Coronavirus - Advice for businesses and the self-employed
Safe reopening advice
Richmondshire District Council is offering a free downloadable Business toolkit to help businesses reopen safely while the Covid-19 pandemic continues. The toolkit is aimed at the retail, hospitality, tourism and personal service sectors. We have designed a number of posters for businesses to download and print to help spread the message that they are open for business and wish to welcome their customers back safely.
Advice for hospitality business reopening in Tier 2
Our Environmental Health team have put together some further guidance and information for hospitality businesses reopening in a Tier 2 area. The information includes details of the restrictions and guidance on how to protect staff and customers.
Support for businesses - latest guidance
Read the latest Government advice on the extension to the Job Retention Scheme.
An update about the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant extension can be found on the GOV.UK website.
The Coronavirus Loan Schemes have now been extended to 31st January 2021. Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Business Bounce Back Loan now.
Visit the central government's website to find out about the latest range of support for businesses.
The dedicated GOV.UK Business Support website provides up to date financial support information and advice.
There is also a ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses and those who are self-employed determine what financial support is available to them.
For a full list of business representative organisations and trade associations working with the Government to provide industry-specific support and advice, see the A-Z list of links and contacts on the GOV.UK website.
See the latest from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK Government response pages.
Wider business support resources
For more industry-specific information and advice visit the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub website.
The Business Growth Hub has developed a dedicated Coronavirus support page which has a wide range of business support resources including access to advisors.
For food businesses concerned about cross contamination, or maintaining hygiene in the face of sanitisation product shortages, please see our cleaning guidance for food businesses page. Public Health England has also issued a cleaning and disinfection fact sheet.
Adapting, innovating and opportunities
The York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has established an intelligence and innovation page. Businesses are urged to connect in to report impacts such as supply chain issues, to share temporary staffing opportunities and to inspire others with innovative adaptations they have made in response to the challenges.
The York and North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse brings together the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub to provide a one stop shop for both job seekers and local employers.
The Department for International Trade is running a series of webinars to support local businesses during this critical time, from managing cashflow to developing online sales skills. The series will be added to, so do keep checking back.
The York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub are hosting a series of webinars aimed at supporting businesses, covering topics including marketing, business start up, leadership and tourism.
For food businesses looking to move into takeaway and delivery services, please visit our takeaway and delivery services page. There is further detailed guidance on food delivery and takeaway on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's website.
Requests for business intelligence and assistance
We want to hear how Coronavirus is affecting Richmondshire businesses. Complete our short survey online to feed back to sub regional support and to help shape the council's future economic recovery plans.
The Supply Chain Network
The Supply Chain Network is a new project aimed at linking SMEs with regional supply chain opportunities. The free directory, now with over 700 businesses, can help to increase the visibility of a business, generate enquiries and alert businesses to new opportunities and tenders. There is extra support for businesses that need specialist advice and funding to help them make the most of opportunities.
EU workers settlement scheme employer toolkit
The employer toolkit equips employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The EU Settlement Scheme enables EU citizens and their families to remain in the UK now that we have left the European Union. For further details on the toolkit please visit Government's EU Settlement Scheme web page.
Local business networks
There are a number of active business associations in Richmondshire. Each provides support and a voice for local businesses:
- Richmond Business and Tourism Association
- Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Business Association
- Lower Wensleydale Business Network
- Richmondshire Business Network
- Dales Business Women
Richmondshire Business Newsletter
The Business and Community team at Richmondshire District Council compile a bi-monthly newsletter for businesses in Richmondshire. This includes local news stories, events and training opportunities and details of various grant funding. To subscribe to receive this newsletter, free of charge, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub
York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub is the perfect place for anyone looking for information on how to improve their business. It offers a mix of articles and ebooks, information on funding, as well as the biggest calendar of local networking events in the region.
For information and advice on Brexit visit their EU exit page.
If you are looking to grow your business, the hub's account managers offer one, simple point of contact that can introduce you to all the relevant business support that's available.
The hub is government-backed, completely independent, and works with business support providers across the region. The initial signposting and brokerage service it offers is free, but the business support programmes do require you to invest your own funds alongside the grants. If you have growth ambitions, get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
Looking to start a business?
Need help to grow your business? Need an expert to discuss your idea with?
Richmondshire District Council has teamed up with The Growth Hub for York and North Yorkshire, to offer free one-to-one support sessions with a Business Growth Manager. For more information on the support available and how to book appointments take a look at the How's Business leaflet.
Other useful links
- GOV.UK includes information on starting a business
- The Federation of Small Businesses offers support to small businesses
- Richmondshire Business Network is a networking group meeting regularly at various venues in Richmond and offers the chance to meet like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere.
- North East England Chamber of Commerce supports SMEs to multi-nationals
- Local Enterprise Partnership works with public and private sector partners to deliver economic improvement and change across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.
- Entrepreneur Handbook is an information platform that provides expert guides and advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the UK.