Further extension to the furlough scheme

In a surprise move, the Chancellor has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is to be further extended until 30 April 2021. In a written ministerial statement to parliament, Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended by another month,  until the end of April 2021. The statement confirmed […]

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): Applications are now OPEN so please check with your Local Authority immediately.

Applications Are Now Open (closing December): Please see your Local Authority’s website for further information and to make an application. Guildford Borough Council here Waverley Borough Council here Chichester District Council here Adur & Worthing here Mid Sussex here Crawley here Horsham here East Hants here The schemes are all delivered through local authorities and […]

How to prepare for Brexit – A checklist and The Government’s Campaign to get you ready.

The Business Secretary has been busy sending letters to all VAT registered companies trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, advising of the actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021 A copy of The Business Secretary’s letter can be found here: Brexit circular. It […]

Chancellor extends furlough scheme and bolsters self-employment support

The Chancellor has announced a five-month extension to the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and increased the level of the next self-employed income support grant. The Chancellor told the House of Commons that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until the end of March, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours […]

The Government’s announcement on 31st October 2020

This is what we know at this time. We hope for more detail very soon. This is taken from the Government’s press announcement. We will update you when we know more. Job Retention Scheme Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further […]

Green Homes Grant: make energy improvements

The Government Green Homes Grant Scheme is going to shortly start paying out vouchers. As a homeowner, it is worth looking into. As a Trustmark tradesperson it is worth noting the guidance should you get contacted for a quote. How much you can get Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up […]

An expert’s comparison of the Kickstart Scheme, Apprenticeships, Traineeships and the new T-Levels.

If you are interested in exploring your employment options for anyone aged 16-24 years old then you definitely need to read  Steph at Tomorrows Talent ‘s  comparison of all the available Government initiatives. Found here. If you would like to know more about any of the schemes, please contact the excellent steph@tomorrows-talent.com.  

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Tier 2- High)

The overall message on these grants is to speak to your Local Authority as soon as possible if you are affected in any way by Tier 2 (High) restrictions. What is the scheme? We are providing additional funding to allow local authorities to support businesses in Tier 2 areas which are not legally closed, but […]

COVID-19: Support on negotiating time to pay with HMRC and useful tips

Useful tips on how to negotiate with HMRC. HMRC has published details of the specific helpline to contact, but it’s not known whether HMRC will change its usual approach to time to pay, for taxpayers who are having difficulty paying. Businesses and agents may find useful the following reminders about what usually needs to be considered when […]

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launches new SME leadership schemes

A brace of schemes aimed at helping SMEs in England improve their leadership skills while learning with and from their peers have been launched by the BEIS. The £20m programmes, which are designed to be complementary, aim to “enhance resilience and recovery” from the devastating impact of COVID-19, while also empowering businesses to develop their […]

Government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund opens for applications

Grants from £50k to £5 million are now available to help the nation build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic. The £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund, part of the government’s wider green economic recovery, jobs and skills package, brings forward funding for environmental charities and their partners to start work on projects across England […]

Grants Online- A Useful website for the latest funding opportunities for UK based organisations, schools and community groups.

A useful website can be found here for information on some of the latest funding opportunities available to UK based organisations, schools and community groups.

Have you heard about your local Growth Hub?

There are 38 Growth Hubs across England led by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). LEPs are business led partnerships between local authorities and local private sector businesses.  They advise that they play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and job creation, improve infrastructure and raise workforce […]

No immediate deadline for making CJRS claims for July

HMRC has emphasised that claims for grants under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for the period 1 to 31 July, do not have to be made by the end of August. HMRC has received enquiries from some employers believing there is a 31 August deadline for making CJRS claims for the period 1 – 31 July. […]

Applications for the second Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are now open closing 19 October 2020

Applications for the second Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are now open, closing 19 October 2020. Below is information on eligibility, the application process, grants over claimed and requesting reviews. Who can claim: Self-employed individuals or a member of a partnership (as long as certain eligibility criteria are met, see below). Limited companies and trusts […]

Business Rates discretionary grants

We posted an update about a new discretionary grant fund being set up a while ago now. It can be found here. Detailed guidance has now been published for local authority’s and so applications will be open or opening very shortly. Please contact your local authority/council. Chichester District Council have their application process open already. […]

Childcare support criteria relaxed

The UK government is temporarily relaxing the eligibility criteria for tax-free childcare and 30 hours free childcare to support working parents during the coronavirus pandemic. HMRC has published new guidance for parents applying for, or already receiving tax-free childcare and 30 hours free childcare, during the coronavirus pandemic. It confirms that parents whose earnings are […]

Second lump sum for self-employed

The Chancellor has announced a second and final grant to the self-employed who are eligible for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), based on 70% of earnings and capped at £6,570. HMRC has confirmed the same eligibility criteria will be used to establish self-employed individuals’ entitlement to a further SEISS grant; the grant will be […]

Bounce Back Loan Scheme reminder

Just as a reminder, the scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. Key features of the scheme Facilities: term loans Repayment terms: six years, and early repayment permitted Interest rate: 2.5% per annum. No interest is payable in the first 12 months. Personal guarantees: No […]

How the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing from 1 July, including the introduction of flexible furlough.

The CJRS is changing from 1 July to encourage those furloughed back into work. Following the publication of HMRC’s detailed guidance, we outline the key changes. On 12 June 2020 HMRC published updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)  The grant scheme enters its second phase on 1 July 2020 and covers claims […]

The CIPD have published a helpful guide for ‘Returning to the Workplace after Coronavirus’

The CIPD have today (12 May 2020) published helpful guidance covering key considerations for returning to the workplace after Covid for employers and small businesses. It is to be read alongside the Government’s own guidance of course, but it is a good run through of the HR issues. It can be found here. It covers […]

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) update (as at 12 May 2020)

The Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020) that the Government’s CJRS will remain open until the end of October. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 new flexibility will be introduced from August to get […]

The Government’s New Covid-19 Plan (as at 11 May 2020)

It is fair to say there is an overall acknowledgement in the Government’s plan found here that: COVID-19 is both here to stay; and businesses need to get prepared to work within the new COVID Secure guidelines to push forward when ready (whether you are able to trade from now, 1 June or 4 July […]

Additional grants (potentially) for those businesses that didn’t qualify for the Business Rates Relief

The Government has announced additional grants for small businesses (that didn’t benefit from the business rates relief) Details of additional funding for those not covered by existing local authority grants will be revealed this week. The Government announced that the local business grant funds scheme would receive a 5% top-up aimed at closing the support […]

Calling all self-employed- check whether you are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) 

Calling all self-employed- check whether you are eligible for SEISS  RECAP Who can claim: Self-employed individuals or a member of a partnership (as long as certain conditions are met, see eligibility criteria). How much can be claimed: 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. Eligibility criteria You can claim […]

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