Fenland for Business is responsible for supporting economic development and business growth in Fenland. Delivered by Fenland District Council, we are here to support new businesses to start, help local firms to grow and attract new investors to settle in the area.
We're experts on our region's economy with an excellent knowledge of our local businesses - what they do, how they work and what they need to continue being successful.
Our services support the activity of Fenland's businesses by proactively developing networks so organisations can make the most of new opportunities and tackle local business issues collaboratively.
We're also here to help businesses thinking of establishing a presence in Fenland by supplying them with business critical information and helping them to develop strategic local connections. With our knowledge of the local economy, Fenland for Business is perfectly placed to provide unique and detailed insight that can inform strategic decision making by companies that call Fenland home and businesses that are new to or interested in the area.
If you need support developing your business or are thinking of bringing your company to the Fenland area, talk to us. We provide a professional, impartial and free service to any organisation. Once we have an understanding of your company's needs, we will provide you with the intelligence you need and connect you directly to the organisations and experts best equipped to help you succeed.
Whether you have a great business idea, are looking to grow your existing business or are interested in establishing a presence in Fenland, we're here to help you with independent and free support. With our network of partner organisations and deep knowledge of the local economy, we can help with any business-related enquiry. Our particular specialisms lie in:
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There are a number of grants available to support businesses that have had to close, or have been significantly impacted, by Coronavirus restrictions.
A grant of up to £10,000 is available to help local businesses and organisations based in and around Whittlesey and Wisbech to invest in assets that will help with recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, improve competitiveness, stimulate growth, enhance productivity and create local jobs.
Applications for the Business Capital Grant Scheme (BCGS) for capital expenditure is open to small or medium size enterprises (SMEs) or organisations, including charities, located in and around Whittlesey and Wisbech. SMEs are defined as having fewer than 250 employees.
Only capital funding is available through this grant scheme.
Full details and how to apply can be found at https://fenland.gov.uk/BCGS
The government published its COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 roadmap earlier this week. Following publication of this document, the Council received confirmation that it should pay businesses currently in receipt of Local Restrictions Support Grant a further grant covering the 44-day period from 16 February 2021 - 31 March 2021. We are currently awaiting receipt of funds from Government and we expect to start paying these grants next week. The payment is based on the same daily rate as that was used previously. Businesses do not need to re-apply. Further details can be found below. The Council has decided to follow the same approach for the Supplementary Winter Lockdown Grant and a top-up payment of £1,257 will be paid out to all businesses in respect of the period 16 February 2021 - 31 March 2021.
In the current crisis many businesses in Fenland have been able to adapt how they can provide goods and services now and for the future. The majority of local businesses are owned and run by local people, local members of the Fenland community. Please support your local business community by buying from them whenever possible. Take a look at who can provide you with what you're looking for by clicking here:
1. Business Support
Businesses will now be able to access government support to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus. The webpage below helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes are open and how to apply.
2. COVID-19 early outbreak management action cards help fight the virus
The action cards provide instructions to anyone responsible for a business or organisation on what to do in the event of one or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your organisation.
These quick-reference guides provide key steps to help you quickly identify, report and respond to any potential COVID-19 outbreak within your local community. A COVID-19 outbreak is one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19, depending on the type of organisation.
For details piease click here