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Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support webinars

As part of the UK government’s commitment to supporting businesses and self-employed through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HMRC have developed new webinars on the following topics. Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing webinar – available on Wednesday 12 August 2:15-3:15, Thursday 13 August 09:45-10:45 and Friday 14 August 2:15 – 3:15. […] Read more

Eight reasons to Shop Local this week to help the high street bounce back

The UK Government is running a #ShopLocal week this week, as part of its #EnjoySummerSafely campaign. The week aims to celebrate the British high street – encouraging customers to come back to their safe local shops, supporting the local economy and local jobs.  Please do look out for content on the BEIS social media channels. […] Read more

Digital Skills Partnership offers 10,000 people in the South East a chance to obtain new skills for free with Coursera

The Digital Skills Partnership (DSP) for the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has partnered with leading online Higher Education learning platform Coursera to provide free, online learning resources to 10,000 users across the South East. There are more than 4,300 courses available on Coursera. As part of the learning platform’s Workforce Recovery Initiative – which is […] Read more

Shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable

From Saturday 1 August, shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable was paused across England. This means those who have been shielding over the course of the pandemic will no longer be advised to do so, and can begin to go back to work as long as the sites are COVID-secure. The easing of restrictions […] Read more

Essex Community Foundation Funding Update

Essex Community Foundation are delighted to share that, as at their year end on 30 June, they have awarded grants totalling over £4.8 million to 436 organisations and 97 individuals. This is a 30% increase on the amount awarded last year and was made possible, in part, thanks to the incredible response received from local […] Read more

Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund – Coronavirus

Anglian Water operates at the heart of the community, and its employees live locally too, so they’re committed to making this region a great place to live and work. The coronavirus pandemic has shown that community has never been more important, and that’s why Anglian Water has created The Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund. It will provide […] Read more

Reopening of further businesses and venues in England postponed

The Prime Minister has announced that until 15 August at the earliest, casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed, and that indoor performances will not resume. Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will […] Read more

Local Restrictions – North of England, Leicester & Luton

North of England – Local restrictions: An outbreak of coronavirus has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, and West Yorkshire. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus and local restrictions are in place. Businesses and workplaces should continue as before in these areas. Going to […] Read more

Job Retention Bonus

The government is introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees in meaningful employment, after the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October 2020. The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed […] Read more

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