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News and Business Update – September

News and Business Update – September

News and Business Update


Businesses that are not part of Shopwatch can now hire radios on a monthly basis at a very competitive cost of £16.66 per month, this is an amazing 30 percent reduction on previous prices.

The radios are proving invaluable to communicate information about anti-social behaviour and low-level crime. They are linked to both the town centre network and to the CSAS officers who are able to offer support where necessary.

For more information contact the Poole BID office at

Covid 19 – What’s changed?

The government has announced that from Monday 14th September you must not meet with people from other households, indoors or outdoors, in groups of more than six. Covid-19 secure restaurants and other venues can host larger numbers in total but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups. Education and work settings are unaffected.

Please note that from 18 September it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data and keep this for 21 days. Core Covid-19 secure requirements will be mandated for hospitality businesses, and egregious breaches enforced. The government has also published simplified Covid-19 Secure guidance.


With mandatory legally enforced recording of contact details being required by certain businesses you might want to consider the free Capp UK app now and navigate our ‘new normal’ way of dining out easily.

The CAPP UK app lets you:
• Live track capacity numbers
• Feel safe to use hospitality again
• No need to give your details every time you go into a venue, just scan your code

It’s a hassle-free way of dining out safely!

Want your business on the app? Register now at

Kickstart jobs scheme

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality six-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

There is a minimum of 30 jobs required per application, however businesses who want to create fewer than 30 placements can do so via the Dorset Chamber of Commerce.
Kickstart Scheme government website

Dorset SME Recovery Grant: applications now open

Dorset Growth Hub has been awarded a total of just under £550,000 of grant funding to distribute to eligible Dorset based SME businesses that are trading in the tourism sector as well as the wider economy. You can now apply for the amount of £1,000-£3,000 or £5,000 in exceptional circumstances, via the Dorset Growth Hub website. These non-repayable grants are funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Grants will be spent on projects to aid job safeguarding and business survival, such as improving websites, implementing new technology, improving the use of outdoor space and also on consulting: accessing expert advice on management, legal and HR.
Before applying, please read the eligibility guidance. Your business must have been impacted by Covid-19 and you will be asked how a grant will help its recovery.
Email Dorset Growth Hub at

Discretionary rate relief policy alignment

Businesses are encouraged to have their say on the proposed new discretionary business rate relief policy for the BCP Council area. It aims to harmonise the three pre-existing policies, which do not reflect the current business rates landscape, into a single one for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The proposed policy looks to target support for those organisations which make a maximum contribution towards the community and will continue to support the vast majority of current recipients. However, there will also be a discretionary clause to allow the council to provide relief to other organisations suffering adverse effects.

The findings of the consultation will be presented to Cabinet in time for a single policy to be agreed before October 2021. The deadline for feedback is Friday 9 October 2020.

Find out more and have your say:

You can contact the Poole BID office on or 01202 308800.

We are always happy to hear from you.

Poole BID team.

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