Coronavirus Business Support
Here is the latest business support advice, guidance and links to more information in relation to COVID-19. This page is updated on a regular basis. To find out more about any of the below areas of support, please click on the menu title to expand it.
For the latest City of York Council updates on Coronavirus click here
For all the latest government updates please visit gov.uk/coronavirus. The Department of Health and Social Care Twitter page is updated daily at 2pm. The government has updated its guidance to assist employers and businesses in providing advice on coronavirus, COVID-19.
Public Health England have produced advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
See the latest COVID-19 information relevant to our area from City of York Council to support residents and businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
On 12 July the government published new guidance on ‘moving to step 4 of the Roadmap‘ to set out the details as England transitions out of lockdown. This explains how the remaining restrictions will be lifted and outlines the key protections that will remain in place.
City of York Council continues to offer support to local businesses:
- Find out more about the available grant support
- Sign up for business updates
- There is continuing financial support for businesses impacted by the pandemic. If you are concerned that the current grants are not available for your business, the council wants to hear from you so they can continue to lobby government on your behalf. Please get in touch directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to the varied restrictions which have been in place during the coronavirus pandemic, City of York Council is supporting many York businesses with the government grants which have been made available for different business sectors, and to cover different periods. Any businesses which have already been approved for a grant under previous national lockdowns or since the tiers scheme was introduced do not need to reapply.
See details of current business grants including:
The COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 sets out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time.
The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place from 21 June, and you can find updated guidance with more details explaining what you can and cannot do here.
Businesses can find out more about updated guidance specific to their sector here:
Updated 14 June - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.
Employers will top up employees’ wages to make sure they receive 80% of wages (up to £2,500) in total for the hours the employee is on furlough. The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.
Find out more about how the scheme is changing.
Claims for furlough days in June 2021 must be made by 14 July 2021.
Updated 4 March 2021 - the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be continue with a fourth and fifth grant. increase from 50% to 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500. To make a claim for the third grant your business must have had a new or continuing impact from coronavirus between 1 November 2020 and 29 January 2021.
Use the Government's coronavirus business support finder tool to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
In additional to the business grants outlined above, the package of measures to support businesses includes:
- an extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (see above)
- deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
- a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
- a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
- a further extension for applications to government-backed loan schemes until end of March 2021, such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
- the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
- Updated 24 September - the VAT reduction from 20% to 5% for the hospitality and tourism sectors will be extended until the end of March 2021. Guidance is available here following the Government’s earlier announcement that VAT registered businesses may apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admission to certain attractions. Find out more about which attractions are eligible for the reduced rate of VAT.
- Updated 2 September 2020 - the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme opened for applications to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements via gov.uk. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number. A list of partner organisations is being collated by your local York Jobcentre team – email@example.com
- Updated 3 August 2020 - two new leadership programmes were announced to help small business leaders with management, productivity and problem-solving. The Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening decision-makers' leadership skills, supporting senior leaders to enhance their business’s resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19. It helps small and medium-sized businesses to develop their potential for future growth and productivity. The Peer Networks Programme will help business owners improve their problem-solving skills through a series of guided exercises.
- Apprentices and Trainees - the Government is offering to pay for businesses to hire apprentices, with a payment of £2,000 for those aged 16-24 and for apprentices aged 25 and over it will be £1,500. Employers will be paid £1,000 to take on trainees. More details to come, in the meantime contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for the following government-guaranteed loan schemes closed on 31 March 2021:
To support you and your business through this difficult time, Garbutt + Elliott have created a number of articles and useful resources which give you detailed information on how to access loans and finance this challenging time. Access more information here
Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online advice to help small businesses bounce back from coronavirus. The Recovery Advice for Business Scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery. Find out more here.
Updated 22 January 2021 - “We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has taken the necessary measures and is operating in line with the Government guidelines and Public Health guidance clearly set out in COVID-19 Risk Assessment.
The industry standard, launched in June 2020, has been extended to aid business recovery at this time - over 43,000 businesses across the UK have already signed up.
The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across all tourism industry sectors. Businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and check they have the required processes in place.
Businesses which welcome international visitors will also be able to make use of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travel stamp. The WTTC stamp enables travellers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted global standardised protocols – so they can experience “Safe Travels”.
An ‘alert’ system ensures that if you are signed-up to the standard, you will be notified if there are changes to the official guidance. A call-handling service will provide you with support and assessors will also carry-out random spot-checks to ensure your business is adhering to the guidance.
Updated 18 January 2021 - The Supreme Court judgment in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption insurance test case means many policy holders will receive payment.
The Supreme Court has substantially allowed the FCA’s appeal on behalf of business interruption insurance policyholders, meaning that covered policyholders will now have their claims for coronavirus-related business interruption losses paid.
The judgment provides authoritative guidance for the interpretation of similar policy wordings and claims. The judgment does not determine how much is payable under individual policies, but provides much of the basis for doing so. Each policy needs to be considered against the detailed judgment to work out what it means for that policy. The FCA has said it will be working with insurers to ensure that they move quickly to pay claims that the judgment says should be paid, making interim payments wherever possible. Policyholders with affected claims can expect to hear from their insurer soon.
The FCA has published draft guidance for policyholders on how to prove the presence of coronavirus, which is a condition in certain types of policy, and will publish Q&As for policyholders to assist in understanding the test case. Read more on the FCA website.
- Level up your business with digital knowledge - Digital Enterprise is a business support programme offering businesses in the Leeds City Region access to funding to invest in digital technology and opportunities to develop their digital skills. Register now and you will receive notification about the funding opportunities which are relevant and suitable for your business. Businesses can register their interest in accessing Digital Enterprise support between now and August 2022. Registering now will also help speed up the application process if you apply for this assistance in the future.
- AD:VENTURE provides fully funded expert help to take your business from start-up to scale-up. Their programme of events will add value to your business, giving you the tools needed to improve performance and helping you access the practical business advice and support you really need to scale up and grow.
- Free expertise, support and resources to help your business grow at the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub website.
- National Cyber Security Centre - security questions to ask your IT service providers during the coronavirus lockdown
Make It York offers growing, established, and relocating businesses access to a wealth of information, advice and support, including growth, access to finance and funding, skills and training, property search, international trade and much more.
Find out more here
Click here for the latest updates and advice from City of York Council to support residents, visitors and businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Here is some useful advice and guidance available to the creative and cultural sector regarding the status of sector funding, resources and online events, in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- DCMS Guidance: This page is a collection of various coronavirus guidance for DCMS sectors. Full details are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-dcms-sectors-in-relation-to-coronavirus-covid-19
- Arts Council England: this page features the latest guidance from government on the COVID-19 outbreak for ACE’s funded organisations and projects, as well as individuals and the wider cultural sector. ACE is updating this as the situation develops – full details are here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19
- Creative Industries Federation: This page has the latest advice for the creative industries sector, including signposting to specific advice, guidance and legal support provided by creative industries unions and sector support organisations. Full details are here: https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/covid-19-guidance-sector
- Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance: CHWA is collating resources from health and from the cultural sector for their members and others, including information on practical support from funders, freelance support, digital/ online creative resources, online events and digital training. Full details are here: https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/coronavirus-resources-practitioners-and-organisations
- Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy: As part of their response to COVID-19, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy are offering a free ‘Power Hour’ of consultancy support every day, to any arts organisation needing help with income generation, fundraising strategy, or donor management. Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-power-hour-tickets-100113209304
- York CVS have a COVID-19 Funding Information page where they’ve collated local and national funding opportunities that are currently accepting applications, as well as funding specific to social enterprises and charities.
- Restriction and Support Grants: In response to the varied restrictions which have been in place during the coronavirus pandemic, City of York Council is supporting many York businesses with different grants made available for different business sectors, and to cover different periods. Check eligibility for all current grants and apply here
- City of York Council: The Council's page on Health & Wellbeing support, full details are here: https://www.york.gov.uk/HealthAndWellbeing. Full details on Coronavirus Prevention is here: https://www.york.gov.uk/CoronavirusPrevention
- MARCH Network: As a mental health network focused on the power of bringing people together with social, cultural and community assets, MARCH Network are sharing some home-based, creative ways to support mental health during the pandemic. Full details are here: https://www.marchnetwork.org/creative-isolation
- Mind: The charity has produced ideas and advice to help take care of your mental health and wellbeing, if you’re worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life. Full details are here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
- World Health Organisation: The WHO has produced a helpful guide to looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2
- Business Growth Hub: To support both individuals and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, The Growth Company has developed a Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources Pack providing information on how the pandemic may affect mental health along with advice and guidance on how to best manage this during these challenging times. Full details are here: https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/media/1066921/mental_health_and_wellbeing_pack.pdf
For the latest tourism and hospitality advice, see here