£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic were launched on 3rd August. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis spurs British businesses to adopt new ways of working, the government is investing £20 million to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through 2…

Guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)

This Government guidance is intended for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, retailing and service of food. It also includes important information about the risk of community dissemination of coronavirus (COVID-19) from circumstances or activities related to the workplace such as transportation and accommodation arrangements. The guidance is of a general nature…

Face Coverings to be Mandatory in Shops: Key Questions

Wearing a face covering will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July 2020. Small firms may well be hoping face coverings (not specifically masks) will bring confidence back to consumers. There have been calls for councils and government to help small firms either by delivering masks or by offering funding for…

HMRC Webinars on the Job Retention Scheme & SSP Rebate Scheme

Recent changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme mean you can now bring previously furloughed employees back to work to suit the needs of your business. From August, the level of the grant will be slowly reduced and employers will be asked to contribute towards the cost of employees’ wages. For the latest information on this scheme…

Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates

Further to the Chancellor’s recent Summer Statement on 8th July, we would also like to make you aware of some key dates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) that might affect you: The Job Retention Bonus:  This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the CJRS for each furloughed employee who…

The Chancellor’s Summer Statement

Below is a selection of the key announcements from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, today: The furlough scheme will end in October A new Jobs Retention Bonus will be introduced for businesses to retain staff. They’ll be paid £1,000 for every furloughed employee they keep on up to January 2021 A £2bn “kickstart” scheme to help…

Deferral of VAT payments as a result of COVID-19

As part of the government’s support for businesses during COVID-19, HMRC gave businesses the option of deferring their VAT payments if they were unable to pay on time, without incurring late payment interest or penalties. Payment of VAT falling due between 20‌‌ March and 30‌‌ June 2020 can be deferred until 31‌‌ March 2021. You must…