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‘Thank you NHS and Care Workers’: Sandwell Council and local artist pay tribute with a huge winged sculpture


Sandwell sculptor Luke Perry has created a four-metre tall sculpture of a winged medical worker to pay tribute to all our NHS and social care workers. The statue has been installed at Lightwoods Park in Bearwood to be visible to many hospital and care workers on their way to and from work.

GRANTfinder – Free Funding Information for businesses


GRANTfinder – the UK’s leading provider of funding information to the business, voluntary and public sector – has announced that it is offering all councils six months’ free access to a new online funding portal

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early


The government’s scheme to support the self-employed has today opened for claims.

Wednesbury company takes Komfort in profits boost


Despite the current situation, Wednesbury firm Komfort has some good news to celebrate – both turnover and pre-tax profits rose in 2019.

Nearly 70% of business grant applications in Sandwell now processed – more than 3,000 businesses paid


Vital grants have now been paid to more than 3,000 Sandwell businesses – worth a total of £34.4 million – to help them during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This means nearly 70% of grants requested by businesses have now been processed.

Sandwell freight company completes office deal in West Bromwich


Oldbury-based freight services business City Logistics has completed on the purchase of a West Bromwich office building.

Smethwick firm combats uncertainty with investment


Historic Smethwick business James Lister and Sons is fighting back against COVID-19 and Brexit uncertainty with £300,000 of investment.

Glamping is coming to Sandwell Valley


Glamping could be coming to Sandwell! Plans to improve leisure facilities in Sandwell in time for the Commonwealth Games 2022 have been unveiled.

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Business grants paid to over 2,400 Sandwell businesses – but more than 1,700 still need to apply


Sandwell Council has paid ‘lifeline’ grants to more than 2,400 businesses – totalling nearly £28 million – to help them tackle the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. But more than 1,700 potentially eligible Sandwell businesses still need to submit their applications if they want to claim funds available.

HMRC invites self-employed to get ready to make their claims


This week, HMRC will start contacting around 3.5 customers who may be eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to explain the application process and help them get ready to make a claim.