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    E-News Update 5/10/20   

This Newsletter is intended to be a convenient way of sharing news and information that we think may be helpful or of interest to businesses in Minehead.

We are also keen to share information our members may feel other businesses might find interesting. Please send such items to and, space permitting, we will try to include them in a future edition.

I have recently taken up the position of Company Secretary for Minehead BID and will be helping with some of the many administrative tasks that the board has to keep on top of, including this newsletter.

I'm looking forward to meeting members and working with you to further BID's aim to raise the profile of Minehead as a destination for both retail and tourism.
Richard Robbins, Company Secretary
The new Step Up Somerset brand launch has now launched with a website  providing a one-stop-shop for individuals, employers and businesses seeking support and information in relation to employment, skills, careers and apprenticeships in Somerset.

The website signposts everyone to the help available across Somerset and is particularly at the moment for those who may be affected by Coronavirus and redundancies.  There is also a link via the coronavirus new phone number (0300 790 6275) which connects directly to the district councils via the call centres for anyone not able to access the web. 
The following are links to HM Government guidance documents (PDF files) relating to recent developments:
  • Working safely in Restaurants and Shops
  • The NHS Test & Trace App and obtaining and using the associated QR codes

Working Safely during COVID-19 in Shops and Branches
Working Safely during COVID-19 in Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
Tips for how to display your QR poster
Introducing the NHS Test & Trace App
Features of the NHS Test & Trace App
IOS guide for downloading the NHS Test & Trace App
Businesses - how to create your QR Poster
User QR Guide

Would you like your business promoted on our Visit Minehead Facebook Page?

Drop Sharon & Livvi at Daffodil PR an email with some details and they'll post your news.
Email Daffodil PR

Updates from The Cabinet Office

Green Homes Grant

Homeowners in England can now apply for a £5,000 voucher to install heat saving measures in their homes, helping them save money and save the planet.

Wrap up your home this winter

Make your home warmer and your energy bills cheaper with a Green Homes Grant.

Homeowners in England, including landlords, can get up to £5,000 to pay part of the cost of energy saving measures like insulation. Low income households can get 100% of the costs of work covered up to £10,000.

Make sure you’re one of the 600,000 households who could save up to £600 a year on energy bills by applying today. Installing energy efficient home improvements also cuts emissions, which is better for the environment.

If you’re a tradesperson, make sure you’re eligible to carry out work under the scheme, which will support thousands of green jobs.

A reminder - Legal Duty to Self-Isolate

The legal duty to self-isolate came into force last week for people who test positive for Covid-19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.  

 Financial assistance is available for those entitled to a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment: details here
The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period means businesses should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021.

To support business preparations, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free live and recorded webinars to help businesses check the new rules and understand the actions they need to take.

Following the initial broadcast the webinars will be available on demand. The live sessions will take place at the following times:

    Services and investment – 11am, Tuesday 13 October
    Retail – 11am, Wednesday 14 October
    Automotive – 2pm, Wednesday 14 October
    Metals and other materials – 11am, Tuesday 20 October
    Electronics and machinery – 11am, Wednesday 21 October
    Consumer goods – 11am, Thursday 22 October
    Life Sciences – 11am, Tuesday 27 October
    Construction – 11am, Wednesday 28 October
    Aerospace – 11am, Thursday 29 October

More information and registration for the above sessions can be found here.
Please remember when paying your BID levy to make payment to the Somerset West & Taunton Council account mentioned on the invoice, NOT to BID's bank account direct. Many thanks.
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