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Mole Valley Economic Spotlight

Business Support Update - 27 September 2021

Covid-19 Autumn and Winter Plan
The Government have set out their plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter.

Ventilation is an important and effective mitigation to stop the spread of Covid, and businesses are advised to open windows, air vents and doors to let fresh air in, ensure that mechanical ventilation systems are set to maximise fresh air and minimise air recirculation, and to use outdoor space where practical.

People who have tested positive and their unvaccinated contacts will continue to be legally required to self-isolate. Financial support for those on certain benefits who are required to self-isolate will continue until the end of March.

Businesses should continue to check the safe working guidance for the latest updates.

Read the Working Safely Guidance
Cultural Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support
This fund aims to provide emergency funding awards to culturally significant organisations that were financially sustainable before Covid-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience. Private companies, community interest companies and charities can all apply for the fund. The deadline for applications is Thursday 30 September 2021.
LoCASE Funding Available to Help SMEs Become Greener
The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) aims to help your business to become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment.  LoCASE provides grants for businesses of up to £10,000 as well as training workshops and fully funded events. Targeted business support is on offer for companies who offer “green” or low carbon goods and services.
Farming in Protected Landscapes
Defra has introduced a new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which will run from July 2021 to March 2024. Through the programme, farmers and land managers can be supported to carry out projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide opportunities for people to enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage. Applications are open until 31 January 2022.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by Covid-19 you may be eligible to claim a grant under this scheme. This is the fifth SEISS scheme available since the pandemic began. Use the Government Guidance to find out if you are eligible to make a claim under SEISS. The deadline for applications is Thursday 30 September 2021.

New Law for Allergen Labelling
The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha’s Law, comes into effect from October 2021 and will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods prepackaged for direct sale on the premises. The legislation is being introduced to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy. These changes will apply to businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is estimated that almost 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from an allergy.

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Help to Grow Your Business
Take your business to the next level with Help to Grow. Two government backed programmes designed to help you learn new skills, reach more customers and boost your profits.

Help to Grow: Management is a 12 week-programme delivered by leading business schools across the UK and accredited by the Small Business Charter. The programme combines a practical curriculum, with 1:1 support from a business mentor, peer-learning sessions and an alumni network. There will be 30,000 places available over 3 years. The programme is 90% subsidised by government – costing only £750. UK businesses from any sector that have been operating for more than 1 year, with between 5 to 249 employees are eligible.

Help to Grow: Digital provides free impartial advice on how technology can boost your business, delivered through a new online platform launching this Autumn.

You can also claim a discount of up to 50% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000. All businesses will be able to benefit from free online advice on the platform.

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Businesses Against Scams Training
Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards have hosted a number of free training sessions for businesses on how to avoid scams. There are several training sessions during October which focus especially on the farming sector.

In the last year, there has been a 66% increase in scams, with farmers being particularly vulnerable due to isolation in the workplace due to the pandemic and Brexit uncertainty, causing financial loss and stress.

These free webinars aim to help farmers learn how they can protect themselves from frauds and scams. There will be also an opportunity to discuss any problems and issues arising from these topics, in a confidential manner. Sarah Reeve (Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards officer) and representatives from the Farming Community Network will be present at the webinar to provide advice with regards to animal health and welfare, pastoral and practical help.

Register for the training

How to prepare your small business for winter weather
The Met Office provide advice for small businesses preparing for winter weather. Whether it’s wet, cold, windy or sunny, the UK weather is one of our most popular topics of conversation. And it’s only becoming more so as the weather becomes more unpredictable and extreme.

However, for small business, just talking about severe weather isn’t enough. They also need to prepare for the worst, in order to reduce the potential impact of a flood, storm or heavy snow on their business. A lack of personnel and resources may mean that small businesses can take longer to recover from damage caused by severe weather compared to a large employer. In worst-case scenarios, this could result in a major loss or even business failure – with potentially life-changing consequences for owners and employees. Local communities are likely to also be affected due to reduced access to products or services.

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