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Discretionary Business Grant Fund: Applications open on Monday 1 June 2020

Applications for the Discretionary Business Grant Fund will open on Monday 1 June.  A new discretionary grant fund has been introduced by the UK Government to help more small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Grants will be available for some firms in Eden which have been outside of the scope of existing grants’ criteria, mainly the Small Business and Retail Leisure and Hospitality Grants. Eden District Council is administering this scheme locally.

Eden District Council is required to publish a policy setting out the criteria for this scheme and you can read the policy ahead of applications opening on Monday 1 June.

Applications will open for the scheme on Monday 1 June and the link to the online application form on the Council’s website will be available once applications have opened.  Please keep an eye on the page below:


Charities welcome EDC support fund
Charities have welcomed a new support fund set up by Eden District Council, which was launched last week.  Already a number of organisations that support local residents have received a share of the £150,000 Eden Residents Covid-19 Support Fund, helping those that are experiencing hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Eden Residents Covid-19 Support Fund is being made available to organisations that are helping local families and individuals who are going through hardship during this crisis. Eden District Council is urging other organisations to apply for the grant and help reach more residents around the region who are in need of support.

The Eden Residents Covid-19 Support Fund application process is simple and promises to receive and deal with applications quickly, in order to allow payments to be made at speed to those organisations helping people.
The Council has set up a simple application form with details on how to apply and it can be found at

Cabinet Office Updates

Reminder: 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, find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure. The webinars cover a range of different types of workplace settings which are allowed to be open in England. You can also find the full written guidance for a range of different types of work and practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps here.

Recorded business videos and webinars are available on a range of topics. You can find links to them here.

Lockdown Adjustments

Yesterday evening the PM gave an update on the UK’s progress against each of the five tests we had to meet before adjusting the lockdown.

Full details of this statement can be found here:

Since all five tests are being met, the following adjustments will be made to lockdown:

From Monday 1st June

1) Nurseries and other early years settings and reception, year one and year six in primary schools will reopen in a safe way;

2) Outdoor retail and car showrooms, where social distancing is generally easier, will reopen; and

3) Up to six people will be able to meet outside (in parks, gardens and other private outdoor space) – provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart.

Please note that those who have been asked to shield themselves should continue to do so.

Further social distancing guidance will follow in the coming days – please visit the Coronavirus FAQs page for updates:

From Monday 15th June

1) Secondary schools will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for years 10 and 12; and

2) The government intends to reopen other non-essential retail – but only provided the five tests are still being met and shops have been made Covid secure.


Update from BID

We are working hard to ensure the town centre has a full Recovery Plan in place. Working with our colleagues at Cumbria County, Eden District and Penrith Town Councils, along with the Industrial BID and Penrith Chamber of Trade, we want to ensure we communicate clearly and effectively with the community, so they are assured that Penrith is safe and clean.

Copies of our Recovery Plan presentation and the Action Plan can be found at:

Please let me have any feedback you have on these documents. It is important that the Recovery Plan is for all businesses in the town. If you have ideas or concerns, please let me know.

Publishing ‘Business Opening’ Listings to public

Following on from the HMGov webinar yesterday, we have been cautioned against restricting access to stores (e.g. no children/1 person only). As a result, I have amended the heading on the list of businesses opening on 15 June. The headings now read:

  • Individual Shoppers Only (1 per party) where possible)
  • Accompanied Children only in store

We can encourage shoppers to shop alone where possible, but we need to ensure we do not discriminate against single parents or against people with protected characteristics.

Any questions or concerns with your listing, please get in touch.





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