16/08/2021 Latest news and advice for businesses on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

You can now apply for a Discretionary Restart Grant if your business has not previously received an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) or Restart Grant funding.

This new grant scheme is targeted at non-essential retailers, and a range of businesses providing in-person services at venues for hospitality, personal care, leisure, gyms and sports sectors, and visitor accommodation.

Before making an application you must read the guidance factsheet and the FAQs, available on our website (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19-grants) , to check your business is eligible. Your application will be rejected if you have already received a discretionary payment for Restart or a business rates-based Restart Grant.

If you have previously received an ARG but have not received a Discretionary Restart payment, please read the Guidance factsheet and the FAQs to check if your business is eligible.
Find out more and how to apply for a grant (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19-grants)
Business Banking Resolution Service

The Business Banking Resolution Service helps SMEs find solutions to unresolved complaints against their bank, providing free, personalised support from highly skilled and experienced dispute resolution specialists. Find out if you could use the service: www.thebbrs.org.register/ (https://thebbrs.org/register/) .

Businesses that meet these broad criteria may be able to apply:
* You have an unresolved business banking complaint against one of these banks or their subsidiaries:
+ Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Bank UK PLC
+ Danske Bank
+ HSBC UK Bank plc
+ Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyds Bank plc and Bank of Scotland plc)
+ NatWest Group (including The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, National Westminster Bank plc, Coutts & Company and Ulster Bank Limited (Northern Ireland))
+ Santander UK plc
+ Virgin Money (including Clydesdale Bank PLC and Yorkshire Bank)
* You made a formal complaint to your bank from December 2001 onwards, and have not had (or been able to have) an independent review, nor agreed a settlement, or gone to court
* At the time of the complaint, you had a turnover of:
+ 2001 to 2009: between £1 million and £6.5 million
+ 2009 to 2019: between £2 million and £6.5 million
+ 2019 onwards: between £6.5 million and £10 million

Find out more and register for support (https://thebbrs.org/register/)
Ventilation and air conditioning during the COVID-19 pandemic

Good ventilation can ensure fresh air flows through your workplace and takes COVID-19 particles away with it, helping to reduce the risk of aerosol transmission.

The law says employers must make sure there’s an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace. This has not changed during the pandemic.

You can do this by using:
* natural ventilation (https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation/improve-natural-ventilation.htm)  – fresh air comes in through open windows, doors or air vents. This is also known as ‘passive airflow’, or
* mechanical ventilation (https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation/improve-mechanical-ventilation.htm)  – fans and ducts bring in fresh air from outside

For a full guide and video on how to ensure adequate ventilation and improve existing systems, visit the HSE website (https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation/index.htm) .

View guidance on ventilation in your workplace (https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation/index.htm)

** Bus services – help us plan the route forward

We need your help to shape the future of local bus transport, as part of an ambitious government strategy to improve and transform services across the country.

Around £3bn has been set aside by the Government to make improvements throughout England, and we’re looking at how you, our residents and bus users of Wiltshire, can benefit from this.

The survey is open until 23 August.

Thank you for taking the time to give us your views.
Take the survey now and have your say (https://surveys.wiltshire.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=162679536235)

Encouraging vaccination uptake in your workplace and for self-employed individuals

Public Health England has shared factsheets, posters and resources to help encourage uptake of the vaccine in workplaces and for self-employed people.

Please help share these messages or use the resources to answer queries in your workplace and direct people to reliable sources of information.

For the workplace toolkit, including an employer briefing sheet, posters and Q&A document, visit: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine/resources/employer-toolkit/

For a factsheet if you are self-employed, visit: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine/resources/vaccine-self-employed-fact-sheet/
NHS information on vaccinations and how to book (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/)
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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