COVID-19 BUSINESS TOOLKIT

The Growth Hub team continue to offer free advice and guidance to businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. Information around Covid-19 is changing rapidly, it is important businesses stay up to date with the latest guidance and support offered which is why we’ve created this useful toolkit.

NEW ANGLIA GROWTH HUB SUPPORT

The Growth Hub’s team of Business Advisers for Norfolk & Suffolk continue to be available to offer fully funded and impartial business support. If you’re in need of business support or just need a friendly voice to talk through your business worries with, get in touch.

If you’re new to the Growth Hub you can get in touch with an adviser in your area using our contact list linked below. If you are one of our existing clients and have already established a relationship with one of our Business Advisers, they would be happy to hear from you and to offer what help they can.

INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE

Latest Government Guidance for Businesses

View the latest government guidance on Covid-19 for businesses which includes information, advice and website links to help you.

VIEW LATEST GUIDANCE

 

Coronavirus Financial Support for Businesses

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Find out how to access this support and who’s eligible.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Accesing grants through your local authority

A number of new COVID-19 business support schemes are being delivered directly through local authorities. Find out what support is available.

FIND OUT MORE

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities listed here will be reviewed and updated on at least a weekly basis. Be aware that not all the funding sources listed may be up to date.

Funding for businesses and specific sectors 

Salesforce Small Business Grants 
Salesforce is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak.   Norfolk and Suffolk businesses should apply under the Central England application window 1-7 June 2020 only. 

Zoos Support Fund  
Up to £100,000 grant payable over 3 months, aimed at smaller licensed zoos and aquariums to support them with the direct costs of caring for animals.   
 
LEAP: Small emergency loan programme for food businesses 
£5,000-£20,000 loans from FEA (Funding Enlightened Agriculture) for community food businesses and agroecological growers.   
 
BEE Anglia 
Grants up to £20,000 (up to 40% of total cost) for projects which reduce the carbon footprint of a business; could help businesses trying to reduce their regular costs in the light of Covid-19.  Contact the programme for advice and support.   

TALE: support and business development grants for the logistics sector 
Webinars and tailored business support for the logistics sector, including advice on adapting business models for Covid-19.  Business development grants for the sector up £20,000 (40% of total costs). 

WEEE Fund for the electrical waste reuse and recycling sector 
£5m of interest-free loans to approved facilities for waste electrical processing, and £0.6m grants to charity sector reuse organisations to mitigate the impact of reduced supply of waste electricals as a result of Covid-19.   Deadline end May, email provided to obtain application materials. 

Heritage Emergency Fund 

£50m available from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for previous or current grant recipients, to support them to protect heritage and maintain heritage businesses.   Also £1.2m Digital Skills for Heritage initiative to help the sector to adapt to greater online delivery. 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund 
Grants and support for 18-30 year olds who are self-employed or running their own businesses.   

Defra funding for dairy farmers announced 
Up to £10,000 grant for dairy farmers whose businesses are suffering from reduced milk demand, to cover 70% of lost income in April and May.  Support announced 6 May and details still awaited. 

Funding for innovation and innovative companies 

Clean Growth Fund 
A new £40m Clean Growth Fund has been launched, with funding from Government and from one of the UK’s largest charity investors, CCLA.  Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM) are managing the Fund, which makes investments into start-up companies developing clean energy solutions.  

Coronavirus Future Fund for innovative companies. 
This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Launches Wednesday 20 May, detailed information available via the British Business Bank here 

Innovate UK coronavirus business support package 

Continuity grants and loans to help existing Innovate UK grant holders. As part of this package, additional support to innovative high-growth companies is also available from the Enterprise Europe Network; contact the Growth Hub for more information on this.  

UKRI Covid 19 research and innovation funding  
UK Research and Innovation grants of up to 80% of the total project cost of initiatives to develop solutions to the consequences of the Covid 19 outbreak where a rapid path to funding is needed.   For help looking at the full range of Innovate UK funding, contact the Growth Hub. 

Funding for satellite-based innovative health solutions 

£2.6m funding for satellite-enabled technology and services that strengthen the NHS response to coronavirus.  UK Space Agency and European Space Agency (ESA) in support of NHS England. 

Future Flight Challenge Phase 2 
Innovate UK funding for large partnership projects (above £500K) to develop new aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies.  These could include drones, urban air mobility vehicles or electric regional aircraft.  Deadline 1 July. 

Funding platforms 

Pay it Forward from Crowdfunder 
Free to use crowdfunding service, helping businesses to source financial support. 

Spacehive  
Funding platform for ideas that bring local places to life.  Waiving their 5% fee and relaxing their criteria to help grassroots projects  

Funding opportunities for charities and social enterprises 

Community Action Norfolk provide guidance and support to charities and community organisations.   They produce a monthly funding newsletter and can help find funding.  For more information or to sign up please email office@communityactionnorfolk.org.uk  

Community Action Suffolk have a regularly updated resource for funding for charities and social enterprises affected by Covid 19.  

Coronavirus Community Support Fund 

£200m of grants now available to small to medium sized charities supporting communities in response to Covid 19. 

Power to Change £7m rescue package for community businesses 

Funding available to community businesses which have previously had Power to Change funding, or been supported by Power to Change partners including the Plunkett Foundation.   Applications open from 11 May. 

Big Society Capital Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund  
An initial £25m available for 12 month interest free loans, administered by Social Investment Business for Big Society Capital, with further funding to be released in future.    

Covid 19 Food Charity Grant Scheme 

£30,000-£100,000 grants for front-line food aid and other food charities to help them support those in need as a result of Covid 19. 

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust  

Support for frontline military charities and other charities supporting military personnel and their families, with grants up to £60,000.  Deadline 29 May. 

Power Partners: a community investment fund from UK Power Networks 

Grants from £2,000-20,000 for charities who have found new ways to help people facing fuel poverty, particularly given restrictions on travel and social contact.  Grants awarded on first come, first served basis, with final deadline of 31 May. 

Cadent Foundation 
Grants up to £5,000 for charities supporting vulnerable communities during the Covid 19 pandemic.  The Foundation does also award larger grants up to £100,000 for larger projects. 

Morrisons Foundation 
Grants up to £10,000 for charities which work with homeless people, for projects responding to the Covid-19 emergency. 

Good Finance Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises 
Useful listings of funding sources and funding advice for charities and social enterprises.

CAN YOU HELP OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS?

We’re looking to help source the following items for our emergency services and carers. If you think you can help, please email or for supplying ventilators, visit: ventilator.herokuapp.com

  • Gloves – Nitrile, powder free, non-latex
  • Apron – disposable and sleeveless
  • Goggles – disposable, not full shield
  • Face masks – Type 2 fluid resistant/repellent (FFP2 and N95/ KN95)
  • Hand sanitiser – 60% alcohol
  • Bags – clinical waste
  • Protective face masks 
  • Ethanol to help make sanitiser
  • Ventilators
  • Ventilator components
  • Disposable face masks Type FFP2
  • Disposable face masks Type FFP3
  • Disposable Coveralls – Type 5/6 – all adult sizes
  • Disposable elasticated overshoes
  • Disposable face visors
  • Safety glasses/goggles
  • Portable containers for hand sanitiser
  • Fluid repellent surgical face masks (Type IIR)
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Chlorine-based wipe
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Ready to use disinfectant
  • Concentrated disinfectant.
  • Blue paper roll
  • Clinical waste bags (orange) and ties/seals

NHS – Latest health advice

Keep up to date with the latest advice and information on Coronavirus from the NHS.

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Gov.uk travel advice

Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Gov.uk FAQs for businesses

Frequently Asked Questions on support available through Government.

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Find your local authority

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the available reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.

Find your local authority

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. Find out if you’re eligible and how to get support.

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Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council coronavirus information, including FAQs, schools guidance, business advice and service changes.

Find out more

Norfolk County Council

This page is being regularly updated with key information you need to know for the people of Norfolk.

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Support and advice for members of Suffolk Chamber.

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Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Support and advice for members of Norfolk Chamber.

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TechEast

Helping your tech business stay informed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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FREE SUPPORT PROVIDED BY LOCAL BUSINESSES

If you are offering FREE support or online workshops to help businesses in our community, please email sue.simmons@newanglia.co.uk to include them in our toolbox.

Guidance in setting up an online store

If you are a small, independent business and don’t currently have a means of selling your products or services online, Helping Small Biz Online, created and run by a small team of local experts, will be offering their knowledge and support to help make online-selling a possibility.

Find out more

Setting up a web-store: A short guide

A short guide to setting up an emergency popup store for your website from Phase Three Goods.

Find out more

Consultancy, advisory and marketing strategy

In an effort to support those affected by current events, StrategiQ is offering free consultancy, advisory and marketing strategy web calls to companies that are looking to bolster their customer-facing digital channels.

Get in touch

Graphics, translations and lay-out/architectural concepts

Windsor&Patania Architects are looking to deploy their services and skills free of charge in the following areas: Infographics, flyers, digital content on how to stay safe in these tough times, translations of communications (Italian, Dutch, German, French and many more) and lay-out optimisation of spaces and buildings.

Email info@windsorpatania.com or call 020 30112997

4 months FREE Suffolk Coast DMO membership for all tourism and hospitality businesses

The Suffolk Coast DMO is offering four months of free membership for all existing members and any new tourism businesses that want to join, to help during the current Covid-19 situation.

Find out more

Free ongoing consultation

As a business, Akcela have decided to dedicate two days per month – free of charge – to businesses, offering free consultation and advice.

Find out more

Free Level 2 Distance Learning courses

People Plus are offering a suite of Distance Learning courses at level 2 FREE to anyone who is over 19, whether you are in employment or not in work. All learning can be completed at home in your own time and you will receive one to one support from a dedicated tutor with relevant industry experience.

Apply here

Support from an experienced business professional

With his many years of life/business experience and specifically starting, growing and running businesses, Pat Lewis of Source One Consulting is happy to give advice and more importantly, an ear to listen, and help offer suggestions or utilise his contacts to help businesses in these challenging times.

Email pat@sourceoneconsulting.co.uk

Free webinars from Footprint Digital

Over the course of this week and next week, Footprint Digital is holding a series of Digital Drop-Ins to cover some really important areas and answer any questions that you might have. These webinars are all free to attend and are around 30 minutes in duration.

See webinar programme below

Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support

Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support are helping staff shortages in the care system.

Find out more

Tax support for the self-employed

The tax charities TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People have launched a new coronavirus support service to help self-employed people address their tax problems and claim the financial support they are now entitled to.

Call 0345 120 3779 for free, confidential support (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm)

SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES TO SHARE

As we continue to offer advice and guidance to businesses during these challenging times, our priority is ensuring businesses of all sizes in Norfolk and Suffolk know that we are here to help and ready to speak to them should they have any questions or concerns.

How you can help

You can help us reach businesses who may be in need of our help by following us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and sharing our messages with your networks. We’ve also created some sample tweets and images below that you can share on your personal or work social media channels to help signpost people to the Growth Hub.

Tweets to share

New Anglia Growth Hub advisers continue to offer FREE advice and guidance to Norfolk and Suffolk businesses during the #COVID19 crisis. Speak to a @AngliaHub adviser by calling 0300 333 6536 or emailing growthhub@newanglia.co.uk. More info: bit.ly/AngGroHub

Advisers from #NewAngliaGrowthHub are ready to offer free and impartial support to Norfolk and Suffolk businesses during this challenging time. If you need a friendly voice to talk through your business concerns with, call: 0300 333 6536 or visit: bit.ly/AngGroHub

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