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Dear Stratford Business,

In this newsletter, you will find out about our upcoming initiatives, including outdoor social distancing signage which will be installed in the next few weeks. Newham becomes the first London Borough to trial the Test and Trace App, the Council has organised webinars for businesses to learn more about this. We also cover the latest guidance from UKHospitality, Central Government and TfL travel advice for businesses and employees, Mayor of London's Back to Business Fund, London Business Accelerator Programme, and more. 
 Social distancing signage installation 
 
The outdoor floor stickers will be installed within the next few weeks around the Stratford Town Centre. The outdoor stickers will include social distancing requirements and help your customers queueing safely. In order to avoid queues interfering with each other, we are going to use two colours - dark blue and light blue to minimise confusion for users. 

Get in touch in case you would like to share your thoughts or require more information at info@stratfordoriginal.com

Newham will be piloting the new Test and Trace app. Residents in Newham will receive unique codes to receive early access to download the app via email and post. They will be part of a trial which will monitor performance and identify improvements ready for a national launch.

Prior to every resident in the Borough receiving their letter, Newham Council is organising webinars specifically for businesses. Sign up to the following sessions: 

Thursday 20th August 12 – 1pm

Thursday 20th August 5 – 6pm

To book a place on any of the above webinars please send an email to NewhamBusinessDesk@newham.gov.uk 

Some Important Information & News
  • UKHospitality Guidance: Covid-19 secure advice and risk assessment for hospitality business (updates from August the 11th) - find the full version here
  • Government Guidance: Working safely during coronavirus (updates from August the 12th):

The visitor economy
Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
Hotels and other guest accommodation

Close contact services
 

  • The Government launched two new leadership programmes: the Small Business Leadership Programme and the Peer Networks Programme. Find more here
  • Travel guidance for businesses and employees to help return to the workplace (updated from August the 7th). Click here. 
  • TfL have launched TfL Go, the new travel app to help you move safely and sustainably, allowing to follow safer travel guidance.
  • Mayor of London's Back to Business Fund: The Mayor’s £1m Back to Business Fund offers up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform. How to apply & more details - here
  • EU Exit Hub -  is a newly launched resource to help businesses to start preparing for before the transition period ends and point them towards the right guidance. 
  • London Business Accelerator Programme - deadline the 31st August at 5pm - intensive 2 month virtual free programme is offered to 30 of the most ambitious SMEs in London. Find more details here
This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees.

As the employer, you will be able to claim the bonus after you have filed PAYE information for Ja‌nu‌ar‌y 2021, and the bonus will be paid from Fe‌br‌ua‌ry 2021. More detailed guidance, including how you can claim the bonus online, will be available by the end of September. 

Read more here. 
Culture at Risk - Resources

What to do if your business or a venue you care about is at risk of closure? Check out the list of sector-specific information, advice and support schemes from across this network prepared by the Culture at Risk team along with organisations across London’s night-time economy and culture and creative industries.

Learn more here.
Is your business participating in the Scheme? Let us know and we will add your business you our listing here. 

The restaurants participating in the scheme will be able to offer half-price meals every Monday to Wednesday throughout August. Learn more.
PPE Waste Disposal Bin Offer 

We will be subsidising the first PPE bin for you:
  • First PPE bin - £11.50
  • Subsequent PPE bin - £23.00
To sign up you can call, email or order online and the subsidy will be automatically applied. 

0333 300 3448 
customers@thefirstmile.co.uk
Have you got yours already? The distribution has begun and many businesses across the BID area have already received their re-starter kits. If you would like to get one please fill out the form below. 

The restarter kit contains: 
  • Social distancing inside floor stickers
  • The Risk Assessment form 
  • Safe Re-opening guidance 
  • Contactless payment leaflet 
  • Face Shields
Please note, all the signage are for the indoor use only. 
 
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What’s on members
Mexicasa

is participating in the Government's "Eat out to Help out" initiative. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August, you can get 50% off meals and soft drinks at Mexicasa!
HS&Co
 
Get 50% off food and soft drinks every Mon-Wed this month as part of the Eat Out to Help Out Government scheme Booking is advisable so call 020 8555 3322 to book!⁠
Stratford East  

FREE online Summer Schools for young people in #Newham and surrounding areas.
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