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Read more about the latest news and updates from the GBSLEP, our partners, and the local area.

Timeline and guidance for reopening retail and similar workplaces

Tuesday 26th May

Yesterday evening the Prime Minister set out a timeline for retail to reopen from 1st June and further guidance has been published for how to operate safely to protect staff and customers.

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Calling all SMEs: Need a hand rebooting your business after lockdown?

Thursday 21st May

We know you are going through unprecedented and challenging times. Our SME Group have rolled out a back-to-business plan to provide guidance to help you get back to optimum performance as cost efficiently as possible, with potential for future funded projects.


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COVID-19 Rapid Response Mentoring Programme for SME Leaders

Wednesday 20th May

In response to COVID-19, Be the Business has released a 12-week Rapid Response Cohort Mentoring Programme to help SME leaders through the immediate challenges of this pandemic.

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Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

Wednesday 20th May

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.

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Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

Wednesday 20th May

Application open today for the Future Fund, which will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Wednesday 20th May

From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.

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Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee

Wednesday 20th May

Businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to Coronavirus will get support from the government. 

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Free print and online advertising offer for small businesses

Wednesday 13th May

The FSB have teamed up with Mail Metro Media to give small businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis a chance to receive a £3000 tailored advertising package, absolutely free

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Get a free consultation with a chartered accountant

Wednesday 13th May

The ICAEW has a UK-wide Business Advice Service (BAS) scheme where businesses can access a free of charge consultation with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant to discuss what they can do to safeguard their business at this difficult time.

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Human Lending Library Launches in Birmingham

Tuesday 12th May

The Human Lending Library, delivered in partnership with charity Expert Impact and iSE, gives social entrepreneurs and charity leaders the opportunity to ‘borrow’ free expert mentors to help their business scale and grow.

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