Ceredigion County Council wants to ensure that businesses, employers and employees in Ceredigion have access to the latest information, advice and support to help them adjust and recover from the Coronavirus pandemic.

We want to work constructively and pragmatically with our businesses and communities in Ceredigion to ensure that we support each other safely through the next period – maintaining a strong focus on public health alongside supporting livelihoods.

Safe re-opening of our economy will require a strong partnership approach between the Council and the local business community, that is based on a strong understanding of the local factors that will affect how we come through this pandemic together.

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This page contains:

  • Regulatory & Legal: all the legislation and regulations you will need to comply with
  • Guidance & Support: the information and help out there to help you
  • Financial Support: support to help your business adjust and recover
  • Employment and Career Support
  • Further Advice and Support

Firebreak support

Even though the national Firebreak ended in Wales on 09 November 2020, financial support is still available to support businesses that were impacted during this period.

Current Financial Support 

Regulatory & Legal

This section outlines the definitive regulations that all businesses will need to consider in any plans to re-open.

The Council is currently implementing Phase 3: Adjustment and Long Term Resilience of its Coronavirus response.

Ceredigion County Council has a clear vision that every single person, business and service can understand and agree upon for the adjustment phase in order to ensure Ceredigion succeeds in not only reducing predicted deaths through the first peak but more importantly for any future predicted peaks.

The purpose of the third phase will be to establish strategies that will identify new working practices that can continue through to the end of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 We are asking Ceredigion’s business community to work constructively with us, with specific actions for Businesses to consider during the Containment, Isolation and Eradication phase. These are outlined on page 6 of the document:

http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/ceredigion-covid-19-outbreak/

Guidance & Support

This section outlines the guidance and support available to help.

To help businesses in Ceredigion to find suitable provision of services or products to help re-opening safely, the Council is compiling an open directory of businesses.

Disclaimer: the list is purely intended to be an informative aid to assist businesses find suppliers. The Council does not endorse nor promote any business

NOTE: If you are a business that wishes to offer services to help businesses in Ceredigion to meet Government criteria please email the required details as outlined in the above PDF to cynnalycardi@ceredigion.gov.uk

Support is available to help businesses manufacturing products in all sectors through their recovery. SMARTInnovation will provide free assistance to plan and implement changes to incorporate reasonable measures that ensure safe working practices that comply with Welsh Government legislation and guidance within the workplace.

To speak to an advisor please email: SMARTInnovation@gov.wales.

Childcare Centres will cease to exist from 20 June.  Children of key workers will be able to attend their local school for 5 days a week.  Provision will be the usual school day i.e. 9.00am – 3.30pm.  Pupils requiring this provision will need to register on the council website by 9am Wednesday morning for the following week. 

Further information can be found on the Childcare Provision for Frontline Service Workers in Ceredigion page.

From 24 September 2020, NHS Covid-19 app users will be able to scan (check-in) as they enter a venue. If people who visited the venue test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert.

The app notification will never mention the name of your venue, it will just let app users know that they may have come into contact with coronavirus. Premises which are required to collect details of staff, customers and visitors must continue to do so, including people who check in through the app.

Visit the UK Government's website to create posters and QR codes to display at your premises.

NHS QR code for your venue

Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue.

Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. You should create and display a QR code if you are:

  • a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
  • an event which is taking place in a physical location

If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location. You can add multiple locations in the service.

Financial Support

We have now only included the main avenues of support in this section.

For all the latest advice and information on the support available for business can be found on the Business Wales website, or by contacting their helpline on 03000 6 03000.

Information and application forms for the Lockdown Business Fund

Town Councils and BID regeneration groups in Ceredigion and Powys can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 each to adapt to the comprehensive social distancing changes in town centres due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This can include items such as outdoor awnings, canopies, igloo bubbles, outdoor heating and marquee coverings.

Further information and an application form is available here:

Transforming Towns Covid-19 Application form

Closing date for applications: 30 Tachwedd 2020

The application process for the 3nd phase of the Economic Resilience Fund opened on 5th October 2020 via the Business Wales website. 

The Fund will be administered through Business Wales. Further details can be found here – Economic Resilience Fund Phase 3

It is anticipated that there will be very high demand for this grant.

Please visit the Business Wales Eligibility Checker to confirm that you are eligible to apply, and meet all the criteria.

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £500,000 or less will receive 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2020/21.

Non-Domestic Rates - Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief in Wales 2020-21

How to apply: You do not need to do anything to access this. Ceredigion County Council officers will automatically process this as soon as they can directly with eligible businesses.

Businesses in Ceredigion are reminded that the Council continues to offer a range of financial schemes to help businesses expand and grow. These can be found in the Funding & Grants section of the Council’s website.

The Welsh Government have put in place a programme of employment and skills support to help people back to work.

Part of this programme includes additional support for individuals considering self-employment. In addition to the existing start-up service, a grant to support unemployed individuals that face greater economic barriers to starting a business is being made available. This discretionary grant will help up to 600 individuals become self-employed or start a business, between December 2020 and March 2021.

For further details please see the Business Wales website.

Employment and Career Support

If your employment has been affected by coronavirus or its effect on the economy, there is a wide range of support available. The follows link provide details upon possible assistance at this time.

Communities For Work Plus is a Welsh Government funded project, delivered by Ceredigion County Council which supports individuals in or at risk of poverty, aged 16 or over, across Ceredigion and throughout Wales. Participants may be experiencing in-work poverty, unemployment, living on minimum wage or struggling to pay basic monthly outgoings on sporadic zero hour contracts.

Visit our Communities for Work Plus page for more information.

Ceredigion Workways + offers training, qualifications, volunteering placements, paid work experience opportunities and a personal mentoring service to help people get their lives back on track.

Visit our Workways + page for more information.

Provide resources to enable job-searchers to find work. They offer information about training opportunities and administer claims for benefits such as Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, and Jobseeker's Allowance.

Visit the Job Centre Plus website for more information.

Working Wales can help you to get into a job, up-skill through courses and training, and to find suitable support and funding opportunities.

Visit the Working Wales website for more information.

Careers Wales we can help you to plan your career, prepare to get a job, and find and apply for the right apprenticeships, courses and training.

Visit the Careers Wales website for more information.

These pages provide information about the changes the government has brought in to support people who are already claiming benefits, need to claim benefits, or are at risk of losing their job as a result of coronavirus.

Visit the Department for Work & Pensions website for more information.

Further Advice and Support

If you want to get in touch with Ceredigion County Council concerning the issues above, please use the Contact Us section at the top of the page.

Ceredigion County Council are currently working with Welsh Government to ascertain what additional support will be made available to businesses that do not qualify for the support available currently.

If you wish to contact the Council’s Economic Development team, please email cynnalycardi@ceredigion.gov.uk.