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Business newsletter (24 September 2021)

This business newsletter has been well received and successful in keeping local businesses informed on matters regarding COVID-19. Now that we are moving ahead on our roadmap to recovery following the pandemic, we would like to extend the newsletter service to include other business news and important information.

If you would like to subscribe please use our Online Form, you can unsubscribe at any time.

This newsletter will provide details of:

Further information will be published to inform readers of useful information as and when it occurs.

Fareham's Wider Business Support Scheme – introducing new Voucher scheme for legal and financial support

We have just launched a voucher scheme to assist businesses with the costs of legal and/or financial advice related to the impact of the Covid pandemic and the need to adapt to changing economic demands going forward. 

Following a short application process and eligibility check, the business would be able to claim up to £1000 towards costs for advice from a Professional Legal Expert or Professional Financial Expert.  Businesses are asked to liaise with their chosen legal or financial expert to discuss the type of advice they need and the likely cost before they make the application.

As well as helping Fareham-based businesses who receive the fully-funded advice, the scheme will also benefit local solicitors and accountants who can advertise their participation in it.

For more information and to sign up, please visit our website at 

Fully-funded training support – webinars and 1-2-1s

The voucher scheme is in addition to our ongoing scheme to offer fully-funded training on topics such as:

Support for the key sectors of marine, advanced manufacturing and aviation.

Businesses can take part through a range of learning tools such as webinars, face to face events (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) or one-to-one support, either as a one-off or over a period of time.

For more information and to sign up, please visit our website at

Business support memberships

n 1 October 2021, the law on allergen labelling for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods will change. This means that any food business selling PPDS foods will have to include full ingredients on the product label with allergenic ingredients emphasised within that list.

Also known as 'Natasha's Law', the changes come following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from an allergic reaction caused by a prepacked baguette which, at the time, did not require allergen labelling.  

PPDS foods can include salads and sandwiches that customers select themselves as well as pre-wrapped foods kept behind a counter, as well as some products packaged and sold at mobile or temporary outlets.

To help support food businesses, the FSA has launched a PPDS Hub featuring helpful information including new labelling guidance for PPDS foods and sector guides. The guides for bakery, butchers, fast food and takeaways, mobile sellers, restaurants, cafes and pubs, and schools each give practical information on PPDS and how these changes could impact a food business.

For more information please go to the PPDS Hub External Hyperlink.

Are you eligible for the Government's electric vehicle charging scheme?

The Government's Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

Workplaces can apply for vouchers using the Workplace Charging Scheme application which can be found here External Hyperlink.


Useful links

Federation of Small Business External Hyperlink

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce External Hyperlink

Solent LEP External Hyperlink

Business Support Finder tool External Hyperlink


Previous newsletters

24 September 2021 PDF (163 KB)

23 June 2021 PDF (181 KB)

19 May 2021 PDF (121 KB)

9 April 2021 PDF (109 KB)

3 March 2021 PDF (103 KB)

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