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Keeping Fareham's businesses safe - business support and grants

To help slow the spread of coronavirus, the government has introduced a range of measures for businesses across the Borough. These will help keep businesses, their staff and customers as safe as possible. The rules vary for different types of businesses and are subject to change in line with national guidance, the rate of infection or local coronavirus restrictions.

You can find the latest information on safety regulations for businesses on the Government website External Hyperlink.

 

Save the  high street Training support for town centre businesses

The programme is completely free and available to any business within Fareham's town and district centres including Locks Heath, Titchfield, Stubbington, Warsash, Park Gate and Portchester.

The six-week programme of training webinars and one-to-one financial advice is available throughout April and May on a variety of topics to help businesses survive and thrive following the pandemic. 

Places are limited so please register your interest by emailing businesssupport@enterprisesouth.co.uk External Hyperlink or calling 0844 332 0131.

 

 

 

Image of pen and notebook with word businessShaping the Council's Business Support Strategy

Businesses in Fareham are being given a once in a decade opportunity to make their voice heard and influence the Council's future Economic Development Strategy through an online survey.

The Council has teamed up with the University of Portsmouth's Business School to survey Fareham-based business owners and residents living in the Borough who are thinking about starting their own business.

The survey will run until Monday 26 April 2021 and the findings from the survey will be analysed by the Business Resilience and Growth group at the University of Portsmouth's Business School and will be used to inform the Council's business strategy for the next ten years.

If you are already in business, please take the existing business survey External Hyperlink.

If you are in the process of starting a business, please take the new business survey External Hyperlink.

 

 

Businesses – checklist for reopening

Please follow this link PDF (308 KB)to view a handy checklist for those businesses looking to reopen from the 12 April onward.

New Business Newsletter

This newsletter aims to keep businesses informed about what is happening locally during the Covid-19 Pandemic and details of the support available. To subscribe to future editions of our business newsletter directly to your inbox, please follow this link and fill in our short online subscription form.

Grants

For businesses which were forced to close during the national lockdown or tier system, there is a range of financial support available. Find out about the GRANTS available here.

Over 1,700 businesses in Fareham have so far benefited from one of the Government's COVID-19 related support schemes administered by the Council.  

Check what your business may be eligible for. Please see our Business Rates page for more information. If you have any questions, please e-mail brgrants@fareham.gov.uk or call 01329 824430.

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in partnership with Crowdfunder, has launched a new fund targeted at small and micro businesses.  There is a maximum pledge of up to £2,000 per micro business (fewer than 10 employees) and up to £5,000 per small business (fewer than 50 employees), contributing to up to 50% towards the business's total fund-raising target.

There is a new 'Coronavirus' hub on the Solent LEP website detailing all of the available information about support for local businesses Coronavirus information from the Solent LEP External Hyperlink.

There are a number of national financial support schemes designed to help businesses during the pandemic. You can find out if your business is eligible using the Business Support Finder tool External Hyperlink.

COVID-Secure Measures for businesses 

It is essential for businesses to have an up to date risk assessment which includes details on how the premises are maintaining COVID secure measures.

The Environmental Health team at Fareham Borough Council is on hand for business owners who need help or advice. They can provide signage and guidance on a range of subjects including social distancing and hygiene measures to enable businesses to operate safely.  Business owners can contact the team by calling 023 9254 5609 or by emailing regulatory@fareham.gov.uk

Fareham Borough Council is also working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help support businesses across the Borough by ensuring they have the correct COVID-secure measures in place. Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk from coronavirus and help protect employees and the general public. HSE will be talking to and visiting local businesses in Fareham to understand how they are managing the risks in line with their specific business activity.

During these checks, HSE can provide specific advice and guidance on how to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. Common issues include failing to provide arrangements for monitoring, supervising and maintaining social distancing, and failing to introduce an adequate cleaning regime particularly at busy times of the day. If businesses are unable to comply with COVID-secure measures then HSE will refer them to the Council to take a range of actions. This could be from providing additional support to business owners to issuing enforcement notices or stopping certain work practices until they are made safe.

For the latest information and safer business guidance, see www.gov.uk External Hyperlink     

If you're worried that your workplace might be unsafe

If you have concerns that your employer is not following the safety measures to protect staff, or you think the businesses should not be open, please contact the Fareham Borough Council Environmental Health Team on 023 9254 5609 or by emailing regulatory@fareham.gov.uk 

Reporting members of the public breaking coronavirus rules

We're responsible for making sure businesses in Fareham are following coronavirus safety regulations. We also work closely with the police who are responsible for making sure members of the public are following the rules.

If you see a serious breach of coronavirus rules, such as a large gathering, you can report it to Hampshire Police External Hyperlink.

 

 

 




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