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29/05/2020Recovery PlanWe continue our discussions with West Suffolk Council, regarding the steps that they and we can take to reassure the public that visiting our town centre is a safe thing to do and once these plans are finalised I will share them with you. With retail businesses being able to open in just over a fortnight I am sure that many of you are already planning how you can make your premises safe for staff and customers and there is a bewildering amount of documents available linked to this subject.

29/05/2020Recovery Plan (2)As I have mentioned above we are working with the Council to do all we can between us to make the town centre safe for people to visit. What actions are taken is one issue but how we communicate the “safeness” of the town, to the public, is a very important issue. The same is true regarding your business, you need to be able to provide your customers with the confidence that visiting your premises creates a very low risk.

29/05/2020Takeaway TaxisI am aware that during lockdown many of you have changed your business models and have looked to arrange the delivery of your goods to your customers. At the moment I appreciate that this is predominantly within the food and drink sector but this may become something that retailers want to consider moving forward. I know in regards of food some of you use Deliveroo or Just Eat but I am also aware that their charges are quite high and of course customer details are retained by them and not yourselves. I am aware that some of you work with Takeaway Taxis, a Suffolk based company who are keen to expand their presence in Bury St Edmunds and I understand that their charges to businesses are considerably less that the above companies I have mentioned. I have spoken to the Operations Manager, Milon Miah who would welcome the opportunity to discuss what services he could offer you and has asked that anyone who is interested complete the simple proforma on their website and this is the link.

29/05/2020Independents Week 29th June – 5th JulyAs part of our preparations for helping Bury to bounce back we are keen to continue with our well established annual Independents Week when we celebrate our great range of independent businesses in the town. Whilst we can’t deliver what we normally do, we are planning to supplement this week with an increased presence and activity on social media. Further details will be shared ASAP. What would be helpful and appreciated is for businesses who would like to get involved, to send us details of any offers, promotions, new services or products post lockdown and if you were trading during lockdown any stories you would care to share etc Please send anything be they short videos, editorial, images or stories to mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com

Support & Updates for Businesses During The Coronavirus Period

 

To support the businesses in this challenging time, we will have regular updates on this page to provide factual information for businesses. 

 

21/05/20

 

As we are allowed to return to work over the coming months, the Government has released a guide for working safely during Coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

11/05/20

 

The Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy has now been published and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy

 

Tourism is the third step in the Government's reopening process and will happen no earlier than 4th July. In the meantime, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond will continue to engage with our audiences online to encourage visitors not to visit at the present time but to plan a future trip.

 

11/05/20

 

Starting this Wednesday, applications will be open for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Use the online checker to see if you're eligible and have they money in your account by 25th May. 

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

 

20/04/20

 

West Suffolk Council have created a page with updates and support for businesses during this difficult time https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus 

 

 

17/04/20


Greene & Greene have written a very useful update on furlough leave which you can read here: https://www.greene-greene.com/knowledge/news/furlough-leave-update/

 

15/04/20


Jacobs Allen have a very helpful dedicated section to their website relating to Coronavirus. Visit their website here

 

 

07/04/20

 

West Suffolk Council would like to reiterate that business DO NOT need to pay anything to access their grant or any advice on COVID 19 business support. 

 

Please be careful of scams such as the following:

https://www.getmygrant.co.uk/

 

 

02/04/20

 

ACAS have got in touch with us at the BID to offer advice that our BID members might find helpful. 

 

ACAS advice on Coronavirus - 

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 

Government advice on Coronavirus - 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

 

We are running regular webinars – details can be found here - https://www.acas.org.uk/webinars as well as live Twitter Q&A sessions every Friday - https://www.acas.org.uk/coronovirus-support-for-employers-and-employees-live-on-twitter.

 

02/04/20

 

Suffolk Mind charity have put together a blog to help people who are self-isolating, working from home, dealing with children being off school or those who just need some ways to better meet their emotional and physical needs whilst staying at home. Read their blog here: https://www.suffolkmind.org.uk/covid19blog/

 

30/03/20

 

A document was issued by the MOS National Business Crime Centre, please visit this link: https://nbcc.police.uk/news/letter-from-the-nbcc-regarding-covid-19

 

30/03/20

 

The government has released an informative and practical guide on COVID-19 and the impact it may be having on mental health and wellbeing - it's available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

 

27/03/20


SaveTheHighStreet.org is an industry movement on a mission to ensure diverse and successful high streets, now and for the long term. Yesterday (26 March) they launched the first in a series of short You Tube videos called Idea of the Day for all businesses to view, visit; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdcVKIrcjHJuE5PDkVMzU1g/videos

 

These short videos are aimed at supporting businesses during coronavirus and the challenges faced by everyone on the High St during this period. The videos aim to provide simple ideas and steps to take to generate sales and grow and strengthen ties in the community. The first video considers the fact that millions are now working from home / stuck at home with an idea to support your customers by creating care packages – watch the vide to find out more!


 

25/03/20

 

West Suffolk Council are here to help you keep up with the latest support to business during this difficult time. Please visit http://westsuffolk.gov.uk/c19business for the latest or call the team on 01284 757114


 

19/03/20

 

The BID is working closely with the Economic Growth Team at West Suffolk Council to provide you access to the most up to date information to assist your business. Please click on this link to see the latest statement from the Council.

 

https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-support-for-business.cfm

 

19/03/20

 

RENTAL ARRANGEMENTS

 

I have spoken to 3 local Commercial Agents today about concerns businesses have expressed to me regarding rent payments that are due this month. They have all encouraged concerned businesses to contact them to discuss their individual circumstances.

 

They have also suggested that this might be prudent to do once more is known about how businesses can access the Government funding that was announced on Tuesday.

 

19/03/20

 

You can sign up here to receive email alerts with the latest updates and guidance around COVID-19 from the UK Government. https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?link=/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

If you have questions or concerns about leave, pay, remoteworking and what steps you can take to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, join Acas experts this Friday at 10:30am to chat live on Twitter. Send your questions in advance to @acasorguk #AskAcas.

 

Acas are also running a number of free webinars to provides practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus on businesses. Register here: https://www.acas.org.uk/webinars

 

 

18/03/20

 

For a good guide for business owners in regards of their rights and responsibilities visit ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 

18/03/20

 

For information about support for businesses from the government visit; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses Please note accessing this support will be via the Local Authority and we await details of this process.

 

18/03/20

 

Owner of Casa, Maria Broadbent, appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show at lunchtime today to talk about how her business is adapting to the current challenges. A number of Bury St Edmunds restaurants have started to offer takeaways, click and collect and delivery during this period. You can listen to the interview again here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gc92

 

 

 

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