Swindon & Wiltshire LEP open ERDF Recovery Grant applications

We've spoken to many customers over the last few weeks and months.  It goes without saying the ongoing COVID pandemic continues to hit small businesses hard across all sectors. Today, the application process opened for something called the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The ERDF Recovery Grant (which we blogged about last week) is available to small and medium companies, with a...
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Swindon & Wiltshire LEP Covid-19 Recovery Grants Scheme

Every small business has had new challenges to deal with this year. All of us are busy trying to come to terms with this new reality, and it's easy to miss opportunities while you're tending to your business. We recently became aware of a programme run by the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Economic Partnership and their Economic Plan. Catchy, I know. The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP is...
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Shops and shoppers must stick to the follow official government guidelines following reopening from 1st and 15th June

The government has released a list of rules and guidelines that shops and shoppers must follow to keep everyone safe when retail starts to reopen on the 1st and 15th June 2020. One of the most widely-discussed bans has been that on changing rooms. One of these measures include banning shoppers trying on clothes in changing rooms for fear of spreading the virus. According to the official...
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Ideas to help keep your business running during the coronavirus crisis

If you run a salon, shop or any business that requires feet through the door and staff on hand, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best - the government is telling people to avoid people, pubs and the office, but can you afford to shut up shop? The situation is ever-changing, but to some degree the current social distancing and self-isolation measures look set to be in place for the...
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New Gov funding of £617m to help co-working tenants, market traders, Bed & Breakfasts

New funding of £617m is being made available to co-working space tenants, market traders and other businesses in England who aren't being given funding through the coronavirus business rates grant scheme due to not being in full-time commercial properties. This funding will be assessed and paid out by local authorities, these being Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, and Vale of White...
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Fintechs need to be accredited for CBILSs and Bounce Back Loans

A fifth of SMEs bank with fintechs, such as Tide. Financial technology - fintech for short - describes the combination of financial services and technology to provide a larger range of convenient financial services and financial products. Examples of products and services provided by fintechs include primarily app-based banking (such as the service offered by Tide), mobile payments, peer-to-peer...
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Coronavirus Business Support Page on GOV.UK Website

GOV.UK have updated their website to include a section specifically aimed at supporting businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic: Find out what financial support you can get for your business Find out how you can claim your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Find out how to apply for a grant if you're self-employed All information relating to Business Support can now be...
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Google says don’t disable your site, even during temporary closure

Businesses are continuing to feel the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, with some forced to temporarily shut down. To help business owners preserve their visibility in Google search, Google has published recommendations on how to properly limit your site’s functionality if you need to pause operations. Avoid disabling your whole site. Disabling your site, even for just a few days, can...
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“Online retail is still open and encouraged” Gov Advice 23/03/2020

On 23rd March the British Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives, announcing that non-essential premises must now close. In the documents released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government following the Prime Ministers televised address to the nation, we would like to highlight the following, which will be of interest to some of our...
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In times of uncertainty, SEO is one thing you shouldn’t cut back on

Like many people I'm sure, we at O'Brien Media are tuning in to the daily Coronavirus update from the Prime Minister.  Yesterday (29th March), there was a cautious sense of optimism in tone, suggesting confidence that the country can "turn the tide" in the next twelve weeks. Twelve weeks is a long time and brings with it a great deal of uncertainty.  What is certain, though, is businesses must...
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