Business News from Somerset West and Taunton

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Job Support Scheme

The Government has announced a package of measures for employers and businesses. This includes the following:

  • The Job Support Scheme which will replace furlough in November
  • The extension of bounceback and CBILS loan repayments
  • Income tax deferral for eligible businesses
  • A continuation of VAT at 5% for hospitality and tourism businesses until March 2021.

The full statement can be viewed here. 

Click below to view the full statement.

NHS Covid-19 App

A reminder that the NHS Covid-19 app has launched in England and Wales to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. Businesses are now required by law to display the official NHS QR code posters so people can check-in at different premises with the app.

You can find a range of resources online, including:

UK Transition - Check the rules from January 2021

The UK has left the EU and the transition period comes to an end this year. Take action now to get ready for the new rules from January 2021.

Click for more information

Further information on transition is also available at the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.

Business Restructuring and Resources Hub

Taunton Chamber of Commerce is launching a ‘Restructuring and Resources’ Support Service aimed at businesses seeking to recruit or needing to reallocate staff resource. The resource is open to both members and non-members. Click below for further details.

Restructuring and Resources Hub

Upcoming Business Support Workshops and Events

Bounce Back Digital

Various sessions throughout October

Webinars, online short courses and cyber support ‘buddy sessions’ for businesses from Heart of the South West Growth Hub. There are various activities in October which are free to attend including:

  • How to use Canva to Create E-books and Flyers
  • Using Xero
  • Cyber Security
  • Guide to Google Suite
  • Thriving with sustainable digital decisions

A range of other information sessions such as Allergen Awareness, Intellectual Property, Time Management are also available with details posted on the Heart of South West Growth Hub website.

Click here for further information.

Covid Outcomes Webinar and Q&A

Date: Wednesday 7th October 10am to 10:30 am

Somerset County Council public health team are running a webinar and Q&A about ‘coronavirus learnings from workplace outbreaks’.  It is targeted at businesses with 50+ employees.  The details are below and it is free to attend.

Title: Key factors behind corona virus outbreaks in large workplaces and how to avoid it happening to you.

There is now lots of learning from Corona virus outbreaks around the country about how the outbreaks are occurring within workforces, through activities in and out of work.  Knowledge is power; minimise the risks to your business by listening to advice from our public health team.  Suitable for businesses with 50+ employees.

Click this link at 10am to attend.

For any queries regarding this event contact

South West Creative Technology Network Automation Showcase event

Date: Friday 16 October

Share a year of deep thinking and prototype-making by artists, technologists, health & education professionals, engineering & manufacturing experts, architects, academics and researchers, in the field of Automation.

For further information click here.