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As you are all aware, the situation is now changing on a daily, sometimes hourly  basis, however we have managed to collate information from local and national government that should be give you the most up-to-date advice and guidance that we are aware of.

Business Grants for the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sector – register your interest now!

Good news – Welsh Government have confirmed cash grants will soon be made available to those businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality industry. These grants will be administered by Swansea Council’s Business Rates section. You can check your eligibility and register interest here:https://www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant  

Business Rates Relief:

Our Business Rates section are busy issuing new rates bills to businesses who qualify for a discount or exemption. You do not need to do anything. If your business qualifies, you will automatically receive a new rates bill. More details here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses

Measuring the impact of COVID and reporting back to Welsh Government:

We are working closely with our colleagues in Economic Development to monitor the impact of Covid on local businesses. In order to do this, we are logging all business enquiries we receive in regards to the coronavirus pandemic and the effect it’s having on the local economy, which we feed back to Welsh Government on a weekly basis. Please get in touch with any question, concern or issue you have so we can address it or pass it on to someone who can help. Email: Tourism.Team@swansea.gov.uk

Businesses required to close and exceptions:

Latest guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Please note exceptions have been made for hotels/B&Bs hosting key workers and cafés/restaurants offering food deliveries.

Are you offering local delivery services (food or other)? Please email Sue.Woodward@swansea.gov.uk who is currently compiling information on this.   

Alternative employment:

Our Workways+ team are doing everything they can to help people find alternative employment through this difficult time. There are businesses and organisations out there looking to take on additional staff and the Workways+ team are liaising with a number of employers, including NHS111, pharmacies and supermarket chains, who are recruiting food pickers and drivers. Anyone interested should call 01792 637112 or email:workways+@swansea.gov.uk

Update from the Government on Commercial Insurance: 
Government has issued the following guidance for businesses affected by Government ordered closures:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#commercial-insurance

Useful links to keep checking for the latest information:

Business Wales: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

Visit Wales: https://www.visitwales.com/coronavirus

Welsh Government: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Visit Britain: https://www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-new-coronavirus-latest-information-and-advice-for-businesses

Public Health Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

HM Government’s Coronavirus Businesses and Employers Bulletin:https://myemail.constantcontact.com/REISSUE–Coronavirus–COVID-19—-Businesses-and-Employers-Bulletin-24-03-20.html?soid=1101909707671&aid=SOtI2tbsfjI

Swansea Council daily updates: swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusadvice