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15/01/2021

Business NK - COVID19

Financial support for businesses

We have received the guidance and our allocation for the Local Restriction Support Grant CA and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP), we are still awaiting our funding however understand that we will receive this today, Friday 15 January.

Please note that we will be making an automated payment to all businesses that applied and were eligible for the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum from the November Lockdown. Payments will be made next week and will include payment for the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum (42 day payment), Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum Tier 4 (5 day payment for the period North Kesteven was in Tier 4) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) (one off payment).

For guidance on the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum please see here. If you believe you are eligible for the LRSG (closed) Addendum from the national lockdown in November then please contact grants@n-kesteven.gov.uk with your business name and business rates number. Please note we are receiving a high volume of enquiries and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (open) & Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed)

This grant is currently ceased during the national lockdown. All funds have now been allocated for the period of 3rd December to 30th December for the LRSG (Open), no monies remain.

Additional Restriction Support Grant (ARG) Severe Impact

The ARG Severe Impact is now closed for Expressions of Interest (EoI), the policy is currently being approved and we will be shortly emailing those who submitted an EoI and those who may be eligible asking to supply further evidence for validation.

Additional Restriction Support Grant (ARG) Required to Close

An automated payment of £2,001 will be made next week to businesses who applied and were eligible for the ARG Required to Close for the November Lockdown to cover the 42 day period of National Lockdown we are in.

Details will be shared shortly if we open this up for new applications to cover the current (third) National Lockdown.


Covid Safety Ambassadors on hand across the District

Two Covid Safety Ambassadors will be on hand across the District to protect the health of communities, while bolstering public confidence in high streets and retail areas.

One, Joe Walker, is already in place and started this Monday, 11 January. He has experience working with the public as a pub General Manager as well as additional training for the role. A second ambassador is due to join him on Monday.

Working as a pair, they will explain, encourage and engage on best practice and compliance for businesses in various settings.

In their role they will:

  • Cover different times of day and will work to identify and support those businesses found not to be following government guidelines.
  • Be easily identifiable with uniforms and carry identification documents from the Council.
  • Approach customers not following Covid guidance and encourage them to comply.
  • Never call to a residential property, only working within business premises and public spaces.

They do not hold the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices, which remains the remit of police and Local Authority enforcement officers. Any business matters requiring enforcement will be escalated to the relevant partners including the local Environmental Health Team.

The ambassadors will be in place until the end of March and will be provided using Government funding identified specifically for this purpose. 

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Mark Stuart (Public Protection Manager) on 01529 308287 or mark_stuart@n-kesteven.gov.uk


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Free support for North Kesteven businesses

NKDC offers the service of a Business Support Adviser, Phil Means. Phil can assist businesses and provide bespoke advice and support.

If you are in business and feel you could benefit from free business advice please contact him. Either call Phil on 07920 472671 or email phil_means@n-kesteven.gov.uk


BEIS information packs for Brexit transition

BEIS has provided the following information packs on Brexit transition changes and Sector specific Brexit transition actions. 


Last month for SME’s to join Peer Networks programme

January is the last month for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME’s) in Greater Lincolnshire to sign up for the Peer Networks programme. The scheme, delivered by the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub, aims to bring together SME’s and build a trusted support network, whilst helping solve common issues that businesses face.

This is an opportunity for local business leaders to come together and tackle a range of mutual challenges, using the expertise of like-minded business owners and directors to strengthen their own operations and improve long-term performance.

If you’d like to apply to join the Peer Networks programme, visit the Business Lincolnshire website to find out more, or email them. 


Webinars for the weeks ahead

18/01/2021 09:30-15:30  NBV | Starting in Business | Online

20/01/2021 09:30-10:30 Get Your Business Visible on Google

20/01/2021 10:00-12:00 Amazon Seller Masterclass

20/01/202110:00-12:00 ChamberConnect: Public Relations – The Basics and More Workshop

20/01/2021 10:45-12:00 Get Started with Analytics

21/01/2021 09:00-17:00 Business 'SMART Growth' Support package

21/01/2021 10:00-12:00 ChamberConnect: How to Write a Killer Marketing Plan Workshop

21/01/2021 12:30-13:00 ChamberConnect: Cyber Security – How to Stay Safe