Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is committed to supporting local business. Read our latest newsletter for information, guidance and advice on support available or sign up to receive our monthly business newsletter straight to your inbox.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for local businesses
Government support is available for business during the pandemic including:
- Loans, tax relief and cash grants
- Employers might be eligible for financial support to pay wages
- Self employed might be eligible for a taxable grant
You can also use the guidance finder to get tailored information about the measures you need to take during this time.
Grants available from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council to support local businesses
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is administering grants for businesses affected by the pandemic. For the most up to date information, please visit our dedicated business grants page.
Tips and advice to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus:
- Complete a COVID-19 risk assessment. As a business you must undertake a risk assessment and put in place controls measures to reduce the spread of the virus. This must be shared it with all your staff. Additional guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 and https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm.
- Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot. Ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
- Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member (or someone in their household) or a customer has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should be isolating.
- Ask your customers to wear face coverings whilst inside and moving around your premises, where required to do so by law. That is especially important if your customers are likely to be around people they do not normally meet. Some exemptions apply.
- Make sure everyone is social distancing. Make it easy for everyone to do so by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that your customers can follow. Enable people in the same party who do not live together to remain a safe distance apart.
- Increase ventilation by keeping doors and windows open where possible and running ventilation systems at all times.
- Take part in NHS Test and Trace. Display an NHS QR code poster that is clearly visible on entry means that customers who have downloaded the App can use their smartphones to easily check-in. Check to see if you are required to display a poster by Law. The following website can be used to create a downloadable display poster, unique to your premises: https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.
Shop Safe, Shop Local
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is working with partners on local safety measures to support safe trading environments in the borough’s high street’s and retail areas. For more information, please visit our "Shop Local, Shop Safe, Shop Epsom & Ewell" (reopening high streets safely) page.
Business support services
Go Epsom, the town centre Business Improvement District will be providing support and assistance to all BID levy paying businesses and reassuring the public that Epsom remains a safe destination. The BID is working closely with the Council on safety measures within the town centre and will be sending regular newsletters to communicate what is being done to ensure that Epsom is safe for visitors and workers before shops reopen. For more information visit www.goepsom.com
- The Coast to Capital Growth Hub provides free and impartial government funded business support in East Surrey, which can help businesses achieve growth. Support includes:
- Escalator Programme – this programme helps scale- up and growth businesses through a series of facilitated peer to peer groups, which focus on barriers to growth with solution driven outcome
- Growth Champions – the Growth Champion Network is a collection of consultants, all carefully curated as experts in their respected field, able to provide specialist support for business. Coast to Capital are able to fund a day of support from consultants.
Coast to Capital Growth Hub advisers are available to businesses for initial telephone discussions and signposting for specialist financial advice. Online workshops are being held on issues related to business resilience, cash-flow management and home working methods.
Coast to Capital is also conducting regular conference calls with business support and membership organisations to understand issues businesses are facing and communicate these to the government to help inform future support.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has asked Growth Hubs to report weekly on the economic impact. The Growth Hub is working hard to provide an additional support package for local businesses and further updates will follow.
- Coast to Capital Business Navigator is a web portal for business. It includes an online directory of business support organisations and a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital area.
- Surrey Chambers of Commerce is the county's largest independent not-for-profit business support and networking organisation. We utilise the expertise and experience of thousands of businesses (55,000 business people). Sitting at the heart of the business community, Surrey Chambers of Commerce acts as a catalyst by connecting you to opportunities, skills, knowledge and valuable contacts. We connect over 5,000 business people every year, providing a range of high quality services to help you grow your business, increase your contacts and obtain the right kind of support for your organisation.
- Department for International Trade helps business export and grow into global markets
- Federation of Small Business regularly publishes news, guidance and advice to help small businesses and the self-employed. Self-employed and small businesses can also get advice from the FSB by joining its private Facebook group, called ‘FSB COVID-19 Support’ (non-members can join this group). The FSB is also organising Virtual Networking Events to support businesses.
Events and training
Grow Your Business Show - date TBC
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is again proud to sponsor the Grow Your Business Show. For more information and to book your place www.growyourbusinessshow.co.uk. Take a look at some of the highlights of the 2019 show on our YouTube channel.
Hot House Business Programme - Open for applications
The Business Hot House programme has recently launched, offering support to more than 1,000 firms and 500 start-up entrepreneurs to improve productivity and innovation. The project provides opportunities for established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to strengthen their business practices and make them more profitable. Support will be delivered through workshops, bootcamps, peer-to-peer groups and business mentoring sessions running throughout the Coast to Capital area. The project is being delivered by the University of Chichester Business School. More information at Business Hothouse Programme
Surrey Chambers of Commerce
Surrey Chambers of Commerce run an extensive programme of events for members and non-members, including business networking, training opportunities and speaker breakfasts. More information at www.surrey-chambers.co.uk/event-listing/
NESCOT delivers Intermediate, Advances and Higher Apprenticeship levels across a wide range of industries. If you are looking to hire new team members, or develop your existing workforce, NESCOT can help you reach the next generation of motivate and local employees with industry-relevant knowledge and practical skills. For more information contact the Business Centre on 0208 394 8593 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free, live webinars from HMRC
HMRC’s range of webinars support businesses, helping to make tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler. Webinars last about an hour, they are live and interactive so questions can be asked by participants. You can find out about PAYE, Self Employment, VAT, and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) for Contractors and Subcontractors, Property Income, Record Keeping and other topics.
For more information, visit the website.
- The Epsom & Ewell Borough Investment Fund (BIF) offers grants to owners and occupiers of commercial buildings within the borough to improve and enhance their shop fronts. The scheme aims to encourage the creation of attractive frontages, to enhance the character of the region, which could have significant economic benefits.
- Broadband Vouchers available - a new voucher scheme has been introduced to help accomplish the government's ambition to have full fibre broadband coverage of the UK by 2033. There are two gigabit voucher schemes which has a finite amount of Government funding so any business who are interested should investigate as soon as possible.
- Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has launched its 2020 Growth Grant Programme. The programme provides grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital area and is designed to stimulate capital investment to help businesses introduce innovation and improve productivity. Businesses are encouraged to discuss their growth plans with their local Growth Hub Account Manager and to determine their eligibility. You can be directed to your local Account Manager by calling 01293 305965 or email email@example.com. Coast to Capital also has a range of loans and funds for local businesses, including the Growing Places Fund for projects that have stalled due to lack of investment, Expansion Loan Scheme and Equity Fund.
- Virgin Start Up Loans: A StartUp loan of £500-£25,000 available, along with a business mentor to help make best use of the loan.
- Fredericks Foundation Start-up loans and support for those who have found it difficult to access finance.
- The Princes' Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are unemployed, under employed or who have limited means to start-up businesses.
- Visit the GOV.UK website and use the business support finder to identify possible sources of finance including grants, loans and investment, and business support including mentoring and consultancy services.
The UK has left the EU. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. Find out what EU transition means for your business.
- UK Government - Transition Checklist
- UK Government - Prepare your business or organisation for Brexit
Organisations who can provide support
- Coast to Capital Growth Hub www.c2cbusiness.org.uk/
- Surrey Chambers of Commerce www.surrey-chambers.co.uk/export-surrey/
- Sussex Chamber of Commerce www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/
- Classifying goods (commodity code) www.gov.uk/guidance/classification-of-goods
- New UK trade tariff www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-tariffs-from-1-january-2021
- Border controls - www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-updated-gb-eu-border-operating-model
- Export licensing - www.gov.uk/guidance/beginners-guide-to-export-controls
General export support
- Training fund (£ 50 million) for customs declarations
- Protecting intellectual property - www.gov.uk/intellectual-property-an-overview
- Incoterm impact - https://iccwbo.org/
- Trade Associations Directory - information on regulation impact for specific sectors
Video: Everything you need to know about Epsom and Ewell
A promotional film created by The University for the Creative Arts to showcase Epsom and Ewell as a unique place to live, work and study. Special thanks go to Vice Chancellor Bashir Makhoul, Andy Blair (Director of Marketing, UCA) and Epsom-born Warwick Davis for his voice-over talents and support for this fantastic community project.