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23/09/2020 Business News from Wiltshire Council (see more)

This newsletter provides updates on help and advice available locally for businesses during the COVID-19 situation.

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New recovery grants now available

Small and medium sized businesses can now apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant can be used to pay for:

*   specialist professional advice such as human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital etc
*   purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology so they can continue to deliver their business activity or diversify
To be eligible businesses must relate to the visitor economy, including businesses directly linked to tourism and visitors to the Wiltshire area such as accommodation and attractions. Micro businesses providing products and services to such businesses will also be considered.

Applications can be submitted to the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub until 5 October 2020. The grants are fully funded by the government and there is no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

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Green Recovery Challenge Fund is now open

A £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund is now open for applications.

Environmental charities and partnerships can apply for funding for projects which must contribute to at least one of the following themes:

*   nature conservation and restoration
*   nature-based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatland
*   connecting people with nature
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Funding available for transport tech start-up

Talented transport tech start-ups, with a focus on decarbonisation or COVID-19 recovery, can now bid for a share of over £1 million.

Transport Technology Research and Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) is open to entrepreneurs and innovators pioneering new ways of creating a better transport system. It brings together start-ups and policymakers at the earliest stages of innovation, and with targeted investments of up to £30,000, brings ideas to market quicker.

Interested applicants can register to join an application support and information webinar on 30 September 2020. Applications need to be submitted by 11 October 2020.

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The Redundancy Process – free online workshop

HR Champions is delivering a free one hour online workshop on The Redundancy Process on 24 September 2020 from 9.30 – 10.30am. It’s aimed at small and medium sized enterprises who may be considering making staff redundant. The workshop will cover:

*   The business case for redundancy – why is it important to have it written down
*   The legal process
*   When is a redundancy unfair?
*   What’s the purpose of consultation?
*   Identifying pools and selection criteria
*   Holding 121s
*   The pitfalls
*   Organisational communications and mitigating the risk
*   Alternatives to redundancy
*   Questions & answers

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NHS COVID-19 app launching soon
Specific businesses are legally required to download the NHS QR code ready for the launch of the NHS COVID-19 app on 24 September 2020. The NHS QR code poster should be visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in. This will allow contact tracers to track down customers in order to provide public health advice in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses who are already using their own QR system should switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

Assets, including the NHS QR poster, are available to download from the NHS website.

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Register to be part of the new Green Homes Grant scheme

At the end of September 2020, homeowners and landlords can check eligibility for vouchers worth up to two-thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy efficiency of their home.

Businesses are encouraged to register with TrustMark so that they can be accredited to complete work under the new Green Homes Grant scheme.

Registration takes less than 5 working days for those organisations who already have membership of a recognised trade body such as the Federation of Master Builders, the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency and Building Engineering Services Association or who are already certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

The scheme is available until the end of March 2021.

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Series of webinars for business leaders

Effective leaders can strategically create a clear purpose and then effectively communicate it to all stakeholders, whether that is employees, investors, customers or even the media. This series of webinars will support leaders in fulfilling their business potential.

Leadership: The importance of a well-defined purpose
Thursday 24 September 2020, 10am to 11am
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Leadership: How to define your purpose and ensure your team is aligned
Thursday 8 October 2020, 10am to 11am
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Leadership: How to measure progress, review and re-set
Thursday 15 October 2020, 10am to 11am
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Request to employers with staff coping with changes to school timings and early years settings

Employers are asked to be mindful of employees who are juggling work commitments around children going to school and early years settings.

Schools and out of school clubs and early years settings will have spoken to parents directly on new arrangements. For some parents this may mean staggered starts or some disruption to after school child care. Some families may have to make new arrangements if their child is part of a school group bubble which has been asked to self-isolate due to a positive case of coronavirus in their bubble.

There may be a period of change until the new term settles down and we would like to thank employers for their understanding during this time.

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