Since our last e-newsletter we have been busy working with businesses across Minehead to support them during these challenging times so apologies for the less than frequent e-newsletters, but 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 
Andrew Hopkins, 
Minehead BID Manager
Headlines for this edition:
  • Free training courses from Somerset West and Taunton
  • Information on the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
  • Free advert opportunity with the West Somerset Free Press
  • Exmoor Tourism Response and Recovery Plan
  • Free membership opportunity for independent businesses with BIRA
In addition to providing regular e-newsletter updates on support and help for business, Somerset West and Taunton are running a series of free online training courses run by Cosmic. These will be taking place during May on the following topics: Book your place now by clicking on the link!
Have you received your Small Business Grant and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant? If not, Somerset West and Taunton want to hear from you.
Find out more by visiting their website for more information.
The Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan goes live next week and has been designed to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus.
  • The scheme will go live from Monday 4th May 2020 and cash will be released within days for eligible businesses. 
  • Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
  • The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • Loan terms will be up to 6 years
  • The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.
  • The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.
To find out more, visit the business support pages on the GOV.UK website.
The first full page feature in the West Somerset Free Press promoting local independent businesses in Minehead who are either open, offering a delivery or collection service or are operating online started last week. If you would like a free advert as part of this campaign please let me know.

Further initiatives to support businesses including the launch of a new website promoting all of those open at the moment will go live over the next few weeks. 
Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA) and Visit Exmoor are leading the development of a Tourism Response and Recovery Plan, the Plan brings together a wide range of tourism partners (including Minehead BID) across Exmoor to work together to support the recovery of the tourism industry in Greater Exmoor. By agreeing on a cohesive strategy and a joined-up approach it is hoped the area will be ready to attract visitors back following the Coronavirus outbreak and related restrictions.
Let us know your thoughts and feedback.
To support independent retail businesses during the Coronavirus, Bira are providing UK independent retail businesses with temporary membership of the Association for three months for a nominal fee of £1, £5 or £10,  all proceeds of which will be donated to the Rainy Day Trust. Any independent retailer can sign up for membership until Tuesday 30th June 2020 and that access can be used for the next three month. Find out more.
Are you joining the virtual VE commemorations over the bank holiday weekend?
The Government have put together a whole selection of ideas for you to commemorate this anniversary from home or if you are dressing your shop window take a photo so we can share on Facebook and Instagram pages.
We will be sharing all our favourite things about Minehead and Somerset for the next 2 weeks so keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook and Instagram channels. Encourage others to do the same and tag #lovesomerset and you may also win a prize!
Join our members Facebook Group for regular updates and information
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