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28/09/2020 Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub: Grant Application Open (read more)

The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub has announced the application window for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) recovery grants is extended. The grants from this limited fund will be available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which have been affected following the Coronavirus pandemic.

The grants will predominately be between £1,000 and £3,000 and the money is a 100 percent government grant containing no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

Businesses can use the funding to pay for the following activities:

*        Access to specialist professional advice for example human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT / digital, etc…and/or the
*        Purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify

The closing date for applications is now 19 October, applicants will be required to complete an online form supplemented by three quotations for desired products and services with personal ID, evidence of business registration and trading since 11 March 2019.

Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub is now opening the applications to all businesses (including the self-employed) who can evidence they employ between three and 20 staff or contractors.

Businesses will be encouraged to source products and services from within Wiltshire as SWLEP looks to share a vision of retaining these funds in the region and contribute further to the ongoing recovery efforts of the business community.

The news follows the government’s announcement in July that £20m of funding would go towards helping smaller businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Businesses interested in applying should follow the link below.
<https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/support/covid-19-recovery-grant-application> Apply Now

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Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, company number 11766448, Digital Mansion Corsham, Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9BL, United Kingdom, 01793 698005

24/09/20 NHS COVID-19 App launched today The NHS COVID-19 app is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service (see more)

The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
So what do I need to do?

Well, we’re encouraging you to download the NHS COVID-19 App now.

You can download it via the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663) or Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production)

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres.
Watch video on how the process works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be)

Why should I download the app?

Every person who downloads the app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus.

If I download the app, am I being tracked?

The app will not track you or your location. Instead your postcode district helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. Your postcode district is the first part of your postcode, which is common to about 8,000 other households. When you first download the app, you will be asked for your postcode district.

What happens if I have a positive test result?

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will tell you to self-isolate. If you are under 18, you are advised to show the alert to a trusted adult. It is really important that you stay at home during this time. The app will help you keep track of your isolation period with a countdown timer showing you how much longer you need to keep self-isolating. The app will also provide links to advice from the NHS on coronavirus and on what to do if you feel unwell.

Will the app work if my phone is locked?

The app will work while your phone is locked, as long as the phone is switched on and Bluetooth is enabled. An exception to this is if you have just restarted your phone, you must first unlock the phone to trigger the app to start working. This is only required on restart and you don’t need to open the app.
Read this detailed guide complete with FAQs (https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf)
10pm curfew for pubs and other hospitality venues

From today, venues selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaway deliveries.

The government is also introducing tougher enforcement powers for shutting down venues which don’t force people to stay apart.
Update on face coverings

You must now wear a face covering when travelling in private hire vehicles and taxis, and when visiting restaurants, bars and hospitality venues, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From today, staff working in hospitality venues and shops are required to wear face coverings. Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will also become law. Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers are still advised to wear face coverings.

The penalty for failing to wear a face covering (or breaking the rule of six) will double to £200 for first offence. If you are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, for example due to an underlying health condition, you remain exempt from these new obligations.
Find out more about other new government measures (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september?utm_source=ee7f51e4-26d0-4250-96b8-cd1f24351659&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate)
Hands, Face, Space

We all need to play our part and remember the most effective way we can all help prevent the spread of coronavirus continues to be the following:
* Washing our hands regularly
* Wearing a face covering where it’s required
* Making space for one another

More on the Hands, Face, Space campaign (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter)The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
So what do I need to do?

Well, we’re encouraging you to download the NHS COVID-19 App now.

You can download it via the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663) or Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production)

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres.
Watch video on how the process works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be)

Why should I download the app?

Every person who downloads the app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus.

If I download the app, am I being tracked?

The app will not track you or your location. Instead your postcode district helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. Your postcode district is the first part of your postcode, which is common to about 8,000 other households. When you first download the app, you will be asked for your postcode district.

What happens if I have a positive test result?

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will tell you to self-isolate. If you are under 18, you are advised to show the alert to a trusted adult. It is really important that you stay at home during this time. The app will help you keep track of your isolation period with a countdown timer showing you how much longer you need to keep self-isolating. The app will also provide links to advice from the NHS on coronavirus and on what to do if you feel unwell.

Will the app work if my phone is locked?

The app will work while your phone is locked, as long as the phone is switched on and Bluetooth is enabled. An exception to this is if you have just restarted your phone, you must first unlock the phone to trigger the app to start working. This is only required on restart and you don’t need to open the app.
Read this detailed guide complete with FAQs (https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf)
10pm curfew for pubs and other hospitality venues

From today, venues selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaway deliveries.

The government is also introducing tougher enforcement powers for shutting down venues which don’t force people to stay apart.
Update on face coverings

You must now wear a face covering when travelling in private hire vehicles and taxis, and when visiting restaurants, bars and hospitality venues, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From today, staff working in hospitality venues and shops are required to wear face coverings. Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will also become law. Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers are still advised to wear face coverings.

The penalty for failing to wear a face covering (or breaking the rule of six) will double to £200 for first offence. If you are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, for example due to an underlying health condition, you remain exempt from these new obligations.
Find out more about other new government measures (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september?utm_source=ee7f51e4-26d0-4250-96b8-cd1f24351659&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate)
Hands, Face, Space

We all need to play our part and remember the most effective way we can all help prevent the spread of coronavirus continues to be the following:
* Washing our hands regularly
* Wearing a face covering where it’s required
* Making space for one another

More on the Hands, Face, Space campaign (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter)

24/09/2020 NHS COVID-19 App launching this week (see more)

The NHS COVID-19 app will launch in England on Thursday 24 September.

In the run-up to the launch, the council is engaging with businesses and venues across the county to provide guidance for those required by law to print and display posters to help users of the app check in and record their presence.

The posters, which display a unique QR code for each setting, can be scanned by the app, which then saves information that can be used to help contact tracers in the event of an outbreak.

Settings that are currently required to keep records of visitors for contact tracing purposes must still maintain their own register to collect the contact details of those who have not, or could not, install the app.

Venues include facilities provided by local authorities and town and parish councils, including town and village halls, leisure centres, libraries, community and children’s centres.

Read more information about  which venues in England should display the official NHS QR code poster <https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffaq.covid19.nhs.uk%2Farticle%2FKA-01183%2Fen-us%3Fparentid%3DCAT-01043%26rootid%3DCAT-01027&data=02%7C01%7CCeri.Tocock%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C1f0cd7a00e374802825c08d85ef57985%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637363755679106912&sdata=87b1UJ3MwdA47XQQBVCPr%2B2jKPMi6iTavMITmU1JbyA%3D&reserved=0> .

Venues that are required to display the official NHS QR code poster can download and print the QR code posters from the Government website <https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fcreate-coronavirus-qr-poster&data=02%7C01%7CCeri.Tocock%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C1f0cd7a00e374802825c08d85ef57985%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637363755679116907&sdata=pJR0LqTWGJDAVa4gc053xEb4te%2BWrkq%2BsugtxEe2uWQ%3D&reserved=0> .

For further details on the announcement please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs <https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fnews%2Fvenues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs&data=02%7C01%7CCeri.Tocock%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C1f0cd7a00e374802825c08d85ef57985%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637363755679116907&sdata=oXMGwvQ0MF9ONLrJZkudTrieCNc58FRw%2Fz29bHAf1OI%3D&reserved=0> .

Please do encourage businesses in your local area to download and display QR code posters to ensure they comply with this latest legislation. We’ll be sending out more information about how you can help encourage residents to download the app in the next couple of days so please keep an eye out for that.

Regards,

Cllr Philip Whitehead

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.

Read back issues of this business newsletter<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D831bf0a1b7%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315086506&sdata=WOU8uMby269EadR1xxlI7Qyf6rXlYOUQxGcEgeobydE%3D&reserved=0>

Visit our COVID-19 page for our latest updates<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D003ed59660%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315086506&sdata=kn%2BtPkRUEXjGH%2Flz3jsJwHu7Sd3mEDkHj5tiuFQsqsE%3D&reserved=0>

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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.

For more information<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Daff7591dfd%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315096498&sdata=IPnHjQA%2BoYMs8gxMGA%2FgxjmAwOmrE87g9lBGDYMcBD0%3D&reserved=0>

To check the eligibility criteria and apply<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D77bc4b3f86%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315096498&sdata=De7MEiPR3kwDnrbOav%2FKcKwYbsiPJRr6mSGX8vp%2B34Q%3D&reserved=0>

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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
Applicants for over £250k must submit expressions of interest<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D3b17d722a0%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315106494&sdata=o4CJg%2B2Q5Eqlf943VM3COTbGCUEE0PYIX53vc0VQIpw%3D&reserved=0> by 24 September 2020 and if successful full applications by 26 October 2020. The deadline for applications<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Df496644abc%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315106494&sdata=u2l0l2pZKWYAEXiVILL4TTrkLGbmYI%2Be8uhT%2B5nXAC0%3D&reserved=0> under £250k is 2 October 2020.

To find out more<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D89ef89aeb6%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315106494&sdata=sEpR8UvkzgRxaapRqn9thx4k3IBkqni8bJkmPFILA3w%3D&reserved=0>

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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.

For more information<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Da3c2b264a0%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315116489&sdata=XFtweNhEZ1pTvWu52jW44%2F%2BpM20hEbxEpxnziNz6ib8%3D&reserved=0>

To register for the webinar and to apply for funding<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D910b7be34a%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315116489&sdata=q60xbG9EA22THaRA4Tzl1efBr0dfrpR%2Fk5%2BFz0hYTuc%3D&reserved=0>

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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

To register for the webinar<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D579b2cfc69%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315126485&sdata=tZSCRFwZ6xnBF%2FV1qcKdf5asuzP44wxpsAoZDxSLZUs%3D&reserved=0>

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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.

To read the FAQs<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D930c5f4e1b%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315126485&sdata=4sXw8QC76ObRHxuIyn4B52L5pgCDEEKPSAii%2FXZuggU%3D&reserved=0>

To download the assets<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Dae95f1919f%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315136478&sdata=AyVaOLJBbZbIQFZ9LQJJGhPZgFy5lhuPI0dgSxYX1iQ%3D&reserved=0>

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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
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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
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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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23/09/2020 Latest news and advice on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

NHS COVID-19 App launching next week

The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app will officially be rolled out on 24 September.

It uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices. It also offers a QR code check-in capability, allowing you to book a free test and has an isolation countdown timer to remind people to quarantine.

The government is urging businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas to ensure they display the NHS QR code posters on entry you can use your smartphone to easily check-in.

This is designed to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.
Find out more (https://covid19.nhs.uk/)
MyWilts, goes live on Tuesday 22 September

We are excited to announce we be going live with our new online reporting system, MyWilts on Tuesday 22 September.

The new system replaces the previous MyWiltshire, which was introduced in 2013. MyWilts allows you to report issues such as:
* Abandoned vehicles
* Fraud
* Weather emergencies
* Fly tipping
* Dog mess
* Graffiti

Over time we will be adding more services to the app and website, making it simpler, quicker and easier for you to access our services digitally, when you choose to.

The new MyWilts will be available shortly via your internet browser, App Store (Apple) and Google Play (Android).

To show you the new system in advance, watch the following five-minute video (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FgavkpgwWz84%3Futm_source%3DMy%2BWiltshire%2Busers%26utm_campaign%3D19ea1349f5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_09_16_03_15%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_term%3D0_d20e3da663-19ea1349f5-&data=02%7C01%7Cemma.rogers%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C3ba77aa2e02e40c8900708d85a5707b8%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637358677124536378&sdata=KSxvfAfrWIL2PbM%2BE8h9scOf7vOFIJ9MhaZzEwJIuRQ%3D&reserved=0)  which provides an overview of the system features.

We will send further information out when MyWilts goes live.
Green Homes Grant Scheme

Homeowners and landlords can now access funding to pay for the cost of energy saving measures under the new Green Homes Grant scheme

The scheme means homeowners can obtain up to two-thirds of the cost of energy saving measures – up to £5000. Lower-income households could be entitled to claim as much as £10,000 to cover the cost.

Home improvements covered by the scheme include insulation of walls, floors and roofs, installation of double or triple glazing to replace single glazing and low-carbon heating. These measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

The scheme supports the council’s Climate Strategy and helps us prepare for the future by protecting the environment and saving money for homeowners through long-term energy savings.

Find out more and apply (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme)
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) .
COVID-19 advice for parents and carers

Are you unsure on what action to take if your child becomes unwell?

Should you send your child into school if they have a runny nose?

Check out the guidance above which tells you which actions to take, if any, for a number of different scenarios.
Read the full guidance (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/media/4743/COVID-19-Advice-for-parents/pdf/COVID-19_Advice_for_Parents.pdf?m=637360412666630000)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter

17/09/2020 British firms are still reporting high levels of reliance on government support schemes (see more)

British firms are still reporting high levels of reliance on government support schemes to help stem cashflow issues, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce.

The organisation’s latest Coronavirus Business  Impact Tracker reveals that business conditions improved only moderately in the weeks since the UK economy suffered an historic contraction in Q2 2020.

While 38 percent of firms reported improved revenue from UK customers – up significantly from the series low of three percent recorded during the second quarter – more than 1 in 3 of businesses say they have three months or less worth of cash in reserve.

The British Chambers of Commerce is continuing to call for on government significant interventions to protect businesses and jobs.

The barometer – the largest independent survey of its kind in the UK – received 502 responses from UK businesses between August 3 and 7.

Business to consumer firms were more likely to report improvements in UK revenue compared to other sectors, although these gains are from a low base due to lockdown restrictions, later reopening, and pent-up consumer demand.

A smaller proportion of firms (22 per cent) reported a rise in revenue from overseas customers than from UK customers (38 percent) amid continued disruption to global commerce and trade flows.

While there was a slight improvement in the number of respondents reporting a decrease in their cash reserves (50 percent compared to 55 percent), it remains more than double the number reporting an increase (22 percent).

Thirty-nine percent of businesses say they have three months or less worth of cash in reserve.

Commenting on the results, BCC director general Adam Marshall said: “While some firms are seeing improvements in trading conditions, we are still very much in the eye of the storm, with further turbulence ahead.

“As the government’s emergency measures begin to wind down over the coming weeks, and with the prospect of further local lockdowns still very real, businesses across the UK are going to need further support to weather uncertainty over the coming months.

“Slashing the jobs tax by taking steps to reduce the burden of employers’ National Insurance contributions, big new incentives for business investment, and targeted support to help businesses placed under local lockdowns all need to be put in place now.

“Ministers must not wait until the economic storm is once again at fever pitch before they act.”

 

 

Chamber Skills Bank Launched

Thanks to Tom McInerney from Etherlive, who presented the Chamber Skills Bank – the idea has been extremely well received by members.  Please register your interest – together we are stronger.

The RWB Chamber Skills Bank is a free, community lead activity supported by the Royal Wootton Bassett Chamber of Commerce. Those within the skills bank provide their time, up to the agreed amount, for free. The time bank is voluntarily and anyone may drop out at any time. Full details of the scheme and its terms will be provided to you as part of your joining process.

We all work in businesses that face challenges every day:

– Sales growth
– Managing overheads
– Optimising process
– Managing workforce

Many problems and opportunities are common to most businesses so why don’t we share our knowledge, support fellow Chamber members and benefit from the experience of others?

Chamber members who commit to offering up to 2 hours a month will receive a list of those in the bank and their skills, and everyone can contribute and use the bank as required.

Please register your interest:
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or email hello@rwbchamber.org.uk
for more information.

2019 AGM – Committee re-elected

The 2019 Annual General Meeting took place at Brinkworth House on 19th June.  The existing Committee were all re-elected:

  • President – Roz Paton
  • Committee Member – Louise Chivers
  • Secretary – Sally Barker
  • Treasurer– Julianne Rowles
  • Honorary Member – Owen Collier

Thanks to all those who came to the meeting.

Leda Properties Planning Application

At our February Committee Meeting the Planning Application from Leda Properties’ for Lidl Supermarket, New Housing, Care Home and other proposed land development behind the Marsh Farm Hotel was discussed.

The Chamber considered the application and declined our support for the application – please attached our letter to Wiltshire Council including our reasons for objecting to the plan. Planning Application Marsh Farm Land Objection Letter

Please Buy Locally This Christmas

 

If you’ve not already seen our article in the Local Advertiser this month, please read on. Please support our local traders this festive season by buying locally. We’d love to hear from you if you are pledging to buy all your Christmas shopping in the town.

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Making Royal Wootton Bassett a Dementia Friendly Town

We have received the following message from Linda Frost, Chair of Caring about Dementia group:

(Members if you would like to attend the meeting please let us know at hello@rwbchamber.org.uk, thank you).

“As part of our work towards making Royal Wootton Bassett become a Dementia Friendly town we would like to introduce “Safe Places” to businesses in our town.

We would like to invite you to a meeting at  6.00 pm on the 13th April at Tinkers Lane Drs Surgery where a member of Wiltshire Safe Places will explain about this in more detail. This should take about 30 minutes.

A Safe Place is somewhere that will display a logo so that a person knows where they can go if they are feeling confused, distressed, upset or unwell.

Safe Places are offered by people who care about those in their community and would like to be able to help anyone who needs support.

We hope that a member/s of your Chamber would like to come along and then share this information with other businesses.

It would be appreciated if you could let me know if you will be attending”.

With thanks,

Linda Frost, Chair of Caring about Dementia group

Latest update from Network Rail

Please see below the the latest bridge closure update from Network Rail:
“I’d like to update you on our ongoing work at Royal Wootton Bassett. Since closing the bridge at Marlborough Road / Broad Town last month, we have been infilling the side arches with concrete and diverting various utility services. Between now and the beginning of May we also be constructing access ramps to the railway track.

From 01.00 on 1 May to 05.00 on 3 May – the Bank Holiday weekend – we’ll be removing and then replacing the central section of bridge, so that it can accommodate overhead electrification lines. We’ll also be removing the existing footbridge. Safety is our number one priority and, for this reason, the work needs to take place during a full possession of the railway (when no trains are running).

We are writing to residents within the vicinity of the bridge to let them know what’s happening but please be assured that every effort is made to minimise any unnecessary noise and we have reminded all staff and contractors to be considerate of the environment they are working in. Residents with any concerns or questions may call our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.”

Network Rail Update for Royal Wootton Bassett

Taken from Swindon & Wiltshire Update dated 2 February:

Royal Wootton Bassett residents are invited to attend a drop-in event to find out more about the latest plans to prepare bridges in the town for the arrival of a new fleet of electric trains.
The event will take place between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 4 February at the Lime Kiln Leisure Centre in Royal Wootton Bassett. Members of the Network Rail project team will be on hand throughout to explain the plans and to answer any questions.
As part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail will be reconstructing two bridges on Marlborough Road/Broad Town and the A3102 Bath Road.
To minimise disruption while this improvement work takes place, the ‘orange army’ has built a temporary link road, pictured above, between the two bridges to ensure residents don’t have to use a lengthy diversion route. It is due to open on 6 March, 2016, when work at Marlborough Road/Broad Town is scheduled to begin.

 

Member-Get-Member Offer

Tap into your network of colleagues and help RWB Chamber grow!

As a current member, each new member you recruit (for a year’s membership of the RWB Chamber of Commerce) will grant you one free Chamber networking lunch. The more you get the more you eat!

A new member is considered someone who has not held membership with RWB Chamber of Commerce for the last two years and joins as a self employed person owning their own business or an employee of a local business wishing to be a member. The referrer must be a current member of the RWB Chamber of Commerce at the time of the new member application to receive their free lunch reward.

To ensure you receive credit for your referral, the recruit must list your name as a referral in the “How Did You Hear about the RWB Chamber” section when submitting their membership application. Member referrals received after the application has been submitted are not eligible for the Member-Get-A-Member programme.

The referral must be with the RWB Chamber of Commerce and not any other networking group such as Inspire (ex Wessex Association), FSB, IOD etc.

Network Rail Drop In Session 15 October 4-7pm

Network Rail are holding a drop in session about the Rail Electrification in the Royal Wootton Bassett area at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre from 4-7pm on Thursday 15 October. You can find out about the reconstruction of of Marlborough Road and A3102 Bath Road bridges and the link road for the diversion.