Coronavirus is having a significant impact on businesses and employees. We have put together a range of resources to help your business.
Humber LEP’s Coronavirus Support
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) has issued its initial support measures for the region’s businesses facing tough trading conditions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Through LEPS Growth Hub, it will provide grants to enable businesses to facilitate working from home, while the Growth Hub’s business advisors will also be on hand to provide support through telephone consultations. It will also deliver Online workshops on issues related to business resilience, cashflow management, and home working methods.
Meanwhile, the LEP is convening regular conference calls with business support and membership organisations to understand issues businesses are facing and communicate these to Government to help inform future support.
The LEP is also liaising with the Humber Local Resilience Forum, the multi-agency emergency planning partnership in the Humber that includes local authorities, the emergency services and the NHS.
Download and view the most up-to-date advice on our Covid-19 business support here: PDF Business Support Interventions for Covid-19 – At A Glance 27/03/2020
ICT Grant To Help with Working From Home from the Humber LEP Growth Hub
Grants to cover 40% of the cost of essential hardware and software require to enable homeworking of staff, of proposals totalling £2,500
to £24,999. An application form, last set of company accounts, a bank statement and one written quote for the required goods are needed. Growth Hub Advisor support available to complete the application and
collate supporting documentation. Grants will be offered within 3 working days of receipt
Email Business.Investment@hullcc.gov.uk for more information or visit the ICT for Growth Website
Contingency Planning & Crisis Management Advice and Consultancy Grant from the Humber LEP Growth Hub
Grants to cover 40% of the cost of working with a specialist/advisor/consultant to help mitigate the business operations impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your business, of projects totalling £2,500 to £12,500. An application form, last set of company accounts, a bank statement and one written quote for the required goods/service are needed. Growth Hub Advisor support available to complete the application
and collate supporting documentation. Grants will be offered within 3 working days of receipt of application.
Email: Business.Investment@hullcc.gov.uk for more information.
Finance for Growth Grant – Supporting access to Financial Advice & Consultancy From the Humber LEP Growth hub
Grants to cover 40% of the cost of working with a specialist/advisor/consultant to help mitigate the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your business, of projects totalling £2,500 to £24,999. An application form, last set of company accounts, a bank statement and one written quote for the required goods/service are needed. Growth Hub Advisor available to complete the application and collate supporting documentation. Grants will be offered within 3 working days of receipt
Email: Business.Investment@hullcc.gov.uk for more information.
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) From HMRC
will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to calculate the size of the grant. The scheme will be open to those where the majority of their income comes from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000. The scheme will be open for an initial three months with people able to make their first claim by the beginning of June. View here
Take a look at the Frequently asked questions about SEISS View here
Support for businesses paying tax From HMRC
Businesses in financial distress/with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis.
Dedicated Covid-19 Helpline: 0800 0159 559 and further guidance is available from here
Time to Pay From HMRC
All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities. View here
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme for SMEs From Government & British Business Bank backed
Loans and overdrafts of between £1,000 & £5 million available to SMEs that have a sound borrowing proposal, but insufficient security to meet a lender’s normal requirements. The first 6 months of the credit facility will be interest free. In order to access the scheme, businesses should contact their finance provider. View here
Business rates Holiday from the government
The government is introducing a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.A £25,000 grant will also be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs should be directed to the relevant local authority. Guidance for local authorities on the business rates holiday will be published by 20 March.
There will be a £10,000 cash grant to our smallest businesses, delivered by local authorities. Information on how to apply can be found at your local Authority:
East Riding CC
North Lincolnshire CC
North East Lincolnshire CC
View and Download the Business Rates Grants in the Humber Guidance PDF file here Business Rate Guidance
Business Rates Holiday for Nurseries From the government.
Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. View here
Coronavirus Community Grant Fund Two Ridings Community Fund From Hull CC and East Riding CC
Grants of up to £1,000 to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. Must be a voluntary organisation, community group, small charity or other not for profit organisation View here
Small Business Grant Fund up to £10,000
Small businesses that pay little or no business rates and are eligible for small business rate relief (SBBR) or rural rate relief will be contacted by their local authority – they do not need to apply. The funding will be provided to local authorities in early April. View here
HM Treasury and the Bank of England Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)
CCFF will provide additional help to firms to bridge through Covid 19-related disruption to their cash flows. View here
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Grant Delivered by HMRC
All employers will receive a grant to cover 80% of each employee’s wages, up to a total of £2,500 per month per employee. This grant will be backdated to 01 March 2020. Open for at least 3 months. No limit to the amount of funding available for these scheme. View Here
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Refund for SMEs Administered via HMRC
Refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID19. View here
Benefits for the self employed by DWP
For the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak, the requirements of the Universal Credit minimum income floor will be temporarily
removed for the self-employed who have COVID-19 or are self-isolating. This will allow the self-employed to access Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to the SSP. View here
VAT bill deferment overseen by HMRC
All businesses can defer their VAT payments due for the next quarter (Q2: April to June 2020). Payment will not be due until end of the financial year on 31 March 2021. View here
Income Tax Deferral for the Self-Employed by HMRC
If you are self-employed, Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021. View here
Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure From the Government
If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, you will receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property. View here
Coronavirus Charity Help Fund Grants from Martin Lewis
Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. Examples could include foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more. Fund is looking for projects that are up and running, or are in the process of being set up – fund wants to deliver help at speed. Applicants can only apply for funds for specific coronavirus projects. View here
Emergency Funding Package – Grants for Arts Organisations
Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and have also changed the funding requirements for
individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding.
Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)
This covers a range of topics that businesses should be doing to deal with the virus crisis. View here
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. This covers details such as sick pay, business rates, Insurance, Tax and the Interuption load scheme.
Employees showing mild viral symptoms – possibly coronavirus. What should I do?
Anyone who shows certain symptoms should stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means employees should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
Employees showing mild viral symptoms – possibly coronavirus. What should I do?
The most common symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/ or a high temperature. Public Health England have updated their guidance.
Government advice here
COVID-19: guidance for employees
This covers help with issues including, Staying at home,working from home and sick pay. View here
Free childcare offers to continue during coronavirus closures
Funding for the government’s early years entitlements will continue during any periods of nursery, preschool or childminder closures, or where children cannot attend due to coronavirus. View here
The Prime Minister reassured that businesses affected by the recommendation of the Government to avoid hospitality and leisure venues will be covered of the impact of lost trade under their insurances policies.
Protection for commercial rental tenants
Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. View here
Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19
Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. View here
Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers
Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for their customers. View here
North East Lincolnshire Council Guidance
Private organisations Guidance
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Covid-19 Business Guidance
The FSB have some support for businesses relating to the virus.
The CBI Covid-19 Business Guidance
The CBI have some support for businesses relating to the virus
RSM UK Covid-19 Business Guidance
RSM UK is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally. download their coronavirus guidance PDF file 2020 Budget Practical steps
MAKEuk Covid-19 Business Guidance
Makeuk are the manufacturers Organisation, they have guidance for the impact of coronavirus on manufacturers. View here.
Reach plc Covid-19 Business Guidance
Reach plc, the UK’s biggest commercial national and regional news media publisher launched a new initiative aimed at supporting the UK’s local business community throughout the COVID-19 crisis. View here
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has issued the following advice about the Apprenticeship programs response to Covid-19 View here
How Digital Technology can help businesses deal with Covid19.
Businesses across the globe are putting new policies and approaches in place to continue operating and to keep people safe amidst the Covid19 pandemic. This article provides a few pointers on how businesses can use digital technology to deal with Covid19.
Chances are that most businesses will require more people to work from home. This presents four immediate challenges:
- Do employees and partners have access to the relevant hardware? This includes, laptops, and smart phones. If not, you will need to look to supply the appropriate hardware to effected employees.
- Do employees have access to the right applications and information from their hardware? Can they access software and information over the cloud, through applications like Google or Microsoft 365 or do they have to be on a physical network?
- Do your employees have good enough broadband connectivity? Remember that there could be other people working from home as well as a few kids gaming online due to a school closure. Are you able to upgrade broadband for them or cover the cost of upgrading?
- Having more people working remotely presents security challenges – this article on Cybersecurity for small businesses will provide some pointers.
Continuing conversations and collaboration:
Conversations are an important by-product of collocation, they lead to ideas, coordination and effective team spirit. Email is not the place to try to facilitate conversations. A few easy to implement ideas include:
- Utilise technology and apps that people already have and are familiar with such as WhatsApp. Set up team groups so that they can share ideas, insights, ask questions and have a quick face-to-face video call.
- Use collaboration tools such as Slack or Trello to communicate, coordinate and collaborate on projects.
- Use video conferencing and the web to facilitate training and events. Several technology companies such as Google and Microsoft are making advanced features available to businesses for free as part of their wider response to the Covid19 pandemic.
- When introducing these new applications people must be clear on which applications are to be used and for which purpose, the types of information that can and cannot be shared and stored.
Continuing to deliver your products and services:
- Consider which physical touchpoints could be replaced with digital touchpoints? How can you use video conferencing, chatbots, automation to service customers?
- Remember that using digital technology to communicate with customers doesn’t have to come at the cost of a personal experience.
- Are there any innovations, could you use Augmented Reality to better demonstrate your products or deliver training and events?
Monitor measure and control:
One of the major issues that leaders have with remote working is the loss of visibility and control. Just seeing that people are sat at their desks provides some tangible comfort. Introducing or making better use of existing Enterprise Resource Planning or Customer Relationship Management software can help to provide better visibility of what’s going on across the business and how well its resources are performing across the customer journey.
Our Digital Technology Experts are here to help
Businesses in the Humber LEP area can access valuable expertise from our team of Digital Technology Experts. To speak to one of the team call 01482 686 700 or email email@example.com or click here for more information.
Growth Hub Business Advisor
If you are looking for some support for your Humber business then please contact one of our Business Advisors. You can find the contact details for the advisors in your region here
Impact on your Business
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