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14th September:

9th September:

  • From Monday 14th September, people must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six.
  • From 18th September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.
  • The Government has also published simplified COVID-19 secure guidance.
  • The Government has recently announced a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to help create hundreds of six-month job placements for young people aged 16 to 24, who are currently claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Applications to the scheme must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, but joint applications are accepted. If you would be interested in being part of a joint application, please get in touch with the BID so we can help to coordinate interest.

7th September:

  • As part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, £300,000 of European Regional Development Funding has been released to support businesses in the West of England LEP area. Fully funded grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to help mitigate some of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on eligible businesses. Applications for this funding will only be open until Monday 21st September.

20th August:

  • Updated guidance: From last Saturday, some remaining aspects of England’s culture, sport, leisure and business sectors were able to reopen. The Government has also announced a series of enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.

14th August:

  • Updated guidance: The Government has updated the guidance to businesses in a number of issues, including facilitating indoor gatherings between multiple households, guidance on employees returning to work, and protecting vulnerable staff.

3rd August:

  • The Government has announced a planned investment of £20 million to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through two training programmes. The first, a Small Business Leadership Programme, will focus on strengthening decision-makers’ leadership skills, whilst the second initiative, the Peer Networks Programme, will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills.

30th July:

  • Public Health England’s Reporting an Outbreak campaign communicates advice on how to respond to an outbreak of COVID-19 to individuals that own, manage or are responsible for businesses and organisations within the community, by identifying an outbreak of COVID-19, reporting the outbreak to your local health protection team, and working with your local health protection team to respond.
  • The Government’s aim is to return life to as close to normal as possible, for as many people as possible, as fast and fairly as possible. And in a way that avoids a new epidemic, minimises lives lost and maximises health, economic and social outcomes. They have provided an overview of their approach to managing local outbreaks on their website.

24th July:

8th July:

  • The Chancellor delivered his Summer Economic Update in Parliament today, which outlined a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs.