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Please find in this edition ...
  • 2nd wave of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grants
  • Business rates system review: call for evidence
  • Advice for reporting Covid outbreaks
  • Donut Time online networking
  • Lotus to make new home at Wellesbourne
  • Make your website work harder in difficult times
  • Hosting an internship ... remotely
  • Are you missing face-to-face networking?
  • Other interesting stuff
  • Events & networking

Second wave of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grants

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

Although the scheme is now closed to new claims for the first grant, the scheme has been extended. If you were eligible for the first grant and can confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant from 17 August 2020. And you are still able to make a claim for the second grant even if you did not claim for the first grant.

This second and final taxable grant is worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.

As with the first grant HMRC will contact you if you’re eligible. They will work out your eligibility for the second grant in the same way as the first grant.

Find out more.

Business rates system review:
call for evidence

As part of a fundamental review of the business rates system, the Government has put out a call for evidence from businesses and stakeholders. 

This call for evidence seeks views on how the business rates system currently works, issues to be addressed, ideas for change and a number of alternative taxes.

Responses should be submitted online and will be collected in two stages. Views on the multiplier and reliefs sections are requested by 18 September in order to inform an interim report in the autumn. Responses on all other sections are due by 31 October.

Advice for reporting Covid outbreaks

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 created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations:
•    know how to recognise and report an incident of coronavirus
•    are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it.

Action cards have been developed to cover a range of businesses and organisations to provide specific advice on the issues each type of organisation may face now lockdown restrictions have been eased. The cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on hand in your business or organisation.  

Find out more.

Donut Time: Wed 12 August, 10 - 11.30am on Zoom

Connect with local small businesses at our free online networking
Featuring a short top tips session on 
"How to give your audience the confidence to do business with you" 
plus breakouts for social time with other business owners

Book your FREE place here

Lotus to make new home at Wellesbourne

Lotus has announced that the University of Warwick's Wellesbourne Campus is to become home to its dedicated and specialist advanced technology centre, as well as a new headquarters for the company’s engineering consultancy.

The new facility is established in partnership with WMG at the University of Warwick. WMG is an international leader in successful collaboration between academic research, teaching, training and industry. The substantial facility consists of offices, workshops and laboratory space with ample space for expansion.

This is great news for the Campus, the district and the region as a whole, bringing skilled jobs to the area and new opportunities to advance the greener, electric technologies of the future.

Read more.

Make your website work harder in difficult times

At our July Donut Time, Andy Beddow of LightMedia shared his top tips on making your website work harder in difficult times. These are especially useful at the moment as more and more businesses are trading online.

If you would like to pick up a few gems on how you can make the most of your website, how to generate more traffic and create more leads then you can read Andy's blog here

Hosting an internship ... remotely

Would your business benefit from an additional short-term resource? By employing a student intern from the University of Warwick you would be tapping into a diverse talent pool of fresh ideas and enthusiasm, whilst exploring future potential and raising your own profile.

The University's Internships Development Team is keen to help employers understand how an internship could successfully work with a remote arrangement. Using their experience of running the successful Warwick Summer Internship programme, as well as tapping into general good practice, the University has created a comprehensive guide covering the considerations, benefits and practical matters that will help inform your organisation’s current or future resource plans. 

Employer Guide to Supporting a Remote Internship

Are you missing face-to-face networking?

Then why not pop along to Mid-England Barrow, a breathtaking structure in the beautiful countryside near Farnborough, on Tuesday 11th August.  You will have the opportunity to network outside with a small business group, see the amazing Barrow, and enjoy some of their delicious homemade cakes and coffee – all in line with current government guidelines of course!

Because the Barrow site is an open air venue, they are able to host events and open days safely. Depending on numbers, the Barrow will be available to host the small networking groups of up to 6 at several different sessions during the day.

Please call Sarah on 07791 807970 or email to find out more and book your place … and don’t forget to come dressed for the weather! 

Shelter is available with onsite mains toilet and ample car-parking. As you might expect, you will be asked to socially distance, use sanitizer and bring a mask for the Barrow tour. Risk assessment available.
Automotive Transformation Fund aims to put UK at centre of the global transition to zero emissions

M42 temporary closure between 7 - 10 August 2020

How to have an active working day in three simple steps

Shipston-on-Stour's independent retailing will help the town emerge from the Coronavirus crisis

Learn more about the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Pashley Holdings Ltd: CW Business Support Programme case study

Warwickshire Police has announced an expansion of the rural crime team with an additional four rural crime officers being recruited

Henley Ice Cream defies the Covid economic odds and takes on new staff

Businesses urged to apply now for the Queen's Award for Enterprise

Enchanted forest springs up at Stratford's most magical tourist attraction


Let us know about any forthcoming events you would like us to include in future updates.


August webinars

Handling change within your business part 2 - Business Ready - 4 August
Funding options for start-ups in the coronavirus era - CUE - 4 August
FSB fair pay fair play masterclass - FSB - 4 August
Effective finance tools part 1 - Business Ready - 5 August
Retail therapy shopping showcase - Socially Shared - 5 August
Creating the apprenticeships of the future - Creative Alliance - 6 August
Creating your marketing strategy - Business Ready - 11 August
What investors want and how you will give it to them - CUE - 11 August
Donut Time online networking - Venture House - 12 August
Bounce back from covid - Warwickshire CAVA  - 12 & 13 August
Effective finance tools part 2 - Business Ready - 14 August
Destination - begin with the end in mind - UBCUK & Kevin Riley - 17 August 
How to pitch - CUE- 18 August
Social media marketing - Business Ready - 19 August
How to write your business plan - CUE - 25 August

Midlands Business Network Expo - Ricoh Arena, Coventry - 2 October 2020

Local Networking

Whether you are a seasoned networker or are new to the world of networking, there are still plenty of opportunites to connect with other businesses as many of the friendly local networking groups are running online events. Take a look at our list of local networking groups for further details.  If you are running online networking events, please tell us about it and we can add update your listing.
Please share this newsletter with anyone you know who runs their
own business or is thinking of setting up a new business.

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For the time being, our hotdesking and meeting facilities remain closed due to Covid-19. However, our first-floor serviced offices remain accessible. The VH Team continue to work remotely supporting local businesses in the form of business advice and signposting, start-up support, plus online workshops and networking (Donut Time).

So if you are considering starting a business, want help to grow your business or are experiencing challenges within your business, please get in touch.

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