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

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Open Businesses) is due to be available to support businesses that have been severely impacted due to temporary local restrictions.

Please note that applications for this grant scheme are not yet open in South and Vale. We are currently awaiting further government guidance before we can launch a local scheme. In the meantime, you can find an outline of the anticipated scheme on our website.

lease note that the final scheme may differ from the information available at the present time.
Is your business ready for the new Brexit rules?

Time is running out for businesses to prepare for the new Brexit rules coming into force on 1 January 2021. The new rules affect citizens, businesses and travel to the EU.

You need to act now if you’re…

  • importing goods from the EU
  • exporting goods to the EU
  • moving goods to or from Northern Ireland
  • travelling to the EU
  • living and working in the EU
  • staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen

Businesses can now answer a few questions using the Transition Check Tool to get a personalised list of actions.

Get your list of personalised actions here.
Apply for the Oxfordshire Kickstart Grant Scheme

The Oxfordshire Kickstart Grant Scheme will open for applications from local businesses for one day only on 8 December 2020.

The Kickstart grant scheme is open to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Oxfordshire. Your business must meet the eligibility criteria for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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.

Apply for the grant on OxLEP's website.
Over 7,000 businesses register for Brexit Trader Support Service

More than 7,000 businesses have signed up to the new Trader Support Service, which will support traders moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021.

With fewer than 30 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, more traders are being urged to register now.

On 1 January 2021, the Northern Ireland Protocol will come into force. There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If a businesses does not sign up to the new Trader Support Service, they will not be able to move goods between the regions.

Find out more and sign up to the service here.

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

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