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

 

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

 

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 and how to access it.

FIND OUT MORE

Restarting business downloadable toolkit

The BBfA partnership has used their knowledge and expertise to help guide you through the main considerations for restarting your business safely.

DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT

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.

Local authority support grants

West Norfolk

Great Yarmouth

Breckland

Broadland and South Norfolk

Funding for businesses and specific sectors 

UK Seafood Innovation Fund 
Government grant programme for projects which support the fishing industry, including innovative approaches to developing local supply chains.  Call for applications ends 26 June. 

Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund 
Grants from Historic England up to £25,000 to enable urgent repairs to listed buildings to enable them to re-open to the public after lockdown. 

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. 

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). 

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.  Fund will open for applications from 18 June.   

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. 

Innovate UK EUREKA: Healthy Ageing funding call 
Support of up to £500,000 for digital health and smart technology innovations which enable healthy ageing.   Applicants must have at least one international partner from a EUREKA participating nation. 

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.    

Youth Futures grants programmes 

A range of grants for charities working to support young people from the new Youth Futures Foundation. 

Sport England Innovation Open Call 
Grants up to £50,000 and support and advice offered to projects with innovative solutions to reducing health inequalities around sport and exercise during the pandemic. 

BBC Children in Need Covid Next Steps Grant Programme 

Grants up to £80,000 for organisations working with disadvantaged children who have been particularly affected by the pandemic. 

Nationwide Community Grants 

Grants from £10,000-£50,000 for local housing projects from charitable organisations that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable.  

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.   Be aware that not all the funding sources listed may be up to date. 

Local funding for community projects 

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council Emerging Needs fund 
Grants up to £2,500 for organisations providing a community service to help them maintain their provision. 

East Suffolk Council Covid 19 Community Funds 
Grants normally up to £2,500 for community projects supporting vulnerable people during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

PPE DATABASE

A database for sharing offers of PPE and return to work equipment has been launched by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to support the reopening of businesses.

More than 1,200 products – from face masks, visors and aprons to sanitiser and other return to work equipment – have already been listed by around 250 suppliers, many of which are based in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Organisations based in Norfolk and Suffolk can log in here to access the database after a short verification process.

If you can help supply or produce any PPE, please use the form here.

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 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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

Suffolk County Council

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

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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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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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