Weekly Business Update - 8th September

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8 September 2021

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FINAL Furlough, Sep 21

Furlough scheme closes end of September 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) will end on Thursday 30th September 2021. 

Until then businesses must contribute to the cost of furloughed employee wages at the following rates:

  • Continue to pay furloughed employees 80% of their wages, with the government's contribution for hours not worked remaining at 60%.
  • This means, under the scheme employers must contribute at least 20% of employee wages (capped at £625 per month), for hours not worked.

Final claim deadlines for businesses

  • Claims for furlough days which took place in August 2021, must be made by 14th September 2021.
  • Claims for furlough days in September 2021, must be submitted by 14th October 2021 and any amendments must be made by 28 October 2021.

There will be no furlough days from 1st October 2021, businesses will be responsible for 100% of their employees wages from this point.

More info

The Big Notts Survey

The Big Notts Survey is still open - Have your say!

Nottinghamshire County Council launched their Big Notts Survey in August, to help understand what priorities and concerns residents have as we recover from the pandemic and look to the future.

The survey remains open until Sunday 19th September and results will help inform the County Council's Plan which will be completed this autumn and will detail their priorities for the next 4 years and outline the 10 year vision and aspirations for our county.

It's very important that they hear honest feedback from as many residents as possible from right across the county to ensure all voices are heard, to help shape the plan so it benefits the lives and communities for all.

To find out more information and to complete the survey visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/bignottssurvey.


Self-Employed Income Support Scheme ends soon

The final round of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will close on Thursday 30th September 2021. All claims must be made on or before this date.

The final grant will cover the period May 2021 to September 2021. The amount will be determined by how much your turnover has been reduced in the year April 2020 to April 2021.

The final grant will be worth:

  • 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, capped at £7,500, for those with a turnover reduction of 30% or more.
  • 30% of 3 months’ average trading profits, capped at £2,850, for those with a turnover reduction of less than 30%.

What you'll need to make a claim

Applicants will need to provide 2 turnover figures as part of a claim, which will be used to work out how much grant will be awarded.

You do not need turnover figures if you started trading in 2019 to 2020 and did not trade in all of the following tax years:

  • 2018 to 2019
  • 2017 to 2018
  • 2016 to 2017

When you claim you’ll also need your:

  • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
  • National Insurance number
  • Government Gateway user ID and password
  • UK bank details including account number, sort code, name on the account and address linked to the account

For more information and to apply for the final SEISS grant, click 'Support For Business' below.

Support For Business

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Funding and Support to reduce the carbon emissions of SMEs

Nottingham Trent University’s new Sustainability in Enterprise (SiE) programme focuses on four key areas of business performance:

People - claim a 20% grant towards the salary of a new graduate hire and introduce sustainability champions into your workforce with our free early careers development programme 

Products - receive support from a team of commercial product design specialists to design out waste and reduce carbon emissions

Processes and Premises - benefit from expert business sustainability consultancy provided by professionally qualified consultants, and teams of final-year NTU students working alongside subject matter experts. Further to this consultancy, businesses can access fully funded carbon management workshops and a grant (up to £5,000) to support with the implementation of eligible carbon reduction measures

Does your business qualify?

Support available through the Sustainability in Enterprise (SiE) project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Support is only available to SMEs based in the Greater Nottingham (SUDS) area.

For more info

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for support, please contact sie@ntu.ac.uk

Growth Hub

D2N2 Growth Hub - New Business Events Added

The D2N2 Growth Hub continue to offer valuable help and advice to businesses in Broxtowe. This includes various events delivered online due to the pandemic.

Upcoming events

All the events listed below are free to businesses and are delivered virtually.

For a full programme of future events, click 'Business Events' below.

Business Events

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 info and to access, click 'Skills Hub' below.

Skills Hub

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).

Council services during the COVID-19 pandemic

We have a Open For Business page on our website which has lots of useful information about how can businesses continue to operate safely during the pandemic.

Employers still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business, which includes Coronavirus. 

Businesses should also closely monitor official communications from the Council and relevant industry bodies.

Open For Business

We are also sharing regular updates about affected Council services at https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can also get updates on our social media accounts.