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  • 01 October 2020 1:09 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Adur & Worthing self-isolation grants system aims to reduce spread of Covid-19

    Adur & Worthing Councils are in the process of creating a new system to allow local residents in need a way to apply for financial support to help them through any self-isolation they may have to take.

    Residents in Adur and Worthing, along with the rest of the country, are now required by law to self-isolate, if they test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace.

    Now, a £500 lump sum payment has been made available for those people on low incomes who meet government eligibility criteria. They must have been instructed to self-isolate, be employed or self employed and unable to work from home, they would otherwise lose income as a result, and are receiving one or more benefits. This grant ensures those who are asked to self isolate themselves are financially supported to do so.

    Many people are following the rules around self-isolation, but these steps will help support those who are in receipt of benefits, as well as those on lower incomes. Those needing to self-isolate from 28th September will receive backdated payments once the scheme is set up.

    Adur & Worthing Councils advise those who are looking to apply, to read the government rules first, to be sure they are eligible for the grants. The councils are currently awaiting final instructions from the government before the system goes live, and begins accepting submissions on 12th October 2020. The forms will be verified by councils staff before payments are made. Contact centre staff are now available to take calls on self-isolation grants, taking residents' details to alert them once the system is live so individuals can apply. 

    This government scheme and subsequent financial support comes as tougher fines are introduced for breaking the rules. Fines start at £1,000 and increase up to £10,000 for repeat offenders and the most egregious breaches. These fines include those preventing others from self-isolating, such as any business owners threatening self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not come to work.

    A section on the website (here) directs to a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page which the councils are asking everyone to check before filling in the form so time is not wasted assessing forms for those who do not qualify.

    A spokesperson for Adur & Worthing Councils said:

    “We all know this is an extremely challenging time for everyone in our community.”

    “We're working swiftly to develop an easy-to-use, quick, online system. Once we have the details our team will begin processing the claims as speedily as possible.”

    Those meeting the necessary government criteria will be sent a confirmation message with details of payments. Adur & Worthing Councils are adhering to government guidelines, and those who do not fulfil the government’s requirements will also receive an email outlining that they do not qualify.


  • 01 October 2020 12:49 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Message from Tim Loughton MP

    Welcome to my first constituency e-newsletter of the Autumn term and it has been non-stop since Parliament returned on September 1st. In fact August was the busiest I have known it and although it was more difficult to hold constituency events the amount of correspondence and calls to do with COVID more than made up for it. As a result there were no Loughton family holidays in the summer which was probably just as well as so many foreign destinations then got put into quarantine.

    I have been deluged with a  lot of concerned emails about the UK Internal Market Bill, renewal of the Coronavirus emergency  Bill and other legislation and I share those concerns and have spoken out on them. I am glad to say that in most cases the Government has listened and made changes, although still not enough to please everyone. In most cases I have published blogs on my Facebook page or incorporated my views in my weekly videos.

    To cap it all this week we were also hit with a rather badly misinformed piece in the Times claiming that all the bars in the House of Commons were not bound by the new regulations to close at 10pm. In fact all the bars in the House of Commons have been closed completely since March so staying open until 10pm like the rest of the country would be something of a bonus! The Speaker of the House of Commons had already announced that none of the restaurants or reopened bars would serve after 10pm anyway but that did not stop a lot of angry comments on social media about ‘one law for MPs another for the rest of us.’ Alas you can’t legislate for shoddy journalism and stories about MPs and alcohol always make good copy however inaccurate and unfair.

    In the constituency I have been very busy in Southwick in particular. I am pleased to say that we got the Southwick Square post office opened again after an extended closure, although not quite full time yet. I am also working with local residents to see if we can save the Stepping Stones Nursery in Fishersgate which is threatened with closure because of dwindling numbers of children and we have a temporary reprieve. I am very pleased to say that we have persuaded St John Ambulance to reconsider its proposal to close Southwick St John Ambulance HQ which is used by many in the community. It is also one of the most active in the country. As long as we can help raise money to repair the roof it can stay open and I will be announcing details of an appeal soon. We have also had details of new proposals for improvements on the A27 which again I am keen will be published soon.

    So lots going on and as long as we all remember to follow the COVID regulations and we will all get through this together, sooner rather than later.

    Best wishes 

    Tim Loughton MP

  • 01 October 2020 12:44 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Coronavirus Loan Schemes and the Future Fund extended to 30th November 

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer has extended the government’s three Coronavirus business interruption loan schemes - the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - and the Future Fund. The extension aligns all the end dates of the schemes to 30 November.

    More businesses will now be able to benefit from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and the Future Fund.

    As the schemes were announced at different times, they previously had different closing dates, with each scheme originally open for applications for a period of six months – 30 September (CBILS and Future Fund), 20 October (CLBILS), and 4 November (Bounce Back Loan Scheme).

    https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ 
  • 21 September 2020 12:19 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Cue for QR codes: businesses urged to support Test and Trace

    Businesses and venues across Adur and Worthing are being urged to create a QR code to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

    As part of the government’s new measures on suppressing the disease, a range of firms - including those in hospitality, close contact and leisure - are now required by law to keep customer details for 21 days. 

    This is to support the national Test and Trace system and roll out of the NHS COVID-19 app which goes live across England and Wales on Thursday (September 24). 

    As part of that it will be mandatory for hospitality, leisure and close contact businesses, as well as places of worship and public buildings, to display a unique QR Code in their premises. 

    Details on generating a code are at www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.

    Codes will then need to be clearly displayed (either on a screen or printed off as a poster) so that visitors can use the app to scan the code when they arrive.

    In addition to those required by law to display a unique QR code, other venues visited by members of the public are encouraged to follow suit.

    Cllr David Simmons, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “We would urge all businesses to ensure that they have robust mechanisms in place to support contact tracing. This data is vitally important in helping us to manage and support them in the case of any workplace outbreak, as well as the wider efforts to suppress the virus.”

    Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We have seen that businesses have continued to put a high level of measures in place and this has made a real difference in keeping people safe in Worthing.

    “We would really like to thank everyone for their cooperation and support in achieving this. But as the government has made clear, now is not the time for complacency so it’s vital that we all play our part in keeping our communities safe.”

    For information on the NHS COVID-19 app (including how to download it), visit: https://covid19.nhs.uk.

    For further details, including links updated and simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance, visit www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-advice/.

  • 18 September 2020 2:48 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Shoreham By Sea's Tom Foolery Coffee Company joins ranks of Small Biz 100

    Shoreham’s very own Tom Foolery Coffee Company will be given a spell in the limelight as part of this year’s Small Biz 100, a national campaign highlighting some of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses. 

    Marking 100 days building up to Small Business Saturday on 5 December 2020, the Small Biz 100 provides a major profile boost to small businesses across the UK, particularly at this challenging time. 

    Showcasing a daily celebration of the Small Biz 100 through social media, the campaign aims to support and celebrate a vibrant range of small, community driven businesses across the UK. 

    Tom Foolery Coffee Company was opened in Shoreham by Sea in May 2014 and quickly became a favourite destination for great breakfasts, brunches and, of course, the best coffee in West Sussex! It’s day in the national spotlight takes place on Saturday 26th September 2020 and it looks forward to celebrating with customers old and new to mark the day. 

    Tom Foolery Coffee Company Directors, Vanessa and Bob McCulloch, said: “We are hugely proud to have been selected to be part of Small Biz 100. It’s been a very challenging year for everyone and being part of Small Biz 100 is a real testament to all the amazing support we’ve received from all our staff, customers, and the fantastic community we have here in Shoreham by Sea. We look forward to celebrating with you all on ‘our day’, Saturday 26th September. We would like to pay special thanks to the brilliant Steph Young of Shoreham based-design company saydesignUK, and Daisy Heller for their invaluable help in developing our social media and online community”. 

    Among the other firms being recognised are a family run florist in Bristol, a beauty salon in Inverness, and a wine school in Chester. 

    Michelle Ovens MBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK, said: 
     
    “Congratulations to Tom Foolery Coffee Company for joining the Small Biz 100! This campaign highlights the amazing, positive impact small firms have on communities across the UK. Given the phenomenally tough time small businesses have had, and the special role they played supporting communities in lockdown, it’s vital we continue to support them as this crisis continues. This year’s Small Business Saturday is going to be the most important one yet, and we’re determined it will also be the best.” 

    Now in its eighth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday has grown significantly each year, with a record turnout of 17.6 million people choosing to shop small on the day last year, generating an estimated £800m. 

  • 16 September 2020 12:13 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

     Lizzie Targets European Championships with Support from Charitable Foundation

    Worthing-based wheelchair athlete Lizzie Williams is receiving financial backing from a local charitable foundation to boost her dream of competing at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2021.

    Lizzie already competes internationally in T54 wheelchair racing events and is aiming to represent Great Britain at next year’s showcase thanks in part to support from the Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation (CBCF).

    Lizzie was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones), but her athletic ability and determination to succeed has seen her win numerous sporting accolades. Now she is training hard to achieve her dream of becoming a GB para-athlete next year.

    Even during lockdown, she has managed to continue her six days a week training regime at home, thanks to a ‘rolling road’ and creative adaption of equipment to maintain her strength and conditioning routines.

    The specialist equipment required for wheelchair racing makes it an expensive sport for participants, and so far Lizzie has managed to generate her own funding. Now though, she feels that the sponsorship from CBCF could be a game changer for her.

    “Now that I have the support of CBCF, it’s taken some of the pressure off me, knowing that every month there is a pot of money there that I can use to support my training regime and maintain my equipment” said Lizzie.

    “I am so thankful for their support and hope that sometime soon when we can race again, I will be able to show how much difference it has made to my performance.”

    When not racing, Lizzie actively promotes disability sport in the local community and over the last couple of years has worked with around 50 schools across West Sussex, sharing her story and supporting specific campaigns and sports days.

    Chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box has offices in Worthing, Gatwick and Brighton and was one of the first businesses in Sussex to set up a charitable arm with a focus on supporting smaller local organisations and people who often find it difficult to raise funds. The foundation – which has now raised over £200,000 in total – is run by staff trustees along with one partner, who together decide on donations and grants.

    https://www.carpenterbox.com/who-are-we/csr/


  • 10 September 2020 10:10 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Coast to Capital Business Recovery Grants

    Coast to Capital are are pleased to announce that a new £2.1 million grant scheme, ‘Business Recovery Grants’ has been launched to provide businesses in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, East Surrey, Croydon, or Lewes District with funding of between £10,000 and £170,000 (for projects of £20,000 to £340,000).

    The programme will provide up to 50% of an expansion project for organisations that can demonstrate a clear link to COVID-19 recovery and growth. In addition, Coast to Capital are looking for businesses to set out plans for job creation and job retentio
    to improve the unemployment rate in the local area. 

    Key details of the scheme:

    • Application window will be open until Friday 18th December 2020
    • Total of £2.1 million funding available
    • Grant range £10,000 to £170,000 (for projects of £20,000 to £340,000)
    • Grant funding must be matched by the applicant (at least 50% of project value)
    • Grant funding must be spent on capital items only (match can include revenue costs)

    Eligibility requirements for applicants:

    • Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), Social Enterprises, and Charities (1-249 FTE person workforce) are all eligible to apply for this funding
    • Organisations must be based and trading in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, East Surrey, Croydon, or the Lewes District
    • Organisation must be established and trading for at least 1 financial year.
    • Applicants from all sectors are eligible to apply for this funding, but we will be prioritising applicants from the following sectors:
    • Hospitality
    • Travel &Tourism
    • Sports & Leisure
    • Entertainment & Arts
    • Food & Drink
    • Retail & Wholesale
    • Aviation & Supply Chain
    • Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing
    • Horticulture & Viticulture
    • Health & Life Sciences

    How to apply for the funding:

    • Check that your organisation meets all of the eligibility requirements listed above
    • Complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form in the Related Resources section on this page
    • Email your completed EOI to grants@coast2capital.org.uk
    • For any additional enquiries please complete a Request Form - but please first look at our list of FAQs in the "Related Resources" section of this page, as an answer to your query may already be on there.

    Click here to read more

  • 10 September 2020 10:03 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Kick-start Tourism and Restart and Recovery SME Grants

    Coast to Capital have launched a pre-application information page to help businesses prepare to apply for a Kick-start Tourism or Restart and Recovery SME grant ahead of the scheme opening on Tuesday 15 September at midday.

    The Kickstart Tourism grant is aimed at businesses within the visitor economy with fewer than 250 employees, while the Restart and Renew SME grant is aimed at all other businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Applicants for both must have been impacted by COVID-19 and must satisfy further eligibility criteria. Businesses can apply for grants of between £1000 - £3000 (up to £5000 in exceptional circumstances) toward professional services to help them adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic or to purchase new equipment. 100% of the money will come from government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

    Businesses based in Croydon should register their interest here and businesses based in Lewes should visit this webpage.

    Funding is extremely limited and we expect the scheme to be very popular, so you should complete the gateway diagnostic tool as soon as possible after the scheme opens. We are not operating a waiting list so decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis. The gateway diagnostic will close when the limit has been reached. 

    How you’ll be assessed:

    Grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis. All decisions will be final, with no opportunity to appeal. Eligibility checks will also take the following into account:

    • Your potential to respond/adapt/strengthen from the impact of COVID-19 
    • Your ability to identify opportunities to rebuild following the impact of COVID-19    
    • Your ability to deliver within the timescales available (one month)
    If you would like to be notified by email when the fund is open, please complete this short Expression of Interest form.  

    Click here to read more about this grant

  • 03 September 2020 2:26 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Small Business Growth Grant 

    The Small Business Growth Grant is available to local micro businesses of up to 10 employees. Grants of up to £2,500 are available, with a 50% match funding contribution required (exclusive of VAT).

    For example, if you want to purchase some equipment that costs £1,500 - a contribution of £750 would be required from your own funds and you can apply for £750 from the grant fund. Any added VAT would not be refunded and is not counted within the project cost.

    You must be able to demonstrate how the project will develop your business and what difference it will make.

    Payment will be retrospective. Applicants will need to ensure they have total funds available upfront and are in a position to commence the project straight away. Once approved, applicants will also be required to supply relevant paid invoices within 30 days. 

    Click here to read the Small Business Grants Guidance Notes 


    Apprenticeship Grant

    The Apprenticeship Grant is available to individual businesses of up to 50 employees. A one off payment of £1,000 per apprentice is available towards the cost of taking on an apprentice. Individual businesses can apply for up to two grants.

    Click here to read the Apprenticeship Grant Guidance Notes 


  • 20 August 2020 9:38 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Funding: Live Music – short time scale

    An Emergency Grassroots Music Fund is now open, but for one week only (closing - Monday 3 August).  Please share with any music venues you are in contact with ASAP. Many thanks. Davina   - Arts Council

     The £2.25 million Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund seeks to ensure the survival of grassroots music venues from now until 30 September 2020.

    This funding is available to venues whose main function is to present live music events for a public audience in the grassroots part of this sector.
    It’s open to live music venues across all music genres, and also to multi-arts venues that host other events and entertainment other than music within which music forms a major part of their activity.

     https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/emergency-grassroots-music-venues-fund#section-1



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