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Since our last e-newsletter the first tranche of financial support from the Government for businesses has been released. In addition to these weekly e-newsletters daily updates are provided on our Members Facebook page.

If you need help or advice, please get hold of me via either by calling
07703 668928 or emailing manager@mineheadbid.co.uk 
Andrew Hopkins, 
Minehead BID Manager
The first grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses have been released, more information on who qualifies and how to apply for these can be found through the Somerset West and Taunton website
The updated list of businesses across Minehead who are offering either a delivery service or are operating online is now displayed on Visit Minehead. If you spot any omissions or need something deleted, please let me know
A major facelift of extra flowers and bunting planned for Minehead town centre this summer has had to be put on hold for a year. Minehead BID and Minehead Town Council officials say it will be impossible to get the scheme underway while coronavirus restrictions are in place.
Click on the link for the full story
Simply Sig have created a website to connect Somerset residents with local suppliers.
 
With the help of some fantastic volunteers, the website lists companies within the surrounding area that are still open for business, under the current strict social distancing regulations.  These small shops, pubs and businesses offer either collection or delivery services to their communities.
 
Within the first 4 hours of launch, the site saw more than 500 visitors and Simply Sig are now keen to get as many businesses throughout the county listed to help connect the wider Somerset community.
 
If you’re a local business owner or you know of businesses that are still able to supply food or other essential products, you can get in touch through the website or email 
 
Councillors Toni Bloomfield and Paul Bolton are now manning a helpline to support the residents of Minehead and are on the look out for more volunteers. These include meals on wheels drivers, help for those not able to go get shopping or prescriptions plus any other kind of help you can think of.

So whatever help you feel you can offer please drop them an email
The Somerset Community Coronavirus Fund is now open to *all* local charities and community organisations helping the most vulnerable in our communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available with a 3 working day turnaround to help groups continue their vital work.
 
Apply here: www.somersetcf.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Find out more about the appeal: www.somersetcf.org.uk/appeal
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