Latest News & Updates from Nottingham BID

The government has outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools to reopen from Saturday 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities to reopen from Saturday 25 July, ensuring millions of people can get back into more sport and fitness activities.

Further guidance on grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities reopening can be found here.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, also outlined that beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close-contact services can also reopen from Monday 13th July.

Existing guidance on close contact services will be updated here

Finally, the Culture Secretary highlighted that performing arts can now take place outdoors from Saturday 11 July with a socially distanced audience present. The government will also work with the sector to pilot a number of small indoor performances with a social distanced audience to help inform plans about how best to get indoor venues back up and running.

Further guidance on performing arts reopening can be found here.

Full details of the statement can be found here.

Free advice to small firms
The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery. 

The platform is now live: click here 

Advice offered will include bespoke, specialist assistance from accountancy, legal, and advertising to marketing, recruitment and digital to help businesses adapt to difficult circumstances and to bounce back as the UK economy recovers.

Further details on the announcement and how it works can be found here.

Enjoy Summer Safely resources
To help promote the government's Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, which aims to inspire the public to begin to get back to the things they have missed whilst following COVID-19 safety guidelines; resources have been published for you to download and share.  

On Wednesday the Chancellor delivered his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, which outlined a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs.

As the UK enters the second phase in its recovery, the Chancellor’s plan is designed to support jobs by focusing on skills and young people, create jobs with investment in shovel-ready projects and greening our infrastructure, and protect jobs through a VAT cut for the hospitality sector and a landmark Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme for diners.

Key points:

  • Job Retention Bonus: To help firms keep on furloughed workers, UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.
     
  • Kick Start Scheme: A new £2 billion scheme will also be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.
     
  • Employment and support schemes: A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships to help people looking for a job. 
     
  • Creating jobs: The plan will also create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects. In addition, £5.8 billion will be spent on shovel-ready construction projects to get Britain building.
     
  • VAT: The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. 
     
  • Stamp Duty: A temporary increase to the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT (Stamp Duty) from £125,000 to £500,000 has been introduced until 31 March 2021. 
     
  • Eat Out to Help Out: To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants the Government’s new discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020. 

    The scheme starts on Monday August 3 and runs until Monday August 31. Companies can start to register on the Government's website from this coming Monday, July 13. 

    Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme here
     
    Restaurants taking part will be able to claim the discount back and will be reimbursed by the Government within five working days.

Full details of the announcement can be found here

Mobile Platform for Leisure Industry 
As part of Nottingham BID's commitment to supporting city centre businesses reopen and trade safely after the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, we are excited to be launching a brand new mobile ordering system from Yoello, which enables customers to order and pay for food and drinks direct from their table.

By simply scanning a unique QR code to your venue, customers can access menus, unlock promotions, make an order and pay. There is no need to download an app, as this can be done on any smartphone via any internet browser.  You will then receive their order to your phone or tablet via an app, or on a specially provided device (additional charges will apply for the device).

The Yoello system also has a built-in Track and Trace system, which means that if anyone who visited your venue is later diagnosed with COVID-19, you will have a full list of people who were in the venue at the same time, making it easier for you to contact those who may be affected.  

Nottingham BID are providing this benefit free of charge for 6 months. Should you wish to continue using the product after this time, it will cost £175.50+ VAT for an additional 6 months. Should you wish to purchase one of the order terminal devices, this would be an additional cost, approximately £199-£250+ VAT, depending on how you wish to pay for the device.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to complete the registration form. More details can be found on our website here.

COVID-19 Secure Posters
The Government has published a new COVID-19 secure poster for display in workplaces in England which covers the change in the 2m rule The poster can be download here.

A range of measures have already been put in place around the city centre to enable people to move around public places safely and to support retailers with safe trading. This includes a joint campaign with Nottingham City Council to provide signage on pavements and outside shops to ask people to maintain social distancing, as well as encouraging people to keep left on pavements and pedestrianised areas. Banners and posters are also in place to welcome people back to the city centre.

Window Vinyls
Created in partnership with Nottingham City Council, we are still offering free window vinyls to businesses to remind people to maintain social distancing, as well as encouraging people to keep left.

These bright signs encourage social distancing and tie in with the city dressings that can be found across Nottingham city centre.

If you would like to receive a free window vinyl, please complete the form here

Business Re-Opening Packs
We are still offering businesses in the Nottingham BID area free business reopening packs of social distancing floor stickers, cashier desk strut cards, government guidance posters and anti-bacterial hand gel.

If you would like a pack please fill in the form and one of our Street Ambassadors will deliver the pack to your business. (Please note: Stock is limited, therefore please bear this in mind when requesting quantities.)

Nottingham Tourist Information Centre
We are thrilled to see Nottingham Tourist Information Centre (TIC) on Smithy Row is open once again to welcome visitors to our great city.

TIC is giving businesses the opportunity to display marketing material within the TIC for free. To arrange this, please contact the TIC direct on 08444 77 5678.

Digital map
We are continuing to update the handy digital map that we have created to highlight to the public which businesses are open and what services are available to help support Nottingham's city centre businesses and this is promoted through our consumer facing channel, It's in Nottingham.

The map is updated on a daily basis so if you would like us to add your business to the map then please email here.

Good to Go Assurance Mark for the Hospitality /Tourism Industry
VisitEngland in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales has launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening.
 
The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.
 
The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the industry. The application is quick and easy and once approved, business will be able to download and print off the We're Good to Go certificate to display to the general public.

HR, Employment Law, Training and Guidance

We are continuing to offer businesses within the BID zone, the opportunity to sign up to a free HR and employment law guidance session with solicitor and employment law specialist - Richard Stace. 

The session will cover a range of currently relevant topics around changes to the furlough scheme, varying contracts (flexible hours, furloughing), homeworking, managing redundancies and managing absence. There will also be the opportunity for you to ask any questions.

If you are interested in attending a Zoom session please email us here and we will organise for another guidance session to take place.

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) 
Throughout lockdown we have been providing members with Employee Assistance Programmes, which offer employees in the leisure, retail and hospitality sectors comprehensive care packages, services and benefits.

We are providing the schemes for free to our members, to enable them to support their employees. Many businesses have already signed up to the complimentary EAP and we still have some availability if any other members would like to take advantage of the opportunity. To find out more or to sign up, click here.

An overview of what Nottingham BID has put into place throughout the panademic, as well as plans and activities to support the safe and sustainable reopening of Nottingham city centre can be found here.

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