Local Business Grant Fund

The Government has set up an additional discretionary fund to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the Business Grant Funds scheme.

The fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. The government is asking local authorities to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates.
For further information on the scheme please see here for more information 


Financial support Advice/Guidance

Our colleagues at Crowe UK have put together this helpful flowchart to help understand the support you may be entitled to. Click the image below to enlarge

 

Procurement Policy Notice – Supplier Relief
The above was issued on 20 March and is important for those who have contracts with any public body, including Network Rail.

Updated guidance for households with possible infection can be found here

Updated guidance for business/employers can be found here

Updated guidance for staff working in the transport sector is here

Public Health England have produce guidance posters for transport workers here

The ORR have also issued some advice here

For individual businesses, the first port of call for advice and support is gov.uk. However, Government is also scaling up the Business Support Helpline so businesses in England, of all sizes, can pick up the phone and speak directly to an advisor (Devolved Administrations have their own equivalent services in place). The number to call is: 0300 456 3565

HMRC have launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Find all the information here. The number is 0800 0159 559

Companies House has produced guidance if coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts. Find all the information here

Guidance for British people living or travelling overseas following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Find the update guidance here