Due to the ongoing pandemic the paper copy of the CCN is not being delivered this month. We do however have an electronic version that you can download from the website:
BUSINESS SUPPORT AND
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.
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.
(Covid-19) : UK government response
business interruption loan scheme – https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/supporting-business-loans-enterprise-finance-guarantee/
will be able to access government support from today (Monday 23 March) to keep
operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by
- For individual businesses, the first port of call for advice and support is gov.uk. However, government is also scaling up its Business Support Helpline so businesses in England, of all sizes, can pick up the phone and speak directly to an advisor. The number to call is: 0300 456 3565
- NEW: Cultural Sector Emergency Funding Package announced by the Arts Council – offers individuals and organisation working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis- totalling £160m – click link to find out more: live on our website,
- NEW: Companies House -Filing of accounts businesses will be able to apply for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-more-time-to-file-your-companys-accounts
- NEW: Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction. Further details are now available
- NEW: Department for International Trade (DIT) support for UK businesses trading internationally. Please click on link to find latest advice for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 has been updated.
- NEW: Employers do not have to report gender pay gapsEnforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines are suspended for this reporting year (2019/20) due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
- NEW: How to place a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit on the market Forms and guidance on what manufacturers need to do to place test kits on the market.
- HMRC have
launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due
to coronavirus (COVID-19). Find all the information here.
The number is 0800 0159 559.
- Companies House
has produced guidance if coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and
you need more time to file your accounts. Find all the information here.
rate relief – The Government has announced that it is temporarily
increasing the business rates relief discount in England to 100% for 2020-2021
for properties below £51,000 rateable value.
As soon as the details have been passed through parliament any changes
will be applied and you will be notified accordingly. https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/358/how_your_business_rates_bill_is_calculated
Grants – there are still Business Grants available and we have listed some
of those grants below but there are other funded schemes and programmes
available – just ask your local Growth Hub.
- Business Growth Programme – https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/directory/v/-318
- Marches Building Investment Grant – https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/directory/v/-207
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE
Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth
Emergency Planning Team Herefordshire Council (Business
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have cancelled all public worship until further notice. This means that all regular services are cancelled. However, St Mary’s Church here in Credenhill will remain open for private prayer and there are prayer leaflets available to take away.
We have also set up a confidential telephone support system, operated by volunteers from the church, for anyone in the parish who needs someone to talk about any issues they are going through.
Please ring Rana on 01432 760443 to access this. The church continues to pray for all who are affected by coronavirus COVID19 in any way.
The Mothers Day Service will be contucted online via a live video to the Magnis Group Facebook Page
Please see below message from Herefordshire Council:
Herefordshire Council want to continue to provide support to the community who have been affected by the local flooding and have been coordinating volunteers to provide free advice & guidance to residents regarding available grants, help & guidance around emergency clean-up, lifting of damaged furniture to kerbside in readiness for collection.
Over the last week we have deployed support to the following areas Leominster, Holme Lacy, Ross-on-Wye, Holmer Road, Hinton Road, Greyfriars, Pontrilas & Ewyas Harold, Bodenham, Bromyard, Whitchurch, Hampton Bishop, Mordiford and Wellington.
If there are other residents or businesses in your local area that require support, we ask that you email our team via this e-mail address (email@example.com) providing their name, address, contact number and the support required – we will then work to co-ordinate the support over the coming week.
This will be continually reassessed based on the changing weather conditions and based on intelligence received.
There is also alot of information on Herefordshire Councils website in relation to those affected by flooding:
B4399 Holme Lacy Causeway, Holme Lacy, Herefordshire – Emergency Works
Monday, 11 November 2019 to (and including) Friday, 22 November 2019
The recent flooding has further eroded the carriageway along the Causeway, just out of Holme Lacy village and therefore we need to undertake emergency works.
These emergency works will start next Monday, 11 November 2019 for a period of two weeks ending Friday, 22 November 2019.
- Starting on Monday, 11 November, there will be a road closure in place each day between 09.30 hours and 15.30 hours, Monday to Friday.
- Outside of the above hours, two-way traffic lights will be in operation.
- Over the weekend of 16/17 November 2019, two-way traffic lights will be in operation.
The programme of works will include haunching, installing rock armor and new fencing and then resurfacing is scheduled from Wednesday, 20 November to (and including) Friday, 22 November … weather permitting J
A copy of the diversion route is attached.
U81100 – Huntington Lane, Hereford
Monday, 11 November 2019 to (and including) Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Road closed between 09.00 hours and 15.30 hours each day
Replace wooden posts and rails attached to bridge parapet
C1122 – Laystone Bridge, Marden (C1122 from C1120 to Wellington Crossing)
Monday, 25 November 2019 to (and including) Friday, 20 December 2019
Full road closure from 08.00 hours on Monday, 25 November and will not re-open until Friday, 20 December at 17.00 hours
Please note that traffic lights are in operation up until Monday, 25 November 2019
Parapet wall repair
Thank you to Jeremy Daw for writing the below article and for the work he has done in restoring Credenhill Milepost in his own time.
The Law is changing for people who abstract water. Can you help us let people know? Previously exempt water users may now have to apply for a licence.
The new rules will better protect the environment by helping to balance the needs of water users, whilst also protecting water supplies and the plants and animals that rely on them.
Please find attached a newsletter providing the latest update on new rules on water use and abstraction licensing, for your information. As mentioned in the newsletter we now have an online information page about this, which we will keep updated on a regular basis. The link to this page is https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/removing-previously-exempt-abstraction-activities/