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.
Latest Government business support
• An extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 30 April 2021
• More generous support to the self-employed and paying that support more quickly. The overall level of the grant has been increased to 80% of trading profits covering November to January
• Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan and Bounce Back Loan Scheme application deadlines extended to the end of March 2021
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.
Opportunities updated 11 March 2021:
Grants to support businesses closed due to Tier Restrictions
Funding and support for businesses and specific sectors
Brexit Support Fund
Up to £2,000 per UK SME for training to help them complete customs declaration and manage customs processes. Now open, final deadline 30 June but applying sooner is advisable.
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).
Grants from £1,000 to £20,000 to part-fund the development of a new product or service in the construction and built environment sector. Alongside specialist sector support. Not primarily marketed in Norfolk and Suffolk but any companies can apply.
DRIVE offers 12 hours of business mentoring to rural businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk, leading to a grant opportunity of £5,000 to £30,000 towards up to 40% of project costs.
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.
Support, advice and small grants for SMEs in Norfolk keen to improve their digital skills and services
Grants for Breckland businesses to adapt to the changing high street, and a linked programme of workshops and training.
East Suffolk Council Digital Advice Service
Support and mentoring for businesses to help them grow their business online.
Funding to enable Clean Growth
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.
Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme
Up to £200,000 Project Development Funding, or up to £4m demonstration funding for innovations which address barriers to large scale domestic biomass supply in the UK. Deadline 7 May 2021.
Longer duration energy storage demonstration Innovation competition and Offshore Wind Demonstration programme launching spring 2021 – potential projects can register an interest online now. Part of the Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
Grants for the construction or extension of manufacturing facilities to produce wind blades, wind towers, cables, foundations and other key wind power components. Final deadline 30 May 2021, but earlier applications are advised.
Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund
Grants from £10,000 to £100,000 to support environmental projects in England that also evidence an ability to leverage private sector investment. Deadline 26 March 2021
Transitioning to Zero Emission Vehicles
Grant opportunities for EV infrastructure solutions, Zero Emission vehicle on-car innovation feasibility studies, and projects which address challenges of the transition to Zero Emission Vehicles.
This fund offers start-up grants of up to £140K and innovation support to entrepreneurs and start-ups combating climate change in agriculture and food production. Applications for the next cohort end 3 May 2021.
Workplace Charging Scheme
Government grants of up to £350 per socket to a maximum of 40 sockets per company available to encourage take up of EV charging in SMEs.
Funding for innovation and innovative companies
KEEP+ innovation grant funding
50% towards the cost of knowledge exchange between an SME and a university or other research institution. Can also enable the purchase of consultancy services for innovation activity from the academic or private sector. Funding temporarily paused but worth investigating.
Ground Floor Grant Funding
Grants to help SMEs protect their intellectual property and fund new products and prototypes. Grants of £1,000-5,000 for IP and patent costs, or for prototyping.
Innovate UK SMART Grants
Current call closes 26 May 2021. Wide ranging innovation funding opportunity, with different grant options from £25,000 to £2m depending on the length of project. Highly competitive funding.
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund
Two opportunities under this fund, for feasibility studies and for deployment projects, launching 8 March 2021 and closing 14 July. Important opportunities for industrial businesses keen to reduce carbon emissions.
Energy Entrepreneurs Fund
Grants up to £1m for research and development projects looking at new technologies, products and processes in energy efficiency, power generation and storage.
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.
A new business accelerator and venture fund backing healthier food and drink brands which help tackle childhood obesity.
Innovation Grant Mentoring for businesses in Norfolk
Free support programme to help businesses in Norfolk apply for innovation funding.
Pay it Forward from Crowdfunder
Free to use crowdfunding service, helping businesses to source financial support.
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 email@example.com
Community Action Suffolk have a regularly updated resource for funding for charities and social enterprises affected by Covid 19.
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. Deadline 31 March.
Good Finance Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises
Useful listings of funding sources and funding advice for charities and social enterprises. Be aware that not all the funding sources listed may be up to date.
Advice, support and booster funding for community projects looking at community investment options.
Local funding for community projects
East Suffolk Council Covid 19 Community Funds
Grants normally up to £2,500 for community projects supporting vulnerable people during the Covid 19 pandemic.
NHS – Latest health advice
Keep up to date with the latest advice and information on Coronavirus from the NHS.
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.
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. Find out if you’re eligible and how to get support.
Barclays Back to Business Programme
Build for tomorrow with the help of Barclays free online toolkit including a resilience plan, downloadable workbooks and feedback from specialists.
Helping your tech business stay informed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk County Council coronavirus information, including FAQs, schools guidance, business advice and service changes.
Norfolk County Council
This page is being regularly updated with key information you need to know for the people of Norfolk.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Support and advice for members of Suffolk Chamber.
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Support and advice for members of Norfolk Chamber.
Mental health and wellbeing support from Suffolk Mind.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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