Update on Restart Grants
We have received Government guidance on the new Restart Grants which will assist rate paying businesses to reopen as restrictions are eased. They will support non-essential retail premises and also the hospitality, accommodation, leisure (including gyms) and personal care sectors. The Government is asking for additional checks to ensure the funding reaches the right businesses and we are working as quickly as possible to build a process to include the new requirements and get this vital funding distributed.
It is important to clarify that the Restart Grants are not available for us to pass on to businesses until after we have received the funding from the Government and this is not expected until after Easter. To make the process easy, before the funding is released we will contact those businesses that have already received grant payments by email with information about what is required to receive the payments. Those businesses that have not previously received grant payments will be asked to apply via the Council’s web page.
Don’t forget the remaining current grant schemes will close on Wednesday 31 March so it is important that any new applications for those schemes are received by the Council before then.
We are still awaiting further information from Government for the next round of Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG grants). If you are not eligible for a Restart Grant, you may be eligible for a grant under this discretionary scheme. We will share guidance and eligibility criteria on these grants as soon as possible once we have the required Government information.
Western Gateway IER Webinar Launch
University of South Wales, is delighted to be able to invite you to attend a webinar on the Western Gateway’s Independent Economic Review. This one-hour session at 10am on Monday 29 March will begin with a presentation led by Richard Holt, Head of Global Cities Research at Oxford Economics, after which after which Katherine Bennett CBE Chair, Western Gateway will be participating in a discussion with both Richard and Professor Julie Lydon from the University of South Wales for a Q&A panel discussion.
This event will summarise the recommendations of this report, before a panel analyses its findings and examines what priorities the partnership should focus on to enable the delivery of a greener, fairer, stronger Britain.
Other Helpful Organisations
Here is a selection of groups offering expert help and advice for businesses, but do also check the trade association for your own sector.
- Enterprise Nation – a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisors with a website packed full of resources
- Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group
- Institute of Directors (IoD) – business organisation for company directors
- Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) – represents the UK’s self-employed including freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors
- UK Hospitality – represents the broad hospitality sector – covering everything from bars, coffee shops, contract catering, hotels, nightclubs, visitor attractions and other leisure venues
- Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirstLEP) – Growth hub for Gloucestershire
- Cotswold Taste – not for profit co-operative providing advice, business, marketing and promotional support to its members, food chain producers and support businesses
Cotswold Tourism -is a partnership of businesses serving the visitor economy sector and local authorities
Latest Summary of Business Support
The government’s business support website sets out the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees.