Business support latest

The latest support grants to help Erewash businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rolled out, with Erewash Borough Council doing all it can to approve applications as quickly as possible in what are extremely difficult times.
 
Since the start of the pandemic in March, nearly £21m of support has been awarded in total to businesses in the borough and a further £1m issued in discretionary grants to small businesses not eligible for other support.
 
The council is now working through the latest applications for grants that offer support to eligible businesses that remained open but suffered a significant financial impact when Erewash went into Tier 2 on 17 October and those that were forced to close under the recent national lockdown that ended on 2 December.
 
In addition, an application form has gone online on the council’s website this week giving businesses that do not pay business rates the opportunity to apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant.
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“We know how urgent this grant support is for our business community and we do, I can assure you, understand how frustrating it must be waiting for the approval of applications. But I can promise everyone that we are working hard and we are dealing with the applications as quickly as we can.
 
“I would like to issue a heartfelt thank you for the patience and understanding shown. We need to make sure that each application meets the eligibility criteria set by the government or grant scheme. Once this is done, we make the grant payment without delay.”
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So far, more than 100 payments have been paid in the latest grants, totalling nearly £150,000. More than 1,200 applications have been made online, with more coming in, through the council’s My Erewash account.
 
Up-to-date details can be found at erewash.gov.uk and businesses are advised to register for a My Erewash business account at the website where full details of the grants’ criteria and online application forms are available.

Erewash placed in highest Tier

Erewash will go into the Very High Alert Tier 3 restrictions when the current national lockdown ends on 2 December, the government confirmed today.
 
The borough will join the rest of the county as Derbyshire faces the toughest restrictions in a bid to combat high levels of infections and ward off further spikes in the virus.
 
The government confirmed the news today, meaning Erewash residents and businesses must abide by the stringent measures from 2 December. 
 
It means that bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants will close but can provide takeaways or a delivery service. Indoor entertainment venues like bingo halls, bowling alleys and cinemas, along with tourist attractions must also close, with some exceptions.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said that while today’s announcement is disappointing, it is vital that residents continue to follow the guidance:
 
“News that we are in the highest Tier is tough to take, I understand that and I share that feeling. I also understand that many will be feeling battle-weary as the fight against this deadly virus goes on in what has been one of the most difficult years that many of us have lived through. But the fight must go on and, while I know there will be some who do not agree with the restrictions, I again appeal to everyone to continue to unite as a community and take our responsibilities seriously.
 
“We always knew this would be a challenging winter, but the recent news on vaccines gives us hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. As we prepare to enter the new Tier restrictions next week, my message remains the same – thank you for all your help in the fight over many months now and please continue to follow the guidelines to stay safe and take care of you, your families and our whole community.  As difficult as it is, we can get through this together.”
 
Residents can find details of the Tier 3 restrictions at the gov.uk website. To keep up-to-date on any changes use the NHS COVID-19 app, visit Derbyshire County Council’s postcode checker at derbyshire.gov.uk or gov.uk
 

Lighting up Erewash!

Erewash Borough Council will once again be turning on its Christmas lights this week in readiness for the festive season, albeit in a slightly different way this year. 
 
The extremely popular annual Christmas Light Switch on in Ilkeston and Long Eaton will be a virtual event this year, due to current lockdown restrictions.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will have the honour of counting down to the big switch on in Long Eaton at 7pm on Thursday 26  November followed by Ilkeston’s stunning festive lights being switched on by the Mayor at 7pm on Friday 27 November. 
 
Both events can be seen on Erewash Borough Council’s social media pages at facebook.com/erewashbc
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, says:
 
“2020 has really been a year like no other and many council events have sadly had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We know that many of our residents look forward to the lights switch on, even more so this year, to spread much needed happiness and festive cheer within Erewash in these unprecedented times
 
“I hope you, and your families, will join with me in the count down, and be able to watch the virtual switch on so we can celebrate this fantastic tradition together in the safest way possible.”
 

COVID-19 business support

More financial support for businesses in Erewash is on its way after the government released more funding to help local businesses hit by the pandemic.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Executive is due to confirm the details of how the latest grant schemes will be administered at a meeting on 1 December – plus any other restriction grants that might potentially be announced by the government due to new Tier restrictions expected to be announced this week.
 
Applications are open for businesses that were obliged to close under the latest national lockdown regulations. This affects those businesses in Erewash required to close with the introduction of the national lockdown on 5 November until the end on 2 December.
 
This follows the government funding for local businesses covering the period 17 October to 4 November when Erewash was in Tier 2 restrictions. Applications for these grants are open for 
eligible businesses that remained open but suffered a significant financial impact. The amount of money a business receives will depend on the rateable value.
 
Further support– called an Additional Restrictions Grant – is also now being finalised and the council will confirm the details of this scheme as soon as possible.
 
For updates and full details of the criteria for grants visit www.erewash.gov.uk Businesses are advised to register for a My Erewash business account via the website.   
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“As always, I can assure everyone we will work hard to get support out as quickly as possible. We are also working on the government’s Additional Restrictions Grant funding to put in place a local support scheme tailored to the needs of our business community here in Erewash.
 
“We understand these continue to be difficult and uncertain times and we are here to help. Please get in touch with us and let’s work together to get through this. It is a busy time, but registering for an online My Erewash business account is the best way to make contact and stay up-to-date.”
 
Full details of all business grants are on the council’s website, while all the latest information will be published on its Facebook and Twitter social media channels.
 

Spirit of Erewash

Residents, both young and old, are being offered a unique opportunity to submit their creative projects for a landmark community exhibition that will reflect on the community spirit shown across the borough during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The council’s Arts Development Team are creating an exhibition which will be launched in the new year called ‘The Art of Remembrance – Time on our Hands’ to showcase Erewash’s creative residents in this extraordinary year of lockdown. The exhibition will be recorded in Erewash Museum’s historical archive as a record of the times we live in.
 
The Arts Development Team is working with a professional artist to create a stunning multi-media exhibition and is urging residents of all ages – or groups who have collaborated on a project - to send in their art contributions by Thursday 17 December 2020.
 
They are keen to hear from anyone who has painted, written, drawn, sculpted, photographed, filmed, or even performed during this challenging year reflecting the spirit of Erewash during coronavirus. 
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, says:
 
“2020 will undoubtedly be part of our history for generations to come. The exhibition will show how we can remember this year in a positive light and display the many ways in which, during lockdown, we used art as a form of expressing our feelings and emotions at such a difficult time”. 
 
The project curator is Graham Elstone, multimedia artist, creative educator and project/technical manager, whose background in theatre and performance has now transferred to installation, visual arts and the creation of works using projection or moving image.
 
Anyone interested in taking part in the exhibition should submit their creative work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Work submitted should ideally be in a high res jpeg format with no more than 5 pieces submitted. Physical artwork can be accepted by arrangement.
 
Please check for updates on the exhibition at Facebook/ErewashMuseum or Erewash Museum on Twitter.
 
All the work collated will have an opportunity to be exhibited in a number of ways, but unfortunately not all work can be shown. If work is delivered via image/film, permission to use the work will be assumed, but further consent may need to be agreed for museum archives.