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Coronavirus information for businesses

Additional Restrictions Grant

Under the Additional Restrictions Grant, the council received a one off lump sum payment amounting to £20 per head of population as national restrictions were imposed on 5 November.

The Council was required to write a policy to allocate those funds during the period from 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2022. Local authorities can use this funding for any business support activities. The government envisage this will primarily take the form of discretionary grants, but the council may also use this funding for wider business support activities; on its own or with other partner organisations, such as other Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Further details on the Additional Restriction Grant schemes can be found here:

Please be aware that we are anticipating exceptionally high levels of service demand at the moment and we aim to provide you with an outcome of your application as soon as we can.

Staffordshire Means Back to Business Support Scheme

The government announced additional support for business in the spring Budget, including extending the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (furlough) until September. Business can also sign up to receive essential support through a free 12-month membership package with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Now Staffordshire businesses and employees can get a further boost through the £5m Staffordshire Means Back to Business Support Scheme - an enhanced package of funding to help in the way that matters most.

Find out more and how to apply here.

Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service

The Redundancy and Recruitment Service – co-ordinated and quick-response job-matching service. Are your staff at risk of redundancy because of Covid-19?

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 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.

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