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Sefton Council has supported its local businesses throughout the pandemic making 23,000 grant payments, totalling £97.7 million, through local, regional and national financial support schemes. Rate paying businesses have also been helped through business rates discounts saving them £41.8 million during 2020/21, with a further £22.5 million in discounts awarded to eligible businesses for this financial year. Sefton Council has put together a snapshot of the support offered to businesses since the pandemic began: The Business Rates team has received 27,000 requests for assistance compared to around 4,000 that would usually be received annually; InvestSefton has dealt with more than 4,000 enquiries from manufacturers to cafes and all sorts of businesses in between; To date, the Council has administered 23,000 grant payments through local, regional and national financial support packages and schemes; That totals £97.7 million in payments to businesses right across the Borough – from taxi drivers to childminders to pub landlords – with the total expected to increase further as the remaining schemes and payments are administered; A...Read More >
COVID-19 support package for business announced In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Growth Platform have compiled a suite of resources and support for businesses and employers in Liverpool City Region who may be affected. https://growthplatform.org/business-covid-19-advice Advice and Guidance for small businesses and Federation of Small Businesses and the self-employed https://www.fsb.org.uk/resources-page/advice-to-small-businesses-and-fsb-members-about-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19.html The Chancellor has announced a £330 billion package of support measures to ensure the impact of COVID-19 on business is minimised. The measures are in addition to those announced in the Budget and include: UK-wide A local authority cash grant of £10,000 for businesses that are currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs. Grants of £25,000 to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000. Employers will be refunded by the Government for the cost of providing 14 days’ statutory sick pay for employees who...Read More >
The Government have announced a number of measures to support businesses during the Covid 19 crisis https://growthplatform.org/business-covid-19-advice/ As of yet we have not received information on how these grants or loans will be administrated, we are working closely Liverpool City Region Growth Platform & Sefton Council’s Business Rates team to ensure that as soon as this information becomes available we will let you know. As soon as we have more information to share we will update the InvestSefton website (www.investsefton.com), our Twitter page @InvestSefton and we will also send a mailshot to our mailing list. If you are not already a subscriber we would urge you to join our mailing list by contacting us at email@example.com or call 0151 934 3452. Sefton Growth Hub is here to support your business if you want to talk to someone do not hesitate to call us 0151 934 3452.
Following this week’s budget announcement, the Government has announced changes that may affect some Business Rate payers: Small businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief will be eligible for a grant of £3000 Businesses eligible for Retail Discount will received 100% discount for one year from 1st April 2020. Pub Relief will be increased to up to £5000 for one year from 1st April 2020 The Government has not yet provided the detail of the proposed changes to local Councils and so Sefton Council is not yet able to confirm who is eligible and when the new discounts can be applied. InvestSefton will liaise closely with Sefton Council’s Business Rates team and as soon as more information is available the Council’s website will be updated. Visit the website at www.sefton.gov.uk where news will be available when we have it. In the meantime if you need any other general business advice please contact us here at InvestSefton.
In 2019 government amended the Climate Change Act committing the UK to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 100% of 1990 levels (net zero) by 2050. In May 2019 Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram declared a ‘Climate Emergency’. Contained within the ‘Climate Emergency Declaration’ were a number of challenging milestones on the road to net zero locally including :- ‘To deliver a network of at least eight zero-carbon refuelling stations (hydrogen and electric charging) across the city region by 2025’ With both political and public attention increasingly focused upon the global climate emergency, the transition to Ultra-Low and Zero Emission Vehicles is underway and will continue to gather momentum over the coming years as the sale of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles cease in 2040. However, without a viable network of zero carbon refuelling stations the uptake of zero emission vehicles will be frustrated. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are, therefore, holding a...Read More >