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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

New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme. To be eligible for the funding, individuals must meet the following criteria: Have tested positive for Covid-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace […] Read more

Start Up Loans

The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans (SUL) programme today announces it has issued its 75,000th loan, marking more than £623 million invested in small businesses since its launch in 2012. Start Up Loans saw a significant rise in loans issued since the start of the pandemic in the UK, with July 2020 a record month […] Read more

Boost your business with TrustMark today

Want to maximise on government funding? Want to make sure that your business is ready to help customers across the UK improve the energy efficiency of their homes? Millions of pounds of government cash will be made available through the Green Home Grants for home owners from next month, so make sure your business is […] Read more

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claim service is now open

If you’re eligible for the second and final grant, and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you can make a claim on or before 19 October 2020. You can claim for the second grant even if you did not make a claim for the first grant. If you have different circumstances it can […] Read more

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