A toolkit is available online for businesses to help promote community testing to their employees.
Page updated 13.04.21
More information about the latest guidance and opening dates for businesses, taken from the Government's roadmap, is available here:
The NHS has produced infographics for businesses around the check in process.
Business Support Grants – for businesses affected by closures
Restart Grants- Applications close 30 June 2021
£5 billion is to be made available for new Restart Grants. This will be a one off cash grant of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. Non-essential retail is also able to apply for grants of up to £6,000.
You may be eligible for this grant, if you have a business rates account and:
- your business was legally required to close, and
- your business falls within the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors.
To apply, you need to complete the Restart Grant application form here.
The Government has published guidance regarding these schemes and this is available here.
Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) - Applications close 30 June 2021
Eligible businesses (those not eligible for the Restart Grant) may receive a one-off payment, subject to the availability of funds, if the business occupies a property with a rateable value (or if there is no rateable value a proxy such as annual rent) as follows:
- £4,000 if RV up to £15,000
- £5,000 if RV is £15,001 to £51,000
- £6,000 if RV over £51,000
If you do not wholly occupy a property listed for business rates (i.e. not liable for business rates), and you do not have a separate rating assessment for the area of your business that has remained open or are not charged a fixed property charge you may be entitled to a fixed grant of £2,200.
Do not apply for this grant if you have already applied for the Restart Grant.
To apply, you need to complete the Additional Restrictions Grant application form here.
The Government has published guidance regarding the ARG scheme here.
Business Grant support payments
All current business support grant schemes are closing on 31 March 2021 with the exception of the ‘National Lockdown Addendum Grant.’
If your business was closed from 5 January 2021 and has remained closed until 31 March 2021 (inclusive) you can apply. If you apply after 31 March 2021, you will only be able to apply for grants under this scheme for the period between 16 February 2021 until 31 March 2021. This grant will be closed for applications on 31 May 2021.
To apply for this grant you need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Restart and ARG grants paid out to date
Since launching the Restart Grants we have paid out £5,289,663 to 726 businesses.
Since launching the ARG we have paid out £514,190 to 168 businesses.
Total LRSG & National Lockdown grants paid to date is £20,977,408.28
High Street Diversification Fund Grant – retailers and hospitality to get online
In October 2020 Newark and Sherwood District Council launched the High Street Diversification Fund which offers funds to support local independent High Street Retail Town Centre based/Hospitality businesses with a grant of £250 (to be match funded) towards investment in e-commerce.
For more information or to apply visit here.
Feedback from two local businesses who have already successfully used the grant:
"My name is Kerry Lacey and I own Lace Boutique on Middlegate in Newark, thanks to NSDC’s High Street Diversification Fund I have been able to invest further in my website, improving our online performance to support our store offer."
"I was very pleased to receive The High Street Diversification Fund and have used it to pay for SEO optimisation - something that I had intended to do myself but never have the time to do running the retail and interior design side of the business. Also it allowed my website designer to spend a couple of hours updating and refreshing some of the existing pages. Thank you NSDC!" - Richard Carnill, Director of Carnill & Company, 17 Queen Street, Southwell.
Help to Grow – for businesses wishing to develop
Take your business to the next level with the government’s new Help to Grow programme. The programme will help small and medium sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits.
You could get:
- an Executive Development programme that could help you improve business performance and growth potential through Help to Grow: Management
- free online advice and money off software that could help you save time and cut costs through Help to Grow: Digital
You can now register your interest in this programme on the Help To Grow website.
Business Financial Support Tool – what support is available to you
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses. Use the Government's business financial support tool to see what support is available for you and your business.
This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
Start now: Business support search tool
Retail Assurance Scheme
Newark and Sherwood District Council have set up a Retail Assurance Scheme with local independent businesses to help reassure shoppers that businesses which are able to be open under the current restrictions are doing so safely.
As part of the scheme, any local essential retailer able to open and offering a COVID-secure shopping system can choose to display the council’s Retail Assurance Certificate in their shop window.
These certificates have been distributed to retailers meeting the COVID-secure criteria in Newark, Southwell, Edwinstowe and Ollerton by District Council officers and parish clerks. Officers will also be available to offer advice and support to any business.
The criteria for the Retail Assurance Scheme includes:
- Having hand sanitiser available
- mask wearing is required, unless a person is exempt
- thorough cleaning is in place
- the number of shoppers is limited
- social distancing guidelines are in place
- handled stock is quarantined
- a gov.uk risk assessment has been completed
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Advice on collecting Track and Trace Data
Collecting track and trace data is essential in ensuring that all potential cases are followed up and the ability to combat any local outbreaks is in place.
There is a legal requirement to collect data from everyone that visits your premises and this includes tradesman and visitors.
The law requires that you:
- must display and make available a QR code in an appropriate place
- collect details from all members of a group (including members of the same household)
- have the means of collecting the requested details if the person isn’t in possession of a smartphone, laptop, notebook or tablet computer, or other similar device.
- take all reasonable steps to prevent entry by anyone who has not provided their details or if you believe the details provided are incomplete or inaccurate.
In addition to the name of the individuals visiting your premises, you must collect the following details:
- the date and time that the individual entered the relevant premises,
- a mobile or landline telephone number on which the individual may be contacted, or
- an e-mail address if the individual is unable to provide a telephone number, or
- a postal address if the individual is unable to provide an email address.
You must handle the data in compliance with the data protection laws. You must retain information for 21 days beginning on the day it was provided. After 21 days you must destroy all the information given to you. You cannot use the information provided for anything other than track and trace.
For further guidance please visit the website at Newark and Sherwood District Council (newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk) or contact email@example.com