Category: Buisness

Winter Economy Plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new package of measures to support businesses with the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It included: A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November which will run for six monthsThe Self-employment Income Support Scheme will be extended until 30 April 2021.The temporary 15% […]

Yodel workers at depots in London and the South East vote by a landslide to reject pay increase offer and could take strike action in a further ballot.

   YODEL staff working from depots in Hatfield, Hayes, Waltham Cross, Basildon & Borehamwood could decide to take strike action along with other staff in Yodel depots across the country over the offer of a disappointing pay rise.   The company has put forward a two-year deal starting from July 2020 to […]

Green Homes Grant

From next month, the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant will part fund low carbon home improvements for over 600,000 homes however, only registered installers can carry out the work. To take part, all tradespeople must register with TrustMark – the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme giving homeowners reassurance that businesses […]

Culture Recovery Fund

For the latest funding streams available under the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund visit here It includes the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants scheme administered by the Arts Council England. You can apply for this fund if you are a cultural organisation who is at imminent risk of failure. Round two […]

Maria Caulfield MP supports steps to bring key industries closer to trade negotiations

•             Department for International Trade (DIT) steps up engagement with British industry and farmers as UK trade negotiations intensify •             Eleven new trade advisory groups, covering a range of key sectors, established to provide knowledge and experience •             Insight and expertise of top business people being used to inform UK […]

Climate emergency: Sustainable Business Partnership and 3VA to lead Community Forum

Lewes District Council has appointed the Sustainable Business Partnership Community Interest Company (CIC) and 3VA to lead the Lewes District Council Climate Forum. Designed to enable district-wide ownership of the climate emergency, it is hoped the forum will help focus climate and sustainability issues in the district and provide support […]

Florist scoops £2,500 to grow budding new business

An entrepreneurial florist has won £2,500 towards her new business start-up in the first ever ‘virtual’ final of the Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) annual award.   Clare Smith beat the other finalists who all had to present their business plans to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den-style competition, which was held online this year due […]

Maria Caulfield MP urges Seaford residents to join Seaford Football Club local discount scheme

Maria Caulfield MP is urging residents in Seaford to support their local football club and local businesses by joining the new local community discount card scheme. The Seaford MP joined Seaford Town FC to launch the Community Card and handed out awards to players, alongside Seaford Town Mayor, Cllr Rodney […]


•       35% of female workers experienced at least one sexist workplace demand since lockdown started •       60% of female workers didn’t report inappropriate requests to HR •       25% of female workers targeted with these comments have upped their beauty regime,  fearing a negative impact on their career Female workers have received sexist demands from […]

Free support for businesses on the high street

Save the High Street is offering free personalised COVID-19 recovery and resilience health-checks for local businesses. After completing an online survey you’ll receive: A Health-Check report and scores, highlighting risks and opportunities across your business. 6 top recommendations selected for you, each with step-by-step guides and other content. A telephone […]

Getting Eastbourne Covid-Ready for Business

Eastbourne’s brand new ‘Covid-Ready’ quality assurance scheme is designed to provide all the latest guidance and support for your businesses as you reopen following the coronavirus outbreak, while also reassuring customers, that their visit will meet the highest safety standards. Free to Join The scheme is free to join and covers multiple industry sectors including accommodation, restaurants, […]

Updated Covid-19 posters for premises

The selection of posters that have been made available for business owners to display on their premises, including guidance on delivery and collection services, reminders for social distancing and closed due to Covid-19 messages have been udpated. To access and download the posters visit here

Amazon’s free online business programme

Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one. The online learning is tailored to your experience level, with a comprehensive curriculum covering website building, selling online, social media, marketing, managing cashflow, selling on […]

#OpenForBusiness campaign

Many retailers across the country will be reopening, and the Government is keen to help welcome back shoppers and celebrate the hard work businesses and retail workers are putting in to ensure their workplaces are COVID-19 secure. As such, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is encouraging […]

Lewes Constituency benefits from unprecedented measures announced by Chancellor

The Lewes constituency has received unprecedented economic support to protect jobs and businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak. 9,500 jobs have been protected through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, with Government grants covering 80 per cent of people’s wages, up to £2,500 a month. 4,300 self-employed people in the Lewes constituency […]

Salesforce small grants scheme

Salesforce has partnered with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. To be eligible to apply you must: Have not received any other cash grant during 2020 in relation to COVID-19 from any Government Be registered […]

Furlough scheme extended

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 a month. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being […]


The government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is still failing to protect businesses from across the logistics sector from financial calamity, claims leading business organisation FTA ( Freight Transport association), thanks to the failure of those implementing the scheme to speed decision-making and process applications in good time.  And, […]

Covid-19 posters for your customers

A selection of posters have been made available for business owners to display on their premises, including guidance on delivery and collection services, reminders for social distancing and closed due to Covid-19 messages. To access and download the posters visit here: Emergency funding for artists and creative freelancers The £1.5m […]

Boost the skills of your staff

The Department for Education has launched The Skills Toolkit, a free online learning platform. Course topics and content purposely cover the skills which are highly valued by employers and sought after in a wide range of jobs, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively […]

Are you hiring?

National Careers is touring a Virtual Jobs Fair across England and will be covering the South East on Tuesday 5 May at 11am for one hour. If you are hiring, you can take part by posting your vacancy on Facebook and Twitter along with the hashtag #JobsHour.