Support and information for businesses and employers
On 31 October 2020, The Prime Minister announced a 4-week lockdown from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020.
Information about measures to provide support to businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of this lockdown, including links to forms for grants, can be found on this page: Business Rates Grants 2020 to 2021
Central Government guidance deems that an application form is required to be submitted for this grant, as a State Aid Declaration is required and bank details must be verified, however this time a simpler form is required.
All businesses are reminded of the legal requirement to have a COVID-19 risk assessment and share this with staff. Our ad-hoc inspections have indicated that there are still businesses that have not completed a risk assessment, recorded it and shared it with their staff. For more information about the requirements please click here: Risk assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic
If your business is one that has been required to clos, now is a good time to check through your procedures to ensure they are COVID-19 compliant, ready for when your business can re-open.
We have received a large number of calls and emails relating to the guidance on closures and would ask all businesses to review the COVID-19 guidance that was issued by Government by clicking here: Businesses and venues
Reporting of positive COVID cases within your workforce
If you have a confirmed COVID-19 case within your business, please refer to the Guidance and Action Card for your sector and contact the Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8537, option 1 or email [email protected]
There are two teams who can deal with coronavirus related business queries.
The Economic Development team
The ED Team can help with general queries and questions related to business but cannt advise on business grant applications. You can contact them by email or on 01702 215022.
The Business Rates team process Business Grants. Should you need to discuss your ongoing application please either contact the team via email or telephone on 01702 215001 to discuss directly with a member of the team.
Please be aware that the information on this page will be changing regularly in line with new announcements. If you would like to receive business updates by email let us know.
If you have a a business which is open to the public, the Southend Business Improvement District (BID) have created a series of poster templates that you can download for free. Please visit Southend BID Business Templates if you think these may be of use.
What we can do to help businesses
Information about Small Business Grants, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants, business rates relief, commercial rent collection and BID (Business Improvement District) levy payments.
What Central Government are offering
Information about the various measures available and who is administering them, grants for self-employed workers, statutory sick pay and government backed loans (for businesses of all sizes).
Information about tax and the HMRC
Information about receiving support with tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.
Other useful links and awaiting further information
Links to information for charity businesses, government guidance for pubs and restaurants operating as takeaways, early years and childcare closures and other handy pages.