The Growth Hub team are working hard to keep you updated on Covid-19 Support for Business and inform you of the latest on Government schemes and other business support to assist with managing through the impacts of the Coronavirus.
To reduce social contact, some businesses must remain closed or follow restrictions on how they provide goods and services. You can read the full list of businesses required to remain closed in England.
There is further guidance on reopening businesses and venues which explains which business will be permitted to open at each step of the roadmap.
From 12 April, further venues will be permitted to open. Unless a specific exemption exists, you must only visit these as a single household or bubble indoors, or in a group of 6 people or 2 households outdoors.
Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) can reopen.
Hospitality venues can also provide takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use an inside bathroom and customers can order and pay indoors. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”). Venues will be prohibited from providing smoking equipment such as shisha pipes, for use on the premises.
Outdoor attractions at venues such as animal attractions, theme parks, and skating rinks will also be permitted to reopen. A full list can be found here. This does not include outdoor cinemas and theatres, which will be limited to drive-in performances only. When going to these events, you must not share your vehicle with anyone outside your household or support bubble, unless there is an exemption, such as for providing care to a vulnerable person or for work purposes.
Businesses which are allowed to re-open that operate in otherwise closed attractions (such as a gift shop or a takeaway kiosk at an indoor museum) may only open where they are a self-contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street.
Personal care services (including those provided from a mobile setting), indoor sports facilities, self-contained accommodation, and public buildings (such as community centres) may also reopen.
Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will now be able to host these activities (including sport) for all children, regardless of circumstances.
Coronavirus Business Financial Support Finder Tool
The Government has launched an online tool to help employers and the self-employed find Coronavirus financial support. The support finder will show which loans, tax relief and cash grants that businesses can access.
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Our Growth Hub can help support businesses address the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can find links and details of support in response to COVID-19 at the bottom of this web page.
Support for Business
Our team of Growth Relationship Managers work with the businesses, assess their needs and introduce solutions. They can help identify potential sources of funding, facilitate growth strategies and connect clients with partner providers of support.
The Growth Relationship Managers undertake a structured review to identify the key areas to address to realise the business's growth ambitions. Following the review the Growth Hub team can fund a day of a specialist's time in a key identified area.
We are delighted to have recently welcomed two additional Growth Relationship Managers to our Growth Hub team, who will be working closely with high growth potential businesses to help them develop their growth plans and facilitate the provision of expert help.
Fiona Anderson will be acting Growth Relationship Manager in the East Surrey, Gatwick and Crawley area, with Karen Tyrrell covering the Arun, Chichester, Horsham and Mid Sussex area as Growth Relationship Manager. This is alongside our Growth Relationship Team Leader, Ryan Davies, who heads up the Brighton, Worthing and Adur area.
Additional One to One Support
Eligible businesses can benefit from a free full day of funded support from a Growth Champion to address any challenges related to COVID-19 or Post Brexit Transition. There is a network of 40 Growth Champions with expertise covering a wide area including Finance, HR, Marketing, Innovation, International Trade, Leadership and Management.
More resources and events related to COVID-19 can be viewed in our Growth Hub Portal.
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