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Harborough Business Update
Harborough District Council
District of Harborough
May 2021| Issue 96
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Welcome to the Harborough Business Update. We provide a fortnightly overview of the latest business related news, initiatives and support packages.
For more information on COVID-19 support, visit the Harborough District Council here
Restart Grant Scheme 
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The restart grant scheme is for businesses that pay, or are liable for Business Rates only, and is a one off payment.
The grant will be paid to the ratepayer who according to the records was responsible for the business rates on the 1 April 2021. Only businesses that were trading (engaged in business activity) on 1 April 2021 will qualify.

There are 2 types of grants:
  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality, leisure, accomodation, gym and sports, personal care
Large-scale business survey on rural resilience now live
The National Innovation Centre for Rural enterprises (NICRE) is asking rural and farming businesses in the North East, South West and Midlands how they are dealing with COVID-19 to explore the lesser known area of rural resilience.

The NICRE are asking businesses about the strategies they have put in place during the pandemic to increase their resilience and their plans and expectations for the future.

The survey also asks how firms' local networks have contributed to survival and growth amongst other factors that contribute to running rural businesses.

If you are interested in sharing experiences as a rural businesses, you can complete the survey via the link below.
ShopKind Campaign

The ShopKind campaign is uniting the retail sector to tackle violence and abuse against shopworkers by asking people to ShopKind when in stores. ShopKind is backed by the Home Office

ShopKind aims to:

  • Encourage positive behaviours in shops
  • Acknowledge the important role of shop workers
  • Highlight the scale and impact of violence and abuse against shopworkers
Retailers are therefore encouraged to download and use the branding materials provided through the campaign to raise awareness and support the campaign.

You can access the materials such as the poster below, and find out more about the campaign via the link below.
Leicestershire Innovation Week 2021 - Be apart of our event!
Leicester Innovation Week takes place this June, and we are calling Harborough Businesses to take part in our event on Wednesday 23 June 2021. 

Whether your business has developed a new concept, formed a new way of working or have a potential business idea, we want to share and celebrate innovation in Harborough.

Find out more about how you can take part via the link below. or contact Crystal Carter at the Harborough Innovation Centre for more via email,
Scam Letter - Offer from BEIS of Subsidised Covid Air Purification Devices

A Government department has issued a scam alert over fraudulent letters being sent to businesses about fake coronavirus rules and regulations.

Bogus letters headed with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS) logo have been sent to businesses claiming they need to purchase air purifiers to comply with Covid-19 regulations.

In a recent tweet  the BEIS said: "We are aware of scammers sending BEIS headed letters to businesses telling them that, by law, they need to purchase air purifiers to comply with Covid19 rules.

"This is not true. If you receive a letter, please report it to Action Fraud UK."

You can report fraud or cybercrime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using its online reporting tool.

Dates for the Diary
Event details
Tuesday 11 May, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm
Increase your visibility online or brand awareness
Event details
Tuesday 11 May, 2021 2pm - 3pm
Learn how to adapt to new B2C trading agreements
Event details
Monday 17 May, 2021 10am - 12pm

Event details
Thursday 20 May, 2021 1pm - 4pm
2-part Action Planning workshop
Event details
Monday 21 June - Friday 25 June
A week of events and workshops
1-2-1 Business Meetings
Get in touch to arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of our team.

We offer support on a wide range of topics from funding opportunities to digital marketing and more.
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