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Sector specific support for North Somerset business

Food and Drink businesses

The Food Works team  are available to support your businesses during this time and can answer any business and technical support queries remotely. If you are starting a business, diversifying or need extra space to cope with demand during this period then please also do enquire about business units, development kitchens & storage, Tel: 01934 411272 or Email: 

In light of the current phase of response to the Covid-19 outbreak the Environmental Health and Economy teams have received many enquiries from businesses and individuals wishing to support their local communities through offers of food collection and delivery through to food meal production, distribution and delivery. We have pulled these queries together as a set of Frequently asked Questions (FAQs) to help keep you and your customers safe.

Food and Drink businesses advice

Business Companion who provide free and impartial legal guidance for businesses have created dedicated guidance for food industry businesses during the pandemic.

North Somerset Council trading standards have written two essential FAQ’s relating to food and safety and licensing to support effective decision making in the hospitality and leisure sector. They can be found here: Getting back to business and working safely during (COVID-19)

Exporting businesses

For guidance on what DIT is doing to support businesses impacted by Coronavirus, including supply chain disruption support and UKEF support available for businesses who export to China, please go to: 

Department of International trade have established three schemes to help exporters:  

Export Working Capital Scheme: 

Export Insurance Policy: 

Direct Lending Facility: 

Questions from UK businesses about the impact Coronavirus may have on their business and requests for DIT support should be emailed to

Construction businesses

The industry’s leading trade and representative bodies are collaborating to keep the sector informed across a range of issues including: funding and grants, health and safety, insurance, CSCS and employment rights.  Regular joint briefings are being published to inform all aspects of the sector through online publications including: and

Creative industries

Arts Council England Launch £160m Covid-19 Emergency Funding 

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced a £160 million funding package to help individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector during the Covid-19 crisis. 

The following funding streams will be made available: 

  • Funding for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) – £90 million will be made available to NPOs to help reboot their creative work and alleviate financial pressures. 
  • Funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio – £50 million will be made available to organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. Organisations who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are welcome to apply for this support. 
  • Funding for individuals – £20 million will be made available to individuals (including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers) so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months. 

Further guidance on the emergency funding streams will be published on 30 March. Potential applicants will need to register on ACE’s application portal Grantium by Friday 3 April 2020. 

More information available at: 

There is a range of other support and advice available for creative businesses.  Please follow this link for more information and detail: Support for Creative Industries due to the impact of Coronavirus

Education and training providers

We understand uncertainty educational settings are facing at the moment and concerns around potential financial implications for many institutions.

The current guidance for education providers can be found here

The latest advice from the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills is for colleges in significant financial difficulties to contact their ESFA territorial team regarding the existing support arrangements including emergency funding.

Recent updates from ESFA are available here

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