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Burgess Hill’s Local Full Fibre Network update

Burgess Hill’s Local Full Fibre Network update

Posted on 28th May 2020

Mid Sussex District Council in partnership with the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport have identified Burgess Hill as a location to receive government funding in support of the delivery of a full fibre network. The funding will create a “scaffold” duct and fibre access network across Burgess Hill, allowing smaller Internet Service Providers to provide easier connections to individual premises and businesses. This will include... read more

Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme – Public Engagement

Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme – Public Engagement

Posted on 21st May 2020

Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council are asking for feedback on the Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme. The Place and Connectivity Programme is aimed at creating safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes and high-quality public spaces to encourage people to choose to walk, cycle and use public transport. The Programme is part of and is designed to support the planned development and population... read more

Future Fund & Cutting-edge funding

Future Fund & Cutting-edge funding

Posted on 21st May 2020

This page provides links to a couple of schemes designed to support innovation. First, the Future Fund – a Government scheme to issue convertible loans to innovative companies facing difficulties in the Coronavirus outbreak. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/future-fund And second, there’s a £40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups, which is government funding to support the UK’s next generation of innovative businesses. Projects that can benefit... read more

Considerations for businesses returning to work: 14th May 2020

Considerations for businesses returning to work: 14th May 2020

Posted on 14th May 2020

Received with thanks from: Tracy Humphrey, Principal Consultant at BHBPA member THR (Consulting) Ltd Guidance has now been published by the Government on enabling businesses to plan and begin to open. We thought it would be helpful to share some of the critical questions we are being asked about this – although the nature of these questions change on a daily basis! My overriding note of caution for everyone is to keep in mind the requirements... read more

COVID-19: Reopening the workplace

COVID-19: Reopening the workplace

Posted on 14th May 2020

Many workplaces have been closed for several weeks, while others have been operating on a much-reduced scale as the country endures an unprecedented ‘lockdown’ following the outbreak of the COVID-19. However following the UK Government’s announcements on 10th and 11th May, some businesses are starting to plan for safe reopening and welcoming staff back to work. Official guidance has at times been vague, with many employers apprehensive and... read more

Government’s Plan to Rebuild

Government’s Plan to Rebuild

Posted on 12th May 2020

The Government has published it’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. Here’s a link to it: https://www.bhbpa.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/FINAL_6.6637_CO_HMG_C19_Recovery_FINAL_110520_v2_WEB__1_.pdf The document, approximately 50 pages long, includes: A foreword from the PM A summary of the current situation – so-called Phase 1 of the country’s response to the pandemic An overview of the interrelated effects of the crisis on public... read more

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on 12th May 2020

The Government has issued guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. These are what the Government refers to in its Roadmap document as “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines. The government, in consultation with industry, has produced the guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. LINK to the guides. There are 8 guides which cover a range of different... read more

Coronavirus – what’s the best financial support for my business?

Coronavirus – what’s the best financial support for my business?

Posted on 30th April 2020

Local businesses navigating funding options support during the Coronavirus pandemic need to do their homework to help them gain access to the schemes best suited to their needs. Sussex-based chartered accountants and business advisers, MHA Carpenter Box, say that too many companies are unsure as to which scheme is best for their business. They find businesses also hit the buffers early in the application process because they haven’t got everything... read more

MHA Carpenter Box invests in the future with ‘home grown’ Partner appointment

MHA Carpenter Box invests in the future with ‘home grown’ Partner appointment

Posted on 23rd April 2020

Sussex-based MHA Carpenter Box continues to invest in ‘home grown’ talent, with the promotion of Chris Reeves to Partner at the accountancy firm. Chris, 33, has been appointed Partner having joined the practice as a trainee in 2004. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) in 2010 and helped to set up the firm’s Gatwick office in 2015. Chris commented: “MHA Carpenter Box has been a significant part of my life for the last 16 years since... read more

A2300 Improvements Scheme FAQs

A2300 Improvements Scheme FAQs

Posted on 23rd April 2020

Q1. What does the A2300 Improvements scheme include? A new two-lane carriageway will be constructed within the wide grass verge between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout and this will become the new eastbound carriageway. The existing road will be modified to become the new westbound carriageway. In addition, a new shared use footpath and cycle path will also be constructed. Q2. Why does the works have to take place now? The A2300... read more

Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For PPE

Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For PPE

Posted on 20th April 2020

Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For PPE Does your business have stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could help in the fight against COVID-19? Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies (including the police) in responding to COVID-19, is appealing to businesses for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help protect frontline workers delivering essential services to Sussex residents... read more

HMRC Furlough Scheme opens Monday 20th April

HMRC Furlough Scheme opens Monday 20th April

Posted on 20th April 2020

Please note that the Job Retention Scheme is now available to claim at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#how-to-claim You will need the Government Gateway user ID and password you got when you registered for PAYE online.     ... read more

Coast to Capital Growth Hub COVID 19 Support

Coast to Capital Growth Hub COVID 19 Support

Posted on 16th April 2020

This is an update of the support that the Coast to Capital Growth Hub Team can provide to businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a very high demand for the Coast to Capital Backing Business Grants, the programme is currently paused for applications.  We have received interest from 450 in just a few days.  Businesses can still submit an eligibility checker but will join a waiting list queue.  Please note however that there is... read more

Some legal reminders as we deal with Covid-19

Some legal reminders as we deal with Covid-19

Posted on 9th April 2020

Provided by Caroline Buchan, Barrister & BHBPA member There are lots of topics that might be relevant to a business right now and I’ve tried to pick the most pertinent ones. If there’s anything members want to know more about please drop Martyn a line – for forwarding to Caroline. NB: This article doesn’t focus on employment law matters as there is already lots of material out there from other members. Topics: Online Board and other... read more

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