Business Support

Business Support

To find out what support is available to you including loans, tax relief and cash grants, use the business support finder.

The government’s Business Support Helpline number is freephone 0800 998 1098. It provides free, impartial business support and signposting services.

HR Support Forum

We have introduced a HR Support Forum for Lincolnshire businesses to gain access to FREE help with HR issues. Click here to visit the Forum.

To share your thoughts and experiences, please contact us:
marketing@lincs-chamber.co.uk
01522 523333

ChamberConnect

ChamberConnect is a series of interactive virtual events which have been designed to support businesses and their staff through the current Coronavirus crisis.

These events will allow you to learn, ask questions and stay up-to-date on a variety of topics which will be affecting your business at such an uncertain time.

Tune in via video conference app Zoom, available to download on any device.

Click here to watch past webinars.

ChamberConnect: Business & International Trade as Nations Emerge from Lockdown

13th July 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Zoom

Free webinar with moneycorp, looking at foreign currency exchange, market movements and economic updates.

Register here

ChamberConnect: QES Q2 Briefing

15th July 2020, 8:30am – 9:30am, Zoom

The Quarterly Economic Survey that ran from 18th May until 9th June was the first major comparison from pre-Coronavirus conditions to the current situation. James Baty, Policy and Research Manager of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP will be discussing the results and what they mean in real terms for local businesses.

Register here

ChamberConnect: Grow Your Business Using Social Media Workshop

20th July  & 21st July, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Zoom

A FREE two-part webinar presented by James Hopkins by DBS Internet Marketing, funded by Collaboration 4 Growth.

Learn why your business should be using social media, get help with drawing up a social media strategy, maximising reviews, and what paid social media advertising can do for your business.

Register here

ChamberConnect: Emerging from Lockdown and Returning to Work

23rd July 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am, Zoom

A free webinar presented by Stephen Britton, Head of Employment Law of Sills & Betteridge LLP on the issues businesses have to consider when reopening.

Register here

ChamberConnect: Communicate Successfully at an International Level

24th August 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am, Zoom

A free webinar presented by Iwona Lebiedowicz of PAB Languages Centre Ltd on how to get your messages right when communicating beyond own borders.

Register here

More to follow soon!

The latest Coronavirus updates and guidance

The government have released a list of countries you may visit from 10th July without having to self-isolate on return. Click here to read more and view the list.

Businesses in some sectors are asked to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to share with NHS Test and Trace if needed to contain the spread of Covid-19. To help you, the DHSC have created a guide, a FAQ doc and a toolkit. Read more and download the toolkit here.

The Lincolnshire Better Business for All Toolkit has many resources to help businesses become COVID-secure, resume trading safely and protect staff and customers as lockdown is eased. All information you need in one handy guide!

Use a new tool to help find the relevant guidance to enable you to reopen safely.

Changes have been made to the validity of Driver CPC cards held by lorry, bus and coach drivers. Driver CPC card enforcement relaxation has now been revoked. Click here for details.

Jobcentre Plus provide support to employers and employees in redundancies. If you are a business owner or employee facing redundancy, click here.

Non-essential retailers reopening: Employers should display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance. The downloadable sign can be found here.

Travellers on public transport in England, must wear mouth and nose coverings.

All UK arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days, bar a short list of exemptions. Click here to read more.

The new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill puts in place measures to amend insolvency and company law to support businesses.

The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will be the UK’s new most-favoured nation (MFN) tariff regime (replacing the EU’s Common External Tariff) on 1 January 2021.

Expansion of Coronavirus testing – anyone showing symptoms can get tested

Updated holiday entitlement and pay guidance

Workplace safety guidance

How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessments

DEFRA has announced that Border Control Posts (BCP) may temporarily accept scanned or electronic copies of health certification from competent authorities or operators in some specific circumstances.

ESFA post-16 provider relief scheme

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers

Measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure.

The Cabinet Office has published updated technical specifications for UK businesses who are producing PPE.

Businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties due to Coronavirus will get support from the government.

A revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.

The government will invest up to £93 million to accelerate construction of the new Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) which, when completed, will have capacity to produce enough vaccine doses to serve the entire UK population in as little as six months.

ACAS has produced a free-to-download furlough letter for UK employers and employees, explaining the terms of a furlough agreement.

Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments

Production and supply of ventilator components

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