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New business and venue closures and restrictions in parts of England

From Friday 18 September new restrictions have been introduced in parts of the north-east of England – in Durham; Gateshead; Newcastle; Northumberland; North Tyneside; South Tyneside; and Sunderland – to curb rising infection rates. From Tuesday 22 September, new restrictions will be enforced in the North west – in Merseyside; Warrington; Halton; and Lancashire (excluding […] Read more

Venues required to enforce rule of 6

Hospitality venues in England are now legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000. Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will also be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace. From Thursday 24 […] Read more

Working safely during coronavirus

Guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues in England as part of further social distancing measures has been updated to reflect changes in rules about social contact, and requirements for certain businesses and venues to collect data for test and trace. Guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS […] Read more

£6.5m boost for SME manufacturers looking to recover from Covid-19 impact

Business Grants to support 33% of costs for Business improvement  Initiatives Small to Medium-sized (SME) manufacturers across England have been given a £6.5m funding boost to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and address key barriers to growth. The Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is funded by ERDF and delivered by Oxford Innovation Services, has […] Read more

Government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund opens for applications

A fund of up to £40 million that will create jobs in nature recovery and conservation opens today. Grants from £50k to £5 million are now available to help the nation build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic The £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund brings forward funding for environmental charities and their partners to […] Read more

Coronavirus – New and Updated Guidance

NEW Guidance Venues required by law to record contact details Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. Further details can be found here Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers […] Read more

New measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement on new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. What has changed for businesses in England: From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors. […] Read more

BEST Big Business Briefing – September

From non-repayable grant funding, business advice, access to skills training, recruitment services, apprentices, interns and graduates, exporting, innovation and so much more, the range of support available to businesses is vast. No matter what stages your business is at, pre-start to high growth, The BEST Growth Hub is passionate about making a difference to businesses, their teams […] Read more

Kickstart Scheme

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Funding available for each job will […] Read more

Hello World…this is Essex

ExSE 2021 – a hybrid real-world and virtual conference Whether your business is starting, growing, scaling or simply surviving, The BEST Growth Hub can help. We enable businesses of every size and sector to access what they need to be resilient and to manage sustainable growth. As the world changes, so do the needs of […] Read more

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