02/08/2021 Latest news and advice for businesses on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Self-isolation exemption guidance | Free training opportunities

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Business news – Coronavirus update from Wiltshire Council.
30 July 2021
This newsletter provides updates on help and advice available locally for businesses.

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Visit our COVID-19 page for our latest updates (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19)
Workers who may be exempt from self-isolation

Self-isolation remains an essential tool in our national efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus. In the small number of situations where the self-isolation of close contacts would result in serious disruption to critical services, a limited number of named workers may be able to leave self-isolation under specific controls for the purpose of undertaking critical work only.

This policy only applies to you if your business or employer has received a letter from a government department on which your name is listed. In this event you will be able to leave self-isolation to undertake critical work. In all other cases, you should continue to self-isolate as now. This process is only intended to run until 16 August 2021, when fully vaccinated close contacts will be exempt from self-isolation.

If you have not heard from central government and feel that your workplace should be considered on this list, you can contact the relevant government department as listed under the ‘Who to contact’ heading within the ‘Critical Services’ section at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance#critical-services
View the NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance#critical-services)
Business climate hub

Businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help you join them today.

No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs! Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. We’re asking you to take the first step on your journey, by committing to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.
Find out more and how to join the commitment (https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/)
Get your business in shape for growth

The following programmes are delivered by SETsquared (https://www.setsquared.co.uk/)  and funded by the ERDF, so are offered free of charge to Swindon and Wiltshire business founders and teams.

Innovation Workout for established businesses
Upcoming dates:
* 20 and 21 September, online
* 15 and 16 November, online

Find out more and register (https://bcn.to/x2V)

Fast paced and dynamic, this workout will help you identify new areas for growth and innovation. It will give you the opportunity to consider different financial models, develop new and existing products as well as identify new revenue streams. The outcome will be a developed business model with a greater potential for investment and growth.

Entrepreneurs Workout for early-stage, start-up companies
Upcoming dates:
* 4, 5 and 8 October (half days, online)

Find out more and register (https://bcn.to/x2W)

Lay strong foundations for a successful business, with this fast-paced and interactive Workout. It will help you develop all aspects of your business including your business model, value proposition, customer segmentation, channels for winning customers and revenue model. It culminates in the opportunity to pitch your business model to a panel of experts and speed mentoring giving you lots of valuable feedback on your business.

** Fully-funded Excel training

Two fully-funded spreadsheet courses are on offer in Swindon and Wiltshire for eligible SMEs and individuals, as part of the Skills Support for the Workforce programme delivered by Serco’s expert provider, Skills Ladder. There are two levels and both courses are delivered online.

There are two dates for each course:
Introduction to Spreadsheets – aimed at people with little or no experience of using Microsoft Excel – a good grounding of the basics.
* 11 August – Register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-spreadsheets-using-excel-course-tickets-147140165195)
* 21 September – Register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-spreadsheets-using-excel-course-tickets-163834839415)

Intermediate Spreadsheets – aimed at people with experience of using Microsoft Excel with new skills to take them to the next level.
* 13 August – Register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intermediate-spreadsheets-using-excel-course-tickets-162304474051)
* 23 September – Register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intermediate-spreadsheets-using-excel-course-tickets-163835202501)

These courses are fully-funded (subject to availability) under the Skills Support for the Workforce / Skills Support for Redundancy (SSW/SSR) programme and delivered by Serco’s expert provider, Skills Ladder. To be eligible for these funded courses:
* The learner has to be employed by the organisation (or self-employed)
* The learner has to be eligible to work in the UK
* The learner must be aged 16+ (no upper age restriction)
* The organisation has to be a SME (less than 250 employees)
* Serco are not able to offer training to anyone that is already on an Apprenticeship programme
* De Minimis – The company must not have received more than €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) of European Funding over a 3-year fiscal period
* The company must have a balance sheet of less than €43M, or an annual turnover of less than €50M

* The person is either employed and ‘at risk’ of redundancy, or unemployed due to being made redundant in the last three months

If you would like more information on the courses simply click on the ‘register’ links above. If you would like more information on the SSW/SSR programme, please email skillssupport@serco.com (mailto:skillssupport@serco.com) .

New assets to help businesses work safely

Public Health England have shared new social media assets to share and help businesses work safely, which are available to download from their Coronavirus Resource Centre (https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-health-behaviours/resources/business-assets/) .

You can view the full updated guidance for workplaces on working safely at: GOV.UK/working-safely
Useful links

We are providing regular updates on the Coronavirus business support page (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus) on our website.
You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wiltscouncil) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WiltshireCouncil/) .
For central government updates follow:
* GOV.UK support for business (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19)
* Public Health England (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england)
* NHS (https://www.nhs.uk/)

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