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Bristol City Council: Business news

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Apply now for a business grant

If you are registered for business rates and have been told to close at any point since the November lockdown, make sure you have applied for a grant. Once submitted, we’ll assess your application for all grant schemes that are relevant to you.

Businesses who have already been paid a grant since November, do not apply again as you will automatically be paid under the later schemes.

Wet-led pubs, where less than 50% of income is derived from food, who have not yet received the additional £1,000 Christmas Support payment or been contacted by us will need to visit the website to make another application. The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 January.

Please note, businesses found not complying with restrictions will not be eligible to receive a grant. For example, if you are open when you should be closed.

South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) offers vital support

Businesses in the south of the city are reminded that they can sign up for free SBES help. SBES offer a broad range of support, advice, mentoring and funding.

Now, with a third lockdown in place and businesses facing a tough winter, south Bristol entrepreneurs and small to medium sized enterprises are being encouraged to sign up to the programme.

Set up by Bristol City Council, YTKO, SSE, Knowle West Media Centre and the Princes’ Trust, the programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA)  and combines advice, mentorship, business support and funding throughout south Bristol.

If you own a business based in south Bristol, or are a budding entrepreneur who lives south of the river, visit the SBES website to find out more.

Green Business Grants

West of England Green Business Grants support small to medium sized businesses and enterprises to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and business operations.

A grant could help you reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change, lower your energy bills and maintenance costs, as well as make your buildings healthier for your employees.

You will be able to apply for up to £15,000 per business to pay for 40% of the eligible capital costs. A new grant round is scheduled to open soon.

Visit the West of England Green Business Grants page to find out more and register your interest

Free webinar

We are holding free webinars for all Bristol-based retail, leisure, hospitality and close contact businesses (such as hairdressers).

The session will be an opportunity to discuss the latest restrictions and support available, including grants with relevant Council officers.

If you have an issue or question you would like to raise, please email business@bristol.gov.uk in advance so we can provide as much relevant information as possible.

We are holding sessions every third Wednesday of the month at 4pm.

Register for free business support webinars now

Testing for your employees with symptoms

We have increased testing capacity in Bristol for people showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Even during lockdown it’s important for people to get tested if they have symptoms, including a new continuous cough, high temperature or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

We have just introduced a new drive-through mobile testing unit at BAWA Leisure Centre in Filton and upgraded the site at Hengrove Leisure Park from a mobile testing unit to a walk-through local testing site.

Testing for those with symptoms is also currently available at:

  • Brislington Park and Ride (drive-through with a 2.1m height restriction)
  • Victoria Rooms (walk-through at the back of the building)
  • Netham Park (walk-through)

Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and not travel to work, but under the national lockdown rules they can still leave their home to have a test.

Tests can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Low income employees who are self-isolating and are unable to work from home may be eligible for a £500 grant as part of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

Visit our website to find out more about test and trace support payments

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