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Below is information provided to us by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Business Investment and Tourism Services team and also from the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP).


Business Update 20/09/2022

Energy Support from the Government

On 8 September, the government announced 6-months of support for businesses with their energy bills.


Growing Places Grant Fund for Capital Projects

The Growing Places Grant Scheme is available to support businesses across a wide range of sectors in the Hull and East Yorkshire region.  Grants of £5,000 to £75,000 and loans from £75,000 to £250,000 are available to businesses looking for capital investment to support their growth. 

Speak to your dedicated business advisor if you have a capital project in mind and we can help to support you through the grant process. If you are unsure of how to contact your advisor, please use the telephone number or email address at the bottom of the email. 

Grant guidelines, FAQ’s and more details can be found at: 


WebFiling for Companies House has launched

On Monday 12 September, Companies House launched improved security and more functionality to help businesses self-manage their accounts.  The changes include multi-factor authentication and the ability to manage more than one company from your account.  For more information, please visit:



Flood Innovation Centre open day

The Flood Innovation Centre is delighted to be bringing the ‘Floodmobile’ to show businesses and communities what property flood resilience measures are and how they work.

On Friday 23 September, the Floodmobile will be at the Aura Innovation Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Rd, Hessle, HU13 0GD. Business are invited to attend from 10am – 1pm and community groups from 12noon – 3pm, both including a free networking lunch.

For more details and to book a place, please visit:


How to beat the skills gap with internships

The University of Hull is hosting an event aimed at employers looking for more innovative solutions to tackle recruitment difficulties.  The free breakfast event on Thursday 29 September will give employers the opportunity to learn more about the internship programme offered by University of Hull.

For more details and to book, please visit:


How to make an impact on social media!

Do you want to be noticed on social media and enhance your brand? 

The Hull and East Yorkshire Growth Hub invite you to an interactive workshop to learn practical tools and techniques for maximising social media impact. 

Join expert trainer Simon Shepherd of Client Marketing to learn the latest social media skills and tactics; gain tips on improving social media presence; and understand how to use social media as part of your sales strategy.

The workshop will take place on Friday 30 September at Bridlington Business Centre, from 9am to 1pm.  To book your place, please visit:

*To attend this workshop, you need to be registered onto the #GrowMySME Programme and be based in Hull, East Riding, North or North East Lincolnshire.


Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology Conference

The Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology is pleased to invite you to the second Annual Conference (YHIoT) 2022 entitled ‘Yorkshire and Humber Institute for Technology ‘Business and Education working together delivering skills for the region’.

The conference is to be held on 7 October 2022, from 9.00am-3.30pm, at the Aura Innovation Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Rd, Hessle, HU13 0GD. 

The programme for the event encompasses key themes including: the Environment, Sustainability, Green Energy and Carbon Capture: Agri Tech; and Digital Technologies including 360 Interactive video, AR and VR, Robotics and AI. It is an opportunity for the YHIoT colleges, universities, and business partners to showcase to the region the exciting areas of interest and development activities across the themed areas. 

For more details and to reserve your place go to:


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

01482 391622

Business Support Update 31/08/2022

Humber & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP) Growing Places Fund.

Grant applications from Local SMEs are being welcomed by HEY LEP as part of the newly launched Growing Places Fund, a £3.25m business investment scheme which aims to provide capital grants and loans to SMEs in Hull and East Yorkshire to support and incentivise business growth, investment, and job creation.

One of the first applicants, a Driffield based manufacturing business, recently secured a £13.4k investment from the scheme to invest in a new machinery.

If your business is within the Hull and East Riding Region and you want to find out more about what Capital Funding is available to help your business grow, take a look at the HEY LEP funding web page.



Business Update 22/08/2022

Recovery Loan Scheme

The British Business Bank has announced an update on the new Recovery Loan Scheme, with a list of lenders now available through their website. 

For more details, please visit:


Calling all tourism and hospitality businesses in Hull & East Yorkshire

Entries are now open for the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire to recognise the significance of tourism in this area.  Running for its 12th year, there are 16 awards open to nominations including Remarkable B&B or Guest House; Remarkable Cuppa; and Remarkable Restaurant. 

Entries will close at Midnight on Sunday 11th September 2022, and the awards ceremony will be held on 10th November at Bridlington Spa. 

For more details and to complete your entry, visit:


Stricter rules coming to clamp down on takeaway litter

The government has announced new guidance that will see more requirements on takeaway food businesses, such as providing litter bins outside of their premises, to ensure that streets are kept litter free.


REMINDER – HMRC’s new Customs Declaration Service

HMRC are reminding businesses that they must use the Customs Declaration Service for import declarations from 1 October 2022 or risk significant delays to importing goods. 

If your business relies on imported goods, please ensure you understand your requirements:



Last call for construction businesses within the Humber

Are you a construction company within the Humber and want to win more work?  Does the process of completing PQQs seem like a headache? 

The Supply Chain Network and HEY Growth Hub invites you to learn more about the PAS91 construction pre-qualification questionnaire and how it can help you to win more work.

Feedback from attendees from previous events, stated:

“Very informative and I learnt a lot regarding the PAS91 and its importance for tendering for contracts going forward”
“Informative & well structured, Good Speakers, Clear & Concise event”

So don’t miss out, the event will be held this week on Wednesday 24th August at the Village Hotel Hull.  For more details and to book your place please visit:


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

01482 391622

Update 25/07/2022

Wellbeing in the workplace

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has launched its Working Well website for employers and employees on improving wellbeing in the workplace and how this can link to increasing productivity and workforce retention. Check out the large range of services and products available to you including information, toolkits, online learning and much more.

For more information, please visit –


Recovery Loan Scheme extended

The government has announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme is to be extended allowing small businesses to apply for government-backed loans for a further two years.  The scheme was originally launched in April 2021 to help businesses recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and so far, has helped over 19,000 businesses.


Alcohol off sales easement extended

The alcohol off-sales easement, introduced during the pandemic, was due to lapse on 30 September 2022, but has now been extended to September 2023.  The easement allows businesses to sell alcohol as part of takeaway services, deliveries, and in outdoor seating areas.


Long Covid support, Covid-19 booster and flu jabs

The government announced last week that the over 50’s and those individuals in a clinical risk group, will be offered a Covid-19 booster and flu jab this autumn.  Flu  jabs will also be extended to over-50’s and secondary school age children.

Guidance on dealing with Long Covid is available on the East Riding of Yorkshire CCG website –



Do you work in the construction industry and want to win more work?

Does the process of completing PQQs seem like a headache? 

Then register to join the Supply Chain Network to learn more about the PAS91 construction pre-qualification questionnaire and how it can help you to win more work.

Within the York and North Yorkshire area, the first event is taking place at the York Hilton on July 28th.  For more details and to book your place please visit:

Within the Humber region, dates and locations are to be confirmed.  To register your interest, please email:


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

01482 391622

Update 27/06/2022

ICT and Connectivity Grants available for local start-up businesses

#GrowMySME has relaunched its popular New Business Start-Up Grant and the all new Start-Up Connectivity Grant. Businesses in the East Riding, Hull, North and North East Lincs area, who have been registered for less than 12 months, could be eligible.

The Start-Up grant offers a £1,000 grant to cover 40% to 50% of eligible project costs. The Connectivity Grant, supports new businesses to get connected to superfast broadband and can fund 100% of costs between £500 to £1,000.

For more details and to arrange a call with an advisor to see if your project is eligible visit:


Government publishes SME Finance Charter

This voluntary agreement signed off by the Business Finance Council, a collaboration between finance providers, business organisations and the government. The Charter consists of 5 commitments that provide a framework for finance providers to set out their specific undertaking to SMEs. Find out what the pledges mean for business:


Government makes it easier for businesses to use temporary staff

The government has introduced a new law that will allow businesses to supply skilled agency workers during industrial action:



Networking Business Breakfast Summer event

There are still some spaces available on the next Networking Business Breakfast. Fuelled by coffee, croissants and chats, or fancy bacon butties with some banter, this informal event gives you a chance to network and make new connections.

Ideal for small or large companies, in any sector. This next event takes place on 7 July, 7.30am, at ergo Business Centre in Hessle.

You can find out further details and register here:


Humber Women’s Network July Meeting

Aimed at Women at any stage of their career who are hoping to inspire and be inspired.   The next meeting will be on Thursday 7 July at 5:30pm – The Punch Hotel, Hull City Centre.

Meet and swap stories face-to-face with your fellow network members and hear from guest speaker, Lisa Walker of White Apple Thinking. The topic will be confidence and being your best self. A light buffet supper will be available with soft drinks, tea and coffee.  To book and for more details, please visit:


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

01482 391622

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).