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

Is your business still open?

We have put together a list of businesses in South and Vale who are still open and trading during the COVID-19 crisis.

Businesses who feature on our list so far offer a variety of services, including:

  • Crafts
  • Car Maintenance
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Mortgage Advice
  • Architecture
  • Takeaway Food & Drink
  • Beer and Cider Breweries
  • Web Developer
  • Sports shop
  • Home Furnishings
..and more! View our full list here.

If your business is still trading, let us know and we can share your services.
New Bounce Back Loans Scheme

The Chancellor has announced that small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders.

  • Businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days
  • Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and businesses can apply online through a short and simple form
The Chancellor said the new Bounce Back Loans scheme would help bolster the existing package of support available to the smallest businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more on our website.
UK high street to be protected from aggressive rent collection

The majority of landlords and tenants are working well together to reach agreements on debt obligations, but some have been using aggressive debt recovery tactics.

To stop these unfair practices, the government will temporarily ban the use of statutory demands (made between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020) and winding up petitions presented from Monday 27 April, through to 30 June, where a company cannot pay its bills due to Coronavirus.

They also come on top of a substantial package of business support measures, including a moratorium on evictions for commercial tenants for at least a 3-month period.

Further information can be found here.

We are aware that there has been a growing number of businesses who are struggling to retain their staff during this period of uncertainty.

We have created a page on our website to highlight current temporary roles which may be of interest to you if you are looking for work.

You can view our current list of vacancies here.

Let us know if you are looking for new members of staff.

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

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