COVID-19 ADVICE AND SUPPORT

COVID-19 Advice for Businesses

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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