Local authority support
In addition to a number of Coronavirus support packages administered by central Government and associated partners, Oxfordshire businesses can also benefit from specific schemes overseen by the county’s local authorities.
Here is a summary of the current support available through the county's local authorities:
The NHS COVID-19 app is part of our large scale COVID-19 testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service in Wales. The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for Coronavirus.
COVID-19 'Stop the Spread' assets for businesses
Working alongside Oxfordshire County Council, here at OxLEP, we are supporting businesses to help 'stop the spread' of COVID-19 through promotional materials that companies can display in their place of work.
Business can find a suite of digital assets and posters below, that can be downloaded to support efforts against Coronavirus.
Please download any of the below materials as required.
OxLEP and Oxfordshire County Council, COVID-19 business toolkit:
The below social media kit gives your business tips and advice as to how to communicate 'Stop the Spread' messaging to your employees:
(Suitable for digital boards, intranet, websites, social media and email communications)
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Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
Discretionary Grant Funds are overseen by our local authority partners across Oxfordshire. This latest batch of funding will allow businesses - who have previously missed out on grant funding - to receive crucial support during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Here are direct links to our local authorities' discretionary grants fund pages:
Small Business Grants Fund
Organisations in-receipt of small business rate relief, or rural rate relief, can make use of grants of £10,000 through the Small Business Grants Fund. Businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors with business properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 are eligible for grants of up to £25,000 through the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme.
We therefore encourage businesses to consult with your respective local authorities.
Here are direct links to our local authorities business support pages:
Reopening High Streets Safely Fund
Councils in England will benefit from a new £50 million fund to prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces. This new money will support practical measures so businesses can re-open quickly when they are allowed to, staff get back to work and customers return to shops confident it is safe.