Covid19

NWAA has set up this COVID-19 page to support its members and partners. NWAA will be posting useful links and information from BEIS and the local authority each day.

Please feel free to get in touch with Sharon McDonald (sharon.mcdonald@aerospace.co.uk) or Claire Lambert (claire.lambert@aerospace.co.uk) if you wish to arrange a call to discuss how NWAA can support your business at this difficult time. 

Stay Safe!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS. These bulletins beloe are issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 9 October 2020

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to covid restrictions

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions.  

  • This scheme will cover businesses that, as a result of restrictions set by one or more of the four governments in the UK, are legally required to close their premises. This includes businesses that are required to provide only delivery and collection services from their premises, or food and drink outdoors from their premises.  
  • The government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employees’ salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month. 
  • Under the scheme, employers will not be required to contribute towards wages and only asked to cover NICS and pension contributions. Businesses will only be eligible to claim the grant while they are subject to restrictions and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days. 
  • The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. 
  • In line with the rest of the JSS, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December. Employees of firms that have been legally closed in the period before 1 November are eligible for the CJRS. 
  • The scheme is UK wide and the UK Government will work with the devolved administrations to ensure the scheme operates effectively across all four nations. 
  • Further guidance on the scheme will be set out by HMRC in due course. 

In addition to expansion of the JSS, the government is increasing the cash grants to businesses in England shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs. These grants will be linked to rateable values, with up to £3,000 per month payable every two weeks, compared to the up to £1,500 every three weeks which was available previously. 

The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from a £1.3 billion increase to their guaranteed funding for 2020-21 - allowing them to continue their response to Covid-19 including through similar measures if they wish. 

Taskforce for safe return to global travel launched

A new Global Travel Taskforce to support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel has been launched. The taskforce will consider further how government can support the sector to meet these challenges posed by COVID-19 to international travel. Work will begin with industry on how to safely reduce self-isolation period with testing. The taskforce will also consider a wide range of other measures to support the travel sector including developing a global framework to make travelling easier.  

New and Updated Guidance

UPDATED Guidance

Job Retention Bonus: Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the government’s Job Retention Bonus. Check your eligibility and find out how to apply. 

Advice for food businesses: Guidance for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, retailing and service of food has been updated. Please see the latest version here.  

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: Working safely guidance has been updated on the operation of soft play and indoor play areas and taking payment in licensed venues.  

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension: The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out here if you are eligible and how much you can get. Guidance is available on how HMRC will work out your trading profits and non-trading income if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus.  A video on how to claim the second grant step-by-step is also available

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: 30 November 2020 is the last day you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 31 October 2020. After this date you will not be able to submit any further claims or add to existing claims. More here.  

Cyber safety guide to help small businesses work securely online: The National Cyber Security Centre’s re-launched Small Business Guide sets out five key areas for businesses to help improve their cyber security.  The new-look guidance arrives at a time when many organisations have moved their operations online due to the coronavirus pandemic. It highlights accessible and actionable steps to take which have little to no cost. There is also guidance that helps small to medium sized organisations prepare their response to and plan their recovery from a cyber incident.  

Join a webinar

How has Government support helped your BAME business during the pandemic? Join this webinar with Nadhim Zahawi on Wednesday 14 October from 17:00-18:00 to discuss government support for BAME businesses during the pandemic. The webinar will include accounts from BAME businesses on how the government has supported them during the pandemic, and information about current business support for your business and the UK transition. 

UK Transition Business Webinars: Prepare your business for new rules from January 2021:  The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period means businesses should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021. Join a free webinar to understand the actions that your business needs to take before the end of the year. Sign-up to attend here.   

Travel corridors in England

From 4am Saturday 10 October, people arriving in England from the Greek Islands of Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos will not need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.   

The travel corridor list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate is available here. Countries and territories can be taken off or added to this travel corridor list at any time.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 2 October 2020

On Friday, HM Treasury and HMRC published the full guidance and updated the CJRS guidance.

Job Retention Bonus

The JRB was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs. The JRB allows employers to claim a one-off payment of £1,000 for every eligible employee they have furloughed and claimed for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and kept continuously employed until at least 31 January 2021. Employers do not have to pay this money to their employee.

The guidance published today further sets out details of employees who can be claimed for and specific cases such as employees who have been transferred under TUPE and claiming for individuals who are not employees.

The guidance also sets the timeline for when the bonus can be claimed. Employers will be able to claim the bonus from 15 February until 31 March, after they submit PAYE information for the period to 5 February 2021.

Finally, the guidance sets out some technical examples regarding how the minimum income threshold criteria works in practice when determining eligibility for the JRB.

For more information, the full guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-claim-the-job-retention-bonus-from-15-february-2021

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Updated CJRS guidance details how the scheme closes on 31 October and employers will need to make final claims on or before 30 November. They will not be able to submit or add to any claims after this date.

For more information, the full updated guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 24 September 2020

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.

Job support scheme

  • A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. Under the scheme, which will run for six months, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.
  • Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work - but for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary. In order to support only viable jobs, employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours. The level of grant will be calculated based on employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month. The Job Support Scheme will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme, with further guidance being published in due course.

 Self-employment income support scheme

  • The Government is continuing its support for millions of self-employed individuals by extending the Self Employment Income Support SchemeGrant (SEISS). An initial taxable grant will be provided to those who are currently eligible for SEISS and are continuing to actively trade but face reduced demand due to coronavirus. The initial lump sum will cover three months’ worth of profits for the period from November to the end of January next year. This is worth 20% of average monthly profits, up to a total of £1,875. An additional second grant, which may be adjusted to respond to changing circumstances, will be available for self-employed individuals to cover the period from February 2021 to the end of April.

Tax cuts and deferrals

 

  • The temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sectors will be extended to the end of March next year. In addition, business who deferred their VAT bills will be given more breathing space through the New Payment Scheme, which gives them the option to pay back in smaller instalments. Self-assessment taxpayers will be able to benefit from a separate additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the “Time to Pay” self-service facility, meaning payments deferred from July 2020, and those due in January 2021, will now not need to be paid until January 2022.

Giving businesses flexibility to pay back loans

  • Businesses who took out a Bounce Back Loan will be given the option to repay their loan over a period of up to ten years through a new Pay as You Grow flexible repayment system. Interest-only periods of up to six months and payment holidays will also be available to businesses.
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders will be given the ability to extend the length of loans from a maximum of six years to ten years if it will help businesses to repay the loan.

The government is extending four temporary loan schemes to 30 November 2020 for new applications: As a result, more businesses will now be able to benefit from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business 

Restrictions on businesses and venues in England

From 24 September, businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, and adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include take-aways, but delivery and drive-thru services can continue after 10pm.

In both indoor and outdoor licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table. Licensed and unlicensed businesses must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that the customer remains seated whilst consuming the food or drink on the premises. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 10pm, but only if the performance started before 10pm, and food and drink cannot be served after 10pm.

From 28 September, businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID-19 secure

  • A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of £1000, and rising up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
  • Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
  • Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.

This guidance applies to England, except for where local restrictions apply.

Working from home and working safely guidance

  • To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so. Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary. Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. More here.
  • Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events in England will not be able to reopen from 1 October as previously planned.
  • Guidance for early years and childcare providers has been updated with new content in a number of areas.
  • Guidance covering personal trainers and coaching has been updated.
  • Guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services has been updated with information on penalties for breaching the rules and guidance on Test and Trace data and display of NHS QR codes.

Safer transport guidance for operators has been updated with changes to guidance on working from home; on wearing face coverings in retail and hospitality venues located within transport hubs; and on the requirement for passengers to wear face coverings in taxis and private hire vehicles.

New and Updated Guidance

NEW Guidance

Measures from the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act extended to relieve pressure on businesses dealing with coronavirus: Measures put in place to protect businesses from insolvency will be extended to continue giving them much-needed breathing space during the coronavirus.

NHS COVID-19 app launched across England and Wales: The NHS COVID-19 app has launched to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. From today certain businesses in England are required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR codes so customers with the NHS COVID-19 app can use them to check-in. QR codes will help businesses meet their legal requirement to log contact details and allow public health leads to send alerts based on whether people have checked in at venues.

New package to support and enforce self-isolation in England: A new package has been announced to support and enforce self-isolation, including a payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. New fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000 but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the most egregious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.

HM Land Registry – New coronavirus practice guide: A new Practice guide 80: useful information for conveyancers provides information about changes made to facilitate conveyancing and registration before and during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Consultation: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces: The government is seeking views from employers of veterans, software providers and accountants on the National Insurance contribution holiday for veterans announced at Spring Budget 2020. This relief will be available to employers of veterans from April 2021.  Find out more and respond here before 5 October.

Other useful links

 

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 9 September 2020

New measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement on new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

What has changed for businesses in England:

  • From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.
  • Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. Core COVID-19 Secure requirements will be mandated for hospitality businesses, and egregious breaches enforced.
  • The Government will support Local Authorities and police forces to respond to breaches of COVID-19 Secure guidelines. Simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance is available here.
  • The Government will review plans to pilot larger audiences in venues this month. Planned sports pilot events will be limited to smaller, safer numbers, with strict conditions to ensure social distancing, and will not take place in areas where incidence is high. We will review our intention to return audiences to stadia and conference centres from 1 October.
  • The Government will restrict the opening hours of premises, initially in local lockdown areas, with the option of national action in the future. This has been introduced in Bolton, following a steep rise in cases, and will seek to restrict activities that may lead to a spread in the virus.

These measures apply to England – but there may be different rules if you operate in an area under local lockdown and you should check those rules here. If you are in WalesScotland and Northern Ireland, different rules may apply. 

New and Updated Guidance

NEW Guidance

Wedding services: coronavirus cancellations and refunds: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have issued a statement to help consumers understand their rights and to help businesses to treat their customers fairly.

UPDATED Guidance

Kickstart Scheme – support finding a representative: A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can: Join a group of other employers, nominating a representative for the group to submit the application or register their interest with existing representatives, such as local authorities, chambers of commerce or trade bodies. You can contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme employer contact for help getting a representative.

Seafarers qualify for travel exemptions: Seafarers have been added to the list of jobs that qualify for exemptions from self-isolation or passenger locator form requirements. Find the full list of exempt jobs here.

Updates to local restrictions and travel corridors in England

Local restrictions

Bolton: New measures have been introduced to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  • All venues in the hospitality sector in Bolton – pubs, restaurants, cafes, any premises serving food and drink must restrict to take away only with immediate effect.
  • Businesses offering a takeaway service can remain open but must close between 10pm and 5am.

More advice for businesses is available from Bolton Council.

Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Pendle: Previously restricted businesses and venues can now open or restart in all the affected areas. Find out more here.

Leicester:  From 8 September, the following business and venue closures will no longer apply in Leicester City: Indoor gyms; Indoor fitness and dance studios; Indoor sports courts and facilities and Indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks. Certain businesses and venues are required to remain closed to members of the public, including after 8 September. Find full details here.

North of England: Business and venues can now open or restart in all the affected areas apart from Bolton, where restrictions continue to apply. Find out more here

A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here.

Travel corridors

Islands policy introduced to travel corridors: A more targeted approach to travel corridors has been introduced by separating some islands from mainland countries. Find out more here.

Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos have been removed from the travel corridor list. The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to these islands. If you return from the above islands you will need to self-isolate.

The travel corridor list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate is available here. Countries and territories can be taken off or added to this travel corridor list at any time.

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Other useful links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 2 September 2020

Kickstart Scheme

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Find more guidance and promotional materials here.

New Updates and Guidance

NEW Guidance

Competition and Markets Authority – Cancellation and refund updates: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) remains of the view that a consumer will generally be entitled to a refund when they have paid money in advance for services or goods that cannot be provided because of the coronavirus pandemic. Given the evolving situation, the CMA has provided more detail on issues such as the difference between lockdown laws and government guidance, and their impact on cancellations and refunds. Further details are available here.

Guidance for landlords: Legislation has been introduced so that, until at least March 2011, landlords must now give tenants 6 months’ notice before they can evict. Guidance provides advice for landlords, tenants and local authorities.

UPDATED Guidance

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus – Action Cards: The Joint Biosecurity Centre has developed Action Cards, which reflect the latest advice on how to identify, manage and report a COVID-19 outbreak. The cards are designed as a useful visual checklist for businesses and bring together guidance and useful contacts to support your organisation’s planning. This will help businesses and other organisations work effectively with their local public health teams.

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak: Guidance has been updated with information on routine funding audits, redundancy and the use of face coverings.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Guidance has been updated to reflect changes to the scheme:

  • From 1 September the government will pay 70% and employers will pay 10% of employees’ wages for the time they are being furloughed. Employers will also continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions.
  • From 1 October the government will pay 60% and employers will pay 20% of employees’ wages for the time they are being furloughed. Employers will also continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions.
  • You will continue to pay employees wages at the contracted rate for the hours they work for you.
  • The scheme ends on 31 October 2020. Find out more here.

Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: The scheme has now closed, find out how to claim reimbursement for the discounts from the scheme give to diners here.

Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak: The service to upload certain Companies House forms digitally has been updated with insolvency documents. Find out more here.

Updates to local restrictions and travel corridors in England

Local restrictions

Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Pendle: Residents of the specific areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle with additional restrictions should not meet people at indoor or outdoor public venues who are not members of their household.

  • If you operate a business or organise events within the affected areas you should take steps to ensure people do not socialise with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
  • If you operate a hospitality venue (including restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes) inside the areas with additional restrictions (all of Oldham and parts of Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle) then we advise that you should halt walk-ins, and only seat people who make reservations in advance, up to a maximum of six people per table from the same household. You should also take steps to ensure that people do not socialise outside of their households inside and outside your premises.

Bolton and Trafford to remain under existing restrictions. The lifting of restrictions in Burnley, Hyndburn, Stockport and parts of Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford will go ahead from 2 September.

A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here.

Travel corridors

Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland have been removed from the travel corridor list. The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to these countries. If you return from the above countries you will need to self-isolate.

Cuba has been added to the travel corridor list. If you arrive in England from Cuba after 4am 29 August 2020 you may not need to self-isolate

The travel corridor list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate is available here. Countries and territories can be taken off or added to this travel corridor list at any time.

Other Useful Links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 27 August 2020

New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme. To be eligible for the funding, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Have tested positive for Covid-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate
  • Have agreed to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace and provided contact details to the local authority.
  • Be employed or self-employed. Employed people will be asked to show proof of employment. Self-employed will be required to show evidence of trading income and that their business delivers services which the local authority reasonably judges they are unable to carry out without social contact
  • Be unable to work from home (checks will be undertaken on all applicants) and will lose income a result
  • Be currently receiving Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit.

More information is available here.

Updates and guidance

NEW 

New COVID-19 secure guidance for enforcement agents (also known as bailiffs) using the Taking Control of Goods process has been published here.

Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support is available here.

Safer transport campaign – car sharing: A number of shareable assets are available to help you support your staff to plan their journey to and from work. This includes information on car sharing. People should try not to share a vehicle with those outside their household or support bubble. Where people do need to car share they should try to: keep the windows open; share the car with the same people each time; and wear a face-covering.

Enjoy summer safely campaign: The UK government is working to ensure public health measures are accessible and inclusive. Your business can support the work government is doing by ensuring measures that you implement, for example providing handwashing or sanitizing stations, are accessible by all. Businesses should also be mindful that not all disabilities are visible and that some people are exempt from wearing face-covering. Social media assets that you might like to share are available here.

UPDATED

Travel Corridors – England: Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago have been removed from the travel corridor list. If you arrive in England from these destinations you will need to self-isolate. Portugal has been added to the travel corridor list. If you arrive in England from Portugal after 4am on 22 August you may not need to self-isolate.

Safer transport guidance for operators has been updated with information on areas with local restrictions. 

Respond to Call for Evidence on the recognition of professional qualifications and regulation of professions

The government has opened a Call for Evidence to gather insights into how professional qualifications are recognised and professions are regulated. We would like to hear your views and experiences on employing regulated professionals and using services provided by these professionals. To respond, please complete the online questionnaire or submit your response to professional-regulation-evidence@beis.gov.uk by 23 October.

Other Useful Links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 20 August 2020

Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago to be removed from the travel corridor list. Portugal is reinstated

Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago will be removed from the travel corridor list from 4am Saturday 22 August.  People returning will need to self-isolate for two weeks.  Portugal is to be added to the travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 22 August.  Find out more here.

Integrated Review: call for evidence

The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (the Integrated Review) will define the Government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade. Its goal is to set the long-term strategic aims of our international policy and national security, rooted in our national interests, so that our activity overseas delivers for the British people. The Review will cover all aspects of international and national security policy, such as defence, diplomacy, development and national resilience. In doing so, it will re-examine the UK’s priorities and objectives in light of the UK’s departure from the European Union and at a time when the global landscape is changing rapidly, including as a result of Covid-19. It will set the direction for a strong recovery at home and abroad, recognising that the two are closely linked. Please find further details along with the “call for evidence” questions, a response template and email address to return the evidence to Government - here.

UPDATED Guidance

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme YouTube videos for claiming the second grant and for Universal Credit and Child Benefit has been updated, find it here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out what you need to do if you've claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  This has been updated to include a phone number - please see details here.

Leicester lockdown: businesses reopening from 19 August

The following businesses and venues can re-open in Leicester City from 19 August: outdoor pools, outdoor theatres, opera and music venues, recreational cricket, nail bars and salons, tanning booths and salons, spas and beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, and body and skin piercing services. Indoor swimming pools, casinos, bowling, indoor play centres, indoor fitness/sports and dance studios must remain closed.  Current rules for gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place.  Find the full update here.

Other Useful Links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 11 August 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support webinars

As part of the UK government’s commitment to supporting businesses and self-employed through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HMRC have developed new webinars on the following topics.

  • Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing webinar – available on Wednesday 12 August 2:15-3:15, Thursday 13 August 09:45-10:45 and Friday 14 August 2:15 – 3:15. Register here. 
  • Eat out to help out scheme webinar – Wednesday 12 August 3:45-4:40. Register here.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, Universal Credit and Child Benefit webinar – Tuesday 18 August 2:15-3:00, Wednesday 19 August 3:45-4:30, Thursday 20 August 11:15-12:00 and Friday 21 August 09:45-10:30. Register here. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme webinar – Thursday 20 August 12:45-1:30. Register here.   

Eight reasons to Shop Local this week to help the high street bounce back

The UK Government is running a #ShopLocal week this week, as part of its #EnjoySummerSafely campaign. The week aims to celebrate the British high street – encouraging customers to come back to their safe local shops, supporting the local economy and local jobs.  Please do look out for content on the BEIS social media channels.  Please also consider posting yourself about #ShopLocal week, and BEIS will look to amplify some of the best content.  Further information about the week is available here.

To help kick off Shop Local Week, here are eight reasons why people should visit the high street.

New Updates and Guidance

NEW Guidance

North of England: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston, and West Yorkshire. The UK government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.

  • Those in the affected areas must not meet people they do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where they have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law);
  • Visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas;
  • All businesses and venues which were required to remain closed before 31 July in both Blackburn with Darwen and in Bradford, must continue to remain closed to members of the public.

Find out more here.

Brunei and Malaysia added to travel corridor list

From 4am on Tuesday 11 August 2020, passengers arriving to England from these destinations will no longer need to self-isolate, so long as they haven’t been in, or transited through, any other non-exempt countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival. More information can be found here.

Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas have been removed from travel corridors list

People arriving in England from Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks as the countries are removed from the travel exemptions list. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas.

Employer guide to results for regulated qualifications: summer 2020

A new guide for employers about qualification results in England this summer is available.

Supported living services during coronavirus

New guidance for providers of supported living settings is available.

Companies House to resume the compulsory strike off process

From 10 October 2020, Companies House will resume the process to strike off companies they believe are no longer carrying on business or in operation. From this date, they will resume the process to remove a company from the register if there’s reasonable cause to believe it’s no longer carrying on business or in operation. Find out more here.

UPDATED Guidance

Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

The claims service for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is now live. A video on how to make a claim is available here.

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Working safely during coronavirus guidance has been updated to include guidance on local restrictions for accommodation providers.

Overtime and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Guidance on calculating how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated with a new section on how to calculate your claim for fixed pay employees who have worked enough overtime (in the tax year 2019 to 2020) to have a significant impact on the amount you need to claim.

Fund to support dairy farmers in England: application deadline extended

The application deadline for the Dairy Response Fund is extended to midnight on 11 September 2020. This gives eligible farmers more time to apply for a single payment from the fund.

Other Useful Links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

31st July 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin


*** 31st July
latest updates from BEIS **

Access to CBILs

The access to CBILS has changed as the European Commission has relaxed its State Aid rules so that small and micro businesses – meaning fewer than 50 employees and turnover less than £9 million – will be exempt from elements of the ‘undertaking in difficulty’ test, and are now eligible for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). There is more information about this on gov.uk

Job Retention Bonus(JRB)

The policy paper confirms the eligibility criteria for the JRB, including:

  • Which employers can claim the JRB, including clarifying the eligibility of employers that have employees who have been transferred under TUPE or due to a change in ownership;
  • Which employees an eligible employer can claim the JRB for, including clarifying eligibility for employees returning from statutory parental leave, for military reservists and employees who are on fixed term contracts;
  • What employers should do now if they intend to claim the Job Retention Bonus.

Full guidance, including on how employers will be able to claim the JRB, will be available by the end of September.

Funding competition - Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies

UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards feasibility studies into digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The competition opened on 6 July and closes on Wednesday 7 October 2020 11:00am. More information and how to apply can be found here

 Funding competition - Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, industrial research

UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards an industrial research project in digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The competition opened on 6 July and closes on Wednesday 7 October 2020 11:00am. More information and how to apply can be found here


28 July Coronavirus (COVID-19) -Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus

 

24 July Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England. In England you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs
  • shops and supermarkets
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices.

It will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. Face coverings are not required in hospitality settings, including restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs. They are also not required in entertainment venues (such as cinemas or casinos), visitor attractions (such as heritage sites or museums), exercise and sports venues (such as gyms).

Face coverings are not mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 or those with disabilities or certain health conditions.

Shops, supermarkets and other premises where face coverings are required are encouraged to take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law and could refuse entry to anyone who does not have a valid exemption. Transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a face covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service if they are not wearing a face covering.

Find out more here.

 

REMINDER: COVID-secure webinars for hospitality and close contact services

Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to recap COVID-secure guidance on how to operate safely and to provide your feedback on implementing the guidance in practice, and where you would seek further clarification.  

  • Working safely during Coronavirus: Close Contact Services: 11am Tuesday 28 July–Recap how to make your workplace COVID-secure by joining this webinar providing guidance for close contact services, such as hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers. Register here. 

Working safely during Coronavirus: Restaurants, Pubs and Bars: 3pm, Tuesday 28 July– Recap how to make your workplace COVID-secure by joining this webinar providing guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes & takeaways. Register here. 

New Updates and Guidance

New

Blackburn with Darwen and Luton – sport and exercise facilities to remain closed

The latest data shows the incidence of COVID-19 in Blackburn with Darwen and Luton is higher than in other areas of the country and therefore the further easement of lockdown measures in these areas will be paused. This means indoor gyms, swimming pools and other sport and exercise facilities will not reopen in Luton or Blackburn with Darwen on 25 July. More information is available here.

Most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter

Eligible groups are urged to get their free vaccine every year. However with COVID-19 still in circulation, this year’s campaign will be particularly vital to protect the most vulnerable and reduce the number of people needing flu treatment from the NHS.

  • Expanded flu vaccination programme to protect vulnerable people and support the NHS
  • Free vaccine to be made available for people aged 50 to 64 later in the year
  • Households of those on the shielded patient list eligible for free flu vaccination and school programme expanded to the first year of secondary schools for the first time.

Find out more here.

Travel corridors

From Tuesday 28 July 2020, passengers will not need to self-isolate when arriving in England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. ‘Travel corridor’ countries continue to be reviewed to monitor the situation there, to justify their exemption; and will be removed immediately should the public health situation change for the worse. Find out more here.

Updated

Companies House phone line has reopened

Their telephone contact line has reopened on 0303 123 4500 and enquiries can be emailed to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk. Find out more here.

Working in vehicles guidance has been updated

Updates include the change in working from home, when to wear face coverings and work related travel. Find out more here.

Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 notice

The notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure has been updated to reflect the change in guidance of working from home. Find the notice here.

Guidance on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme has been updated

Links to further support from HMRC through the webchat service and helpline and to include information that businesses can apply the discount to soft drinks and/or packaged snacks, as long as they are for immediate consumption on the premises.

Countryside Stewardship: extension to capital agreements

The Rural Payments Agency are offering an extension of one year to all customers with capital agreements that started after 1 April 2018 or in 2019 for: Hedgerows and Boundaries grant; Woodland creation, Woodland tree health, Woodland management plan; PA1, PA2 and PA3; Water capital grants; and Historic Buildings Restoration grants. More information is available here.

Apply for the Queen's Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses recognising and rewarding their outstanding achievements in the fields of: Innovation, Sustainable Development, International Trade and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). 90% of the 2020 winners were SMEs. The Awards can bring sustainable benefits to winners, including: increased staff morale, boosts to turnover and international trade, greater recognition and excellent marketing opportunities. Winners are also invited to a reception in Buckingham Palace.

Almost all UK businesses can apply, applications are open until 9 September. Find out more here.

Other useful links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

22 July Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

NEW COVID-secure webinars for hospitality, salons, and other close contact workplaces

Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to recap COVID-secure guidance on how to operate safely and to hear your feedback on implementing the guidance in practice, and where you would seek further clarification.

  • Working safely during Coronavirus: Close Contact Services: 11am Tuesday 28 July –Recap how to make your workplace COVID-secure by joining this webinar providing guidance for close contact services, such as hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers. Register here.
  • Working safely during Coronavirus: Restaurants, Pubs and Bars: 3pm, Tuesday 28 July – Recap how to make your workplace COVID-secure by joining this webinar providing guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes & takeaways. Register here.

A new webinar on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is also now available here.

Working safely during coronavirus

  • Business events and conferences can resume from 1 October provided rates of infection remain at current levels. More information is available here.
  • Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace includes a new section on collecting customer and visitor data, and with information on if a worker develops symptoms and orders a test.
  • Guidance on how to work safely in care homes and in domiciliary care has been updated to include the recommendation for the use of face masks and coverings in these settings.

Guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care has been updated to clarify advice on the system of controls measures including PPE and the NHS test and trace process.

New Updates and Guidance

New

Changes to working time requirements for Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI)

Individuals who are furloughed or who have their working hours reduced below the current statutory working time requirement for EMI as a result of coronavirus will retain the tax advantages of the scheme. Find more information here.

New plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options

People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas following an amendment to legislation. An amendment will ensure that customers are given more choice by ensuring premises offer separate seating for smokers and non-smokers outside. Find out more here.

Bounce-Back plans for Northern Ireland's tech sector

Exports Minister Graham Stuart has addressed tech businesses in Northern Ireland, outlining a series of measures to help recovery from the challenges of coronavirus. The new measures will help create and support jobs by increasing exports and attracting international investment. Find out more here.

Leicester lockdown: travel and transport

Guidance for people in Leicester and affected surrounding areas about travelling during local lockdown. You should only travel into, out of and within areas under local lockdown if your travel is essential. For example: to and from work if you cannot work from home or to buy food and medical supplies. Find out more here.

Closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester

On 4 July 2020 regulations were introduced closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester. These regulations now only apply to the City of Leicester and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston. Restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, canteens, hair and beauty salons, see the full list with exemptions here.

Updated

Guidance on pavement licences is no longer draft. The temporary pavement licences process introduces a streamlined consent route to allow businesses to obtain a licence to place temporary furniture, such as tables and chairs outside of cafes, bars and restaurants quickly, and for no more than £100.

Guidance on Construction working hours is no longer draft. The guidance sets out further detail on the new route for applicants seeking to extend construction site working hours introduced in the Business and Planning Act.

Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

 

If you’re in the UK and your leave to remain expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus. Find out more here.

Apply for the Queen's Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses recognising and rewarding their outstanding achievements in the fields of: Innovation, Sustainable Development, International Trade and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility. 90% of the 2020 winners were SMEs. The Awards can bring sustainable benefits to winners, including: increased staff morale, boosts to turnover and international trade, greater recognition and excellent marketing opportunities. Winners are also invited to a reception in Buckingham Palace.

Almost all UK businesses can apply, applications are open until 9 September. Find out more here.

 

10 July Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Re-opening of further businesses and venues in England

If your business is reopening soon, you can use our guidance finder to help you find the information most relevant to you. Find guidance for your business. This guidance applies to England, except for Leicester. See separate guidance for Leicester.

Access free support from experts and help your business recover from the impact of Coronavirus

The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, gives small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery. Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers are on hand to offer free advice, until 31st December. Small and medium sized businesses can sign up, take the diagnostic tool and access support. Advice will focus on key areas:

  • accounting and finance
  • people and building a team
  • planning, strategy and pivoting
  • marketing, PR and social media
  • technology and digital tools

Find out more here or get started today at enterprisenation.com/freesupport 

New Updates and Guidance

New

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Find more detailed information on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme and how to offer the discount to your customers. You can also read guidance on how to register for the scheme.

Reduced VAT rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

If you are a VAT registered business, check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions here. The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.

Job Retention Bonus

The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31 January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. To be eligible, employees will need to:

  • earn at least £520 per month (above the Lower Earnings Limit) on average for November, December and January
  • have been furloughed by you at any point and legitimately claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • have been continuously employed by you up until at least 31 January 2021.

Employers will be able to claim the bonus from February 2021. More information about this scheme will be available by 31 July and full guidance will be published in the Autumn

Information for businesses in Scotland

The Scottish Government published Phase 3 of its route map through and out of the crisis on 9 July. Find more information here. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Scottish Government have also announced that theory tests and motorcycle training will restart in Scotland on Wednesday 22 July, and motorcycle tests and tractor tests will restart on Monday 3 August.

Open consultation – Plastic Packaging Tax

At the March Budget, the government announced key decisions on the design of the Plastic Packaging Tax ahead of its commencement in April 2022. This included extending the scope of the tax to plastic packaging which has been filled before being imported into the UK (i.e. bottles which are filled with liquid). The tax will impact a wide range of industries including retail, construction and manufacturing. You can find out more information about how the tax might affect you in the consultation document. As a result of COVID-19 the consultation period has been extended by 3 months, with a new closing date of 20 August 2020. Read the consultation document and submit a response here.  

CMA open letter to all package holiday businesses

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published an open letter to all businesses involved in organising package holidays for UK consumers.

Updated

How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus

Information about ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests’ has been added here. If you’re providing testing kits to your employees, outside of the government’s national testing scheme, either directly or by purchasing tests that are carried out by a third party, no Income Tax or Class 1A National Insurance contributions will be due.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Reminder of key dates

  • Claiming for employees furloughed on or before 30 June. Claim by 31 July for employees furloughed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for periods ending on or before 30 June.
  • Get ready for changes from 1 August. Employers will no longer be able to use a CJRS grant to cover National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions for furloughed employees from 1 August. You can submit August claims in advance, from 20 July.
  • Working out your claims. Use HMRC’s online examples and calculator to help work out what you can claim, for claims ending on or before 31 July. From 10 July you will also be able to use these to help you work out claims ending on or before 31 August.
  • Made a mistake on your claim? You can now delete a claim online within 72 hours of submitting it.
  • More information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is available here.

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

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Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation 

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Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers 

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Other useful links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.


8 July Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS 

Summer Economic Update: A Plan for Jobs 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2020, to outline how the government will boost job creation in the UK. The plan includes:

  • A Job Retention Bonus that will be introduced to help firms keep furloughed workers. UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.
  • A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.
  • A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships to help people looking for a job. Young people, who are amongst the worst hit by the crisis, will benefit from this.
  • The plan will also create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects.
  • A temporary increase to the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT (Stamp Duty) from £125,000 to £500,000 will be introduced until 31 March 2021. This will drive growth and support jobs across the housebuilding and property sectors.
  • The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%.
  • To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants, the Government has introduced a new Eat Out to Help Out discount. The scheme will support over 129,000 businesses in the hospitality industry. Diners can get 50% off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 per person, at participating restaurants, bars and cafes when they eat in. The scheme is valid all day every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during August. Participating restaurants and establishments will be reimbursed for the discount they pass onto customers.  Detailed guidance and registration details for restaurants and establishments will be published on 9 July and restaurants and outlets can register for the scheme from Monday 13 July.

New Updates and Guidance

New

MHRA warns that “temperature screening” products are not a reliable way to detect if people have the virus. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a warning that thermal cameras and other such “temperature screening” products, some of which make direct claims to screen for COVID-19, are not a reliable way to detect if people have the virus.

Updates

Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020: notice

A notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure is available and has been updated to reflect the change in the 2m social distancing rule. Find the notice here.

Test and Trace: Keeping a record of staff, customers and visitors

The opening up of the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace.  Organisations in certain sectors should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days. Find out more here. This privacy notice describes how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will process personal data from venues and establishments to support contact tracing.

Leicester: Closing certain businesses and safe travel guidance

A list of businesses and premises expected to close in Leicester from 4 July 2020 is available here. Safer travel guidance for passengers in areas under local lockdown is available here.

Exemptions to the global advice against non-essential travel

On 4 July the travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories that no longer pose a high risk for British travellers. View the list of exempted destinations.  UK Government continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories listed. Find out more here.

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings. The update includes details on multi-use communal facilities can now open. Find out more here.

Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak

As an emergency response to coronavirus Companies House developed a temporary online service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally. The “upload a document” service will now allow users to upload more form types, including Scottish limited and qualifying partnerships, articles and resolutions. Find out more here.

Draft planning guidance to support the Business and Planning Bill

The Business and Planning Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on Thursday 25 June 2020. This draft guidance has been prepared to be read alongside a number of the planning measures set out in the Bill. The guidance has been updated with information on the extension of certain planning permissions. Find out more here.

How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus

Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC. The guidance has been updated to include information about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), find out more here.

Defer your Self Assessment payment on account

More information about the July 2020 payment on account deferment has been added here.

HM Treasury extends tax cut to PPE costs

The temporary removal of VAT on PPE has been extended until the end of October. Find out more here.

Information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses has been updated to include information on inspections starting. Find out more here.

Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms

Advice for seasonal agricultural workers and their employers has been updated with guidance for people coming from countries that are exempt from the quarantine rules. Find out more here.

Updated Job retention scheme and furloughing video

A video has been updated on the extension to the job retention scheme and furloughing. Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus here.

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Offer coronavirus support

Tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus by using our online service.

Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation 

Let us know how the outbreak is impacting your business.  Please send your intelligence, including information and feedback on the safer workplace guidance, to intel@beis.gov.uk. Commercially sensitive information will be treated accordingly.  Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence and does not provide business advice.  

Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers 

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3 July Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS 

Update from BEIS: 

The government has also recently published an R&D Roadmap which sets out the UK’s vision and ambition for science, research and innovation. This Roadmap is the start of a big conversation on what actions need to be taken and how. This plan will only be effective if it is developed with people and organisations across the UK. We welcome responses to our online survey about research and development.

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Businesses in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace. There is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in premises where customers and visitors spend a longer time in one place and potentially come into close contact with other people outside of their household. To manage this risk, establishments in the following sectors, whether indoor or outdoor venues or mobile settings, should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors:

  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés;
  • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks;
  • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors;
  • facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres;
  • places of worship, including use for events and other community activities.

More information and guidance on the information to collect; how records should be maintained; and when information should be shared with NHS Test and Trace, is available here.

Safer working guidance and the re-opening of businesses and venues from 4 July

All businesses and venues in England can reopen from 4 July, except for those detailed here or those impacted by the Leicestershire coronavirus lockdown.  New and updated guidance for re-opening safely is available for a number of sectors:

  • Food and drink: From 4 July food and drink businesses in England can reopen.  Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways is available.
  • Hairdressing and Barber services: From the 4 July, hair salons and barbers will be able to reopen across England. See the Close Contact safer working guidance for more information.
  • Guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation: Guidance for providers of outdoor sport facilities, personal trainers and coaches, on the phased return of sport and recreation in England, has been updated.
  • Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses: Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings has been updated with information on full opening from 2020, social distancing, demographic, library, social gathering, performing arts and student accommodation guidance.
  • Guidance on General Aviation flying during the coronavirus outbreak: Guidance on General Aviation (GA) flying during the coronavirus outbreak has been updated in line with easing of lockdown restrictions to confirm that dual and instructional flights, and the opening of GA businesses, will be permitted from 4 July. The guidance applies in England and is available here.
  • Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children: New guidance on protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus outbreak has been published here.

New Updates and Guidance

New

Travel Corridor Exemption list: 14 day isolation lifted for lower risk countries

Passengers returning to or visiting England, from countries or territories detailed in the travel corridor exemption list, will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival.  This comes into effect on 10 July 2020.  All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.  Find out more here. To receive specific foreign travel advice, sign up to email updates here.  Information for travel into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in due course by the Devolved Administrations.

Local measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak

Decisions about measures to tackle local COVID-19 outbreaks will generally be made at a local level, supported by the work of the Joint Biosecurity Centre, Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.  The Government will work with local leaders and communities to ensure affected areas have the support they need.  Information on local measures will be available from councils and Business Growth Hubs in the areas affected. 

Information on the Leicestershire coronavirus lockdown is available here.

CMA and trade bodies' joint statement against price gouging

The Competition and Market Authority (CMA) and various trade associations have issued a joint warning as they remain concerned that some retailers have been raising prices unfairly.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act

Guidance for private companies and other company types and information on how the measures introduced will affect your filings at Companies House is now available.

HM Treasury extends tax cut to PPE costs

The temporary scrapping of VAT on PPE has been extended until the end of October. More here.

Updates

Coronavirus job retention scheme and flexible furlough

Businesses can now bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis. Find out more here.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Guidance on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been updated with new examples for how a business could be adversely affected by coronavirus and with information on how different circumstances affect the scheme.

What to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work

Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus has been updated to include information on interviews and assessments. Find out more here.

Scheme end: Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus

The VAT payments deferral scheme ended on 30 June 2020 as previously set out. More information is available here.

 

30 June Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Following two InnovateUK funds available:

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19.

Eligibility

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size -
    • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Each organisation working alone or in a collaboration can claim a maximum of £175,000.

Open now and closes on 29 July 2020

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million, including VAT, to help UK businesses and the public sector recover from COVID 19 in a sustainable manner.

Eligibility

To lead a project, you can be an organisation of any size. Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.

You must engage with potential future customers to ensure that the product or service being developed is realistic, scalable and accommodates end user requirements and feedback.

We expect projects in this phase to range in size up to total costs of £60,000, including VAT.

Open now and closes on 5 August

26 June Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants

More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government.

  • The government will simplify and reduce the costs of the licensing process for outdoor seating and stalls, making it easier for people to safely drink and dine outside. 
  • Proposed planning freedoms will mean that outdoor markets, pop-up car-boot sales or summer fairs will not need a planning application.
  • Pubs and restaurants will be able to use car parks and terraces as dining and drinking areas, using their existing seating licenses.
  • Temporary changes to licensing laws will allow many more licensed premises, such as pubs and restaurants, to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. Customers will be able to buy their drinks from a pub and consume them elsewhere, making social distancing easier.

These measures will give an immediate and much needed boost to many businesses, whilst supporting them to successfully reopen over the summer. Find more here.

Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back if you have over-claimed

Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you've overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. You can:

  • correct it in your next claim
  • make a payment to HMRC (only if you’re not making another claim)
  • You’ll need your 14 or 15 digit payment reference number that begins with X

Find out more here.  

New Updates and Guidance

New

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England

Driving lessons and theory tests will restart on Saturday 4 July 2020 in England, and car driving tests will restart from Wednesday 22 July 2020. Find out more here.

Applying for a moratorium under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company, under measures to support companies and other types of business in financial difficulty. The directors must file for or apply to court for a moratorium. It will give the company 20 business days to consider rescue options. Find out more here.

Working safely in heritage locations guidance

This guidance is relevant to those who operate or work in heritage attractions. Find out more here.

Updated

Vehicles guidance update

The vehicles guidance has been updated to include details on amending the 2m social distancing rule and details on support bubbles. Find out more here.


24 June Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Easing of lockdown restrictions in England – reopening of further businesses

From Saturday 4 July 2020, all businesses and venues in England can reopen, except for a small number of ‘Close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas, which will need to remain closed for now. The UK Government is continuing to work with these sectors to establish taskforces to help them to become COVID Secure and reopen as soon as possible.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers and accommodation sites will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades.

COVID Secure guides cover a range of different types of work:

  • Find the new hotel and guest accommodation guidance here.
  • Find the new close contact services (hairdressing, barber shops, beauty, nail bars, make up, tattooing, spray tanning, spas, sports and massage therapy, dress fitters, tailors, fashion designers) guidance here.
  • Find the new visitor economy (hotels, guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and consumer shows) guidance here.  

Find the updated restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance here.

Change to the two-metre social distancing rule

From 4 July 2020, newly updated guidance recommends that you keep two metres away from people as a precaution or one metre when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions. Find the updated guidance and further details on mitigating risks here.

New Updates and Guidance

New:

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill Webinars

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will reform the insolvency and corporate governance framework in light of the COVID emergency. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has planned two webinars to explain different aspects of this new legislation. 

  • To find out how provisions on AGMs and filing extensions will affect companies, please join us for our Corporate Governance session at 10.30am on 30th June. You can register here.
  • To find out how the new rules on moratoriums, restructuring and winding-up petitions will affect companies and their associated parties, register to join our Insolvency session at 10.30am on 7th July. You can register here

New plans to get Britain building in coronavirus recovery

New measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely have been announced.  Planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals will be sped up and builders will be allowed more flexible working hours following agreement with their local council. You can find more information here.

The Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport have contributed to guidance on partner websites

Updated:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

This guide has been updated with more information about flexible furlough and overpayments.

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Offer coronavirus support

Tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus by using our online service.

Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation 

Let us know how the outbreak is impacting your business.  Please send your intelligence, including information and feedback on the safer workplace guidance, to intel@beis.gov.uk. Commercially sensitive information will be treated accordingly.  Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence and does not provide business advice.  

Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers 

Tell us about key workers you know that are helping to keep the UK moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please fill in this online form for key workers in the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, consumer goods, scientists/researchers, servicing, postal workers, and  oil/gas/electricity/water/sewage/chemical workers. 

Other useful Links:

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

 

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15 June Coronavirus (COVID-19) ** UPDATE **

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

At the end of May the Chancellor set out how the CJRS will work between now and the end of October, when the scheme will end. We have now published detailed guidance to confirm:

  • How employers can bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time from 1 July (known as flexible furloughing) and how many employees they can claim for in any one claim.
  • How to claim, and the information employers will need to do so..
  • Details of calculating claim amounts.
  • More information on amending claims.

This week, the Chancellor announced that parents returning from maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption and parental bereavement leave after the 10 June are exempt from the cut-off date for new entrants. This applies to employers who have previously submitted a claim for any other employee (between 1 March and 30 June). Employees need to have started the leave before 10 June and are returning after 10 June and they have to be on their employers’ PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020. This is also covered in the updated guidance.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

On Friday 29 May the Chancellor announced that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, with eligible individuals able to claim a second and final grant in August. We have updated our guidance today to confirm that:

  • Those eligible for the first grant must claim on or before 13 July 2020. 
  • Applications for the second grant will open in August.
  • The eligibility criteria remain the same as for the first SEISS grant.  
  • Those claiming for the second grant will have to confirm that their business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020.  
  • Individuals can claim for the second grant even if they did not make a claim for the first grant.  

The guidance also includes new examples of when the ‘adversely affected’ criteria for the first and second grant will be met.

You may also be interested to know that HMRC published the first experimental Official Statistics on SEISS yesterday and HM Treasury issued a press release highlighting that the Government is supporting incomes across all nations. The statistics include breakdowns of the potentially eligible population and the number and value of claims made by age and gender, industry sector, country, region, local authority and parliamentary constituency.

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Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

29 May Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

27 May Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

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Please note uptake in the various coronavirus support schemes to date with the latest figures show millions benefitting from them, more information on numbers can be found here.

20 May Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Please note that Northern Ireland’s Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced that the £40million NI Micro-business Hardship Fund will open to applications at 6pm today (20 May). The grant scheme is targeted at businesses with one to nine employees facing immediate cash flow difficulties due to Covid-19 – this includes eligible social enterprises. The eligibility checker, further information and some Frequently Asked Questions are available at http://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/nimicrobusinesshardshipfund

 

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17 April Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Updated from BEIS. Additionally HM Treasury has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended to the end of June:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-to-end-of-june

14 April Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Links - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

The guidance has been updated to provide further clarifications on some of the queries that we have received, including;

  • Confirmation of what should form the basis for furlough pay for employees furloughed on return from (maternity/paternity/shared parental/adoption/sick/parental bereavement) leave;
  • Confirming employees subject to TUPE transfer/ business reorganisation/ payroll consolidation can be furloughed
  • Confirming position for contractors in scope of IR35 in the public sector
  • More information on what information employers need to claim the grant
  • Clarifying circumstances where an employee shouldn’t be furloughed by multiple employers

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Links - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-hmrc-works-out-total-income-and-trading-profits-for-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

The guidance has been updated to provide clarifications on some of the queries that we have received, including:

  • Detail of the treatment of losses, averaging and multiple trades
  • Clarifications on the calculation of self-employed profits and what is meant by total income
  • Confirmation that individuals are able to continue working, including taking on employment role
  • Confirmation that owner-managers of Ltd companies can access the CJRS for their salary
  • Confirmation that individuals can access Universal Credit and the SEISS
  • Clarification on overlaps between the SEISS and CJRS (e.g. you can claim the SEISS and continue working).

9 April Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

8 April Conavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

The government has published further information on how to apply the social distancing guidance, detailing some practical steps employers can take. The general guidance can be found here.

6 April Coronavirus (COVID-19) –  Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance

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29 March Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Guidance for business and workers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme Announcement

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25 March Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

24 March Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

Stay & Home Guidance 

23 March  Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Please click here for full details.

New Updates and Guidance

New:

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill Webinars

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will reform the insolvency and corporate governance framework in light of the COVID emergency. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has planned two webinars to explain different aspects of this new legislation. 

  • To find out how provisions on AGMs and filing extensions will affect companies, please join us for our Corporate Governance session at 10.30am on 30th June. You can register here.
  • To find out how the new rules on moratoriums, restructuring and winding-up petitions will affect companies and their associated parties, register to join our Insolvency session at 10.30am on 7th July. You can register here

New plans to get Britain building in coronavirus recovery

New measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely have been announced.  Planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals will be sped up and builders will be allowed more flexible working hours following agreement with their local council. You can find more information here.

The Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport have contributed to guidance on partner websites

Updated:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

This guide has been updated with more information about flexible furlough and overpayments.


 

Updated

Guidance on pavement licences is no longer draft. The temporary pavement licences process introduces a streamlined consent route to allow businesses to obtain a licence to place temporary furniture, such as tables and chairs outside of cafes, bars and restaurants quickly, and for no more than £100.

Guidance on Construction working hours is no longer draft. The guidance sets out further detail on the new route for applicants seeking to extend construction site working hours introduced in the Business and Planning Act.

Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

If you’re in the UK and your leave to remain expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus. Find out more here.

 

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support. You can also find helpful business case studies and other useful information on the Coronavirus Business Support Blog.

 

New and Updated Guidance

NEW Guidance

Measures from the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act extended to relieve pressure on businesses dealing with coronavirus: Measures put in place to protect businesses from insolvency will be extended to continue giving them much-needed breathing space during the coronavirus.

NHS COVID-19 app launched across England and Wales: The NHS COVID-19 app has launched to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. From today certain businesses in England are required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR codes so customers with the NHS COVID-19 app can use them to check-in. QR codes will help businesses meet their legal requirement to log contact details and allow public health leads to send alerts based on whether people have checked in at venues.

New package to support and enforce self-isolation in England: A new package has been announced to support and enforce self-isolation, including a payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. New fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000 but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the most egregious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.

HM Land Registry – New coronavirus practice guide: A new Practice guide 80: useful information for conveyancers provides information about changes made to facilitate conveyancing and registration before and during the coronavirus outbreak.

Consultation: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces: The government is seeking views from employers of veterans, software providers and accountants on the National Insurance contribution holiday for veterans announced at Spring Budget 2020. This relief will be available to employers of veterans from April 2021.  Find out more and respond here before 5 October.

 

How has Government support helped your BAME business during the pandemic? Join this webinar with Nadhim Zahawi on Wednesday 14 October from 17:00-18:00 to discuss government support for BAME businesses during the pandemic. The webinar will include accounts from BAME businesses on how the government has supported them during the pandemic, and information about current business support for your business and the UK transition. 

 UK Transition Business Webinars: Prepare your business for new rules from January 2021:  The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period means businesses should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021. Join a free webinar to understand the actions that your business needs to take before the end of the year. Sign-up to attend here.  

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