The Big Support Campaign Launches as Small Firms Struggle Under Pressure

No one left behind: how the Big Support will help protect small business New research shows that more than two thirds of small businesses are expecting at least a 50 per cent drop in profits as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and consequent restrictions. This is already having a huge negative impact on the mental, physical and emotional health …

#IWD2020 4!

Jacqui Smith from Homesmiths interiors is an interior designer. Here is her inspiring contribution. What is your business and how did you get into that particular line of work?  “As a little girl I would decorate dolls houses and drive my parents potty, rearranging my bedroom yet I went to a very academic school and ended up studying Economics and …

Company legal updates – by HHBA Member Caroline Buchan

Some legal headliners There are lots of topics that might be relevant to a business right now and I’ve tried to pick the most pertinent ones. If there’s anything you want to know more about please drop me a line. I’ve deliberately not focussed on employment law matters as there is already lots of material out there from other members …

MICRO BUSINESS GRANTS 2020/21 – POSTPONED

Due to the ever changing situation caused by Covid-19 MSDC over the last week,  have been in close liaison with other authorities on the running of the small business grant scheme (or Micro Business Grant scheme here at MSDC). Following their discussions both with other authorities and as a team, they have taken the decision to postpone the launch of …

Innovate UK grants

Innovate UK are offering grants of up £50,000 for innovation projects: The purpose of the scheme is to support projects which focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Grant funding is offered for 100 per cent of the project costs (no match funding required) and paid in full at the start …

Our services at SEBS

SEBS offer a variety of products and services to support your IT operations and allow your business to run smoothly, regardless of any technical issues you may experience. If you’re in need of full managed services, we offer IT support to both small and large businesses alike. Perhaps you’re looking for Project Management services? We partner with your business to …

Register for MSDC Business Grants

MSDC have set up an online website at www.GrantApproval.co.uk for local businesses to register – you will need to do this in the personal name of the business owner.  If you qualify for a number of grants you only need to register once. We will ask you when registering to put some details in including an email address.  We will …

Tech, Computer, Smart Device Support – Working from home!

With the ‘Lock-Down’ situation in full swing, it is even more important to know there are people out there willing to help and support you, with your technology, computers, smart devices as you use them even more to work from home, keep in touch with work colleagues, family and friends. All aspects of tech support is here, at the end …

Buy locally and support our community and businesses!

We at the HHBA are keen to support businesses where we can during these difficult times. We hope that you feel the same way too. Now more than ever our local business community needs to come together and support each other. Please consider buying from our local shops, businesses and suppliers wherever possible, so that we can all continue to …

Want to mark your business as TEMPORARILY CLOSED in Google?

Advice from John Hockaday – Local Edge (HHBA member ) To see what I mean, google “Diana Elizabeth Bridal”, and you’ll see a red banner on the right hand side – on a desktop – saying “Temporarily Closed” (It will just be red text on a mobile) People understand that a lot of businesses are closed for the foreseeable future …

Hit the Pause Button to Refresh and Reset

At Love Luxury, we recognise the importance of self-care in order to perform better professionally, and to feel better personally. During the gloomy winter months, it takes even more effort to look after our emotional health but taking time out for yourself nurtures better focus, reduced stress and clearer thinking. Following on from my previous post on mindfulness here are …

Business Support

Dear Fellow HHBA Members I hope you are all well and managing as best as you can during these troubled times. As a travel consultant my business has been hit very hard so together with others have created a Facebook Group with the aim of bringing small business owners and entrepreneurs together – creating and curating useful content to protect …

#IWD2020 3!

In the third of our series on celebrating our female members and their achievements Rocky’s piece seems timely with her expertise in resilience and well-being! Rocky Datoo, MCIPD, facilitator and resilience coach, mental health first aider co-founded RAW last year with Kate Anderson. What is your business and how did you get into that particular line of work?  “RAW was …