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Coronavirus Information for NWL Businesses

The Government has a dedicated webpage for employers and businesses providing advice about COVID-19.

Government Tool to assess what funding is available

Please note the new tool has been added to www.gov.uk website which can help all businesses identify funding and support that could be available to them. This is also updated on a regular basis so good to keep checking.

The Government has launched “Bounce Back Loans” for small businesses – for further information for the links

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loanhttps://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-schemes/bounce-back-loans/for-businesses-and-advisors/

If you are Self Employed you can check whether you are eligible for the

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Working safely during coronavirus

The Government has produced 8 sector specific guides to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

The guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. To view the guidance visit: Working safely during coronavirus (GOV.UK)

Advice on cleaning in non-healthcare settings such as workplaces, hotel rooms and student accommodation can be found here.

 Discretionary Grant Fund 

The closing date for applications is 21st June 2020.

This scheme now remains CLOSED.

We know this is a very worrying and challenging time for you all and if you do have any concerns or require further information please contact us at businessfocus@nwleicestershire.gov.iuk

Government launches New Webinars to boost support for businesses:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-webinars-to-boost-support-for-smes-during-coronavirus?utm_source=c33e9811-661b-44c1-92c0-59a5ef4a29ce&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Further Advice

British businesses that may face disruption due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) can visit the dedicated business support website for more information.

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce have created a Coronavirus hub with the latest developments and new financial measures. 

The Federation of Small Business have created the Coronavirus information hub for members and non-members. It is available to the public and is updated throughout the day and contains employer guidance, government and general business advice.

Digital support for SMEs

The Digital Growth Programme is delivering a range of webinars for businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire. Whether you are new to the digital landscape or want to keep-up-to-date with the latest digital marketing techniques, you can access a range of topics from website planning, ecommerce, social media, email marketing and automation.

They are free to attend – the programme, managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Chamber and Leicestershire County Council designed to help SMEs embrace new digital technology to improve productivity to aid growth.

To see the latest webinars dates, visit: https://bit.ly/2A6JSJe

Technology Grants 

Are you looking to invest in technology to help get your business back on track?
Grants from £2k to £25K are available to SMEs across Leicester and Leicestershire

The Digital Growth Programme grant scheme provides financial support of up to 35% of funding towards a technology project that introduces new systems and software, to improve business performance and productivity.

Projects can include remote working solutions, CRM systems, Cloud-based solutions, Warehousing ERP solutions, Cybersecurity, Telecommunications, Broadband connectivity, Website, and Ecommerce integration.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/2Yxbalh

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