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Press releases and news
Business urged to get ready for NHS COVID-19 app
Business owners in Chesterfield borough are being reminded they must be ready for the launch of the new NHS COVID-19 app – due to go live on Thursday (24 September).
The app is part of the government’s large-scale coronavirus testing and contact tracing programme (NHS Test and Trace).
It will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.
By law, selected businesses will be required to display a QR code poster linking to the app – this includes businesses within:
- Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
- Tourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
- Close contact services, including hairdressers, and facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events), libraries and children’s centres
There is more information for businesses here – including resources to create your own poster.
A large-scale national campaign to encourage members of the public to download and use the app is set to be rolled out from Thursday.
It will urge people to use the app to help protect their loved ones and their community. It can be used to:
- Report symptoms
- Order a coronavirus test
- Check into venues by scanning a QR code
It is designed to help understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area and will allow local authorities respond more quickly to a local outbreak, alongside partners.
People are reassured that the app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.
You can find out more about the app and how it works here and you can search for answers to common questions here.
The app will be available to download from the Apple Store and Google Play.
Reopening High Streets Safely funding
Chesterfield Borough Council is pleased to announce that it has received £92,500 in funding from the Re-opening the High Street Safely Fund. The funding is primarily for use in Chesterfield town centre, but can also be used to support the re-opening of other district shopping areas such as Staveley town centre, Chatsworth Road and Whittington Moor.
The Government has allocated the funding from the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, to help support the process of reopening England’s high streets safely.
The funding will be used in collaboration with Destination Chesterfield to help implement new measures to encourage the safe re-opening of Chesterfield town centre considering the challenges presented by Covid-19 and the need to promote and maintain safe social distancing. Some of the funding will also be used for communication and public information campaigns to market the town centre and the borough as a place to visit and to encourage more and more people to shop local.
We have already used some of the funding on signage and road and pavement markings to support shoppers to maintain safe social distancing around the outdoor market, market hall and Chesterfield town centre.
More information about how the funding will be spent will be announced over the coming weeks.
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Chesterfield Borough Council adopts ambitious plan to rebuild economy
Chesterfield Borough Council has adopted an ambitious plan to support and rebuild Chesterfield’s economy in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Chesterfield Economic Recovery Plan, which was approved by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 14 July, outlines what the council, with the backing of other partner agencies, will do to support the town’s businesses to bounce back and help restore business and consumer confidence.
The Plan sets outs a comprehensive set of fully funded measures that include delivering a new business start-up support programme, which will encourage entrepreneurs and workers who may have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to bring forward new business ideas. Funding and expert advice will be available as will a premises location service.
The council will also be launching a portfolio of skills delivery initiatives. The initiatives will focus on the skills and training needs of local people, particularly young people, to enhance their prospects of securing the jobs on offer. Chesterfield residents and businesses will be able to access a new virtual skills and careers information hub. Particular attention will also be paid to the establishment of initiatives to reskill and upskill the current workforce.
Innovative promotional campaigns are already being rolled out with Destination Chesterfield to encourage people to shop local and support town centre retailers and market traders. The Plan also includes a series of initiatives aimed at raising the profile of Chesterfield as a visitor destination and hub.
Councillor Tricia Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Rebuilding the local economy following the easing of lockdown restrictions is a top priority for Chesterfield Borough Council and we have already implemented a number of financial and promotional measures to help our businesses through these challenging times.
“We understand this will be a worrying time for business owners of all sizes and it is important that the council and its partners continue to do all we can to ensure that local businesses receive all the help they need in these most challenging of times.
“Whilst there remains a high level of uncertainty about what the future holds, the Chesterfield Economic Recovery Plan provides a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring that Chesterfield continues to be a thriving borough.”
The council has to date paid out £25.7 million in small business grants to 2,202 Chesterfield businesses, administered business rates relief to a value of £18 million to 661 businesses and shared a further £1.05 million with 120 businesses via the Local Discretionary Grants Fund scheme.
The council has also provided expert advice and support to over 300 local businesses since mid-March and as a landlord to over 400 commercial tenants, amended rental terms including rent free periods for some and rent deferral arrangements for others.
The work done with retailers, market traders and licensees to safely and successfully re-open Chesterfield town centre has seen thousands of people return to the high street since 1 June.
The council has also not shirked from continuing to progress its ambitious £1 billion growth programme that when complete will deliver thousands of new jobs to the town and borough both during the construction phases and once works are complete. This includes the Northern Gateway Scheme where construction of the new Enterprise Centre on Holywell Cross (Donut) started on site during the lockdown period. Plans are also well advanced in progressing improvements to the public realm on Elder Way and taking forward the Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield project which will see a number of enhancements made to Chesterfield’s famous market grounds.
As part of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub, Chesterfield businesses can access an experienced business advisor and the council’s Economic Development team is always on hand to talk through and help develop solutions for businesses facing challenges large and small. You can contact the team by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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News and guidance
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed - 22 September 2020
- Businesses selling food or drink to be consumed on the premiese must be closed between 10pm - 5am, from Thursday 24 September 2020. Takeaway delivery services can continue after 10pm.
- Licensed premises can only serve food or drink via table service
- Customers must eat and drink at a table if sitting indoors
- Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code poster to allow customers to 'check in' from Thursday 24 September, to allow people to use this as an alternative option to provide their details for test and trace (see below)
- Businesses and organisations will have stricter rules to follow to ensure their premises are COVID secure from Monday 28 September 2020
To read the full guidance visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): what has changed - 22 September
Obtain a QR code poster for your venue - to be displayed from Thursday 24 September 2020
A test and trace QR code should created and be displayed at all your venues if:
- You are a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
- an event which is taking place in a physical location
If you have more than one location, you will need to create a QR for each location.
- restaurants, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members’ clubs
- cafes, including workplace canteens
- bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs
- public houses
- amusement arcades
- art fairs
- betting and bingo halls
- clubs providing team sporting activities
- facilities for use by elite and professional sportspeople (including sports stadia)
- heritage locations and attractions open to the public (including castles, stately homes and other historic houses)
- hotels and other guest accommodation provided on a commercial basis, including in Bed & breakfast accommodation, boats, campsites, caravans, chalets, guest houses, holiday parks, hostels, motels, pubs, sleeper trains and yurts;
- indoor sport and leisure centres
- outdoor swimming pools and lidos
- museums and galleries
- music recording studios open for public hire or other public use
- public libraries
- beauticians (including those providing cosmetic, aesthetic and wellness treatments)
- dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers
- nail bars and salons
- skin and body piercing services
- sports and massage therapists
- community centres
- youth and community centres
- village halls
For further information on the collection of contact details, retention, storage and disclosure of details and fines associated, please read:
Chancellor's plan for jobs to help the UK's recovery - 8 July 2020
- Job Retention Bonus
- Kickstart Scheme
- New apprentice scheme
- Triple the scale of traineeships in 2020-21
- Triple the number of sector-based work academy placements in 2020-21
- Double the number of work coaches in job centres to 27,000
- Investment in the National Careers Service.
- New infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects
- £3 billion green investment package
- £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme
- £1 billion programme to improve energy efficiency in public sector buildings
- Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme (This has now closed).
- VAT will be cut on most tourism and hospitality-related activities
- The stamp duty threshold will rise £500,000 until 31 March 2021
Full details can be found here: A plan for jobs 2020
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Government key links
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Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire County Council are removing the membership fees for businesses and individuals registered with their 'Trusted Trader' scheme.
National Trading Standards has launched businesses against scams; free online training to protect businesses, employees and customers from costly scams.
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D2N2 Growth Hub has a page which carries information that may prove helpful.
D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is conducting a survey to understand the needs of local businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic and Chesterfield businesses are encouraged to take part.
Your responses will be a valuable resource to assist the council, and its wider partners, in responding to issues faced by businesses following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It will also help to shape what support D2N2 can offer to businesses when the recovery phase begins.
The D2N2 Growth Hub has also launched a new RESTART programme designed to help businesses in the East Midlands return to operations. As part of this, the D2N2 Growth Hub has been seeking further business intelligence by asking local businesses to take part in a short survey (link above).
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There is also a 'Supporting local' website providing information on support, services and products from Chesterfield businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.
Destination Chesterfield has launched a programme of forums for champions. The forums will allow the people attending to help share the Chesterfield recovery. Visit the Destination Chesterfield website to find out how you can join the forum.
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East Midlands Chamber of Commerce
Webinars for local businesses
The Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and other partners are offering lots of free webinars at the moment that can support you and your employees.
Free advertising for Chesterfield businesses
To help support local businesses that are re-opening, and to showcase Chesterfield as a great place to visit, the council is offering retail, hospitality and leisure businesses the chance to take out free listings on the VisitChesterfield website until 31 March 2021.
Councillor Kate Sarvent said: “We know things have been tough for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses over the past few months. It is hoped this advertising opportunity will assist them with the process of reopening and provide a timely sales boost.
“VisitChesterfield aims to promote the town and its businesses to potential tourists as well as local residents, so this free advertising provides a great opportunity for these businesses to let customers, both old and new, know that they are back open for business.”
Even before the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, many people often felt running a business was an isolating experience. As a business owner, it can also be difficult to keep up to date with the latest information that could help you with the maintenance and development of your enterprise, beyond specialist information related directly to your sector.
The below pages provide you with more information about the great events that are available at your fingertips:
- Destination Chesterfield provides information about business events tailored around the Chesterfield area.
- The D2N2 Growth Hub has a range of events listed on their portal, including those delivered by the Growth Hub itself, as well as regional and national providers.
Support for commercial tenants
As a landlord to over 400 commercial tenants, we recognise that some of our tenants will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to support businesses through this difficult period and have put the following measures in place for those who need support:
Voluntary / Charity sector
- Rent charged during the period of 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 will be waived
- This is designed to ease the financial burden faced by your organisation and does not affect any other terms of your tenancy agreement.
Our rental billing system is being updated to reflect the waived rent. Should you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us via email: email@example.com
Retail, food, leisure and other large businesses which have been forced to close down
- Businesses who have been forced to close will have the option to defer rental payments for the period of 1 April to 30 June 2020.
- The sum deferred will be recovered as part of the rental payments made over the following 18 months. If your lease is due to end within the 18-month period, payment will be expected at lease end or alternatively should you renew your lease the 18-month period will be honoured into the new lease.
- We would be grateful if you could confirm via email if you wish to take up this offer: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please note our rental billing system will continue to issue invoices for the rent due, but rest assured we will not be chasing payment of such should you wish to accept our offer of rental deferment.
- This offer does not constitute a change to the other terms and conditions in your tenancy agreement.
Other office and industrial businesses
- All other businesses can apply to the council for their rental payments to be similarly deferred for the period of 1 April to 30 June 2020. Each application will be assessed on its individual merits, taking into account the type of business and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its ability to trade.
- If agreed, the sum deferred will be recovered as part of the rental payments made over the following 18 months
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Support for the self-employed
With the chancellor’s announcement, there is now support designed for those operating on a self-employed or freelance basis. The fundamental elements of this new move are that payments will be limited to 80 per cent of average monthly trading profits over the last three years and to a maximum of £2,500 per month (for a minimum of three months). Further detailed information can be found on the government website here.
Self-employed support scheme extended
In addition to the announcement of the amendments to the furlough scheme, the Government has also added further support for the self-employed. A second grant will be made available in August to cover 70% of average monthly trading profits up to a maximum of £6,570. Further information about claiming the first grant and the extension can be found here.
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Amended terms for the extended Furlough Scheme
The Government has announced the new changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This sees the introduction of a period of transition from August to October, with employers beginning to pick up part of employee payments in stages. In August this amounts to employer National Insurance and pension contributions. In September the Government contribution will drop to 70% (with a cap of £2,187) and employers will be expected to pay what they did in August plus 10% of salaries to make up wages to 80% (as a minimum). In October the Government contribution will drop to 60% and the employer contribution will increase to 20% to cover the gap. Further information including changes to who can claim CJRS can be found here:
COVID-19 Information for apprentices and employers of apprentices
If you are an apprentice or an employer of an apprentice, we understand that you may have some very specific questions about your Apprenticeship or how to support your Apprentice during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Institute for Apprenticeships has released the following statement:
The Institute understands the unique challenge that COVID-19 presents to the delivery of apprenticeships and that its impact is widespread. We are working closely with the Department for Education to develop a comprehensive and complete set of measures that permit professional discretion so that individuals are protected and disruption is minimised, whilst safeguarding the quality of apprenticeships, should it not be possible to extend the length of an apprenticeship. We anticipate providing detailed guidance this week.
In the meantime, please contact your training provider for specific advice with regards to the apprenticeship you are undertaking or supporting.
Information for apprentices
You are an employee and have a duty of care towards your colleagues to ensure you follow the advice given by the Government and Public Health England. Information about sick pay should be detailed in your contract of employment or employee handbook. As an apprentice you are subject to the same guidelines which can be found here: COVID-19 Guidance for employees
Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updated: Information on which apprentices should be prioritised in the offer of face-to-face training from 15 June and also information on end-point assessments ahead of receiving calculated functional skills qualification results.
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Redundancy redeployment information for employers
The 'Redundancy redeployment information for employers' document outlines a redundancy and redeployment service being delivered via D2N2.
This service is available to all businesses in the D2N2 area who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Environmental health / health and safety
QR code posters for venues - Test and trace
Please see Government news and guidance above, for information on how to obtain a QR code poster for your venue, for test and trace purposes.
COVID-19 early outbreak management
The government have released a set of 'action cards' for different types of businesses and organisations, giving information and advice on early outbreak management of COVID-19 within the organisation.
COVID-19 early outbreak management - GOV.UK
Action cards by sector:
Find your local health protection team in England.
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Legionella business information
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New guides to manage the workplace
Practical guidelines have been published to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
More information on the guidelines is available on the Government website.
Regulation and enforcement
Chesterfield Borough Council’s regulatory teams are currently working remotely and will continue to do so.
The teams are available to advise, investigate and take action on a number of issues, including enforcement of the Coronavirus regulations as well as dealing with noise complaints, licensing issues and regulation of private sector housing.
The teams can also help advise local businesses on how they can work within the regulations.
If you have concerns about a how a particular licensed premises is being operated, you can report these to the council by calling 01246 345345 or emailing email@example.com. You can report other retail outlets to trading standards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside of office hours please report these premises to the police by calling 101.
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Checklist for businesses
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 require the closure of particular businesses.
Restrictions are also imposed on businesses which are permitted to remain open.
It is important that we all follow the government guidelines to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
Where workplaces are open precautions need to be taken to reduce risks to both the workers and the public. The checklist below will help you to put in place measures in your workplace to keep both employees and customers safe.
Where you are unable to introduce measures to control the risk from Coronavirus you will need to consider closing your business.
Checklist for downloading:
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice - Health and safety executive
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Business rate relief
Due to COVID-19 the government announced a rate payment holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020-21 with a rateable value of under £51,000.
Central Government provided confirmed a package of financial measures to support businesses.
The financial measures included:
- a small business grant of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief
- grant funding of £25,000 available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property where the rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000
- 100% retail relief has been extended to all retail, hospitality and leisure properties (such as museums, theatres, gyms and hotels) for the whole of 2020/21. New bills will be issued shortly confirming the relief has been applied
- additional relief for nurseries - 100% relief will be paid to all premises occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21.
Under the Government’s business grants scheme, Chesterfield Borough Council has now processed more than £22.9 million of payments to almost 2,000 local businesses.
This represents most of the businesses we believe are eligible for the scheme. The deadline has now passed for applying to the scheme (28 August 2020).
The business rates team are working hard to process applications as fast as possible, including working in the evening and at weekends.
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Business rates - coronavirus grant form
The Government implemented a range of measures to support businesses who are experiencing difficulties because of Coronavirus. More information about these measures can be found on www.gov.uk.
As one of these measures, the Government provided grants to small and medium sized businesses, to help them through the Coronavirus period. The deadline has now passed for applying to the scheme (28 August 2020).
Business Rates Key links:
Discretionary grants for local businesses
Chesterfield Borough Council has been awarded £1.27 million from the Government to provide discretionary grants to some local businesses who were not eligible to receive funding from the Small Business Rates Grant or Retail, Hospitality or Leisure Grants.
The new grant scheme opens on Friday 5 June 2020 and closes for applications on 17June 2020.
Small businesses can apply for grants of up to £25,000, though the council expects that most grant payments will be in the range of £2,500 to £10,000. The following types of businesses are eligible for this new grant:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces for example business/industrial parks and incubator offices which do not have their own business rate assessments
- Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment but have fixed building costs, such as rent, insurance or utilities
- Bed and Breakfast accommodation providers who are registered as a food business within Chesterfield Borough and pay Council Tax instead of business rates
- Charities in receipt of charitable business rate relief which would otherwise have been eligible for small business rates relief
Other support schemes
We appreciate that not all businesses will be eligible for the small business grants and business rate relief schemes. We therefore want to ensure that these Chesterfield-based businesses are aware of other support schemes and advice which may be available to them during this challenging time.
The council has a business advisor who is available to talk through and offer advice to any Chesterfield based business as part of our D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub scheme. You can contact the business advisor or staff of the Council’s Economic Development team via email@example.com.
Businesses can also get support and advice from a number of partner agencies including East Midlands Chamber, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Derbyshire County Council and Destination Chesterfield.
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Voluntary, community and charities information
There are a number of support measures in place for voluntary, community and charity groups.
The newest addition to this support has just been unveiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and offers up to £10,000 grant funding for small charities.
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Response Fund to support smaller charities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund will support charities that are helping UK communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by helping with running costs, staff and travel costs as well as volunteer expenses.
Barclays has announced the establishment of The Barclays Foundation, to provide a Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Find out more on Barclays website.
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Emergency Surplus Food Grants
Food redistribution organisations across England are to benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Arts and Creatives Support
The Arts Council are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and they have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding.
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£20 million of Government Funding for innovative businesses
Technology and research-focused businesses are invited to apply for a share of up to £20 million of Government funding to help boost the UK’s resilience.
Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to businesses to develop new ways of working to support industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as to support people currently staying at home.
Innovations could include:
- new technology allowing retailers to respond better to sudden spikes of consumer demand and improve deliveries across the UK;
- new services for families to connect with and remotely monitor their elderly or vulnerable relatives, giving people peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the services they require such as food deliveries, doctor’s appointments and paying bills;
- creating education tools which seamlessly integrate the classroom with the kitchen table, allowing teachers to remotely set dynamic tasks, support vulnerable children and make certain no child is left behind.
The proposals will be reviewed as part of a competition launched by Innovate UK, seeking the best new ideas from businesses.
All the projects will begin by June 2020 and will last up to six months, with products and services expected to be available to the public towards the end of this year.
Businesses should apply by Friday 17 April.
Relief Grants for Young Entrepreneurs
Government support for charities
Princes Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund
The Princes Trust and NatWest have announced support for business owners who are aged between 18 and 30. Those who have set their enterprise up within the last four years can register their interest to receive grant and one to one support. Find out more on The Princes Trust enterprise relief fund page.
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