Covid-19 Business support and advice
Cultural Recovery Fund Phase 2
The Cultural Recovery Fund Phase 2 will open for applications from the week beginning 6 April and close on the 20 April. The timing for the Fund for freelancers will be announced separately.
The funding is to cover the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
Use the Eligibility Checker now to review the criteria.
Economic Resilience Fund (ERF): Restrictions Business Fund
Restrictions Business Fund Closed
Non-Domestic Rate (NDR) Grant - March 2021: The Welsh Government has instructed local authorities to close the ERF Restrictions Business Fund (RBF) to new applications in respect of Non-Domestic Rate Grants in Wales at 5pm on Wednesday, 31 March 2021.
Since the last round of NDR linked grants closed at 5pm on March 31st, the Welsh Government has yet to provide Councils with information regarding any further business support grants, however, the Business Wales website has been updated as follows:
‘The March NDR linked grants package has been designed to support businesses through to the election on May 6th so as to ensure Minsters did not make announcements of further grants during the Pre-Election Period.’
In view of the Business Wales update, it appears that there will be no new business support funding announced before the Senedd elections on May 6th
Please note the previous Non-Domestic Rate (NDR) linked grant schemes and Discretionary grant schemes introduced in December 2020 and subsequently extended CLOSED to new applicants at 5pm on Thursday 11 March 2021.
NHS COVID-19 app - Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue
Businesses across Wales and England like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas, are being encouraged to have NHS QR code posters visible on entry, so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.
Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
Businesses are required to collect the name and telephone number of every person that visits your premises and keep this information for 21 days.
Local lockdown guidance - FAQS for businesses
Following the Welsh Government announcement of a local lockdown in the Caerphilly county borough, we have prepared a list of FAQs for businesses.
Welsh Government support to businesses
If you are currently experiencing issues or have any concerns with regards to your business operations/supply chain contact the Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000 or follow the Business Wales link for information on business rate relief, grants and loans for businesses to help during the disruption caused by COVID-19
Tourism and hospitality business support and guidance during Covid-19
We’ve produced guidance on specific topics to help tourism and hospitality businesses re-open safely. We will continue to update this information.
Businesses offering food delivery services
If you are a food business and are offering a delivery service to vulnerable residents or those self-isolating during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic in the Cerphilly county borough, please let us know. Visit our businesses offering food delivery services webpage for details.
Support for self employed
The new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, means those eligible will receive a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years. This covers 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment.
Further information on this scheme can be found at the below links.
Caerphilly County Borough Council local support
At the moment the Council is still running its regular grants schemes to support new expanding businesses.
If you would like someone from the Council’s Business Support Section to contact you regarding the council’s grant schemes or to discuss an aspect of your future business plans or concerns then please e-mail email@example.com.
Guidance to employers and businesses on COVID-19
Information about COVID-19 for employers and businesses and what they need to do.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): planning conditions
Guidance for planning authorities on retail deliveries during the coronavirus outbreak.
Rural Payments Wales (RPW): coronavirus (COVID-19)
Latest update on RPW services affected by the coronavirus.
UK Government Action Plan
The UK Government has recently produced an action plan for how the UK has planned for and what further action will be taken to tackle the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
GOV.UK Guidance - closing certain businesses and venues
We have clear guidance from Central Government about businesses that are legally allowed to trade and the exceptions. This will be updated frequently as this fast moving situation progresses and we have more localised Welsh Government guidance.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (HMRC)
Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.
This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise known as ‘furloughed workers’. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month. This is to safeguard workers from being made redundant.
Food delivery and takeway provision advice
below if a link to some guidance if you are a food business and considering providing a takeaway or food delivery service.
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