Update to business support measures 22/10/2020

The Chancellor has announced three changes to the Government's business support measures today (October 22)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plan-for-jobs-chancellor-increases-financial-support-for-businesses-and-workers
- strengthening the Job Support Scheme
- strengthening the Self Employed Income Support Scheme and
- introducing cash grants designed to support the hospitality sector in Tier 2 areas across the UK (which includes Sunderland and the North East)

We will update the website when guidance is issued by Government and provide details for eligible businesses on how to apply for the grants.

Sunderland City Council endeavours to ensure that information contained on this page is up to date and correct and in line with the latest NHS and Government advice. The council accepts no liability for error or omission.

Update 22/09/2020

Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace.

On Friday 18 September the Government announced that certain venues, including venues run by local authorities will now be legally required to display NHS test and trace QR posters in venues by Thursday 24 September, ahead of the NHS COVID-19 APP being rolled out nationally next week. This includes all venues from the following sectors:

•            hospitality;

•            leisure and tourism;

•            close contact services; and

•            local authority venues.

Businesses will be expected to make sure their customers are aware of the rules around QR codes by displaying posters and speaking to customers directly.

For further details on the announcement please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs

To support you, please see a bank of helpful resources: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html   

Further materials on our business to business campaign which also may be useful are available here: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/Test-and-Trace/resources/customer-logging-toolkit/

How to create a QR code

Before you start

You will need:

  • your email address
  • the address of your business, community organisation or event
  • If you have more than one venue, you will also need:
    • the address of each location
    • an email address for the manager (or point of contact) for each location
    • a phone number for the manager (or point of contact) for each location

Getting your QR code

Visit https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster  You'll receive your QR code poster by email soon after you have submitted your information. If you have more than one location, the manager (or point of contact) for each location will also receive a unique QR code poster by email.

What to do when you receive your QR code

When you receive your QR code poster you should:

  • print the poster
  • display the poster somewhere visitors can see it and scan it when they arrive, for example next to the entrance
  • ask visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using their NHS COVID-19 app
  • display as many posters as you need to, to avoid queues forming

Icon for pdf NHS Test & Trace QR Poster [590.77KB]

GRANTfinder funding solution portal - free to access until the 31 October 2020

Idox's flagship funding solution GRANTfinder aims to help businesses, voluntary and community organisations to access funding. It is available for businesses and organisations in Sunderland to access and search for suitable funding options until 31 October 2020 and is funded by GRANTfinder. It is a comprehensive, easy-to-use portal which allows you to search for and unlock thousands of local, regional and national funding opportunities. You can view the business funding portal here https://www.idoxopen4business.co.uk/example

New guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus has been published
Covid-19 early outbreak management information has been published and Action Cards developed to cover a range of businesses and organisations to provide specific advice on the issues each type of organisation may face. The cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on hand in your business or organisation.

Information linked to recovery, including 'Covid-19 Secure' guidelines for employers published by government, can be found at Covid-19 - Recovery

An overview of the government support for businesses as well as regional and local links can be found at Further government support for businesses

Government support

The Government's coronavirus business support finder tool can help businesses and self-employed people to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them. The tool asks business owners to fill out a simple questionnaire. They will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for. To access the support finder tool visit https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

Full information on the Government's support for businesses can be found at https://www.gov.uk/browse/business