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Tradespeople: register to be a Green Homes Grant installer

The Green Homes Grant will create 100,000 jobs for tradespeople this winter. Register to become a Green Homes Grant installer so you can deliver work in the 600,000 homes that will receive vouchers. Only TrustMark-registered tradespeople can carry out work for the 600,000 households receiving grants for green home improvements. If you install energy efficiency […] Read more

What’s New at the ICKG?

A Business Community for Innovators It’s more important than ever that office space is flexible and offers great value. To meet that need, ICKG have refined their offering and doubled down on business support for their tenants. Whether you’re looking to hot-desk or take an office for your business, ICKG will work with you to […] Read more

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. Job support scheme A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. Under the scheme, […] Read more

Restrictions on businesses and venues in England

From 24 September, businesses 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, and adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include take-aways, but delivery and drive-thru services […] Read more

Working from home and working safely guidance

To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so. Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to […] Read more

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

£20 million recovery grants scheme – Update

Due to high demand applications for the recovery grants scheme have now closed. Small and medium sized businesses who have applied for the grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access new technology and equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice, can contact sebcor@southend.gov.uk for an update on the progression of […] Read more

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