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Less than one month left to apply for the Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is still open for applications. This support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here. The closing date is Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Fiver Fest shopping event in June

In June, Totally Locally are running the national campaign Fiver Fest. The two week event offers independent businesses the chance to work together and encourage people to shop in their local villages and towns, whilst offering a discount to new and returning customers.

If you are interested in getting involved please email a member of the team with your business name and address and we can produce some promotional assets for your business.

EU Settlement Scheme

EU settlement

The Home Office is advising businesses that the deadline for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (30 June 2021) is nearing.

It is therefore important that all businesses check with their EU, EEA and Swiss employees who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, to make sure that they have already applied or will do so before the deadline so that this doesn’t impact on staffing. See here for more information.

Support is available from citizens advice, you can access this online or by calling 0800 448 0734

Calling all small businesses to lead the charge to net zero

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng have called on every small business in the UK to take small, practical steps to cut their emissions as part of the UK’s journey to net zero. NKDC's target is to reach net zero by 2030, and every individual and business can play their part.

Together they will launch the Together for our Planet ‘Business Climate Leaders’ campaign, a new drive 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.

Small businesses can use the hub to find practical tools, resources and advice to understand their emissions and develop a plan to tackle them. For more information please see here.

£166 million cash injection for green technology and 60,000 UK jobs

The green technology required to help the UK meet its world-leading climate targets has been given a £166.5 million cash injection, just 6 months on from the publication of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

The multi-million pound investment, awarded to innovators, businesses, academics and heavy industry right across the UK, will accelerate the delivery of the critical game-changing technologies needed to further drive Britain’s climate change ambitions, while creating over 60,000 jobs across the UK.

You can find out more information on how this investment will take the UK closer to delivering on our ambitious climate commitments by reading the GOV.UK story.

SMEs can enter the United Nations’ competition on transforming food systems

The UN Food Systems Summit competition ‘Best Small Business: Good Food for All’ will identify the best SMEs from across the world transforming food systems for a better tomorrow. 

The competition closes for applications on 6 June 2021 and any business can apply if it has between five and 250 employees and plays a role in any aspect of the food value and supply chain. It’s a great opportunity for small organisations to get publicity, plus a share of a £100K prize! Apply for the competition today.

Update on the Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme

Government and insurers have agreed to end the successful temporary trade credit scheme. The Government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) announced that the temporary Trade Credit Reinsurance (TCR) scheme will close on 30 June as planned.

The scheme has directly benefitted over half a million businesses, providing certainty to firms across the UK and safeguarding jobs. It protected more than £575 billion of business turnover by providing around £210 billion in insurance cover. Further info here.

Free support for North Kesteven businesses

The Council 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

Quarterly economic survey closes on Monday

The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is your chance to have your say on the issues which are affecting your business. The QES compares the last three months to the quarter before.

By completing the survey you can add a strong Lincolnshire voice to the national results, which are passed over to policymakers to help the country bounce back strongly. You can take the QES here.

Small business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses. Promoting one a day for 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2021.

The 100 businesses receive exposure on the Small Business Saturday's social media channels and in the local and national press. Applications are now open, please see here for more information.

New vaccine toolkit for employers

The Department for Health has launched a new toolkit for employers to help ensure employees get reliable information about COVID-19 vaccines. Several major businesses, including Asda, IKEA and Santander, have already pledged to promote vaccine uptake with their employees and to allow flexibility for staff to get vaccinated during work hours.

Access the toolkit to get materials for you to run internal awareness campaigns promoting the benefits of vaccination, including key messages, posters, fact sheets and videos providing accurate up to date information. The government is calling on as many employers as possible to join the campaign and support the efforts to continue to bring the nation out of lockdown.

Webinars for the week ahead

08/06/2021 10:00-11:30 Planning a Website and Writing Content

08/06/2021 14:00-15:30 Beginners Guide to Financial Planning for Success

09/06/2021 08:30-11:00 Supply Chain Improvement Programme Workshop

09/06/2021 10:00-12:00 ChamberConnect: Social Media Advertising Workshop

09/06/2021 14:00-15:30 Paid Ads on Social Media

10/06/2021 10:00-11:30 Get More Business using Google Analytics & Digital Marketing Data