COVID-19 update for businesses and more business news from Horsham District Council

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Business support and advice

From Horsham District Council

Update for businesses impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 Roadmap 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the delay in the move to step 4 in the UK Government COVID-19 roadmap, we wanted to provide some links to additional support that may help your business during this challenging time.

Weddings and funerals

From 21 June the rules for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies; and wedding receptions and civil partnership celebrations and the rules on funerals and commemorative events, such as stone-setting ceremonies, the scattering of ashes or a wake, have changed.


Eviction protection extended

Businesses that have had to remain closed during the pandemic and are unable to pay rent on their commercial property will continue to be protected from eviction, giving them the breathing space they need and helping to protect jobs, the government has announced on 16 June 2021.

Read more about the eviction protection extension


Updated working safely guidance

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have updated the working safely guidance for heritage locations, the visitor economy and hotels and other guest accommodation to reflect changes to step three of the roadmap from 21 June.

Read the updated guidance about working safely


Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ('furlough')

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated with a reminder that from 1 July 2021, the Government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

Read the latest guidance about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ('furlough')


Support for business

We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for your business and we are here to support you as much as we can. Make sure you visit our dedicated web page with all the latest information relevant to businesses, employees and the self-employed based in Horsham District.

Visit our website


For the latest government guidance, visit GOV.UK: Coronavirus Business Support

Funding for farmers in protected landscapes

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have launched a programme to provide funding to support farmers and land managers to improve local climate, nature and human outcomes.

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is open to all farmers and land managers within an AONB or National Park in England, or the Broads (including South Downs National Park and the High Weald AONB).

Find out more

New Meet the Expert workshops

Get Set for Growth logo

In the next few months, Get Set for Growth have a fantastic set of Meet the Expert interactive sessions focusing on business finance and featuring key speakers from the British Business Bank, Finpoint, Innovate UK, Let's do Business and South East Angels. 

View the programme

Government net zero environmental campaign

The Government's Business, Energy and Environment Department (BEIS) has launched the Together for our Planet 'Business Climate Leaders' campaign. The campaign aims to encourage small and micro businesses to commit to cutting their emissions in half by 2030 and to net zero by 2050 or sooner through the new UK Business Climate Hub.

You can use the hub to find practical tools, resources and advice to understand your small businesses' emissions and develop a plan to tackle them, as well as providing ideas for steps they can take.

Visit the Climate Hub

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