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14/05/2021

Business NK - COVID19

Restart grant

The Restart Grant is open for applications. This support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care.

To date, North Kesteven District Council has paid out £3,634,035 in Restart Grants, however we are aware that a number of eligible businesses have not applied. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here.


HMRC advises businesses importing goods from Europe

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is offering advice to traders in Great Britain on how to submit their delayed customs import declarations for non-controlled goods imported from the EU.

This week, the Government department that is responsible for customs and tax processes, has written to more than 200,000 customers with top tips for how to be ready to make delayed import declarations, and how they can access further support. Further information can be found here.


ScaleUp week

ScaleUp Week (17-19 May) is a week-long series of free virtual debates about the crucial issues and opportunities facing growing businesses as they navigate towards a sustainable, diverse and prosperous future. The nationwide conversations include great speakers from across the UK from a variety of backgrounds including BEIS Ministers and other politicians, business and academia, as well as a live audience Q&A. Click here to register and find out more.

Business Lincolnshire is also running a campaign and offers a fantastic ScaleUp Support Programme for Rapid Business Growth. The programme is aimed at rapidly growing businesses with at least five employees and consists of one to one guidance, leadership and management programmes, coaching and mentoring support as well as access to National offers. Click here to find out more.


Shop local directory

The shop local directory is a one stop shop for those looking to buy products locally, listing high street shops and retailers. It’s free to be listed – if you are a trader, email ecodev@n-kesteven.gov.uk with your business details to be added. Each listing contains space for a shopfront or similar image, a Google map showing the pinned business location, opening hours, website and phone number, for purchases or enquiries online and over the phone.

For all existing businesses on the directory please note as of this week we have updated all businesses opening hours to reflect the same hours they were operating on before lockdown. If these have changed please contact ecodev@n-kesteven.gov.uk with any changes and a member of the team will make the changes accordingly.


Skills and training opportunities

New laws will create a post-16 and adult education and training system that is fit for the future, providing the skills that people need for well-paid jobs and opportunities to train throughout their lifetime. The new legislative measures include:

  • Enabling a new student finance system to transform the current student loans system, will give every adult access to a flexible loan for higher-level education and training at university or college, at any point in their lives.
  • Employers will have a statutory role in planning publicly-funded training programmes with education providers, through a "Skills Accelerator" programme.
  • The Secretary of State for Education will be given more powers to intervene in colleges that fail to meet local needs, and to direct structural change where needed to ensure the provider improves.

Further information can be found here.

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


Further easing of Covid restrictions confirmed

Planned Step 3 easements of the Roadmap will go ahead from 17 May. As Infection rates and hospital admissions continue to decrease in line with scientific modelling

To view the full list of new Covid-19 rules and guidance as of 17 May, access the Government website here.


New 'We Offer Testing to our Staff' scheme launched

A new scheme for businesses offering workplace testing for staff through NHS Test and Trace has been launched across the UK. It will show customers, employees and the wider public the businesses that are going the extra mile to keep their staff and the public safe.

In addition to workplace testing, business owners and staff should all follow essential behaviours such as ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’ and, where applicable, checking customers and visitors in using the NHS COVID-19 app.


NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

What to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation, sick pay and financial support.


Webinars for the week ahead

19/05/2021 10:00-12:00 ChamberConnect: Maximise your Online Presence Workshop

19/05/2021 11:00-12:00 Leadership Legacy (Part 2) – Unlock Your Leadership Strengths

19/05/2021 14:00-15:30 A Business Plan for Funding

19/05/2021 10:00-12:00 Sustainable Innovation

20/05/2021 Midlands Connect Strategy - Carbon Reduction