27/09/2021 Latest news and advice for businesses on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

SWLEP annual conference and expo, scams and more

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

Read back issues of this business newsletter (https://us5.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e&id=3850daa318)
Visit our COVID-19 page for our latest updates (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19)
The Swindon and Wiltshire Annual Conference and Expo – Engage, Evolve, Go!

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) is  holding its annual Conference and Expo on 7 October.

This digital event will deliver an exciting programme celebrating the success, tenacity and ambition of our local business community. The interactive Conference and Expo will showcase successful SMEs from our region, consider how our business landscape is changing and enable attendees to learn and gain new ideas. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunity to mix and mingle with other attendees as well as investigate what our region has to offer within the Expo area, highlighting the best of Swindon and Wiltshire.

Along with numerous informative workshops delivered by local experts, there will be plenary sessions led by international and award-winning speakers, covering topics including innovation, future strategy, purpose, tenacity and strength, and the change and performance shifts needed to excel in business.
Register to join the event (https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/events/allevents/2021/10/07/company-events/swindon-and-wiltshire-local-enterprise-partnership-annual-conference-2021-engage-evolve-go! )

** Scammers claiming to be from Wiltshire Council target local restaurant
We’ve received a report from a restaurant in Marlborough, that was telephoned by an individual falsely purporting to be from Wiltshire Council’s Public Protection Service.  When the caller was asked for their contact details they became aggressive, the business owner saw through the scam and no personal information was disclosed.  The caller had disguised their phone number so it appeared they were calling from a legitimate source – a process known as ‘number spoofing’.

Never give out your personal information in response to an incoming call or rely upon the Caller ID as the sole means of identification, particularly if the caller asks you to carry out an action which might have financial consequences.  If someone rings you asking for personal information, don’t provide it. Instead, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the organisation’s website to check whether the call was genuine. Wait at least five minutes before making the call – this ensures the line has cleared and you’re not still speaking to the fraudster or an accomplice.

If you receive a call from Wiltshire Council Public Protection and wish to verify our officer’s details you can do so by calling 0300 4560100 or emailing publicprotectionwest@wiltshire.gov.uk (mailto:publicprotectionwest@wiltshire.gov.uk) .

Advice on how to spot and avoid scams, including those targeting businesses, is available from www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk. If you wish to complain about what you suspect is a scam, or want further information, you can contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.
Advice on how to spot and avoid scams (http://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk)
Interested in becoming a mentor?

Are you an SME leader? Do you have experience of business growth, implementing change and innovation? Have you grown and led successful teams?

If you answered yes to any of the above, we want you! You could be the person we at UWE Bristol are looking for to become a Mentor as part of the Government / CABS Help to Grow: Leadership Programme delivered by UWE. You will receive training, digital credentials and payment from UWE Bristol as part of this Mentorship programme at the same time as contributing to supporting economic growth.

If you are interested and have 10 hours to give as a Mentor over a three-month period, please get in touch with lynda.williams@uwe.ac.uk (mailto:lynda.williams@uwe.ac.uk) .
More information on the Help to Grow programme (https://helptogrow.campaign.gov.uk/)
The Journey to Net Zero – join a virtual conference

With COP26 climate talks happening in the UK later this year, join the FSB on Tuesday 2 November 2021 for a free online conference designed just for small business owners.

The conference will look at the significant role your business plays in the transition to Net Zero, why urgent action is needed to adapt and how you can get started your journey.

You’ll hear from leading expert names in Government, regulation and policy making, as well as other small businesses who have taken steps towards Net Zero and seen real benefits to their businesses. The full agenda and line up will be revealed in September.
Find out more and book your place (https://www.fsb.org.uk/event-calendar/fsb-small-business-virtual-conference-the-journey-to-net-zero.html)

** Government has published its COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan
The Government has published its autumn and winter COVID-19 response plan and we are asking you to continue to do what you can to protect one another and local health services at this challenging time.

Within the plan, the Government states that the country is learning to live with COVID-19, and the main line of defence is now vaccination rather than lockdown.
The Government’s plan is to prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the NHS does not come under unsustainable pressure. It wants to achieve this by:
* Building defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics.
* Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Isolate.
* Supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services.
* Advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications.
* Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.

View the Government’s Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-autumn-and-winter-plan-2021)
View the latest guidance on Coronavirus (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus#sw)
Book your COVID-19 vaccine (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/#sw)

JobHelp website launched to help people find employment

In order to aid those who are looking for their next job opportunity, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has launched their new JobHelp website (https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/?utm_source=GCS_Local&utm_medium=SocialSouthWest&utm_term=JobHelp_Launch&utm_content=WorkCoaches&utm_campaign=JobHelp_21) . The site contains training, support, and advice, including expert CV guidance.
View the JobHelp website (https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/?utm_source=GCS_Local&utm_medium=SocialSouthWest&utm_term=JobHelp_Launch&utm_content=WorkCoaches&utm_campaign=JobHelp_21)

DCMS London Tech Week 2021

This week marks London Tech Week (https://londontechweek.com/) (LTW), an annual week-long event that celebrates the UK’s amazing tech sector.

Wherever you are on the scaling journey, there are a wealth of UK government resources and services that can help you grow your digital business faster and more efficiently.
View the resources for tech scaleups and founders (https://technation.io/resources/government-resources/#sw)
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/)