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Free digital marketing support for high street businesses

Runnymede Borough Council has partnered with social media experts Maybe* to give independent high street businesses 12 months FREE access to social media management tools, training, and expertise worth over £400. The first 20 SME businesses that engage in the online social media training, will have the opportunity of claiming an additional £100 of promotional spend through social media advertising. Maybe* is part of the Government’s High Street Task Force, set up to provide expertise, knowledge, and support to help regenerate high streets across the country. Maybe* helps thousands of businesses like yours connect with their customers and provides all the tools and training you need. It’s all in one place, easy to use, and fully supported by a friendly team. To get started now visit: www.maybetech.com/Runnymede

8 April 2022

Free membership to the Federation of Small Business

To provide help to our small-business community, Runnymede Borough Council has partnered with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), to provide free access to vital business support services. If you are a business based in the borough of Runnymede, employ less than 10 people and a member of Business Runnymede then you could qualify for 12 month`s free membership to the Federation of Small Business (FSB) worth up to £283. Membership to the FSB, enables you to access a huge range of vital business support services, discounts, events and advice, from business banking to 24/7 legal advice. To claim your free membership email derek.carr@fsb.org.uk by noon on Friday 29 April. But hurry this is a limited offer and free membership will be based on a first come first serve basis.

8 April 2022

Pay as you Grow

The Government has made it easier for businesses to repay their Bounce Back loans. If you have taken out a Bounce Back Loan then you can now apply for an extension to your loan term to 10 years from six years, at the same fixed interest rate of 2.5%. You may also be able to take a payment holiday or reduce the monthly payments for up to six months. If you have taken out a Bounced Back Loan your lender will be able to provide you with more details.

31 March 2022

Boost your cyber security

An increasing number of businesses suffer from online crime. 39 percent of companies in the UK experienced a cyber-attack in the last 12 months, costing organisations £8,500 on average. Are you worried about cyber security? The Cyber Resilience Centre has been set up by the Police and the Home Office to provide affordable cyber support to SMEs and sole traders. Join here and get a free 30 minute cyber health consultation.

3 March 2022

Switch company vehicles to electric

The sale of cars fuelled wholly by diesel or petrol will be banned by 2030 and the sale of hybrid cars is then set to follow from 2035. There may be significant tax benefits for business owners who switch company cars to pure electric in the next few years. Your business may be eligible for support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints. The grant covers up to 75 percent of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints Find out more about the grants for chargepoints at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/workplace-charging-scheme-guidance-for-applicants

3 March 2022

Don’t take coronavirus home with you

There are not many places to go shopping at the moment, which can mean our local supermarket and corner shops are busy. Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. Please act like you’ve got it. To reduce the risk of catching coronavirus and make sure you don’t take it home with you, please shop alone and always remember hand – face – space. Hands: wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds. Face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Space: stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings). Why not book an online delivery or use click and collect instead of going to the shops? Thank you to everyone who has been working in our supermarkets and local stores throughout the pandemic.

15 January 2021

New rules for business with Europe are here.

We are no longer in Europe, new rules apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe. Use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business.

11 January 2021

National January Lockdown Grants 2021

We are currently waiting for official guidance from the Government in relation to grants for the National Lockdown from 4th January 2021. Some other grant schemes which were operating before the lockdown are still open, and you may still be eligible to apply for them depending on your business’s circumstances. All grant information and applications are available on Runnymede Borough Councils business rate pages.

11 January 2021

Spending Review for 2020-21 Announced on 25 November 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivering the spending review, said his immediate priority was to protect people’s lives and livelihoods as the country continues to battle the outbreak - allocating £55 billion to tackle the virus next year.

25 November 2020