Business update for Southend Businesses
Business Grants - don’t miss out
The deadline for applications for phase 2 of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been extended. Applications are being accepted from businesses, including taxi drivers and those from the creative and cultural sector, that have not received help support previously. You do not have to pay business rates to be eligible for ARG but you will have suffered losses due to the impacts of COVID-19. More information and the application form for this grant can be found here. Applications for this grant stream are open until 25 June 2021, so make sure you apply before then if you think your business fits the criteria.
Protecting businesses from eviction
Businesses that have had to remain closed during the pandemic and are unable to pay rent on their commercial property will continue to be protected from eviction, giving them the breathing space they need and helping to protect jobs. The moratorium on commercial evictions commercial evictions has been extended to March 2022.
More information & staying up to date
Information and guidance on COVID-19 changes regularly and it can be difficult to keep up – there are four excellent ways of staying on top of the latest announcements and getting new information about doing business in Southend.
The council’s COVID-19 advice pages for businesses are regularly updated with new advice and guidance from central government.
You can also check out the latest announcements from central government including the latest advice about reopening.
To receive a monthly newsletter with useful information including support available for businesses throughout COVID-19 recovery and beyond, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be included on the Southend Business Partnership newsletter.
A number of "Community Connectors" are currently helping pass on or signpost people to facts and support about the pandemic. Could this be you? Southend on Sea Borough Council, SAVS and partner organisations are reaching out to those who already share information in their community and could help this way. If you could help, please see this page for more info.