Help for businesses required to close during the coronavirus restrictions and more


Businesses closed by law can apply now for a grant

Businesses that have been legally required to close as a result of the current national restrictions can apply now for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

The grants are allocated on the basis of the rateable value of your property.

Find out more and apply online through our website

PopUp Business School

Whether you are at the beginning of your start-up journey, or you are an already established business, sign up now for the PopUp Business School this December.

The free, five-day online course will run from Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December via Zoom and is broken down into two sessions per day (10am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm).

You’ll gain the information, inspiration and practical advice to teach you how to build and evolve your business. The course will show you a new way of thinking, give you practical ways to get your idea off the ground and show you how to sustain and thrive as a business.

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Still time to sign up for the Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart scheme.

Guidance has been published for employers looking to create 30 or more job placements.

The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is acting as a gateway for local businesses who cannot offer as many as 30 placements. You do not need to be a member to use this scheme. More information can be found on the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce website.

Business support on the HBC website

Our coronavirus business support page has been one of the most visited pages on the website, with more than 21,000 visits since it went live in March. The page is frequently updated with advice and information for businesses.

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Amazon Bootcamp: start selling online

Join a bootcamp with free education to help get your business online from 9am-12.30pm on Friday (20 November).

During this one-day bootcamp, benefit from sessions on how to get your business online, sell your products on Amazon, send your products to customers, scale your operations and master social media. You'll also benefit from Amazon specific training and advice from a dedicated group of experts and advisers.

Book your place now on Eventbrite. 

Unit to let in the Meridian Centre, Havant

A commercial unit is available to let on the first floor of the Meridian Centre, Havant. The Meridian Centre is the main retail focus in the town centre, and the pedestrian thoroughfare between West Street and Elm Lane. Current occupiers include Wilkinsons, Argos and WHSmith.

For more information visit

Grow your business with support from the Solent LEP Peer Network

If you’re a leader in a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), register your interest now to join a free Peer Network programme, run by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with support from Havant Borough Council.

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UK transition

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Businesses should take action now to get ready for new rules from January 2021.

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Self-assessment customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

Self-assessment customers should be alert to criminals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual self-assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. The annual tax return deadline is on 31 January 2021.

In the last 12 months, HMRC has responded to more than 846,000 referrals of suspicious HMRC contact from the public and reported over 15,500 malicious web pages to internet service providers to be taken down. Almost 500,000 of the referrals from the public offered bogus tax rebates.

Report suspicious activity to HMRC at and texts to 60599.

You can also report phone scams online on GOV.UK.

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