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Support for Croydon Companies – 14th July 2020

Subscribe to the government’s daily bulletin for up-to-date information for employers and businesses in response to coronavirus (Covid-19).

The  Government Business Support Helpline phone number changed to FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098

Special treatment licence

Businesses offering special treatments such as massage, manicure, piercing and tattooing must have a licence.

Businesses with licences that expired 31 March 2020 must apply to renew their licence, if they haven’t already. Renewal applications can be sent to

Discretionary Grants Fund Scheme

The government Discretionary Grants Fund Scheme for small businesses with ongoing property-related costsis still available

It is important to note that this fund is significantly smaller than the previous coronavirus grant programmes introduced by the government and will only be able to support a limited number of businesses in Croydon.

To be eligible businesses must:

– have been trading on or before 11 March 2020
– employ fewer than 50 employees
– have experienced a significant drop in revenue and / or financial impact
– have fixed property-related costs
– have not received other coronavirus-specific grants (not including the coronavirus job retention scheme to furlough staff, or the self-employment income support scheme)
– have experienced a 40% or more drop in income due to the impact of coronavirus crisis 

Please note, charities and bed and breakfasts are not eligible to apply.

Visit our grants webpage for more information.

GRANTFinder available for Croydon businesses

Croydon based organisations can register for free access to a wide range of funding opportunities and business advice services.

Pay it forward – free crowdfunding for businesses

The Mayor of London’s Pay it Forward initiative is providing a free platform for businesses to fundraise and help trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services.

Keeping Customers Safe Beyond COVID-19

Customer-facing industries across the world have been severely impacted by COVID-19, with businesses having to adjust their operations.

People 1st International have been working with key partners to develop affordable e-learning which is online and bite-sized. It is aimed at front-line staff who come into contact with and have regular interactions with customers, including retail staff, hospitality staff, wardens and town hosts.

The learning is:

– An easily accessible 60 minute e-learning programme
– Adaptable to multiple roles, working environments, sectors or industries
– Applicable in the participants work setting
– Affordable, costing just £5 per person (plus VAT)

To register your staff, click here

Local suppliers needed

We are looking for local suppliers who can support our Croydon Council Stay Put team.

Can you offer the following:

– Emergency short notice cleaning
– DBS checked Staff
– Blitz cleaning in occupied properties i.e. Houses and flats
– Decluttering
– Furniture moves or removal

If you can provide the above list of services, we would like to invite you to our event on the 29th July 2020.

Please send an email to to registering your interest to attend our Specialist Cleaning Event by the 22nd July 2020.

London Growth Hub July calendar

With the continued popularity of their free webinar sessions, the London Growth Hub will be organising an additional four free webinars delivered by expert advisers with a wealth of information to support businesses and employers through these challenging times.

For a full list of sessions and information on how to register, click here

Online training support

A number of training providers have contacted us to offer a range of opportunities to upskill your staff through online learning portals.

Some of these programmes are free of charge. Please visit our jobs and training page for a full list of opportunities.

Sussex Innovation weekly lunchtime webinars in collaboration with Gatwick Diamond Business.

Sussex Innovation continues to run its weekly lunchtime webinars in collaboration with Gatwick Diamond Business.

These webinars are designed to support you and your business through Covid-19. Click here to register and have a look at what they’ve got planned this month.

Business support and advice 

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Croydon’s free recruitment service
Croydon’s job and training hub, which offers a free recruitment service for Croydon residents and employers, is working closely supporting local businesses facing increased demand, and Croydon residents who have lost their jobs.
Find out more
FSB logo

Looking for training and development opportunities?

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is providing up-to-date information on details of the Government’s support package. Register for free webinars, guidance for employers and details on how to create a business continuity plan.
Find out more

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) 

LCCI is continuing its a series of regular interactive webinars designed to support your business and employees as we navigate the coronavirus crisis.

Each week their Chief Executive, Richard Burge, will be joined by an expert from within their membership to provide you with key insight into topical subjects and ensure your business questions are addressed.

Their webinar series is open to both members and non-members.


Catch-up on White Label webinars

If you’ve missed previous White Label webinars, you can now watch them all on YouTube! Past topics cover: entrepreneurial Croydon – advice for directors and how to remain innovative; employee health and wellbeing; commercial space and security advice; finance and other business support during Covid-19.
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