A message from our Chief Executive
We are expertly positioned to support your business through this difficult time and with the challenges faced by COVID-19 and the UK's transition from the EU. Our team of Growth Relationship Managers work with businesses like yours to understand your needs and identify solutions. They can help find funding, facilitate growth strategies and connect you with partners who can provide additional support.
Our Growth Hub Team continue to maintain the COVID-19 and UK Transition section of the Growth Hub Portal with links to available assistance from membership organisations, the private sector and business support providers.
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Peer Networks Programme
Peer Networks is a free national peer-to-peer networking programme for small business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.
Delivered locally by our Growth Hub, in partnership with MDHUB, the newly launched programme creates diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues.
Check out our briefing podcast and register your interest here.
UK Transition Diagnostic Tool
The UK has left the EU and new rules for businesses within the EU starts on 1 January 2021.
Businesses can use the online Gov.uk UK Transition checker tool here, to receive a personalised list of actions in order be prepared for the new rules for businesses, which will be in place from 1 January 2021.
UK Transition Make sure your ready
The new rules affect citizens, businesses and travel to the EU. The information below is the latest guidance for businesses to take action now for the new rules from 1 January 2021.
- Importing goods from the EU
- Exporting goods to the EU
- Moving goods to or from Northern Ireland
- Travelling to the EU
- Living and working in the EU
- Staying in the UK if you're an EU citizen
Get the complete list of what you need to do here.
Exporters will need to check if their export licence is in compliance with the export control regulations to avoid their goods being stopped by Customs. To understand what licences would apply to EU countries the OGEL and goods checker tools can be used as a guide to the provision of the current legislation for a 'third country' (a non-EU country). They also use the Control List Classification Service on their online export licencing system.
Sectors of interest:
- materials processing
- information security
- navigation and avionics
- aerospace and propulsion
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Additional 1-2-1 Support
Eligible businesses can benefit from a free full day of funded support from our Growth Champion to address any barriers to COVID-19 recovery or UK transition from the EU.
There is a network of 40 Growth Champions with expertise covering a wide area including Finance, HR, Marketing, Innovation, International Trade, Leadership and Management.
Businesses can contact the Growth Hub team through the online Growth Hub Contact Form. More information about our Growth Hub Team.
Financial support for businesses during COVID-19
A range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses to help with the new national restrictions in response to COVID-19. Find out what financial support you can get for your business below:
- Paying your employees
- Paying sick pay
- Paying tax
- Business rates relief
- Support for the self-employed
- Support for small and medium-sized businesses
- Support for large businesses
- Support for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions
Visit GOV.UK for more details on how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
We have listed a few business support events below that focus on a number of topics including COVID-19 Recovery, UK Transition and Funding advice. To see our complete list of events please visit the Growth Hub events page.
- Surrey Chamber of Commerce Post EU Transition - Are you ready? Friday 20 November
- FSB South East Virtual Business Support - Q&A Monday 23 November
- Newable Researching and Selecting International Markets Tuesday 24 November
- WSX Enterprise Grants for Growth - Applying for Invest4Funding Wednesday 2 December
- Newable Winning and Delivering Business Internationally Tuesday 8 December
Coast to Capital Skills Strategy and Action Plan - Launch Event
Coast to Capital have recently published a Skills Strategy and Action Plan, which includes priorities around supporting businesses understand their current and future skills and workforce needs, and to build engagement with their existing workforce to ensure the business has the skills it needs to recover, build resilience and grow.
We are delighted to invite you to join us for the virtual launch of the newly published Skills Strategy and Action Plan on Thursday 3 December, 2:00pm - 3:30pm.