This page has been created to provide you with guidance with links to essential information and available support for your business. This page will be updated on a regular basis as new information is available.
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Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level (LCAL) measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL 'Very High' restrictions between now and Thursday.
The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, the UK government has said that it will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
The government has updated its guidance for businesses on working safely during Coronavirus.
As Coronavirus (COVID -19) continues to impact the operations of organisations, we understand the importance to take the correct steps in order to support the governments strategy as well as your business. Our advisors can help you and your members. Call the Chamber HR advice line on 01455 852037 or alternatively, find out more about the Chamber Protect services here
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant extension
The SEISS grant was extended from 1 November 2020. Today, the Chancellor announced that support for millions more workers through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be increased, with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500. Find out if you are eligible and how much you can get.
Business premises forced to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the business grants as outlined here. Business grant policy is fully devolved. Devolved Administrations will receive Barnett consequentials which they could use to establish similar schemes.
Application deadlines have been extended to January 31 2021 for the following schemes:
The RNIB has put together guidance for service providers on how to make lockdown measures accessible to blind and partially sighted people and I have been asked to pass this on to my local Chamber of Commerce and FSB.
Support for UK SMEs to grow, following the disruption caused by COVID-19up to £2.5k available funding, to find out more visit BT’s website.
Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched: The Small Business Leadership Programme will equip business leaders with the confidence and leadership skills to plan for the future of their business, and ensure that they are in a great position to recover from the impacts of coronavirus. The Peer Networks Programme will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills, through a series of guided exercises. Members of the programme will be given skills in areas such as leadership and management, sales and marketing that they need to tackle these challenges head-on while growing their business.
The Arts Council have recently re-opened their National Lottery Project Grants to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers. The fund is open until April 2021, for more information visit the Arts Council website.
British Chambers Coronavirus Resources
As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, the British Chambers team has collated information and resources from the UK government and the Chamber Network in an online support hub.