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As a small business creation team, we understand the pressures you are facing during these challenging and uncertain times. Although the government guidance for employees, employers and businesses will remain the authoritative source of guidance for businesses and entrepreneurs (and being constantly updated/expanded based on queries being submitted to government by business groups), there is currently a great deal of other information/help circulating and this can be difficult to navigate and absorb. So to help, we have collated what we think is a concise ‘Small Business Toolkit’.
This contains resources, guides and information which will be continually updated in the coming weeks — if there’s something you’d find useful and we haven’t provided it or you are offering help yourself then let us know and we can assess and update our network.
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Wednesday 17th June, 2pm
1. Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service – how can it help me?
Sadly, businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are having to make tough decisions because of Covid-19, and redundancies are being made. However, gaps in the labour market are appearing in sectors such as health and care, food retail, wholesale, and distribution due to increased demand, so there are job opportunities out there.
This FREE webinar explains how the new Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service, which has been put together by partners including the county council and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership, can help both employers and employees.
You DO need to register to access the toolkit, but it’s FREE until the current crisis is over.
The Institute of Enterprise Educators are now offering free access to their Small Business Survival Toolkit. Providing guidance, support and online learning on how to keep operating through the current challenges and, as part of their core belief and mission to support micro and SME businesses.
This superb resource provides Employment & Self-Employment Coronavirus Help – Your rights as an employee, self-employed etc.
It clearly explains (with videos) what help the Government are offering who is and isn’t eligible, how to apply and new measures being campaigned for. Now with 7 constantly updated guides:
Coronavirus employees’ help, incl furloughing rights
Coronavirus self-employed & small ltd co help, incl income scheme – Self-Employment Income Support now LIVE (Wed) – three key tips, incl if you’re turned down.
Coronavirus finance & bills help, incl mortgages, energy & TV
Coronavirus universal credit & benefits, what are you due?
Coronavirus travel rights, incl refunds & insurance
Coronavirus life in lockdown, incl MOTs, food & entertainment
Coronavirus financial FAQs, commonly asked Q&As
Permanently updated so worth rechecking regularly.
Mind Tools is one of the world’s most popular digital, on-demand career, business and management learning solutions, helping more than 24 million1 people each year.
This fantastic Business Support Pack includes:
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If you are interested in or in the process of applying for the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), via Local Authority, this resource may be helpful.
Some of the guidance has recently changed for Local Authorities responsible for giving out these grants and the details are on this link.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
(EXPANDED TO BENEFIT MORE SMALLER BUSINESSES ACROSS THE UK)
• Personal guarantees cannot be taken for any facilities below £250k
Launched on 23 March, today (Monday 6th April 2020) CBILS has been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access funding. Importantly, access to the scheme has been opened up to those smaller businesses who would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility but would not have been eligible for CBILS. This significantly increases the number of businesses eligible for the scheme.
About the scheme
Where to find other useful Guidance
What advice is there for a charity?
Use resources such as those from Charity Bank