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Productivity Support Scheme pilot

About the scheme

The Productivity Support Scheme provides grants to Jersey businesses primarily to enable them to make productivity gains that they would not be likely to achieve without financial support.

Productivity is defined as value added (total salaries and profits) per full-time equivalent employee. The term used is generally Gross Value Added (GVA) per Full Time Equivalent (FTE).

The pilot scheme

The pilot scheme will match-fund (on a 50/50 basis) projects with estimated total costs that are over £5,000 and under £60,000 (match funding will be a minimum of £2500 and a maximum of £30,000)

Projects must:

  • have a positive impact on value areas such as cost base, revenue, efficiency or investment, and
  • ultimately lead to an increase in productivity of at least 5% over a pre-agreed period. 

Projects must be led by a team within the applying organisation. Priority will be given to applicants which demonstrate the greatest level of productivity gain. 

Who can apply

To qualify, businesses must:

  • have been operating for at least 18 months
  • be registered and controlled in Jersey
  • hold a business licence under the Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012
  • employ more than one and fewer than 20 FTEs (applications for larger firms may be considered by exception)  
  • demonstrate that, where government funding for productivity support has been received in the previous 3 years, the application is for a project which is materially different and will not duplicate all, or any part of, previous government-funded projects
  • not already be in the process of applying for government funding for productivity support through a separate scheme (with the exception of specific Covid-related assistance) 

The following entities and projects are excluded from the scheme:

  • agriculture and marine economy companies already in receipt of Rural Initiative Scheme grant funding in 2021 / or across 2021 as part of an existing longer-term productivity improvement project
  • upskilling and skills development projects  (support available through Skills Jersey)
  • Government departments, States-owned entities, arms-length organisations, charities and not for profit organisations (support available through fiscal stimulus funding
  • redundancy costs
  • projects entirely managed and provided by external consultants 
  • companies which have already made an application to the PSS pilot. 

How to apply

All applications must be via Jersey Business before Wednesday 15 September 2021. To apply:

  1. read the guidance note for the Pilot Productivity Support Scheme to make sure you're eligible
  2. complete an expression of interest via Jersey Business to determine that your business:
    • is eligible
    • has identified areas of business change that can improve its productivity
    • has a fully costed project plan for the business change that can improve its productivity
    • has not yet identified areas of improvement and requires further productivity support through Jersey Business advisors
  3. if your application meets these criteria, Jersey Business will undertake a business health check and productivity project review
  4. review, complete and sign the following documents (available through Jersey Business):
    • Board resolution document or personal declaration by the registered business owner
    • Declaration Statement
  5. Complete the application form (Jersey Business will help) and email it to togther with:
    • fully-costed project plan
    • completed application form
    • declaration statement and applicant board resolution (or personal declaration by the registered business owner
    • accounts (audited if appropriate)

Outcomes of your application

Jersey Business will provide appropriate ongoing business support around productivity and business improvement if you're not recommend to apply, 

If you do apply, your application will first be assessed for eligibility and completeness. You may be asked for additional information if required. 

Applications that are confirmed as eligible and complete will be forwarded to the PSS Panel for evaluation. 

If the PSS Panel approve you application, you will receive an Offer Letter outlining the details of the award. If your application is unsuccessful you will receive an email from the Department for the Economy explaining why you were unsuccessful.

How applications are assessed

Applications are primarily considered against the criteria:

  • project demonstrates a positive impact on value areas such as cost base, revenue, efficiency or investment, and
  • project will ultimately lead to an increase in productivity of at least 5% over a pre-agreed period

Government will also consider whether:

  • the applicant is an accredited Living Wage Employer and has living wage requirements in standard terms and conditions for third-party supplier contracts
  • the project can demonstrate support for Jersey’s Performance Framework Outcomes
  • Jersey-based third-party suppliers/contractors have been contracted to fulfil some of the project requirements 

Why the scheme is being launching

The primary aim of the pilot Productivity Support Scheme is to enable firms in Jersey to make productivity gains that they would not be likely to achieve without support. In doing so, the scheme works towards achieving the Common Strategic Policy of a sustainable, vibrant and inclusive economy. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on Jersey’s economy, the effects of which will continue for some time. The pandemic has shone a light on business resilience in Jersey and has accelerated many of the challenges that businesses in Jersey have faced for some time around productive growth. 

The PSS has a vital role to play as part of Jersey’s Respond, Recover and Renew strategy and is one of a range of projects being funded to support economic recovery as outlined in the 2021 to 2024 Government Plan. 

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