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IMPORTANT UPDATED INFORMATION Hitchin Business Support 31/3/2020
I appreciate this is a very challenging time for businesses and there is so much online information that’s irrelevant or out of date. I have been in contact with an excellent organisation called ‘Be The Business’ which has quickly adapted its website to bring free up to date business support and information. They are funded by the Government and are one of the best resources out there for business trying to understand where, how and when to get support. Please follow this link for more information  www.bethebusiness.com

Update on Government Grants
North Herts District Council are due to receive the Business Support Grant funding from Central Government tomorrow. Businesses in the retail, leisure or hospitality sectors can now apply for the grant. Please follow this link to apply https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/home/emergency-planning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-help-businesses . If you have a Rateable Value of £15,000 or bellow you are eligible for a £10,000 grant. If you have a Rateable Value between £15,001 and £50,999 you are eligible for a £25,000 grant.
 
There are number of businesses that are unsure if they qualify for this grant. The Council have asked that if you are unsure, please apply anyway and they will review the application. If you need me to confirm your Rateable Value, Account Reference Number or generally need assistance in completing the application please feel free to get in touch on 07597380818 or email tom.hardy@hitchinherts.com 
 
Letters to Landlords
I drafted a letter which was sent to you all requesting that landlords make contact with tenants to offer support during this time. If you have not seen the letter or would like a copy to be sent out, please get in touch. Although the Government have blocked commercial landlords being able to evict tenants I have been in touch with the local MP to see what other support measures the Government are due to put in place to ensure businesses can continue after this is over.  

Local Business Deliveries
We now have a list of local people willing to help Hitchin businesses deliver products and food to residents. If you are a Hitchin Town Centre businesses and need help promoting and delivering your products and food, please get in touch with marketing@hitchinherts.com 
 
If you are already set up for deliveries, please email marketing@hitchinherts.com with the following information to go on our dedicated ‘Deliveries’ section on the www.hitchinherts.com website.  
  • Business name
  • Phone number
  • Type of food or product
  • Logistics of deliveryLocal Business Vouchers
To try and ease cashflow challenges over the coming weeks, we are encouraging businesses to create and offer vouchers for residents to buy now and redeem later in the year. We have set up a voucher page on the www.hitchinherts.com website which we will promote on various social media platforms.
 
Please send us the following information to marketing@hitchinherts.com       
  • What the voucher includes
  • Which business it is for
  • An image or company logo to accompany the listing
  • Contact details (website, phone number) for customers to call or purchase voucher.If you don’t already have vouchers, we are also offering all businesses FREE voucher printing in the Information Office. Please email a PDF of your voucher and how many you want printed to tom.hardy@hitchinherts.com