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
Are you struggling with heating bills this winter – or do you know someone who is? Are you, a friend or a neighbour suffering isolation or is the pandemic having a major impact on your or their mental health? As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to have a profound impact on all our lives, we perhaps have a greater empathy than ever before of what it … Continue reading Help Available Now Through Suffolk Community Foundation Winter Appeal
So the roll out is finally happening. Whatever you may think of the speed with which these vaccinations have been developed and approved – or concerns about older people being guinea pigs – nevertheless with the new strain cutting swathes through the population and lockdowns having very little effect, it is probably the only way to try and halt the spread of this most virulent … Continue reading Vaccination Centres for Felixstowe Peninsula Revealed
So on one minute past midnight the UK came out of a second lockdown – but most of the country – including Suffolk – moved into a worse situation than before. Along with 90% of the country we moved into a higher tier than before lockdown – Tier 2. SO WHAT CAN WE DO NOW? The main rule is still wash your hands, wear a … Continue reading East Suffolk In Tier 2 – What Are The New Rules?
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
So – what we were told would definatly not happen two weeks ago has now happened – we are plunged into a second national lockdown. But whatever your views of the rights and wrongs – this second one will be very different to the first. For a start – we are not heading into the unknown – we know we can make it through because … Continue reading Key Services To Continue As Second Lockdown Begins
Are you a voluntary or social enterprise organisation on the front line of supporting your community? Do you need more funding to keep your work going – or to restart after the effects of covid on your staffing or role in the community? Or have you got a brilliant idea that you would you like to start up to support your community in these difficult … Continue reading East Suffolk Council Releases More Funding For Community Groups
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
On Tuesday night at 10.30pm the government basically ‘bowled a googly’, to use a cricket expression. They announced that from Monday 14th Sept no groups of more than six were allowed to meet anywhere indoors or outdoors at any time – but there would be limited exceptions – and that was that – no detail of any kind and leaving everyone who runs venues, clubs, … Continue reading The ‘Rule Of Six’ – What Does It Mean For You?
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