Coronavirus: Business Support

As you are all aware the ground is moving rapidly in respect to Covid-19 and the implications this will have for your business and the wider town centre and community. We wish to reassure our members that BID Leamington is here to support you. In the coming weeks, assessing and responding to this will be our primary concern and we welcome your feedback and support. This will also be the focus of the BID Board of Directors who will re-focus as a dedicated working group.

In the short term, we know that accessing financial support is an immediate priority. Please note that we are actively engaging with the Local Authority (Warwick District Council) and can advise that grant funding is being actively processed. Eligibility and registration details can be found here. We are also in contact with our MP and through The BID Foundation have direct contact with the UK Government, so we are also looking for your feedback to ensure the right kind of additional support is made available going forwards.

Key questions for us at this time are:

1. How this is impacting you, your business, staff and /or sector? e.g. trade, footfall, morale
2. What are the specific challenges you are facing at this time?
3. What support do you need?

Reflecting these questions and recent changes to trading (Sept 22nd), we would be grateful if you can complete this short 10 question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SSW8FRC

The Warwickshire County Council Business Support Survey is also here: Warwickshire Retailer Business Support Survey

Please do contact us directly to discuss your situation and plans as we are working on a range of ideas and we know that individual circumstances vary. You can email us on info@bidleamington.com or phone 01926 470634. The more you can tell us, the more we can do to focus our resources and help.

Please see the ‘News’ and ‘Blog’ posts below for the latest updates and information. 

Covid-19 Business Support Updates

GOV.UK Kickstart Scheme Details: 9th September

GOV.UK Kickstart Scheme Details: 9th September

GOV.UK Kickstart Scheme Details: 9th SeptemberKickstart Scheme - Are You Interested?  A number of businesses have been in touch to find out how we may be able to support the ‘Kickstart’ scheme recently announced by the government. Details can be found here.  The aim...

BID Update – Support, Resources & Projects: 4th September

BID Update – Support, Resources & Projects: 4th September

BID Update - Support, Resources & Projects: 4th September Hi everyone, We hope you are well. Please read on to find out about a NEW Grant funding opportunity! for small retail and leisure businesses. Please note this is different to the LEP Growth Hub one we...

Business Support, Well-being & Grants: 21st August

Business Support, Well-being & Grants: 21st August

Business Support, Well-being & Grants: 21st AugustHi everyone, We hope you are well and navigating the ups and downs over the last week OK. We understand there are mixed feelings and that our members are looking for different forms of support. For those who...

Our Annual Report, Invoicing & The Path Forwards

Our Annual Report, Invoicing & The Path Forwards

Our Annual Report, Invoicing & The Path ForwardsAfternoon everyone, As the BID Leamington financial year ended in June, we have naturally begun reflecting on our achievements and planning for the year ahead. This has been captured in our 2019-2020 Annual Report...

Update – HR & Hospitality, Highways, Recovery: 2nd July

Update – HR & Hospitality, Highways, Recovery: 2nd July

Update - HR & Hospitality Webinar, Highways, Forward Planning: 2nd JulyAfternoon everyone, We hope you are well and navigating the ups and downs over the last week OK. We understand there are mixed feelings, with the next group of businesses excited to begin...

HR / Employment Law Webinar + Q&A: 22nd June

HR / Employment Law Webinar + Q&A: 22nd June

HR / Employment Law Webinar + Q&A: 22nd June Hi everyone, We are aware that many of you are at different stages of opening and may be slowly bringing staff back from furlough and / or planning to use the flexible furlough scheme. Given the recent changes to the...

GOV.UK Update, Risk Information & Opening Resources: 11th June

GOV.UK Update, Risk Information & Opening Resources: 11th June

GOV.UK Update, Risk Information & Opening Resources: 11th JuneHi everyone, We are excited to be nearing the date when many businesses will gradually open and we know there is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes to prepare. Firstly, my apologies for...

PPE & Public Realm Resources, plus Survey: 6th May

PPE & Public Realm Resources, plus Survey: 6th May

PPE & Public Realm Resources plus SurveyWe hope you are all safe and well. We know that businesses are beginning to prepare for ‘life after lockdown’ in some form. We are also actively working on a town centre recovery plan with our partners, which includes...

Lets Raise The Bar

Lets Raise The Bar

Raise The BarThis post relates to the campaign to extend the £25,000 grant scheme. It is directed to our members who are in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector and whose business has a rateable value between £51,001 and £150,000, as listed by the VOA on the...

Information Update: 23rd April

Information Update: 23rd April

Information Update: 23rd AprilEach week it feels like there is so much to update you on and we are conscious of the vast amounts of information you need to digest. Based on this we have tried to keep this update brief, but please reach out if you have any specific...

Information Update: 13th April

Information Update: 13th April

Information Update: 13th AprilWe hope you have had a nice Easter. Please read on, this is a quick but important update with some key things to check. I’m Going Live with the FSB to answer your questions: When: Tuesday 14th April (tomorrow!)Time: 14:00 – 15:00Register:...

Information Update: 6 April

Information Update: 6 April

Information Update: 6 April Please find below our latest update (April 6) which is based on GOV.UK updates, questions and conversations we have had over the past week. This is quite long, so please use the summary below to jump to the sections relevant to you. Our...

BID Business Survey Results

BID Business Survey Results

BID Business Survey ResultsThe impact of Covid-19 on Leamington’s retail and leisure sector, with a particular focus on independent businesses – key findings from a business survey conducted between 04 April and 08 April 2020.   Summary and key issues Similar to...

Good News on Grants! Plus Additional Info

Good News on Grants! Plus Additional Info

Good news on Grants! Late this afternoon we received notification from Warwick District Council that they have begun the process of distributing grant funds, which is sooner than expected. Some businesses may also have received notification directly. We are advised...

WDC Registration Opens for Business Grants

WDC Registration Opens for Business Grants

Please be advised that Warwick District Council (WDC) have now posted a link online for businesses who are eligible for the government £10,000 and £25,000 grants to register their details here: ...

Focused Business Support

Focused Business Support

Focused Business SupportBID Leamington is focusing all of its resources on supporting the town centre with the impact of Coronavirus in light of recent announcements about business closures. As well as highlighting latest government guidance, including measures to...

Information Update: 23 March

Information Update: 23 March

You will be aware the government has recently announced (March 23) much tighter measures to limit movement and ensure safe distances between people over the coming weeks. Please read on to find more about this as well as other questions and considerations we have...

Information Update: 20 March

Information Update: 20 March

Information Update: 20 March What a week. These are certainly unusual times, but open or closed, please be reassured we are working on ways to support our town centre, its businesses and the wider community – so please read on. This note includes the latest...

Common Questions: 19 March

Common Questions: 19 March

Common Questions and Information: 19 March After speaking to a number of you, we have attempted to answer some common questions below. We will update some of the answers as the relevant information comes available. Please note, this is generic advice and we recognise...

Business Update: 18 March

Business Update: 18 March

Business Update: 18 March Like you, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and we appreciate that this will be impacting you, your business and staff in many different ways. We also understand that you have been facing a dizzying array of information,...