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

Resources to help you trade online

We've put together a list of schemes that will help you trade online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Big Small Shop are taking on new local businesses, enabling them to continue/start selling again. Items can be collected from a safe place, and delivery is contact-free. 

The PopUp Business School team have written an article on getting your website right, brilliant for those who want to develop their online presence.

In Henley-on-Thames, the Henley Basket scheme encourages residents to stay at home and order online from an assortment of local businesses. Their orders are then delivered directly to their door, ensuring that strict social distancing measures are carried out.

Explore your options here.
New Discretionary Grant Fund

A discretionary grant fund of £617 million has been announced by UK Government to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the coronavirus business support grants funds.

Councils are awaiting further guidance on the scheme from government, but initial indications suggest that the funding will be available for businesses in England that employ less than 50 employees and are able to demonstrate a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restrictions.

Once the Councils have received further guidance, we will issue details of how businesses can apply for funding via a special edition of our newsletter. 

Visit our website for more details.
Get ready for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

HMRC are beginning to contact customers who may be eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The claims service will open on 13 May and is being delivered ahead of the original timetable.

The claims process will be very simple, and those eligible will have the money paid into their bank account by 25 May, or within six working days of completing a claim.

HMRC are publishing guidance on the scheme, available here. This guidance will continue to be updated.

Find out more 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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