Re-opening of local businesses April 12, 2021

Welcome Back! Come and visit your local businesses, get a hair cut, have a pint, get sweaty at the gym, take a dip in the pool or just say hi to your friendly shop keepers, they can’t wait to see you back on our high street.

Reopening Safely

For all those businesses reopening from 12 April, the rules stay more or less the same as when you were open before. Staff and customers must wear masks or be behind screens (apart from when eating or drinking), customers must keep to the 2m social distancing rules (apart from when having close personal services like …

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National Lockdown (2)

A second national lockdown will happen across England from midnight on Wednesday 4 November and will provisionally last for at least four weeks until Wed 2 December. 

Kickstart – Government Jobs Scheme

Could you offer a young person a six month paid work experience? Funding is available under the government’s new Kickstart Scheme  to employers for salary costs (paid at National Minimum Wage) for six months, with an additional £1,500 available to employers to support the placement set up. Kickstart placements should be a minimum of 25 hours …

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New Coronavirus Rules

New Rules for businesses come into effect from Thursday 24 September and include compulsory mask-wearing for staff, new rules for serving customers in hospitality sector and 10pm closing times

Test & Trace Record Keeping

From Friday 18 September, it will be law for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, which must be kept for 21 days. These businesses are: hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks close contact services, including hairdressers, …

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London Resilience Fund

The £1m London Resilience Fund is an innovation programme to support London’s businesses and community groups in their recovery from the coronavirus crisis

Mayor of London’s Back to Business Fund

The Mayor is providing match-funding through his new Back To Business Fund – which aims to help small and independent businesses through these hugely challenging times.

Changes to the Job Retention Scheme

Updates on the HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how flexible furloughing can support your business. Plus info on webinars and Job Retention Bonus.

Face coverings to be compulsory in shops

Please make sure that you are wearing your face masks or visors at all times, as there is evidence that it not only protects you from Covid but also makes customers feel more confident about using businesses and getting back out and shopping local.

July re-opening

The government has announced easing of lockdown measures in England to enable more of our businesses to reopen. 

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loans

The government has launched a new Bounce Back loan scheme. This is aimed at small businesses with turnover of under £500k.

Mr Francatelli and Sweet Carolina collaboration: WeDeliverSE27

Mr Francatelli’s delicatessen and Sweet Carolina restaurant and bar have adapted to the COVID 19 imposed circumstances to bring a new online/telephone delivery service ‘WeDeliverSE27’. They have a wide range of yummy delicatessen treats, cheese, meats, anti-pasti, cakes and pastries, as well as offering fresh produce and staples like flour, bread and pasta. You can …

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