COVID-19 ADVICE AND SUPPORT

COVID-19 Advice for Businesses

Roadmap to recovery - getting ready to reopen

Roadmap to recovery - getting ready to reopen

Date: 07/04/2021

The Roadmap to Recovery adheres to the timetable that the government set out earlier in the year. We are looking forward to a summer with fewer restrictions which is great news. To ensure that we continue to manage COVID-19 and reopen successfully and safely there are a few things to bear in mind.

Roadmap to recovery - getting ready to reopen

Roadmap to recovery - getting ready to reopen

Date: 29/03/2021

Many businesses are preparing to reopen from 12 April 2021 and some useful information has been published about Working safely during COVID-19. There have been a few announcements over the past weeks that will support business to trade safely.

Economic crisis and our recovery: a key council priority

Economic crisis and our recovery: a key council priority

Date: 25/03/2021

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and partner organisations have created a working group to look at how best to tackle the borough’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 Business Update - 19/03/2021

Covid-19 Business Update - 19/03/2021

Date: 19/03/2021

Approximately 95% of children in Southend have successfully returned to school, which is great news and means we remain on track for a summer with fewer restrictions

Southend Roadmap to Recovery Briefing taking place March 30

Southend Roadmap to Recovery Briefing taking place March 30

Date: 16/03/2021

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is hosting a live online briefing for businesses on the 30 March.

Additional Restriction Grants available for eligible businesses in Southend

Additional Restriction Grants available for eligible businesses in Southend

Date: 10/02/2021

After receiving an allocation of £3,662,500 by the Government to fund Additional Restrictions Grants, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have now opened the application process for eligible businesses to apply for this grant funding.

COVID-19 business grants schemes update - ARG Second Round Open!

COVID-19 business grants schemes update - ARG Second Round Open!

Date: 04/02/2021

A reminder that Rochford District Council has launched a second round of its Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for eligible businesses.

COVID-19 Business Update 28/01/2021

COVID-19 Business Update 28/01/2021

Date: 28/01/2021

To reduce COVID-19 transmissions it is important that people who can work from home are enabled and encouraged to do so.

COVID-19 business grants schemes update

COVID-19 business grants schemes update

Date: 28/01/2021

Rochford District Council has today (Thursday 28 January) launched a second round of its Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for eligible businesses.

Eligible Southend businesses advised to apply for grants through new single form

Eligible Southend businesses advised to apply for grants through new single form

Date: 19/01/2021

Southend-based businesses which have been significantly affected as a result of coronavirus restrictions may be eligible for further government grant funding.

Coronavirus: Latest Statement

Coronavirus: Latest Statement

Date: 14/01/2021

The latest statement from Rochford District Council, in relation to COVID-19, is now available, including the following update:

Employers must be wary of requiring employees to have a Coronavirus vaccine

Employers must be wary of requiring employees to have a Coronavirus vaccine

Date: 13/01/2021

A South Essex-based employment solicitor has said that employers must be wary of forcing employees to have a Coronavirus vaccine.

Grants for Businesses Chancellor Announcement on 5th January 2021

Grants for Businesses Chancellor Announcement on 5th January 2021

Date: 07/01/2021

The Chancellor has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. Any business which is legally required to close, and which cannot operate effectively remotely, is eligible for a grant.

COVID-19 Business Briefing 23 December 2020

COVID-19 Business Briefing 23 December 2020

Date: 23/12/2020

Sussex and rest of Essex moved to Tier 4 from Boxing Day

COVID-19 Business Briefing

COVID-19 Business Briefing

Date: 21/12/2020

Non-essential retail closes as Tier 4 imposed on London and South East

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Briefing 17 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Briefing 17 December 2020

Date: 17/12/2020

Furlough scheme extended to end of April 2021

COVID-19 Business Update 17.12.2020

COVID-19 Business Update 17.12.2020

Date: 17/12/2020

Just a short note to let you know that new grant payment forms are available to apply for:

A Message from SELEP Chair Christian Brodie

A Message from SELEP Chair Christian Brodie

Date: 16/12/2020

As 2020 comes to a close and many of us get ready to enjoy the festive period in whatever way we can before the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to reach out to the businesses who have, without a doubt, had one of their toughest ever years of trading – and to reassure you that rather than slowing down as we leave this year behind, we will be ramping up our business support efforts in 2021.

Essex Business Adaptations Fund (EBAF)

Essex Business Adaptations Fund (EBAF)

Date: 15/12/2020

The Council has been allocated around £90,000 in funding from Essex County Council to help businesses fund the adaptations they need to make to their business in response to COVID regulations.

Government announces that Southend-on-Sea will move into Tier 3 on Wednesday

Government announces that Southend-on-Sea will move into Tier 3 on Wednesday

Date: 14/12/2020

The Government has announced that Southend-on-Sea will be entering tier 3 restrictions at 00:01 on Wednesday 16 December.

Business COVID-19 Update 14.12.2020

Business COVID-19 Update 14.12.2020

Date: 14/12/2020

Business Grants The government has made business grants available during national restrictions and periods of local restrictions.

Council reminds local stores about face covering and social distancing rules

Council reminds local stores about face covering and social distancing rules

Date: 07/12/2020

The council has written to large retailers across the Borough to remind them of the importance of asking customers to wear face coverings and keep social distancing.

Covid-19 Business Update 02/12/2020

Covid-19 Business Update 02/12/2020

Date: 02/12/2020

Business opening on 2 December We are now able to confirm that opening on the 2 December will not affect the COVID business closure grant for those businesses mandated to close, which is for the period 5 November – 3 December.

Shops can stay open longer in the run-up to Christmas

Shops can stay open longer in the run-up to Christmas

Date: 01/12/2020

Retailers will be allowed to extend their daily opening hours Monday-Saturday throughout December and January, the government has announced.

Essex placed in tier two and Kent and Medway in tier three by government

Essex placed in tier two and Kent and Medway in tier three by government

Date: 27/11/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his ‘heartache and frustration’ on behalf of businesses affected by COVID-19 restrictions, as the government announced Essex would be in tier two and Kent and Medway in tier three from 2 December.

 COVID-19 Business Update 27.11.2020

COVID-19 Business Update 27.11.2020

Date: 27/11/2020

The End of Lockdown and re-opening your businesses

COVID-19 Business Update - 24.11.2020

COVID-19 Business Update - 24.11.2020

Date: 25/11/2020

Opportunity for Southend businesses to discuss the ending of lockdown and new Tier system

COVID-19 business grants schemes now open for applications

COVID-19 business grants schemes now open for applications

Date: 25/11/2020

Rochford District Council is today launching an application process for local businesses to access government funded COVID-19 support grants. Nearly £1.9m is available in total to distribute to businesses across the district.

Tougher Tiers to return post-lockdown as government announces its COVID Winter Plan

Tougher Tiers to return post-lockdown as government announces its COVID Winter Plan

Date: 24/11/2020

The Prime Minister has published the government’s COVID Winter Plan, setting out a toughened Tier system which will follow the end of national restrictions on December 2.

The Council's COVID updates statement for 20.11.2020

The Council's COVID updates statement for 20.11.2020

Date: 23/11/2020

Please note these daily briefings will now be weekly on Fridays.

Guidance for employers on RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

Guidance for employers on RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

Date: 11/11/2020

We know that some employers pay their employees earlier than usual over the Christmas period, for example the business may close for Christmas and New Year. If you do pay early, please report your normal payment date on your Full Payment Submission (FPS).

Support grants available for Southend businesses forced to close in second lockdown

Support grants available for Southend businesses forced to close in second lockdown

Date: 09/11/2020

Businesses which have been ordered to close for four weeks due to the national COVID-19 restrictions may be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,000.

Furlough scheme extended  to March 2021

Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

Date: 06/11/2020

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has today announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the furlough scheme – has been extended until the end of March.

A Message from Christian Brodie, Chair of South East LEP

A Message from Christian Brodie, Chair of South East LEP

Date: 06/11/2020

As we enter this second national lockdown, we all have a better idea of what to expect, but this period will no doubt bring with it a flood of concerns and challenges for businesses, particularly at this time of year.

National lockdown from November 5th confirmed

National lockdown from November 5th confirmed

Date: 05/11/2020

The government has released detailed information on the new national lockdown restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, and the financial support available.

Stay at home from Thursday, Prime Minister announces in new lockdown

Stay at home from Thursday, Prime Minister announces in new lockdown

Date: 02/11/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new four week lockdown across England, starting from Thursday.

Information on government’s extension of financial support schemes

Information on government’s extension of financial support schemes

Date: 02/11/2020

As England prepares to go into a four-week lockdown, government has detailed the support it is extending to help employers and employees from 4 November.

COVID-19 Hospitality Business update 20/10/2020

COVID-19 Hospitality Business update 20/10/2020

Date: 20/10/2020

Requirements on Businesses within the Hospitality Sector during the Emergency Period

Rapid COVID-19 test kits pathway to reopening more of the UK economy

Rapid COVID-19 test kits pathway to reopening more of the UK economy

Date: 17/10/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK’s future plans to re-open more of the economy thanks to the development of faster, simpler Coronavirus test kits.

COVID-19 Alert levels

COVID-19 Alert levels

Date: 16/10/2020

Earlier this week the Prime Minister made a statement, on the response to the pandemic. He set out a three-tiered system of local COVID-19 Alert Levels in England – medium, high, and very high. Southend on Sea Borough currently sits within the Medium level and Essex has moved into High.

COVID-19 Business Briefing

COVID-19 Business Briefing

Date: 16/10/2020

Government confirms Essex to move to high COVID alert level

Jobs Support scheme expanded for firms closed in COVID-19 local lockdowns

Jobs Support scheme expanded for firms closed in COVID-19 local lockdowns

Date: 09/10/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions.

Council open door to businesses

Council open door to businesses

Date: 05/10/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is keen to maintain an open dialog with businesses, so that we can work together to keep Southend open. On 7 October, from 11:30am – 12:30pm, we will be hosting an open door session where representatives from Public Health, Southend Council and the Police will be available to answer questions.

COVID-19 Business Briefing

COVID-19 Business Briefing

Date: 30/09/2020

Prime Minister announces Lifetime Skills Guarantee to boost post-coronavirus economy

Self-Isolation and Testing

Self-Isolation and Testing

Date: 29/09/2020

We are aware of some cases where individuals are not self-isolating, even though they have been in contact with someone who has had a confirmed case of COVID-19. We need to stress the importance of self-isolation in these situations. Please do not wait to be contacted by the test and trace teams if you know you have been in contact with a confirmed case.

Second round of discretionary business grants scheme available

Second round of discretionary business grants scheme available

Date: 03/08/2020

A further group of businesses will be able to apply for funding aimed at helping those businesses whose finances have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

 Council contributes £25,000 to Southend Emergency Fund

Council contributes £25,000 to Southend Emergency Fund

Date: 04/06/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has contributed £25,000 to the Southend Emergency Fund to support local third sector organisations working with those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The cash will be distributed to organisations and projects in 2020/21 in the form of small grants.

Business As Not Usual -  a short film telling the story of COVID-19

Business As Not Usual - a short film telling the story of COVID-19

Date: 06/05/2020

This is a short film telling the story of COVID-19 from the perspective of a small business owner. It's a story of uncertainty, resilience and adaptation.

Businesses urged to apply for grants as payments out reach £28m

Businesses urged to apply for grants as payments out reach £28m

Date: 01/05/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging all remaining eligible local businesses to apply for Government grant funding to support them during the coronavirus shutdown.

Business grant payments near £20m

Business grant payments near £20m

Date: 21/04/2020

Nearly 2,250 business grant applications have now been processed by the council, with £19.65m paid out to 1,623 businesses. This is made up of 1,292 BACS payments made for the small business grant, and 331 BACS payments made for the retail, hospitality and leisure grants.

Southend-on-Sea businesses urged to apply for coronavirus business grants

Southend-on-Sea businesses urged to apply for coronavirus business grants

Date: 17/04/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging local businesses to apply for Government grant funding to support them during the coronavirus shutdown.

Coronavirus - Business Grants Update 15.04.20

Coronavirus - Business Grants Update 15.04.20

Date: 15/04/2020

BACS payments to over 1,000 small businesses have now been made, as the council continues to work hard to support local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and pass on the small business grants.

 Nearly £10m paid out in small business grants

Nearly £10m paid out in small business grants

Date: 14/04/2020

Nearly £10m in grants for small businesses have been paid out to 944 businesses, as the council continues to work hard to support local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.

Grants Update

Grants Update

Date: 09/04/2020

The first grants for small businesses were paid out on Wednesday 8th April 2020, as the council continues to work hard to support local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic. Payments will continue to be processed into the Easter weekend.

Current nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment

Current nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment

Date: 03/04/2020

As I am sure you are aware there is a current nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). While we and our partners await our outstanding orders for PPE, we are asking for your assistance to enable Southend to provide the best possible protection to our frontline workers. We are reaching out to you as part of the Southend business community to work with us in this fight against the Coronavirus, in line with our collaborative approach.

Covid 19  - Business Grant Application Process

Covid 19 - Business Grant Application Process

Date: 02/04/2020

Small businesses, as well as companies in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, now have the opportunity to apply for a grant to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses that remain open

Businesses that remain open

Date: 01/04/2020

If you have decided to and are permitted to remain open during the ongoing pandemic, it is important you keep yourself, your staff and your customers safe by following the Government guidelines in regard to social distancing during the provision of your service.

Small Business Grants Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Small Business Grants Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Date: 31/03/2020

The Council are planning to make Small Business Grants (£10k) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants (£10k and £25k)

Business Support to help fight Covid 19

Business Support to help fight Covid 19

Date: 31/03/2020

The Government is asking businesses for their support to help fight Covid 19.

Businesses operating illegally told to close

Businesses operating illegally told to close

Date: 30/03/2020

In a joint letter issued from the council and police, local businesses operating against Government instruction have been told to close. Those open legitimately such as takeaways and food outlets offering delivery have also been told to ensure strict social distancing measures are in place.

Help available for businesses

Help available for businesses

Date: 27/03/2020

For those currently in receipt of 50% Retail Relief this will automatically be increased to 100% and expanded to include the leisure and hospitality sectors.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Date: 27/03/2020

This briefing is to update all you daily on the ongoing development and management of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the current situation in the UK, and our local plans and responses.

Coronavirus Business Trading

Coronavirus Business Trading

Date: 27/03/2020

You will be aware that with effect from Saturday 21st March 2020, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 made it an offence for certain types of business premises to be open.

Grants now available for Southend businesses

Grants now available for Southend businesses

Date: 27/03/2020

Small businesses, as well as companies in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, now have the opportunity to apply for a grant to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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