The hospitality, tourism and retail sector, so hard hit by restrictions during the pandemic, has been given a double boost in Suffolk with the announcement of more financial help from both East Suffolk Council and the Chancellor’s Budget. East Suffolk Council has launched a new £2 million Hospitality Payment scheme which will see a one-off grant of £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of … Continue reading More Financial Support for East Suffolk Businesses Announced
In these uncertain times mid pandemic and post Brexit you would be forgiven for thinking we are short on good news – especially in the area of trade. Love it or loath it, with the demise of local manufacturers and now the decimation of the retail industry, job security in our region relies to a great extent on the prosperity of our ports – and … Continue reading Felixstowe & Harwich Bid for FreePort Status – What Does It All Mean?
Subsequent to the Chancellor’s announcement at the start of this latest lockdown, a new one-off grant is now available to businesses that have been asked to close in line with the new national restrictions which came into place on 5 January 2021. East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the Government with one-off top ups of £4,000 … Continue reading More Council Grants Available For Covid Impacted Businesses
East Suffolk Council is now open for applications from small business owners to the Additional Restrictions Grant and the Local Restrictions Support Grant to support local businesses, with funding provided by the Government in a response to the latest nationwide restrictions. The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) is for businesses forced to close during the latest lockdown. The Additional Restrictions Grant is extra funding made … Continue reading More Small Business Funding Now Available From East Suffolk Council
Having introduced new tariffs in all car parks from August 2020, East Suffolk Council has suffered a back lash from businesses already reeling from covid restrictions and from customers – especially the elderly – who appreciated the car parks where the first 30 minutes were free. If you only want to pop to the shops for a couple of items you don’t really need to … Continue reading Free 30 Minute Parking Returns To Felixstowe
Throughout the pandemic the East of England has been a relatively safe place to live. Although there have been pockets of infection – on the whole numbers have been low, and this continues to be the case According to the latest figures in the week to September 18th, Suffolk reported 40 cases compared to 77 in the previous week. This meant the infection rate for … Continue reading Falling Covid Numbers Means Suffolk Bucks The Trend – But Pubs & Restaurants Must Still Close by 10pm from Thursday
Following on from the re-opening of the View Point Cafe and Kiosk, Yeo Group have announced the re-opening of The Alex Café Bar, on Tuesday 1st September. After a major refurbishment behind the bar, Dom, Preston and their crew have been hard at work sprucing and scrubbing, and will be opening the doors to welcome back customers from (initially) 9am till 9pm every day. The … Continue reading Popular Seafront Cafe Bar Set To Re Open
Do you run a small business? Did you struggle to get funding in the first round of council business grants? Maybe you are a newish business or were not on the rates list. Maybe you did not qualify against the government’s original criteria. If this is the case – you may still be able to apply for the ESC’s Discretionary Business Grant Scheme – but … Continue reading Last Chance For Small Businesses To Apply For Council Grants Scheme
Editors Saturday Comment So on top of a substantial award of three quarters of a million pounds in Government funding to invest in capital projects in Lowestoft including regenerating the South Beach area, plans to build a £70 million third bridge, and funding previously awarded to regenerate the High Street, East Suffolk Council is now celebrating an incredible award of over £43 million by the … Continue reading Lowestoft Awarded £43 Million – But Will It Make Any Difference?
When the shared space in Hamilton Rd was first muted there were understandable fears for pedestrian safety – and many argued that it should be shut to vehicles during certain hours of the day. Well one of the consequences of covid-19 is that this is exactly what has now happened. From Saturday 4th July and for the next month at least, for most of the … Continue reading Easing of Lockdown Opens more Felixstowe Businesses – But Brings Changes to High Street