We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from you!

This business response survey will help us to gather information on how COVID-19 has affected businesses in the Black Country. This will then help us to find the right support for you and inform the Government on the challenges you are facing.

Take the survey here
Reopen your business safely (simple tool)

Reopen your business safely (simple tool)

This useful tool will help businesses who can now reopen to fulfil their legal responsibility of protecting their employees and other people on site. Employers can use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe and ensure they are COVID-secure.

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*NEW* Small Business Grants

*NEW* Small Business Grants

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic (please note: these are not cash grants).

Launching Soon
*NEW* Tourism Kickstart Grants

*NEW* Tourism Kickstart Grants

Communities that depend on tourism will receive a major boost from a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package. More information coming soon.

Launching soon
Eat Out to Help Out (FAQ)

Eat Out to Help Out (FAQ)

The scheme has been created by the UK Government to encourage the general public to use local restaurants and can be used all day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the 3rd to the 31st August 2020. Businesses will be able to claim reimbursement for this discount through the scheme.

Find your local scheme
Trade Back Grants

Trade Back Grants

In response to the economic crisis, we’ve created Trade Back: a new type of grant that incentivises social impact organisations to trade, while supporting them to recover and rebuild. Trade Back grants match ‘pound-for-pound’ any increase in income from trading above Covid period levels.

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Job Retention Bonus

Job Retention Bonus

The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the scheme, and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021.

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Job Brokerage Service (BCLEP)

Job Brokerage Service (BCLEP)

As a response to the Covid-19 situation, BCGH and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership are working with partners to create a Black Country-wide job brokerage service.

Find more information here
Recovery for Business Advice Scheme

Recovery for Business Advice Scheme

Access free support from experts and help your business recover from the impact of Coronavirus. Supported by the Department of BEIS and leading professional bodies, expert advisers are offering free advice to businesses.

Find out more here
The Future Fund

The Future Fund

The Future Fund is now open and will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

More information here
ACAS: Advice for employers

ACAS: Advice for employers

Employers should consider some simple steps to help protect the health and safety of everyone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance. The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed guarantee potentially enabling a ‘no’ credit decision from a lender to become a ‘yes’. The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.

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Be the Business: Rapid Response Cohort

Be the Business: Rapid Response Cohort

Be the Business has released a Rapid Response Cohort (RRC) Mentoring Programme. This is a 12 week mentoring programme where SME leaders/key decision makers can access a mentor from leading firms to work with them for 12 weeks on the immediate challenges and priorities they are facing during this pandemic.

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Coronavirus testing FAQs for employers of essential workers

Coronavirus testing FAQs for employers of essential workers

Coronavirus testing for essential workers or their household self-isolating with symptoms, is vital to help get them back to their important work as soon as it is safe to do so. This post covers the 11 most commonly questions asked by employers who are supporting their employees who have coronavirus-like symptoms.

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Need support?

If you need help to combat the effects Coronavirus has had on your business or employees, please get in touch with our team!

0300 770 2245        enquiries@bcgrowthhub.com