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Business Support

Don’t forget the Council’s Economic Development team is still here. We are working hard to keep supporting our local businesses to help minimise the impact of Covid-19. Contact us to keep up to date with business support developments.

Economic Resilience Fund (ERF)

The Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) is now open to applications

The Welsh Government is making a further package of business support available through the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF). The ERF will provide support in the form of cash grants for businesses, social enterprises and charities and associated supply chain businesses that have experienced / will continue to experience a material negative impact as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) for the period 1st of May 2021 to 30th of June 2021 directly impacted by the restrictions in place from the beginning of the period.

Specifically, the ERF will support businesses that are either:

a) Forced to remain closed by the on-going restrictions between 1 May 2021 and 30 June 2021

b) Unable to open indoors between 1 May 2021 and 17 May 2021

c) A venue which caters exclusively for weddings and events with a regulatory restriction capacity of 30 guests (but can accommodate a greater amount in normal circumstances)

d) A supply chain business that generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses falling into categories a), b) and/or c)

AND (in addition this applies to all the above):

Have experienced a material negative impact through reduced turnover of 60% or more in May and June 2021 as compared to May and June 2019 caused directly by on-going COVID-19 restrictions.

The grant will be open to applications from 1st June 2021 and will close at 5pm on the 30th June 2021.

The Fund is administered in two parts; support for businesses with a turnover greater that £85,000 will be provided directly by the Welsh Government; support for businesses with a turnover of less than £85,000 is administered by Local Authorities. Turnover levels should be for a normal trading year or an estimate if the business started post March 2020.

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Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund

Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund is making emergency, fast-track funding available for organisations in the Fund area (the upper reaches of the Neath, Afan, Rhondda and Cynon Valleys).

There will be two funds:

  • Survival Fund: to provide emergency cashflow funding for organisations at risk of closure
  • Project Fund: to support additional services that meet immediate community needs

Pen Y Cymoedd also has grants available for businesses:

  • Micro fund – up to £5,000 – this is a one stage application
  • Vision fund - £5,001 to £25,000 – this is also a one stage application
  • Vision fund + - £25,001 upwards – this is a two stage application

 

Support for the Creative & Leisure Sectors

For support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis please click here 

Freelancer Fund

Funding for freelancers will open early May and be delivered by local authorities. To find out more, please visit www.businesswales.gov.wales

£750k Emergency Relief Fund

To support the smallest and most vulnerable independent sector sport, museum and heritage organisations with cash flow and other critical issues.

This includes two grant programmes administered by the Welsh Museums Federation and Sport Wales.

Visit Funding Wales’s dedicated coronavirus webpage to find out what grants and finance opportunities are currently available to charities, community groups and social enterprises. Funding Wales is a funding search platform created by Third Sector Support Wales.

Click here for more information: https://funding.cymru/pages/coronavirus-latest/

 

The Council's Work Station is able to support recruiting companies fill local job vacancies. If you would like to speak with one of our Employer Liaison Officers please get in touch 01639 684250 / workstation@npt.gov.uk

For the latest guidance on returning to work safely, useful toolkits for businesses, downloadable signs, etc., visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

To tackle the spread of Coronavirus, Welsh Government have produced Keep Wales Safe at Work guidance for employers and employees – last updated 28th July 2020

VAT Deferral will defer Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020.

Time to Pay Service can provide support to business and self-employed people with outstanding tax liabilities.

Business Wales have launched a series of FREE webinars adapted on how business can react to the changing times due to Covid-19 Coronavirus, these include:

  • Importance of diversification in troubled times & How to diversify quickly
  • Recovery And Growth, Planning Post Coronavirus Trading
  • Accessing Business Finance

To book yourself onto a webinar please visit Business Wales Event Finder.

Business Wales continues to provide up to date information on how businesses and employers should deal with COVID-19 issues and highlights the support that is available from both the UK and Welsh Government. To access visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

A range of useful information for businesses is also available via Gov.uk website: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-wales

Buy Local NPT is a council initiative aimed at supporting our local businesses and communities in these difficult times. You may be a business that wants to support local communities with food or shopping deliveries, or you may be looking to partner with another business to supply services for local people. If so, then register today.

How the new NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme can help protect your staff and your business (for businesses in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot)

If any of your staff are showing signs of Coronavirus, getting tested for the virus is essential.

It will help reduce spread of the virus, help us trace others who may be affected and enable those who test negative to return to work more quickly.

What we would like you to do:

  • Help keep your staff safe by following Welsh Government Coronavirus advice
  • Raise awareness among your staff about the NHS Test Trace Protect service
  • Encourage your staff to get tested if they have symptoms of the virus
  • Help us trace people who have come into close contact with someone who's tested positive
  • Share with your staff links to our local health service and Welsh Government websites about the virus
  • You can find useful posters and other downloads for your workplace here 

Details about the Testing and Tracing service, how it operates and where our testing centres can be found are on the Swansea Bay University Board website

More information about Test, Trace, Protect, including advice for businesses and employees, can be found on the Welsh Government's website

By working together we'll be able to play our part in enabling the Welsh Government to ease lockdown restrictions and encourage economic recovery in our communities, and together we'll help keep Swansea and Neath Port Talbot safe.

Find out more about the Welsh Government's response to Coronavirus here

Child minders, nurseries, crèches and out of school clubs can apply for up to £5,000 to cover loss of income between 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.

The grant is a one-off, non-repayable payment provided by Welsh Government. 

https://gov.wales/apply-childcare-providers-grant-coronavirus

Applications For Exception For Accommodation Providers During The Level 4 Lockdown

Accommodation businesses within Neath Port Talbot are now able to apply to NPTCBC for an exception to the Welsh Government Coronavirus legislation which will allow them to take bookings from eligible individuals during the Level 4 Lockdown (which commenced at 12pm on 19/12/20).

During this lockdown period exception certificates shall be provided for the whole premises for the duration of the restrictions and accommodation providers will be expected to self-regulate their eligible bookings under the exception certificate. Spot checks will be undertaken by Enforcement Officers to ensure compliance.

Accommodation providers should not accept bookings until they have received an exception certificate from NPTCBC.  To request an application form please email tourism@npt.gov.uk

Any enquires relating to providing accommodation for homeless individuals during the firebreak lock down should be directed to the NPTCBC Housing Options Team on 01639 685219 (press 1 at the end to connect) or email housingoptions@npt.gov.uk

The Kickstart support firms to offer six-month work placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are in receipt of Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers will get £1,000 per placement to support any set up costs, training or equipment required.

Neath Port Talbot Council acts as a Gateway Representative (local agent) for the Kickstart programme.

Our employability team will be providing a full package of support for both the placement and the employer, through reviews and support sessions.

How to get involved

To find out more or to apply , email us on kickstart@npt.gov.uk or telephone 01639 684250