More Financial Support for East Suffolk Businesses Announced

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

More Council Grants Available For Covid Impacted Businesses

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

The ‘Rule Of Six’ – What Does It Mean For You?

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?

Last Chance For Small Businesses To Apply For Council Grants Scheme

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

Lowestoft Awarded £43 Million – But Will It Make Any Difference?

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?

Easing of Lockdown Opens more Felixstowe Businesses – But Brings Changes to High Street

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

Felixstowe High Street Re Opening – New Measures Proposed

From today the Government has announced that non essential retail stores can re open as long as social distancing and other safety measures are in place. This mean that a number of shops in Felixstowe that have been closed since the beginning of lockdown are planning to re open this week including Peacocks, Russell Smiths, Coes, Clarkes and Poor Richards Books.   But due to … Continue reading Felixstowe High Street Re Opening – New Measures Proposed

Apply Now! – New Funding Available for Small Businesses

Are you a business owner? Are you struggling because you didn’t fulfil the criteria for the first round of grant funding from East Suffolk Council ? Maybe you didn’t fall in the category of Retail, Hospitality or Leisure. Maybe you don’t have a fixed premises – like a market trader or mobile van. Maybe you are letting a space in a larger building . Or … Continue reading Apply Now! – New Funding Available for Small Businesses

New Raft of Businesses Allowed To Open in June – Details Announced

In case you missed it during all the controversy and general hoo hahh over Dominic Cummings ill advised trip ‘up North’, there is now a whole new list of business that we will be allowed access to during the month of June after the most unprecedented curtailing of our freedom of movement and lifestyle for generations. But if you’re missing the whole shopping experience of … Continue reading New Raft of Businesses Allowed To Open in June – Details Announced

Details of How To Claim HMRC Self Employed Support Released

Although the self employed were told they may have to wait until June before they received any financial help, from yesterday (Monday 4th May), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) started contacting customers who may be eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Those who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a … Continue reading Details of How To Claim HMRC Self Employed Support Released