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17/09/2020 Newshub – The latest news from the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub (see more)

ERDF recovery grant to open for applications from next Monday (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8M04 )

Open from Monday 14 September 2020 until Monday 5 October 2020, the grants will be available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8N04 )

Final Cut – SWLEP Growth Hub.mp4.00_00_19_50.Still001-1 (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8P04 )

Growth Hub COVID-19 support pages (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8Q04 )

Helping business to navigate the post COVID-19 recovery.

Wilts (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8R04 )

Coming Soon: Pilot Business Support Scheme – Peer Networks (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8S04 )

Swindon and Wiltshire’s business leaders are being offered a new business support programme to help develop and grow their organisations. (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8T04 )

Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub Virtual Employer Conference (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8V04 )

Maintaining and developing employer engagement with young people during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8W04 )

The importance of purpose and leadership (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8X04 )

The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub will be running free webinars on the importance of purpose and leadership. (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8Y04 )

Council focuses on economic recovery  (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8Z04 )

Swindon Borough Council, alongside business leaders, launch new ‘Swindon’s bouncing back’ campaign. (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8-04 )

Kickstart Scheme (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP8_04 )

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding for employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP9004 )

Sources of Finance for Starting a Business (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP9104 )

Is the start of 2020 the start of a new business for you? If so, you’ll need to know how to finance it. (https://hs-3039733.t.hubspotstarter-jr.net/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8yjYn08W4Xqw8l4VKBPsW4QG8sC89PkjJW4k0Hs96TQ766dBzP9204 )

17/09/2020 Latest news and advice on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

The Government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including private homes.

This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total, but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
Full details (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-9-september)
More Wiltshire libraries to open, providing an order and collect service

A further eight libraries will soon be opening in Wiltshire, providing a new order and collect service to local residents.

From 14 September, libraries in Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne and Marlborough will open, followed on 21 September by Royal Wootton Bassett, Westbury and Melksham. On 28 September Malmesbury will open.

People won’t be able to drop-in and browse at these libraries but an order and collect service has been set-up providing access to books. People can also book to use the computers for up to 45 minutes. It is hoped that people will be able to browse at these libraries in due course.
More information on libraries reopening (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-order-collect)
Watch our short video to see how the order and collect service works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQxzY9INKfI&feature=youtu.be)
School admissions window now open for primary and secondary school places

You can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2021 entry, for children starting school for the first time or for children who are moving from a primary to secondary school or from an infant to junior school.

Applications can be submitted online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wiltshire.gov.uk%2F&data=02%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C227f3eee783a4a15337208d85572a453%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637353298150233983&sdata=KUAnCc5%2FP9bub2mGk%2F7CoUVP3SQcKC7LAcREbwBKBjQ%3D&reserved=0) until the national deadline dates of 31 October 2020 for secondary schools and 15 January 2020 for primary schools and infant to junior transfer.

The National Offer Day for school places from applications received before the published deadlines are 1 March 2021 for secondary and 16 April 2021 for primary and junior places. You will be able to log back into the online system on the National Offer Day to view the outcome of your application.
More on this (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news-School-admissions-window-now-open-for-primary-and-secondary-school-places)
Wiltshire helps launch regional campaign to encourage people to foster with their council

Wiltshire foster carers are helping to launch a fortnight of publicity across the south west to encourage people to foster with their local council.

We are hoping to recruit 100 foster carers over three years to ensure Wiltshire children can find a loving home in the county.

To foster, you need to be aged 21 or over and have a spare bedroom. More details are available on the careers website (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjobs.wiltshire.gov.uk%2FFostering-for-wiltshirehttps%3A%2Fjobs.wiltshire.gov.uk%2FFostering-for-wiltshire&data=02%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C300947b2b03e44b7c68708d853129450%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637350686548159018&sdata=k0P3P3lqS6RQFQpt844ynvcwLwx8RPuJTDnSWcu8Ejw%3D&reserved=0) .

If you want to find out more there will also be an online information session on 14 September from 7.30pm. You can attend by going to this link (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjoin-emea.broadcast.skype.com%2Fwiltshire.gov.uk%2F5f8798cc541b456fabfe768b851fc3d8&data=02%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C300947b2b03e44b7c68708d853129450%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637350686548159018&sdata=1YgxvfDVkh4s4TCSMPWTbAmwL53s8MfcPe%2FpVQRFGNY%3D&reserved=0) at that time and hear from the foster care team as well as have an insight from a foster carer on what it is like to foster.
Kickstart Scheme now open for applications

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is now open to any employer who is looking to create high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.

The Government will fully fund each ‘Kickstart’ job, paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week plus employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, the Government will pay £1,500 per job placement to cover setup costs, support and training.
More details (https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/kickstart/)
Community Governance Review – recommendation agreed

A number of recommendations have been agreed which will have an impact on some town and parish boundaries and governance arrangements.

This is part of the Community Governance Review, which began in November 2019. The recommendations were agreed at an Extraordinary Meeting of Full Council on 9 September.

Earlier this year our Electoral Review Committee carried out a public survey in relation to the areas included within the review. More than 500 responses were received and following analysis of the feedback; as well as information received from emails; public meetings and information gathering sessions; the committee formed and put forward the draft recommendations. Following a further consultation which received more than 200 responses, which were analysed and considered by the committee, final recommendations were prepared for consideration by Full Council.

The changes to electoral arrangements for some parishes, as a result of the Community Governance Review, will come into effect at the next scheduled ordinary parish council elections in May 2021.

For more information, including the recommendations that were agreed (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/CGR-reccomendations-agreed)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter

17/09/2020 SMEs in Swindon and Wiltshire are set to benefit from a £20 million government fund to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic (see more)

Small and medium-sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track.

There will be no obligation for businesses to contribute financially to the grant scheme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The new fund was announced by Simon Clarke, minister for regional growth, and a visit to Cornwall last week. It was later confirmed that Swindon and Wiltshire had been allocated £250,000.

“We have always said that we would stand behind our businesses and communities as we rebuild following the coronavirus pandemic. This new funding does exactly that,” said the minister.

“Businesses will be able to use these new grants to pay for the expertise, equipment and technology they need to adapt, recover and rebuild.”

Locally, grants will be distributed by Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub.

Growth Hub manager Chris Stevens said: “We thoroughly welcome this new initiative allowing us to reach out to some of the hardest-hit businesses in the region. Helping a small proportion of our local businesses pivot, restore and in some cases remodel will only benefit the economy.

“I highly recommend that any business struggling register their interest with the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub so we can keep them informed as we finalise the claims process.”

Swindon and Wiltshire business owners are invited to contact the Growth Hub to register their interest by either calling 01793 698005 or emailing hello@swgrowthhub.co.uk