Town Centre gains momentum It’s great to see so much going on in our town centre with the new Riverside Park looking good and pubs opening their outside hospitality areas. We look forward to 17th May and the next stage of the easing of lockdown restrictions when cafes, pubs, bars can open inside and outdoor social contact is relaxed. Performance and sporting events resume with social distancing. Andover is safe, easy and enjoyable. youtube.com/watch?v=lxHOn2UdaaM&feature=share... See MoreSee Less
Test Valley Borough Council have received their allocation of this grant from government and last week paid out nearly £1m to Test Valley Businesses. If your business has been in receipt of a previous grant, we understand you need not apply. Our advice to you however is to use this link and start an application because once you have done that, you will be in the system and have a reference number.
As many local businesses prepare behind the scenes to reopen after this lockdown, yesterday’s Prime Minister’s confirmation yesterday that we are on target to start to reopen from next Monday, 12th April has been warmly welcomed. Steve Godwin from Andover BID says that the confirmation came as many town centre businesses just can’t wait to welcome people back again. Todays great news that High Street Peacock’s store has been saved is also welcomed locally.
World Recycling Day Andover BID working closely with Grist Environmental a family business and providing a cost neutral Waste Charter for Andover businesses. Our charter ensures business waste is recycled with nothing to landfill. On World Recycling day, climate change is threatening our environment and it is important to all take action to preserve our planet’s future and protect the Earth’s valuable natural resources. Recycling (by both businesses and residents) saves more CO2 emissions each year than those generated by the entire aviation industry. #andover#shoplocal#shopwhereyoulive Further information: www.andoverbid.co.uk... See MoreSee Less
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is ending on March 31st. While a Recovery Loan Scheme was announced in the recent budget, businesses will be required to meet the costs of interest payments from the outset. So now is the last chance to secure additional funds via the CBIL scheme - alongside benefits like no repayments for 12 months - to help your business rebound as lockdown restrictions, apply: www.testvalley.gov.uk/business/businessgrantsandsupport/grantsandfunding Further details: www.andoverbid.co.uk/... See MoreSee Less
Andover Town Centre Prepares for the lifting of lockdown restrictions An interesting glimpse of what is happening behind the scenes in town. Businesses are decorating, retail window displays are being prepared, pubs are advertising for staff. Today, The Globe. in the High Street is advertising, jobs, jobs, jobs whilst Active Staff the recruitment Agency say they have plenty of unfilled vacancies, permanent, temporary, part time, full time. Andover prepares to come alive again. April 12th is the day that government tell us non-essential retail can open again. Andover, Safe, Easy & Enjoyable. #andover#shoplocal#shopwhereyou live www.andoverbid.org.uk... See MoreSee Less
Let's hope everyone sticks to the rule or we will be back to square 1 again
Government route out of lockdown starts today
As we begin to see COVID restrictions lift in a controlled way from today, children able to go back to school and we are all able to meet with one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise. Meanwhile businesses are planning and looking forward to 12th April when non-essential retail, outside hospitality and most outdoor settings can reopen and 17th May when the rule of six comes in for indoor hospitality. Businesses are working out how they individually benefit from last Wednesdays budget, details here: www.gov.uk/government/news/budget-2021-what-you-need-to-know Further detail available from Andover BID www.andoverbid.co.uk/... See MoreSee Less
Andover businesses who have applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for the period of 16th February to 31st March 2021 will be paid automatically once funding has been received from government. Those who have previously applied do NOT need to do so again however, businesses that have not applied can still do so if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Businesses fully meeting the criteria will be awarded the following amounts:
Rateable value under £15,000: £2,096 Rateable value between £15,000 to £51,000: £3,143 Rateable value over £51,000: £4,714
The LRSG is open to businesses that have a business rate account, where premises are closed by national restrictions. Full details can be found on Test Valley Borough Council website:
Chancellor’s Budget & early spring weather brings cheer to Andover high street
There is early spring optimism today as businesses look forward to details of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spring budget on Wednesday. The £5bn grant scheme for businesses is aimed at supporting them in reopening their businesses after lockdown. Today, the high street is alive with activity as new high street businesses prepare to open whilst BID works closely with existing businesses planning a campaign to promote Andover as a Safe, Easy and enjoyable place to visit & shop. Further details www.andoverbid.org.uk