Video Testimonial – Nasser from Business Pulse

We have to say a big thank you to Nasser from Business Pulse for the Testimonial he’s recorded for us in lockdown. Testimonials like this let us know that what we’re doing by keeping you informed is helping to keep local businesses informed and running as smoothly as they can! We look forward to catching up with Nasser post-lockdown if you …

Grants Discretionary Fund

The Government published the updated guidelines on the discretionary grants yesterday.  The major change in this update is that you are not excluded from these grants if you are also eligible for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) The new guidelines are at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/887239/Local_Authority_Discretionary_Grants_Fund_-_guidance_for_local_authorities_-_version_2.pdf. I also hope in the next week to advise you of the Mid Sussex local …

Managing Team Dynamics Webinar

How well do the people in your team get along? Do they trust each other? Do they work collectively? Lunch and Learn with the Chichester College Group on Tuesday 2 June 12:00 – 12:45pm via Zoom to understand how to manage your team’s dynamics and recognise the abilities of your team members to achieve maximum performance. It’s free to join, …

£50 million boost to support the recovery of high streets

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to get people back to work and customers back to the shops. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/50-million-boost-to-support-the-recovery-of-our-high-streets?utm_source=a66dbfa1-4808-44f7-94d9-56af80c1f2c2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate New £50 million fund for councils across England to prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces This new money will support practical …

Business Grants-Mid Sussex District Council

So far Mid Sussex DC has paid to nearly 1,850 local business nearly £23.5m of business grants. But many business grants are still unclaimed. The Government introduced business grants of £10,000 or £25,000 to support small businesses during the present uncertain times caused by COVID19. These are one off payments, based on business rates liability at the 11th March 2020. …

HOW YOU CAN RESPOND – RECOVER – THRIVE

Join our next zoom meeting and Meet the Experts : Post Lockdown Revival 28th May 9am – Your chance to ask the Experts any questions you have. Say it quietly but local businesses are starting to think about how they might re-start and part of that thought process will be about making their workplace, large or small, safe, flexible and …

The Bureau publishes Factsheets that are free to download

The Bureau publishes Factsheets that are free to download on a range of topics concerning our work, including Website design, Web server security, email and social media marketing, cyber security and strategies, cyber awareness training, creating strong memorable passwords, email encryption, cyber insurance, and incident response methods. There are over 28 published Factsheets in the series with more on the …

£40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups

Where innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances. £40 million of government funding to support the UK’s next generation of innovative businesses projects to benefit from the funding include virtual reality training platforms for surgeons, virtual farmers’ markets and other innovations borne out of the coronavirus pandemic …

Apply for the Coronavirus Future Fund

The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. The fund will be open for applications from Wednesday 20 May 2020. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that typically rely on equity investment and are unable to access other government business support …

Southern region: Sussex route

Welcome to the May newsletter for the Sussex route at Network Rail. Our teams continue to work at home where possible. Of course many roles in the industry are front-line and roles are not able to be undertaken remotely. Our signalling staff and teams, track workers and maintenance departments continue to work around the clock to keep the country moving. Because of …

Free business webinars – Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Update from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In particular I would like to draw your attention to the free business webinars that are being offered: ‘Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) business webinars: find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure’ Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to find out …

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government announced today (19 May 2020). The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was announced at Budget as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. …

Virtual Tradeshows and Conferences 18th June

In a topsy-turvy world, like our current economic environment, having a clear niche is more important than ever. Network Xpress’ niche is tradeshows and so is excited to announce we are launching Sussex’s first ever virtual tradeshow and conference! On the 18th June, the West Sussex Tech Expo was set to roll into Chichester for its second expo of the …

Business Resilience and Recovery Webinar Series

Please see attached some information on a new series of free webinars that the University of Brighton’s CENTRIM (Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) are hosting in partnership with Coast to Capital and Business East Sussex. Attached is a flyer with some info on the webinars and the dates they will be taking place. Further info can be found …

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

This guidance outlines how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who: continue to work have been placed on furlough as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Discretionary Local Business Grant Fund Scheme – Register your interest now!

These Government Guidelines were published yesterday evening. local-authority-discretionary-grants-fund-guidance-local-government I hope to shortly advise you of the Mid Sussex/West Sussex guidelines as this is a discretionary scheme – businesses within Mid Sussex District Council can register for this grant now at www.grantapproval.co.uk    

Pure Storm’s ‘Done-For-You’ Online Overhaul Service

As a small business, we understand as much as anyone how hard the current circumstances have made running or setting up a business. That’s why we are offering our brand new ‘Done-For-You’ Online Overhaul service, our cost-effective and hassle-free web set up and marketing solution, which has been acutely designed to help businesses stay resilient in the face of an increasingly digital …

THE UK GOVERNMENT’S COVID-19 RECOVERY STRATEGY

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able …

Is your business fit for the new world as we emerge from CV-19?

Is your business ready for the ‘New World’ as we emerge from CV-19 lockdown? You need to revisit your business vision, purpose and strategy so you can be ready to meet the changing demands of your customers and competitors post CV-19. This is a must-attend webinar if as a business owner who; – Clarity on the dynamics, changes and challenges …

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early

The government’s world-leading scheme to support the self-employed has today opened for claims – weeks ahead of schedule. Self-Employment Income Support Scheme opens for applications today those eligible will receive government grant worth up to £7,500 money expected to be in bank accounts by 25 May From 8am this morning self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected …

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced. The scheme will continue to apply across all regions and sectors in the UK economy. Furloughed workers across the UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return …

Gatwick Diamond Business Virtual events and Magazine

Our friends at Gatwick Diamond Business have invited all HHBA members to register and attend any of the gdb virtual events which we hope that you will find useful. We also thought you might like a link to the 2nd edition of Diamond magazine. You will be struck by how the contributions reflect the strength of the business community.  There are …

New virtual lifestyle support available for employees within the Mid Sussex area

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team is offering up to 6 free virtual lifestyle sessions for individuals who would like to discuss their health & wellbeing. The personalised lifestyle support could be around smoking, weight, alcohol or anything else the you would like to discuss. To sign up, please E-mail the Workplace Health Coordinator on with your Name, Workplace and …

Dementia Friends during the Coronavirus

During this difficult time of Covid-19 where many of us are sat at home wondering how we can help and how we can continue to help people living with dementia, why not visit the dementia friends website here and complete the online training. The more of our community that become ‘Dementia Friends’ the better the result will be for our local …