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. 

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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).

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


 

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