Businesses and self-employed people across the UK can quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic by using this Coronavirus Business Support Finder
You can find out about some of the other sources of support here:
National Kickstart Scheme to create new job placements
Businesses can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.
Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
Funding is available following a successful application process. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.
Find out more information about the Kickstart scheme
Important information - There are changes to the Kickstart Scheme
From 3 February 2021, employers can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements. The threshold of 30 job placements is being removed. You can also choose to apply through a Kickstart gateway, including those supporting sole traders.
Kickstart gateways already working with the scheme can continue to add more employers and job placements to their grant agreement.
Recognising there are over 600 gateways, from 28 January 2021 we are closing applications from new Kickstart gateways.
Reset Restart programme
Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, the Reset Restart programme aims to help people transform, future-proof or grow their business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The programme offers a range of free webinars offering practical, jargon-free training and advice on a range of topics, including product and service innovation, marketing, finance and new business models.
Find out more information about Reset. Restart
Support from SEMLEP's Growth Hub
Business owners can contact the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Growth Hub to speak to an adviser directly about the Government's business support measures. The Growth Hub is funded by the Government and can help directors to navigate the current COVID-19 financial support measures and official guidance, as well as support businesses to work through options if they are not eligible for the schemes.
Advice and support includes assisting businesses with their continuity planning and overall business resilience. The free service can be reached on email at email@example.com
More information on the support available for businesses can be found on SEMLEP's Growth Hub website
Employment and skills support
The coronavirus pandemic has regrettably impacted people and businesses and as a result, some people find themselves now seeking new employment or needing to develop their skills.
To help people navigate the multiple offers of support, guidance and training, SEMLEP has launched a local employment and skills support directory
New - Local funding to help people back into work
Supporting employability skills development locally, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership's (SEMLEP) Community Grants programme will re-open for the fifth round of applications on 15 February 2021.
The programme offers voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) grants of between £10,000 to £20,000 to deliver employability skills projects, helping vulnerable members of our community get back into work or training.
Unlike other ESF-funded programme, no match funding is required so grant can cover 100% of the project costs.
Organisations interested in applying for the programme are invited to attend an information webinar on 23 or 25 February 2021 to find out details on the programme, eligibility criteria and information on the application programme.
For more information on the programme, events, or to express your interest, visit the website or send an email.
New - Free Careers & Support Webinars from the University of Northampton
Joint the university of Northampton for a series of FREE, interactive webinars, hosted by our own professional careers and accredited business advisers. These online sessions are designed to help you access resources and support to develop your skills, start or grow a business, help find employment or consider a return to education. Taking place over 4 weeks, the webinars will provide useful tips and information to consider your career options. Find out more details and how to book on or visit.
New - Innovation Local: Profiting by Innovation South East Midlands
26th January 2021 - 28th January 2021
SEMLEP have teamed up with Innovate Local for a three-day innovation conference. The event, made up from unique sessions, is designed for entrepreneurs, businesses, support agencies, and practitioners active in, or wanted to learn about innovation in the South East Midlands. Organisations in attendance will have the opportunity to find out about opportunities to collaborate in innovation and learn about funding (including writing bids and pitching). More information on the event can be found on SEMELP's website.
New - Grants of up to £5,000 are available from Low Carbon Workspaces, to help SMEs in Northamptonshire reduce their energy bills and lower their carbon emissions
Low Carbon Workspaces is an ERDF-funded grant programme that helps SMEs identify opportunities to reduce energy usage, and provides grants of up to £5,000 to help pay for the installation of energy efficient upgrades. Upgrades must take place in commercial premises, and the types of installations which can be funded include LED lighting, solar panels, boiler upgrades, double glazing, insulation and more.
The purpose of the fund is to help local businesses reduce energy bills, cut carbon emissions and improve eco-credentials as part of the U.K goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. As the economy looks to rebuild and grow from the COVID-19 crisis, Low Carbon Workspaces can help businesses build back greener and recover in a more sustainable way.
To learn more, and find out how the grants can be offered to local businesses, please contact Jamie Growers - Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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