Latest updates for your business The team at AND Business is here to support and respond to your business needs.
Self Employed Income Support Scheme  The fourth grant will cover the period February – April 2021. It will cover 80% of three months average trading profits capped at £7,500. It will now take into account 2019 – 2020 tax returns and will be open to those who became self-employed in tax year 2019 to 2020.   Find out more
Contactless Click and Collect  A contactless click-and-collect service for baby equipment shops, clothing shops, footwear shops, and electrical goods shops was permitted to start from 8th March 2021. A three-step arrangement is in place to operate the service in a safe and regulated way.  Find out more
Funding Information Session  26 March 2021 10am – 11am  Ards and North Down Borough Council are delighted to host this invaluable session on the range of financial supports currently available to support you and your business through this difficult time. Following the session you will have the opportunity to have an individual advice session with a Specialist Adviser. Register now
Micro Food Business Investment Scheme  The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a £1 million capital grant scheme to help existing micro food businesses to upscale production to secure new markets for their products. The scheme is open for Expressions of Interest from 8 March 2021 for six weeks.   Find out more
National Minimum Wage  National Minimum Wage is set to increase from 1 April 2021. The minimum age for National Living Wage is dropping from 25 to 23. HMRC is hosting webinars for businesses, to help you understand what this means for your business.   Find out more
Apprenticeships in Manufacturing  Belfast Region City Deal partners are shining the spotlight on apprenticeships, with a series of webinars for employers, funded by the Department for the Economy’s Apprenticeship Challenge Fund. The first in the series focuses on apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector.   Find out more
Ards and North Down Virtual Job Fair  The Department for Communities in partnership with Ards & North Down Borough Council is hosting an online virtual job fair on Thursday 25 March 2021. If you’re looking for work or employment advice, register for the virtual event and find out what opportunities are available.  Find out more
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Mind Body Business – Online Well Checks Various dates throughout the month of March.

The Mind Body Business programme is offering free Well Checks delivered by Chest Heart and Stroke to local business owners and their employees. Use code MBB21 when registering. Register now
Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Creative Businesses? 16 March | 10:00 – 12:00

The final event of the E-commerce Journey is a panel discussion designed to look at the pro’s and con’s of embracing social media for business. Register Now
SHINE Programme: Social Selling Excellence 18 March | 10:30 – 12:30

This event is part of the SHINE programme of events. Attendees will explore social selling fundamentals and how they can integrate social selling into their marketing and sales activities.  Register Now
Please keep checking our websitefor the latest Coronavirus Business Support Information and Information on the EU Exit.

If you need business support or advice please email signaladmin@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or telephone 028 9147 3788