Elford Village

Supporting businesses to reopen

Businesses across Lichfield District are being urged to seek advice and help as they prepare to reopen in April.

Lichfield District Council is working with local businesses to make sure they have the support they need to get back up and running in readiness for non-essential retail reopening from 12 April. This follows the Government’s announcement in February of the roadmap for the phased lifting of lockdown measures.

This will include distributing Restart Grants to non-essential retail businesses and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses, as soon as the Government issues guidance on how the grants will be paid.   

In the meantime, businesses are being encouraged to check they have Covid-secure arrangements in place for their staff and customers and that all their risk assessments are up to date.

With venues only permitted to serve food and drink outside in step 2 of the roadmap, hospitality venues are being encouraged to take advantage of changes in legislation to the process of applying for a pavement licence. It takes just ten working days to process a pavement license for al fresco dining. Find out how to apply at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/pavementlicence

The council’s information officer will be reaching out to businesses to offer them support as they plan to reopen. This is through the Reopening High Streets Safely project, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

As part of this, the council is re-issuing the free #LoveLocal resources pack, which includes posters, social distancing floor stickers and a shop window vinyl.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Development, said:“With the continued fall in coronavirus rates, and as more of us receive the Covid-19 vaccine, it means we are on track to being able to reopen non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality and personal care premises from 12 April.

“We are all looking forward to seeing our high streets come alive again, and we’re reaching out to businesses now to make sure they are ready. If you are a local business and you need our help or advice, please do get in touch with us.”

The council also produces LDC Business News, which is a monthly email newsletter to promote local business news, grants and initiatives. To sign up for it, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/businessenews.