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Useful Information for Businesses: W/C 5th April

Daily update from GOV.​UK.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Millions get pay rise from today as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

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Millions of workers in all parts of the UK will receive a pay increase from today.

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Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

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Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus.

Change made:
Added list of Restart Grant funding allocated to councils to support businesses.

Fresh wave of grant funding launched as councils are called on to do their bit to continue supporting businesses

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New grant scheme launches today as ministers issue call to council leaders.

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Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Find out what financial support you can get for your business.

Change made:
The Local Restrictions Support Grants and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment closed to new applications on 31 March 2021. If you haven’t received your payment by 30 April 2021 please contact your local council

£250 million additional funding to boost collaboration and protect ongoing research

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Scientists and researchers will get an extra £250 million funding this year to support pioneering research and drive the UK’s ambitions to become a science superpower.

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Leading UK businesses and researchers in £75 million collaboration to create technologies of the future

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Nine innovative business-led research partnerships to develop technologies such as accelerated medicine discovery, green household products and sensor technology for drivers.

Change made:
University of Oxford added to those partnering with Unilever.

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Government boosts energy efficiency spending to £1.3 billion with extra funding for green homes

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£300 million extra funding for green home upgrades to help lower income households cut emissions and save money on bills

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COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

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Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England.

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Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are no longer limited to exceptional circumstances. Receptions and celebrations are still not permitted, but small gatherings can take place in line with social contact limits.

Third of UK’s biggest companies commit to net zero

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30 of the UK’s FTSE100 companies have signed up to the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign.

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Over £30 million government investment to boost batteries and hydrogen vehicles

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Pioneering research into battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles is to be backed by over £30 million of government funding.

Change made:
Added “first year” before Faraday Institution commitment

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

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The visitor economy – Updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and changes to national restrictions from 29 March.

How to get in touch with the Green Homes Grant scheme

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The correspondence procedure tells you how to get in touch with the Green Homes Grant scheme, including how to make a complaint and how to appeal a decision.

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Register energy devices in homes or small businesses: guidance for device owners and installation contractors

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Check what you need to do when registering an energy device, including solar PV, heat pumps, battery storage and electric vehicle charge points.

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Being a company director

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Understanding your role as a company director and your responsibilities to Companies House.

Change made:
Added directors’ toolkit with links to more online guidance.

Carrying out work under the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme

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How to carry out work under the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme if you are a tradesperson or business.

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You can no longer register to be a Green Homes Grant installer. If you applied to be a registered installer before 5pm 31 March 2021, your application will still be processed. If you are already a registered installer, you can continue to carry out work under the scheme if your customer has been issued a voucher.

Green Homes Grant: make energy improvements to your home

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How to use your Green Homes Grant voucher to make energy efficient improvements to your home.

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You can no longer apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher. If you applied for a voucher before the closing date, your application will still be processed and we will be in touch to confirm if your application is successful. If you have already been issued a voucher, you can still use it to get the work done.

Department for Education

Kick-start for summer school and activities

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£200 million total summer school funding to be distributed in secondary schools

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Free courses for jobs

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Details of the free courses and qualifications for adults (19+) available through the Lifetime Skills Guarantee including eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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Find a free level 3 qualification

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Details of free level 3 qualifications available to eligible adults and the colleges and training providers who are currently able to offer free places.

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National Skills Fund

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An overview of the National Skills Fund which aims to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects and support the economy.

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Updated to reflect that free level 3 qualifications for adults are now available.

Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

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Launch of free qualifications marks a major milestone in government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee

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Thousands more pupils to benefit from cadet programme

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Over £1 million to expand cadet units in schools

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Department for International Trade

UK rolling out green carpet for Global Investment Summit

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UK to host Global Investment Summit (GIS) to secure foreign investment in UK green industries of the future

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UK and Thailand commit to strengthening trade ties

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The UK and Thailand explore new opportunities to increase trade and investment ties.

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