligibility criteria has to be met, including being with the catchment area of North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull.

Update 24/01/2022

Business Updates

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

As we reported in our last update, the government announced on 21 December 2021 additional economic support to help businesses who have been most impacted by the Omicron variant.

The new one-off grant payment is specifically to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses who:

  • experienced difficulties due to the Omicron variant
  • occupy properties on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) commercial rating list
  • were the registered ratepayer on the 30 December 2021

Please check the website for full eligibility criteria and to check those business sectors that are eligible:

The closing date for applications is 18 March 2022, with final payments being made by 31 March 2022.


Additional Restrictions Grant

The East Riding Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has also been topped up by the government so local authorities can continue to use their discretion to support other businesses in their area, based on local economic need.

Decisions are still being made regarding those businesses eligible for this support.  An additional email will be circulated as soon as the eligibility criteria has been finalised.  The website will also be updated:


Plan B restrictions lifted

The government has announced that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted. This means:

  • The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree arrangements to return to the office.
  • From 27 January: There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
  • From 27 January: Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.

Read the full guidance:


Return to your claim for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you’ve not been able to make a claim under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme due to an HMRC error or other exceptional circumstances, contact must be made by 28 February 2022. Also If you think your grant amount is too low, contact must be made by 28 February 2022:


HMRC gives Self-Assessment taxpayers more time to file returns

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving extra time if needed to complete their 2020 to 2021 tax return and pay any tax due.

HMRC is encouraging taxpayers to file and pay on time if they can, but more details can be found:


Skills Support for the Workforce

If you’re looking to move to a more sustainable business model, the Skills Support for the Workforce programme has free training on offer to help make this vision a reality.

There are multiple courses on offer for businesses across York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Tees Valley – including Introduction to Energy, Understanding Carbon Awareness and Energy Management, Sustainable Recycling Activities, Sustainable Waste Management Operations and Industrial Environmental Awareness – to help you better understand and implement methods to drive profits, stand out from the competition and secure your business’s future.

Delivered by Calderdale College, find out more:


Time is running out to get a Spark Fund grant

Time and money are running out for businesses to secure Spark Fund support. SME’s in the Humber, York and North Yorkshire areas may be eligible to a non-repayable match funded grant of up to 50% towards their innovation project.

Find out more about the scheme and how to apply:



Offshore Wind Connections 2022

27-28 April 2022 – The Spa, Bridlington

Offshore Wind Connections is back for 2022 with an ideal combination of exhibition, networking and socialising spaces along with the coastal location, it promotes a ‘get-away’ atmosphere, allowing delegates to become fully immersed in all this exciting industry event has to offer. With the Humber’s freeport status and significant new investments announced over the last 12 months, OWC2022 will see many of the key players and supply chain companies getting together to reflect on the journey so far and to discuss the opportunities for the next few years.

Find out more at:

Update 22/12/2021

Business Updates

Throughout 2021, the East Riding Council Business Support Team have been pleased to be able to continue to support businesses, dealing with over 2000 new enquiries during this time.  Support has continued through 1-to-1 advice sessions for both start-up and established businesses across the East Riding.  Our comprehensive range of services also includes:

  • A regular programme of workshops
  • Networking events
  • Grants / Financial assistance
  • Regular business news updates
  • Introduction to supply chain opportunities
  • And much more.

Covid-19 grants must be included on tax return

HMRC has reminded self-assessment customers that they need to declare any Covid-19 grant payments on their 2020 to 2021 tax return. More than 2.7 million customers claimed at least one Self-employment Income Support Scheme payment up to 5 April 2021.

Read more about the reminder at:

Covid update

The government has announced today (21 December 2021) additional economic support to help businesses who have been most impacted by the Omicron variant.

The government is introducing a new grant scheme to support businesses that are experiencing difficulties because of the Omicron variant. Hospitality and leisure premises will benefit from targeted grant support. The Additional Restrictions Grant will also be topped up so local authorities (LAs) can continue to use their discretion to support other businesses in their area, based on local economic need. The council is awaiting guidance on this grant, this web page will be updated once we have received guidance.

Skills & Training

The government has announced an increased investment in Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving, meaning more than 11,000 people will now be able to take a short intensive course, enabling them to join, progress further within or re-enter the industry. Find out more about the free courses and apply here:

(Previous Business Updates have been removed).