Coronavirus: Support for Businesses update

OFFER TO BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

BUSINESS SUPPORT AND COVID-19 ADVICE
Offering FREE one to one support services for businesses, in partnership with Herefordshire Council the Marches Growth Hub – Herefordshire is a place where businesses can find out more about funding and finance and wider business support available to local Herefordshire businesses, regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses.

The Marches Growth Hub would like to share the following information with businesses who are concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on our business community.
https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

GOVERNMENT AND COUNCIL SUPPORT – updated 26th March 2020
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE
Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth

BUSINESS RESILIENCE

Emergency Planning Team Herefordshire Council (Business Continuity)
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/346/emergency_planning_in_herefordshire/5

Coronavirus: Herefordshire central co-ordination

All Herefordshire Council Covid 19 related updates will appear on our website here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/964/coronavirus_latest , alongside social media.

Herefordshire Council have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people, volunteers and community organisations/leaders to contact us and we will then link them back into the community organisations/leaders.  This co-ordinated approach will include support for those recently identified as need shielding. People (and groups) wishing to volunteer can register also vulnerable people needing support, on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help  the dedicated telephone number is 01432 260027 and email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk

Coronavirus: Support and Information

In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Herefordshire Council is working with community organisations and local businesses to help connect people to support being coordinated in your area.

You may have been asked to isolate yourself and stay at home. This will no doubt be a worrying and challenging time for many but also a time to come together and support one another, especially the most vulnerable in our communities.

There are some simple steps we can all do to take care of ourselves and others.

1. Protect yourself and others

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water,
    particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or
    sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Minimise contact with others
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

2. Create your own plan

Over the next few months, life as we know it is going to change and to prepare for this it will be important that you have a plan that supports you to live well until the advice to isolate changes.

Think about the support you will need and those who can help you while you self-isolate.  This could include family, friends, neighbours or people you know in your community.

Your plan might include support with things usually taken for granted such as shopping, picking up medication, support with pets, posting mail, picking up other urgent things, someone to check in on you or someone to just have a chat with.

3. Contact us if you need further support

If there are gaps in your plan and you need further support, please contact the Herefordshire Council Talk Community team using the details below.

Contact us on 01432 260027
Or Email talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk

I wish you and your family well in this difficult period, but rest assured that we are doing everything possible in Herefordshire Council to maintain essential services to you and your community.

Want to volunteer in your local area? – If you want to provide support and are not sure where to go, please contact us on the above details, or register your details with us at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help and we can connect you to local volunteers in your area.

 

Coronavirus: Support for Businesses

Herefordshire Council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire.  This online service offers FREE support services for all local businesses.  There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website: https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact 01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or business@herefordshire.gov.uk

Coronavirus: Museums, libraries and archives close to the public from Friday

Services will close temporarily in line with government advice and to ensure public safety

Following the most recent government announcements regarding COVID-19, Herefordshire Council will close museum, library and archive services from the end of business on Friday 20 March until further notice. All sites will be closed to the public and all events and activities due to take place will be postponed.

During the closure, staff will be asked to work from home, work at the closed sites or potentially be redeployed to support the delivery of other essential council services.

We are very sorry for this interruption to services. We are striving to minimise the impact this may have on the public with the following actions:

  • There will be no overdue charges on library items borrowed since 14 March
  • Our Borrowbox e-book and e-audio service can still be accessed online and we will increase the number of items available to borrow
  • Our existing Home Delivery library service to housebound and vulnerable customers will continue with some adaptations
  • Our existing online resources will remain available to anyone with a Herefordshire Libraries membership card and PIN. If you experience any issues email libraries@herefordshire.gov.uk

We will also look at other ways in which we can support our communities and make our services available in different ways during the closure period.

Councillor Gemma Davies, Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets, said: “Cultural services are at the backbone of our communities, serving some of the most vulnerable members of our society. For many, engaging with these services is vital for their health and wellbeing – both physically and mentally – and is key to the prevention of social isolation. In light of government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, the need for cultural services in the next few months will be greater than ever.

“Over recent years the services have faced significant challenges with cuts to funding. These challenges have been taken head on with services finding ways to survive and thrive. This pandemic will be no different. Services will have to be delivered in a different way and this will take some time to finalise, so please bear with us for the interim period while this is agreed.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible staff, volunteers, ‘Friends of’ groups and users for their continued fight to keep cultural services at the heart of our communities. Your resolve never falters and I am proud to work alongside you.”

For updates to council services visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest government advice visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Coronavirus: Update

Update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Herefordshire Council and its partners are well prepared to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There are tried and tested procedures to prevent further spread and the NHS is very well prepared and used to managing infections.

For further details please visit the Herefordshire Council website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. The website has links to a variety of guidance documents which you may find useful.  We advise that you do not print or download guidance but use the links provided, which will be updated as required based on new information.

How you can help

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially before cooking and eating; after using the toilet and using public transport.
  • ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’: If you sneeze or cough remember to catch it with a tissue; bin it and kill it by washing your hands or using a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water isn’t available.
  • Follow PHE’s returning traveller advice: There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. If you have returned from travelling outside of the UK within the last 14 days please check and follow the PHE specific advice for returning travellers.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information.

Additional sources of general information

For the latest, reputable sources of information about this coronavirus please visit the following websites:

Offer to businesses impacted by flooding

OFFER TO BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY FLOODING

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Offering FREE face-to-face support services for businesses, the Marches Growth Hub – Herefordshire is a place where businesses can find out more about funding and finance and wider business support available to local Herefordshire businesses, regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses  https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/about-us/hereford/

GRANTS

Business Flood Recovery Grants for business premises https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/xfp/form/209

Council Tax and Business rate relief

Council tax relief and Business rate relief is available for properties affected by the recent floods.

You can apply by emailing – counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk or, if relating to business rates, businessrates@herefordshire.gov.uk who can arrange for a visiting officer to go and inspect the damage.

Business Grants – we have listed those grants that we feel are the most relevant but there are other funded schemes and programmes available – just ask your local Growth Hub.

ACCOMMODATION

  • The University of Wolverhampton – Cyber Quarter has offered 4 business incubation desks at the Hereford Business Solutions Centre for a business management/administrative function Free of Charge on a temporary arrangement.
  • Commercial Property Register – the Economic Development Team can undertake property searches for businesses looking for alternative premises. https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/329/commercial_premises

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE

Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth

BUSINESS RESILIENCE

OTHER SUPPORT

Support for properties and businesses affected by flooding

Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial 01432 260000. If you are in danger, always call 999.

Council tax relief and Business rate relief is available for properties affected by the recent floods

For more information or to apply, please visit the Herefordshire Council website: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods

Community Flood Recovery Grant for residential properties

The grant is for £500 and paid direct to the household.

Households are eligible where flood water has entered the habitable areas of the property, or the residence is considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding.

The grant does not apply to empty homes, second homes or student accommodation.

Business Flood Recovery Grant for business premises

The grant is up to £2,500 per small / medium sized business affected, as a grant paid direct to the business.

Businesses are eligible where the business is directly impacted or has directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.