Latest business news and events
South Cambridgeshire is under the national lockdown. Please follow the lockdown guidance.
Find out what advice and support is available to employees, employers and businesses on our Coronavirus Information for Businesses webpage.
Government guidance for closing certain businesses and venues has been updated.
Applications for support grants for businesses required to close by law or severely financially impacted are open.
Going to work
To help contain the coronavirus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to attend their workplace in a COVID safe manner, even if this means working in someone else's house. This is essential to keep the country operating as safely as possible and supporting vital sectors and employers.
Brexit business advice
The SME Brexit Support Fund helps small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. If your business has up to 500 employees, and no more than £100 million annual turnover, you can apply for grants of up to £2,000, to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure you can continue trading effectively with the EU.
Visit our Brexit support page for more information to ensure your business is prepared for the UK's new relationship with the EU outside the single market and customs union.
Digital marketing guide
South Cambridgeshire District Council's Business Support and Development Team have put together an informal marketing guide [PDF] for small local businesses looking to go digital.
Skills training for employees
Fully funded bespoke training for employers and their employees is available to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough.
The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme run by Serco focuses on upskilling employees in the following key priority sectors:
- Agriculture & Food
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Life Sciences
- IT and Digital
- Health and Social Care
The training is flexible and businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. Training could cover subjects such as IT and digital skills, leadership and management or more vocationally relevant courses.
Previous SSW programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.
Support for business to employ apprentices
The Government has updated its apprenticeship guidance for employers interested in taking on an apprentice in response to the impact of coronavirus.
The new Greater Cambridge Apprenticeship Service (GCAPPS) supports companies who are looking to employ apprentices. The service will support any type of apprenticeship but especially in the much sought after STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.
If you are interested in taking on an apprentice, Cambridge Regional College will support you by helping you to establish how your skills gaps could be filled with apprentices, to find the right training provider, and to understand charges, grants and other considerations.
Skills support for redundancy
Employers and employees facing the prospect of redundancies can access training, retraining and careers guidance through the Skills Support for Redundancy programme.
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Business support webinars
South Cambridgeshire District Council is offering a series of online workshops that will provide a chance for local businesses to engage with Council services.
Find out about these and other events that are taking place in our area.
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