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COVID-19 restrictions

The Government has announced its plans for a roadmap out of lockdown.

Find out what advice and support is available to employees, employers and businesses on coronavirus information for businesses.

The government has updated its guidance which sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England to reflect changes to national lockdown rules.

Applications for support grants for businesses required to close by law or severely financially impacted are open.

Reopening

We have created a short video offering advice for South Cambridgeshire businesses reopening under Step 2 of the Government's roadmap.

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.

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.

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.

Brexit4Business are offering Cambridgeshire businesses free advice and workshops on preparing for Brexit. If you'd like to speak to an adviser you can complete an online form.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Growth Hub (CPCA) in partnership with Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce offers advice and support to businesses to ensure they continue trading following the end of the transition period. If you have any concerns following the end of the UK-EU transition period and how it affects your business, please get in touch with the CPCA Growth Hub and Cambridgeshire Chamber team:

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.

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
  • Logistics
  • IT and Digital
  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction

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 businesses 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.

Midlife MOT

The Midlife MOT is free online support to encourage people in their 40s, 50s and 60s to make more active planning in the key areas of work, wellbeing and money.

Set up by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, it is aimed at both employees and employers to help you make choices that will ensure the future retirement you want.

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.

Green innovators urged to bid for funding

£92 million government investment will enable green innovators to drive forward the next generation of technologies that will help the UK transition to clean, green energy and tackle climate change.

As part of the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, the government has launched 3 new innovation challenges across key areas of the green energy sector including energy storage technology, floating offshore wind and biomass production.

Business Newsletter

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  • Financing and funding opportunities
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  • Updates on key infrastructure or new developments
  • Support for businesses
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Upcoming events

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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