Free Training, Covid-19 Updates, Brexit Transition and Better Health campaign
NEWS FROM BID
FREE Social Media Training
We’ve been recommended the Free training available from Maybe*. They are part of the High Street Task Force offering and are running regular webinars for specific sectors. They hold sessions for Independent Retailers on Wednesdays (fortnightly) at 10am
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EDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL UPDATES
Free Business Workshops
Eden District Councils Economic Development and Tourism team have commissioned Red Kite Innovations to deliver a series of free workshops for our businesses. The sessions will cover a range of current topics including Covid recovery, business diversification and operating on line. The workshop programme is being now being finalised and we will send further out further details very soon.
The ‘Kick-starting Tourism Package’
This new package will be administered through the Cumbria Growth Hub (Cumbria Chamber of Commerce) and is expected to open soon. The scheme will offer Small businesses in tourist destinations like Cumbria the opportunity to apply for funding of up to £5,000 from a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package recently announced by the Government.
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reopening Tracker Survey for Hospitality Businesses
Cumbria Tourism have produced a new reopening survey. The evidence gathered from this will be used to help provide an insight at a national level to seek the interventions the industry needs right through to 2021. By completing the survey your business will help provide wider picture and feed into Cumbria Tourisms lobbying activity.
Reopening Tracker Survey : https://www.cumbriatourism.org/who-we-are/resource-hub/recovery-hub/reopening-survey
CABINET OFFICE UPDATES
UK Brexit Transition – Business Toolkit
All of the UK Transition communications resources, including for businesses, can now be found at bit.ly/39hXluF. A PDF copy of the business toolkit is also attached.
Going to work
Workplace guidance has been updated to reflect the Prime Minister’s statement (17 July), which highlighted that the government’s advice on going to work will change from 1 August.
From this date, employers should ensure workplaces are safe whilst also enabling working from home.
In order to keep the virus under control, it is important that people work safely. Working from home remains one way to do this. However, the risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely.
Employers should consult with their employees to determine who, from the 1 August 2020, can come into the workplace safely taking account of a person’s use of public transport, childcare responsibilities, protected characteristics, and other individual circumstances. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.
When it is decided that workers should come into their place of work then this will need to be reflected in the COVID-19 risk assessment and actions taken to manage the risks of transmission in line with this guidance. It is vital employers engage with workers to ensure they feel safe returning to work, and they should avoid forcing anyone into an unsafe workplace.
Updated guidance for your sector can be found here: https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist.
Face covering exemptions
As per yesterday’s Employer Bulletin, from today (24 July), face coverings are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces.
Exemptions to this include anyone under the age of 11, or those with disabilities, or hidden health conditions such as breathing difficulties, mental health conditions or autism.
People are not required to prove they are exempt and it is for individuals to choose how they would want to communicate this to others. For those who would feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering, exemption cards are available to print or display on mobile phones – https://bit.ly/FCExemptionBadges.
Full guidance on face coverings can be found here: https://bit.ly/fc-north.
The attached guide provides advice on handling face covering exemptions in stores and branches. We ask that you consider taking the steps and use the language suggested in the guide if you see someone entering or inside a store not wearing a face covering. Please note charity organisations working with the government have been made aware of this too.
Please consider sharing this HMG North tweet on face coverings: https://twitter.com/HMGNorth/status/1285900163815538688.
Eat Out to Help Out Scheme webinars
HMRC are running free webinars over the next two weeks on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The webinar provides an overview of the scheme, including how the scheme works, eligible establishments, registering and making a claim and what happens after a claim has been made.
To register: https://bit.ly/2OGGrwz
Business events & conferences
Business events, conferences and events centres will be given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing.
A number of pilots will take place at event venues across the country to plan for a return to large-scale events and test how best to implement social distancing practises. Details of these pilots will be finalised in partnership with the sector in the coming weeks.
New guidance, published by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport and the Association of Event Organisers, will help event organisers, venue operators and participants in the UK understand how they can work and host business events and conferences and keep both their guests and staff safe.
Full guidance can be found here: https://bit.ly/VisitorEconomyGuidance.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates
The government has launched a new calculator to help employers with their next CJRS claims.
Employers can use the calculator to work out how much they have to pay their furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees, how much they can claim for employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions and how much they can claim back.
You can access the new job retention calculator here: https://bit.ly/CJRSCalculator
Please note that the calculator will be updated to reflect changes to the scheme over the coming months.
In addition, employers can now also download a template if you’re claiming for 100 or more employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (for claims on or after 1 July 2020).
You can download the new template here: https://bit.ly/CJRSTemplate
Better Health campaign
Public Health England has today (27 July) launched the Better Health campaign to support people to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19.
The campaign – unveiled as part of the government’s new Obesity Strategy – calls on people to embrace a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight if they need to, supported by a range of evidence-based tools and apps providing advice on how to lose weight.
Measures in the plan include:
- Banning unhealthy food adverts before 9pm;
- Ending ‘buy one get one free’ offers on foods high in fats and or sugars;
- Calorie labelling on food sold in large restaurants, cafes and takeaways with more than 250 employees;
- Calorie labelling on alcohol;
- Expanding NHS weight management services so more people get the support they need to lose weight; and
- Launching a new consultation to gather views and evidence on the current ‘traffic light’ labelling system to learn more about how this is being used by consumers and industry, compared to international examples