Latest Business Support From East Riding Of Yorkshire Council - 08/02/21

Latest Business Support From East Riding Of Yorkshire Council - 08/02/21

East Riding Of Yorkshire Council are pleased to provide our latest Covid-19 business support update.

Don’t forget that businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: business.support@eastriding.gov.uk and they will respond as quickly as possible.

Workplace testing – Lateral Flow Test
In January 2021, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the national testing programme would be expanded to include asymptomatic testing on workers who cannot work from home during the national lockdown.
Private organisations now have access to two channels of testing; targeted community testing provided by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and institutional testing, where organisations will be able to set up in-house testing facilities.
Targeted community testing is coordinated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council Public Health and provides access to asymptomatic Lateral Flow Test (LFT) for critical workers who cannot work from home during the national lockdown.
Organisations that can access community testing in the East Riding include:
- Small or local public sector organisations, if prioritised by the local authority
- Charities and voluntary groups, if prioritised by the local authority
- Small or local private sector businesses providing key public services and unable to access institutional testing; this could include waste management, public transport, taxi firms, power and water companies etc.
- Education or childcare settings not covered by existing schools testing such as private nurseries, children homes, childminders etc.
- Medium sized local businesses (generally businesses between 50 and 250 staff) unable to practically access institutional testing
- Small or local businesses (generally less than 50 staff), sole traders or self-employed
If your organisation meets the above criteria, to express an interest for the community testing, please contact the council’s public health team by emailing covid19@eastriding.gov.uk Organisations will need to provide details of the number of staff in the organisation and confirm they do not have access to LFT already and that employees are critical workers. If the criteria is met, employees will then be able to access the test twice a week and at the minimal level weekly.
The UK Government is offering Institutional Testing, which involves having asymptomatic testing on-site in the workplace. Businesses can find out further information and register an interest: https://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant
If you’re an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. You no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Added a new version of ‘Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ with updated information on face-to-face training and when to consider a break in an apprenticeship: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response

Webinars
Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

Useful Links
You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council: https://covid19.eastriding.gov.uk/
HM Government Business Support: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Other Business Updates
Learn the Secrets of Successful Bidding
The Supply Chain Network will be hosting ‘Learn the Secrets of Successful Bidding’ designed to help SMEs improve their chances of success in bidding for new work and retention of current contracts. The next sessions will take place on 23 & 24 February: http://eventpilot.evolutive.co.uk/eventDetails.aspx?siteId=47&eventNo=436960