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Business Support Helpline

The Business Support Helpline number in England has changed to FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on Covid-19. You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business. The Business Support Scotland helpline is 0300 […] Read more

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Employers will be able to make claims to the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme through a new online service. Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have […] Read more

Cabinet Office update.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: https://bit.ly/SSPRebateScheme The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to current or former employees. The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either: – Have coronavirus […] Read more

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. The fund will be open for applications from Wednesday 20 May 2020. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that typically rely on equity investment and are unable to […] Read more

South East Business Hub – Mental Health and Wellbeing

Support for employers and individuals during the Coronavirus pandemic As a result of stressful and uncertain times that Coronavirus has presented, the need to consider the mental wellbeing of you and your employees has never been more important. In preparation of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) we have produced a guide to offer businesses support and […] Read more

UK Global Tariff: information for Growth Hubs

Today (19 May 2020), the Government published details of the UK’s new tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). The UKGT will enter into force on 1 January 2021, replacing the EU’s Common External Tariff (CET) at the end of the transition period. It will apply to imports coming into the UK from countries we […] Read more

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Support for employers and individuals during the Coronavirus pandemic As a result of stressful and uncertain times that Coronavirus has presented, the need to consider the mental wellbeing of you and your employees has never been more important. In preparation of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) we have produced a guide to offer businesses […] Read more

Coronavirus Business Support Blog

The Coronavirus Business Support Blog from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is where you can find out how other businesses have used government support schemes and working safely guidance.   There are currently a number of new case studies from businesses, including Aston Martin and KFC, which detail how they have been making their workplaces COVID-secure.  Read more

Have your say: SELEP Coronavirus Business Recovery Survey

Business planning, recovery and COVID SECURE operations? Have your say Take part in our Coronavirus Business Recovery Survey to let South East LEP know how you are preparing your business for the next phase in socially distanced and COVID-secure enterprise. This is an opportunity to ensure that your views directly inform government thinking and their next […] Read more

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