Welcome to the latest edition of our South and Vale Business Support newsletter!

Get ready for the new NHS COVID-19 app

Businesses across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for a new NHS COVID-19 app.

Launching on the 24 September, the app will simplify the Test and Trace process by enabling the public to automatically “check into” a venue. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice, should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

If your business is included in one of the sectors required to maintain a customer log, then you are also now expected to display an NHS QR code poster at your premises once the app launches nationally on the 24 September.

Find out what steps your business needs to take on our website.

Visit England launches #EscapeTheEveryday campaign

Visit England has developed a £5 million UK-wide marketing campaign to inspire consumers to travel and enjoy the country’s amazing tourism offer from this autumn.

The #EscapeTheEveryday campaign will highlight the UK’s unique tourism offer by focusing on three key themes – Discovery, Freedom to Explore and Treat Yourself.  Content will showcase vibrant cities and breath-taking countryside and coastal locations that make the UK a brilliant place to explore this autumn and winter. 

If you are a destination or tourism attraction or business, you can get involved by encouraging your customers to share their top three tips for escaping the everyday.

Discover how you can get involved here.
OxLEP’s Kickstart Grant Scheme will launch on 1 October

OxLEP’s Kickstart Grant Scheme will open for applications from local businesses for one day only on 1 October.

The application portal will open at 10:00 and will close at 17:00, or once the 250-application limit has been reached.

The purpose of the Kickstart grant scheme is to help businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 to deal with the impacts of the pandemic and access specialist professional advice, equipment or technology to rebuild and support a quick recovery.

Find out if your business is eligible here.


Find out more by reading the Business and Innovation Strategy Action Plans 
on our SVBS website.

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