Business COVID-19 Update - 21st April 2021

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21st April 2021

Business COVID-19 Updates

Reporting Non-Compliant Businesses

With the re-opening of various businesses and settings from 12th April, there is regrettably the opportunity for some businesses not to comply with the Covid-Secure guidelines set out by Government, which must be followed as part of trading in STEP 2 and are law.

If you witness or are made aware of any businesses not complying with the latest Covid-19 restrictions, including trading in a manner that is not currently permitted, this should reported to us immediately.

This will ensure follow up contact is made and enforcement where applicable, to help control the spread of the virus.

What should businesses be doing at STEP 2?

Full details can be found on the Government's website.

In summary:

  • All retail can now re-open to customers Covid-Securely. Face coverings must be worn.
  • Hospitality settings, which includes pubs, cafes and restaurants can serve outdoors only. Nothing must be consumed by customers indoors at any of these settings under any circumstances.
  • Close contact settings, which include hairdressers, barbers and nail bars can also re-open Covid-Securely. Face coverings to be worn by staff and customers, but can be removed temporarily where necessary to carry out treatments, for example beard trimming.

How to report Non-compliant businesses

Please make us aware by emailing -

If a business is not complying with the law

Businesses in breach of Covid-19 restrictions around trading, will be liable for a fine. Furthermore, ongoing enforcement action taken by the Council against any businesses, will affect the eligibility of discretionary Covid support grants.

What we are doing to ensure businesses are informed

Covid-19 Information Officers and the Public Protection team are working with businesses to ensure they are aware of the latest trading restrictions, offering advice and support to ensure full compliance.

Track and Trace Reminder

By law, various venues must collect details of ALL customers and visitors on their premises, not just a single nominated contact for the table/group, regardless of them being indoor or outdoor venues or mobile settings. These venues include:

  • hospitality businesses, including all pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés;
  • tourism and leisure venues, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks;
  • close contact businesses, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors;
  • facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres;
  • places of worship.

Businesses and venues may recognise this is different to how contact details had to be collected previously under Track and Trace.

Where a customer/visitor may not have the NHS Covid-19 App to check into a venue using their digital device, details will need to be recorded using a manual system instead.

More information can be found in the Track and Trace section of our Open For Business webpage.

Open For Business

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG), from 1st April

The Council has been provided £594,000 to support over 400 businesses affected by the pandemic, through a discretionary grant scheme, following the closure of its previous Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme on 14th February 2021.

The new ARG scheme

Has been created to deliver financial support from the 1st April, will effectively replace the previous ARG scheme and will be based on the similar principles. 

The scheme will aim to continue supporting businesses that do not have a business rates account, but will also allow a greater scope of businesses to qualify for support from the Council.

Businesses that are eligible to receive a Restart Grant, will not receive a grant under the ARG scheme.

How to access financial support as a business

Further information on the different rates eligible businesses will be paid and the application form, is available via our Support For Business webpage.

Support For Business


STEP 3 and businesses that remain closed

Providing this is confirmed by Government and all four tests for re-opening are met, the country could officially move to STEP 3 from Monday 17th May 2021.

This date is however subject to change and will not occur any earlier.

More information about what will happen on reaching STEP 3 is available on our Open For Business webpage.

Businesses remaining closed

There may be some venues which have decided it was too challenging to re-open to customers on the 12th April, whether this is down to staffing to provide table service, stock availability or simply a lack of available outdoor space for it to be viable.

Those businesses are reminded that food and drinks, including alcohol, can still be provided on a takeaway basis. This means that customers can enter their premises to place and collect their order. Good purchased this way must be consumed off the premises, which includes their outdoor areas.

Food and drinks can also be provided via drive through, as well as click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered by phone, online, via a mobile app or post, and collected without entering the premises) and delivery.

Open For Business

Commercial Property News

Council Offices, Beeston

New Office Space Available - Council Offices, Beeston

If your business is downsizing and need a smaller space for your employees, OR if you’re searching for a space to call your own as a start-up business, we have the space for you.

What's available

The Council have available space in their newly refurbished offices in Beeston Town Centre and are looking for new tenants to share the premises.

Who can apply?

We are currently assessing interest and welcome applications from all interested parties, no matter how large or small your company. Accommodation ranges from your own dedicated space to desks in a shared hub, providing a cost effective solution for your office requirements.

More about Beeston

Beeston is a busy town centre with a variety of leisure and retail opportunities. The town has excellent transport links via the A52 and M1 as well as tram and bus links to Nottingham, Derbyshire and beyond.

Further property Information

All accommodation will adhere to Covid-19 regulations and will be safe working spaces.

Price negotiable on space required.

If interested please email Sandra Scott - Commercial Manager, directly at for further details.

Stapleford Hub

Stapleford Hub

The Council is also pleased to offer newly refurbished office space To Let, at the former Police Station building in Stapleford Town Centre.

The building was recently refurbished to a high specification and includes:

  • GF and FF Office Space
  • Individual offices to rent
  • B1 use class

Key Features

  • Located in Stapleford Town Centre, with dedicated parking available
  • Fully serviced
  • Kitchen space and facilities and separate Breakout area
  • Intercom System and coded access

For more information about availability and pricing, please click 'More Info' below.

More Info

Stapleford Post Office Opportunity

The Post Office are seeking an applicant from a successful retailer, to incorporate a Post Office Local into their existing or proposed business in Stapleford.

Closing date for applications is the 28th July 2021. However, advert may close early if sufficient interest is registered. Click 'More Info' below to find out more.

What is a Post Office Local?
Integrating Post Office services into a vibrant and sustainable retail business, so they can be offered over the same opening hours. The exact layout and design will be agreed with you to suit your business.

More Info

Support, Training and Skills Updates

Skills Access Hub

Skills Access Hub

Businesses can now access free impartial advice from experienced Skills Advisors and develop action plans to close skills gaps within the workforce.

The plan could focus on upskilling the existing team, or look at ways to bring new skills and capacity into the business via apprenticeships, Kickstart, internships and/or graduate placements.

The dedicated team of Skills Advisers work with businesses on a one-to-one basis, to ensure support it tailored and responsive to business needs.

For more information visit -

The Skills Access Hub is a 3-year project, part-funded by the European Social Fund, that offers skills advice and brokerage support to small and medium sized businesses based across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2).

Digital Upscaler 2

Digital Upscaler Awareness

Is your business scaling at a fast pace? Are your growth plans on hold due to not having access to digital technologies, resources and knowledge?

If this sounds like your business you may be eligible to expert-led digital support and advice through the Digital Upscaler project.

The programme consists of:

  • Intensive one-to-one digital adviser support
  • Capital technology grants of between £10,000 - £50,000
  • Funded diagnostic consultancy and support to implement new technology
  • Digital strategy programme and Technology Forums

If you are interested, why not book onto one of the four awareness sessions available?

Dates: 28th April 2021

Click below to book.

Upscaler Sessions

Council services during the COVID-19 pandemic

We have a Support for Business page on our website which has lots of useful information about grants, schemes and links to guidance.

More Info

We are also sharing regular updates about affected Council services at

You can also get updates on our social media accounts.