The UK is currently in lockdown. We have set out below information and links to the support that is available during this time.
The Council has now paid grants for a six week period - from 5 Jan - based on Government guidance that the lockdown would be reviewed mid-February.
We are now at the end of the six week period and have not yet received any information on future payments.
We will update this page and the guidance fro businesses as soon as we can. .
Support Grants for Businesses
The Government recently announced a series of new funding schemes for businesses which have been forced to close or are severely affected by COVID restrictions.
The Local Restrictions Support Grant, is specifically aimed at businesses who are legally required to close as part of the second national lockdown or local COVID restrictions and is now open for applications.
The Additional Restrictions Support Grant is a second funding scheme that will allow the Council to help those businesses who have been severely affected by COVID restrictions but are not legally required to close. Applications for the scheme are now open.
Find out more about the status of Council services, including any limitations or restrictions that may be in place from our Service Status page
Across the Borough local businesses have been doing everything they can to survive during the COVID 19 crisis, they are adapting their services to make sure that both their employees and customers stay safe and enjoy their shopping experience. this directory will help you find out which of your local businesses are open and how they are meeting new safety requirements.
Please use these links for specific guidance about your business and the coronavirus outbreak:
- Coronavirus - Business advice
- Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce - Coronavirus toolkit
- Business Recovery information
- Keeping workers and clients safe during COVID-19 in close contact services
Small Business Rate Relief
The Council will shortly be issuing revised Business Rates bills for any businesses that are affected by the recent changes to Small Business Rate Relief scheme.
You do not need to do anything regarding these changes - all qualifying businesses will be re-billed as soon as possible. If you have any queries regarding your revised bill once you have received it, please complete our online enquiry form.
Help and support if you are at risk of redundancy - Your Business
The Redundancy and Recruitment Service – co-ordinated and quick-response job-matching service.
Coronavirus is the economic crisis no business could have seen coming. Having to lose much-valued staff can be heart-breaking, and you’ll want to give them the best support you can to support their transition into new work and careers.
The co-ordinated and quick response Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service is offered free of charge to all Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire businesses who need to restructure, and to individuals at risk of or have been made redundant.
Delivered by the National Careers Service, the new service offers professional, bespoke support free of charge to your business.
The following bespoke support is available to get your people into work as quickly as possible:
- A bespoke plan to help you access the support they need
- Support and advice to explore the current jobs market, including those jobs in high-demand sectors
- Understand people’s skills and qualities, with particular attention to their transferable skills and how they match to new roles
- Guidance and one-to –one support to individuals to develop effected and tailored CVs to the role they want
- Preparation and practice for interviews
- Guidance about how to find and apply for jobs in a digital world – including using LinkedIN and social media
The service is entirely confidential and supported by qualified careers advisors.
If you are a business looking to support your staff transition into new work, contact the National Careers Service on 07879 603635 or find out more here.
For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy.
Help and support if you are at risk of redundancy
The Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service - help to get back into work – fast
If you’re at risk of, or have been made redundant as a result of Covid-19, you may not know that many businesses are recruiting right now because of a huge uptake in business through the pandemic.
Now a new co-ordinated and quick-response and free service is ready and waiting to get back into work as quickly as possible.
Run by the National Careers Service on behalf of the local enterprise partnership, the Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service can help you make decisions for your future and get where you want to be with tailored support and advice to your needs.
Qualified careers advisors are on hand to help you identify your transferable skills and qualities, and find and apply for work that’s right for you. The service can also lead the way in tailoring your CV and preparing you for interviews - all to give you the best chance of success. It’s a whole package of support built around you needs, including:
- Support to explore and decide what you want to do next – either learning, training or work.
- Help to pin down your transferable skills and qualities and see how that matches to new jobs
- Help to explore the current jobs market, including identifying those jobs in high-demand sectors that match your skills and experience
- Help to write effective and tailored CVs to suit the job you want
- Help to prepare and practice for interviews
- Help to find and apply for jobs in a digital world – including using LinkedIN and social media
It’s an entirely free and confidential service delivered by qualified careers advisors from the National Careers Service.
If you’re at risk, or have been made redundant, contact the Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service today to get back into work now on 0121 296 5550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Do you want to set-up your own business?
If you’ve got a great business idea and the impact of Covid-19 has just given you the push you need to start thinking about working for yourself, now’s the time.
Many businesses are booming and with the right support your new business could too. The new Start-Up Programme, which is delivered by the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, is an online programme of mentoring, workshops and support to not only learn the basics you need, but also know how to identify and prepare for any future economic shocks – like Covid-19.
Find out more now and apply now – places limited.
Coronavirus Community Support
We have a caring community in the Borough and as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) causes more people to stay at home, people naturally want to help and support others.
Local voluntary and community groups are there to help people in need, already supporting older members of the community through groups and activities. With the need to self-isolate and because many of these groups and activities rely on very active volunteers who are over 70, many activities are being suspended. However, organisations and groups are working to continue to support residents at home, for example through telephone befriending, delivering meals and delivering shopping.
You too can help by registering yourself to offer community support .
Coronavirus: How to help safely
Help your neighbours
People who are self-isolating are most likely to need help at a local level and being a good neighbour can help meet these needs. Some of us may know our neighbours and will already be supporting them.
Those of us who don’t know our neighbours can offer support by filling in a viral kindness card and dropping it through a neighbour’s letterbox. These are the cards that have been shared on social media. Leave your details and offer help with doing some shopping, posting letters, picking up urgent supplies or simply making a friendly phone call.
Last updated 17 February 2021