COVID-19 Advice

We have created useful downloads and information to help in the reopening of your business.

You will also find the latest information from the government.


Please note: that all information is intended as a guide, as each one of your business models will be unique and individual to you.

We are not providing legal advise and as such you should obtain this through the correct channels from your own solicitor/legal team to ensure that any forms you are using for legal purposes would satisfy that of your country law.


Downloads

The following documents are available for you to download and in line with government recommendations 1/6/2020, please check on government sites for the most up to date information


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The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant

The scheme currently allows applicants to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

If you’re eligible and have not yet claimed the first grant you must make your claim on or before 13 July 2020.


Extension to the scheme

This scheme is being extended. You’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant in August 2020.The online service for the second and final grant is not available yet. We will update this guidance to let you know when you can make your claim. If you’re eligible, the second and final grant will be a taxable grant worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering a further 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.  

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: 

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June.

This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June, in order for the current 3 week furlough period to be completed by 30 June. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims will be published on 12 June.


Apply for the Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund:

Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme.


What you get

You can get a grant of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000.


Eligibility

You’re potentially eligible if your business:

·         is based in England

·         has fewer than 50 employees

·         has fixed building costs such as rent

·         was trading on 11 March 2020

·         has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus


We’ve asked local councils to prioritise businesses such as:

·         small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, such as units in industrial parks or incubators

·         regular market traders

·         bed and breakfasts paying council tax instead of business rates

·         charity properties getting charitable business rates relief, which are not eligible for small business rates relief     or rural rate relief

Local councils have discretion about how to prioritise this funding. Please check with your council for details of their scheme.

You cannot apply if your business is in administration, insolvent or has received a striking-off notice.

If you’re already claiming funding

You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under another government grant scheme, such as:

·         Small Business Grant Fund

·         Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

·         Fisheries Response Fund

·         Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme

·         Zoos Support Fund

·         Dairy Hardship Fund

 

You’re still eligible if you’ve applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

Businesses that apply for the discretionary grants scheme can still apply for coronavirus-related loans if they’re eligible.

How to apply

Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply:

Find the website for your local council.

What happens next

Your local council will run an application process and decide whether to offer you a grant.

You do not have to pay the grant back but it will be taxable. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.