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Better Business for All - Coronavirus Bulletins
Guidance for businesses operating in a range of sectors including travel, food and housing.
Better Business for All
Cashflow management guides and resources
Guidance for businesses on managing cashflow in a crisis.
CIPD coronavirus support materials
Download a range of practical materials to assist in supporting your business and workforce through a global health emergency.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees
Acas coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees
Acas North East
Coronavirus and the manufacturing sector
MAKE UK have compiled the latest expert advice on pay, absence and travel for the manufacturing industry.
COVID-19: Guidance for small businesses and the self-employed
Advice and guidance on reducing the risks from COVID-19 to you and your business.
Federation of Small Businesses
Eviction protection for businesses
The UK government has extended measures to prevent struggling companies from eviction over the summer.
The extension, until the end of September 2020, comes alongside further support to help local businesses plan for economic r
Graduate Futures Service at Northumbria University
Supporting the recruitment of Northumbria students and graduates.
How to get proof of absence from work
If you have been advised to self isolate at home you can get an isolation note to give to your employer.
You can get one if you:
have symptoms - check them first
live with someone with symptoms
NHS Supply Chain
IoD Coronavirus Support Hub
The IoD Coronavirus Hub is designed to provide you with access to the latest advice, information and resources.
Institute of Directors
Local Heroes Virtual Market
The Local Heroes virtual market promotes and sells produce from food and drink producers and merchants in the North East.
Food and Drink North East
Northumberland Covid Business Response Programme
The Northumberland Covid Business Response Programme (NCBRP) is a new service for SMEs in the County that have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
Peer Networks brings together diverse cohorts of business leaders so SMEs can discuss business challenges with peers.
Part of the North East's COVID-19 economic response, Peer Networks enables businesses to come together to
North East Growth Hub
WHAT IS THE UNMET NEED?
Surgery and other interventional procedures generate aerosols that put health care workers at particular risk from COVID-19 infection. Viral particles liberated from infected patients are circulated
NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-Operative
Pro bono legal, HR and financial advice
The SME Centre of Excellence is supporting SMEs in the North East through a range of approaches. Find out more.
SME Centre Of Excellence Ltd
Rangewell Coronavirus Pack
Rangewell lhas launched it's pro-bono project to compile and publish key information for SMEs during the coronavirus.
The free information pack includes:
Lender Support - the comprehensive list of all lender
Sourcing PPE for Marie Curie
Every day and night, Marie Curie Nurses and frontline staff are giving vital support to dying people and their families, in their homes and our hospices across the UK.
At this time of national emergency, their crucial services
Supply Chain North East
Supply Chain North East works with businesses who want to diversify, broaden their customer base and unlock new market opportunities
The Business Factory COVID-19 Business Support
Business Factory online
With hundreds of guidance documents, videos and templates and taking just 5 minutes to register, now is an ideal time to try out the BusinessFactory.online service. Whether yo
The Business Factory
Update from the Chamber on COVID-19
Here at the Chamber, we want to support your business and you in every way possible. As part of this approach we will be keeping you informed of important developments in relation to COVID 19.
This page will be updated daily wi
North East England Chamber of Commerce
Arts Council England COVID-19 support
Support for organisations and people working in arts and culture at risk due to COVID-19
Arts Council England
County Durham Community Foundation COVID-19 Fund
The COVID-19 Fund has been set up to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty.
County Durham Community Fund
County Durham Growth Fund
What is The County Durham Growth Fund:
Capital grant for projects that will expand the business and create jobs. Support of up to 45% contribution towards eligible projects over £100,000. Support can be for a range
Covid-19 emergency surplus food grant
Only Phase 2 is open for applications funding opportunities are only open for small surplus food redistributor
Food redistribution organisations across England will benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to
COVID-19 Patent Protection Scheme
A unique new fund aimed at protecting the intellectual property of high value health and life sciences businesses in the North East has been announced by the North East LEP.
North East Local Enterprise Partnership
Crowdfund North East LEP
£5,000 match funding is available to small businesses in the North East.
Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Programme
Arts Council England has launched its new Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Programme, offering financial support for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure.
Development Capital Fund
This Development Capital Fund provides a range of funding packages up to £2 million, investing in established small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) looking for capital to help them unlock their growth potential.
North East Fund
Digital Drive Durham grant funding
Grants of up to 40% towards the cost of digital technology projects for eligible businesses in County Durham.
Do it differently fund Covid-19 round from Help Musicians
The Covid-19 round of the Do It Differently Fund recognises that musicians are having to work in innovative ways due to the restrictions around social distancing. This fund aims to do the following three things:
Offers a pac
Durham County Council COVID-19 Community and Voluntary Groups Assistance Fund
Community and voluntary groups can now access an additional £1.4 million of funding to help provide much-needed support during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, they are providing local councillors with flexibil
Durham County Council
England and Wales Cricket Board Emergency Loan Scheme
The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket cubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs until normal recrea
England and Wales Cricket Board
England and Wales Cricket Board Return to Cricket Grant Scheme
The Return to Cricket Grant Scheme aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances, where other potential sources of financial support are not available, e.g. constitutionally a loan is not a
Fashion and Textile Children's Trust Grants for families financially affected by Coronavirus
These grants can help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
If you're struggling to make ends meet, these gr
Fashion & Textile Childrens Trust
Funded support for your business
RTC North offers grant funding to support innovation and new ideas for your business.
These grants can be used to help you overcome many challenges and barriers to business growth. From expansion, developing new products/
Gateshead Business Resilience Fund
If you are a small or medium sized business based in the Gateshead Goes Local catchment area with plans to grow & employ more staff, you may be eligible to access grant funding through the Gateshead Business Resilience Fund.
Growth Capital Fund
The Growth Capital Fund provides businesses with up to £500,000 of the funding needed to achieve growth - this is via a business loan or venture capital.
The Innovation Fund looks for strong teams with scalable opportunities, and will invest up to £500,000 by way of loans or equity.
Innovation SuperNetwork Grant
Supporting innovation and growth in business across the North East by promoting collaboration and brokering relationships.
Innovation Super Network
John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund
To support communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities.
Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those lookin
John Lewis Partnership
Kick-starting Tourism Package
Businesses in tourist destinations across the North East LEP region that depend on visitors for income can apply for a grant up to £3k as part of government's new Kick-starting Tourism Package.
Government’s Kickstart Scheme helps employers create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Local Giving Magic Little Grants
The Magic Little Grants 2020 programme will be awarding over 900 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of i
LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) Covid-19 Support Packages
The LTA is offering a multi-million pound package of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain through the impact of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Additional support will be made available
Money Saving Expert
£1m fund to provide grants of £5k-£20k to small charities to support Coronavirus poverty relief
Money Saving Expert
National Lottery Awards for All COVID-19 support
Funding for projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Lottery Community Fund
North East Business Support Fund
This grant can be used to help businesses to grow - from marketing and web design to financial or process improvement.
North East Venture Fund
This fund can invest up to £1m at any stage in the business life cycle but is specifically looking for those firms which are engaged in innovation or developing disruptive business models.
SAM COVID-19 funding
SAM has set up two new funds.
The first will help North East businesses that are now making PPE for the NHS or other frontline healthcare teams, with match funding grants of up to £10,000.
The second will help co
Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM)
Small Loan Fund
The Small Loan Fund backs small companies with big plans. The fund, which can invest up to £100,000 targets trading businesses and start-up enterprises.
SME restart and recovery grants
SMEs in the North East LEP area can apply for grants to help them restart and recover during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sport England Community Emergency Fund
Sport England has launched a new £20 million Fund to help sports and community organisations delivering physical activities who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the Coronavirus crisis.
Who we'll f
Support Adoption for Pets
Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues throughout the short- and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.
If you are a
Support Adoption for Pets
The Bounce Back Loan scheme
The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.
The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund
The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-
Volunteering and Mutual Aid Groups COVID-19 response micro-grant programme
County Durham Community Foundation has awarded a small grant fund to DCA, which they will administer as a Micro Grants programme.
The fund is to add further support to self organised mutual aid groups and newly emerging volunte
Durham Community Action
Business Drop In Clinic
Join Business Durham for a 30 minute free virtual business opportunities and advice session available for local firms in and around Durham.
A band of five experienced business advisors from Busines
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit
Innovation Network's Access to Finance programme has supported several hundred businesses on their funding journeys, and whilst there is substantial opportunity for equity investors to work w
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FAQs for businesses and employers on COVID-19
Find answers to some frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
3rd March 2020
Steps to successful home working
Follow our simple guide to effective home working.
17th March 2020
How the North East Growth Hub is supporting businesses
Access the help and support you need for your business.
18th March 2020
Helping you access government support during COVID-19
A round up of what has been brought in to support the SMEs of the UK economy.
20th March 2020
Legal ramifications of COVID-19 for employers
Jackie Turner from Square Law Firm looks at the most pressing issues facing businesses right now.
24th March 2020
COVID-19 fraud cases
As the escalation of Coronavirus continues, there are more fraud cases becoming evident. Find out more.
26th March 2020
Government announces support for the self-employed
The Chancellor’s announcement that the Government will provide vital support to the self-employed.
27th March 2020
Digital technology to run your business during COVID-19
Globally there are new policies being put in place for business to continue operating and to keep employees safe.
30th March 2020
How to apply for COVID-19 funding from your council
Businesses can now apply for grant funding through their local authority to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2 MINUTE READ
COVID-19 opportunities for North East businesses
Opportunities for North East businesses to help respond to COVID-19
Personal guarantees removed by banks
Banks are removing all personal guarantees for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Find out more here.
31st March 2020
Managing change and building employee resilience
David Cliff shares updates on managing change, home working and building employee resilience. Read more...
Changes to insolvency rules brings good news
The news that changes to the insolvency laws will be forthcoming hopefully as soon as April marks a positive step forward.
1st April 2020
Staying resilient during times of change
Resilience is a subject that we have been training teams and individuals on for years.
6th April 2020
Marketing through a time of crisis
Gemma Graham from Robson Laidler shares how to ensure your business can market through a time of crisis.
8th April 2020
How to keep your business and employees safe online
Protect yourself, and your data, from criminals operating online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
21st April 2020
5 MINUTE READ
Why is communication so important during this pandemic?
Good communication is crucial to organisations during the pandemic. Here Gemma Graham from Robson Laidler tells us why.
7th May 2020
In conversation with Paul Butler, CEO of the NEAA
How the North East LEP Business Growth Board is backing business to support more and better jobs.
3rd June 2020
Renolit: working safely during the coronavirus pandemic
Renolit is being hailed as an example of best practice in the North East for their re-start plan. Find out more.
9th June 2020
North East LEP helps businesses rise to PPE challenge
North East Growth Hub’s Supply Chain North East programme helping regional businesses rise to UK-wide PPE demand.
11th June 2020
The role of innovation in recovery
Alan Welby explains how businesses can continue to support the response to COVID-19 in the North East.
16th June 2020
In conversation about Crowdfund North East LEP
In conversation with Karl McCracken, Growth Hub Connector at the North East Growth Hub, about Crowdfund North East LEP.
3rd July 2020
My Delhi - 10 steps to being COVID-19 safe
More information on how to operate your business safely during the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the toolkit.
20th July 2020
3 MINUTE READ
In conversation: The importance of business resilience
In conversation with Ryan Maughan, MD of AVID Technology Group Ltd, and Business Growth Board member at the North East LEP.
13th August 2020
In conversation with Wubbleyou about remote working
In conversation with Mark Renney, Commercial Director of Wubbleyou, about remote working.
26th August 2020
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