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.
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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 updates and advice from City of York Council to support residents, visitors and businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
City of York Council is offering support to local businesses during the second national lockdown period:
Updated 24 November - City of York Council is offering support by urging eligible businesses to register for government grants as the application process has now opened. The government-prescribed grants cover the lockdown period, the brief period whilst York was in Tier 2 and are available for sectors which have received no previous government support. Find out more and apply
Lockdown Local Restriction Scheme - businesses forced to close by law under national lockdown from 5 November will receive grant support according to their rateable value.
Tier 2 Local Restriction Scheme - businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors, B&Bs and hotels will receive a proportion of the following monthly grants to reflect the 19 days spent in Tier 2.
Sector Support Grant - a new government grant aimed at businesses which have not previously received support, including nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques was introduced from 1 November 2020. However, this will be superseded from 5 November by the lockdown restriction scheme.
Additional Restrictions Grant - even more York businesses impacted by the latest lockdown can benefit from financial support with the launch of City of York Council’s discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant.
Businesses now have until Monday 7 December to apply for the grants, which are open to:
Applications must be from York-based businesses which have fixed premises in York (note - fixed premises is not a market stall or pitch), or businesses run by a York resident and trade is at least 75% in York (note - this could be a market stall or pitch).
The council is also preparing a voucher scheme for local businesses to access support such as training from local providers. More information to follow.
Updated 2 November 2020 - New restrictions came into place on Thursday 5 November across England, requiring people to stay at home (except for specific purposes) and closing certain businesses and venues until Wednesday 2 December.
There is a new guidance page on gov.uk with more detail on these changes.
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close:
Businesses can find out more about updated guidance specific to their sector here:
Customer logging toolkit for businesses - Public Health England has published a Customer Logging Toolkit which contains a variety of template materials for businesses to display, as well as guidance on how the policy works.
Updated 6 November - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has now been extended until the end of March 2021 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. Employers will need to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions for hours not worked, this accounts for just 5% of total employment costs or £70 per employee per month. The extended CJRS will operate as the previous scheme did. Claims can be made from 8am Wednesday 11 November. The CJRS extension will be reviewed in January to examine whether the economic circumstances are improving enough for employers to be asked to increase contributions. Find out more at gov.uk
The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends. The Jobs Retention Bonus will not be paid in February and the Government will redeploy a retention incentive at the appropriate time.
Updated 6 November 2020 - the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will increase from 50% to 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500, for the period November to January. The window for claiming a grant will open on 30 November, two weeks earlier than previously announced. Find out more here
The package of measures to support businesses includes:
Updated 9 November 2020 - existing loan schemes are being extended until the end of January 2021. This will give businesses two extra months to make loan applications, replacing the current deadline of 30 November.
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 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. Find out more here.
The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses across the sector 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.
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.
Guidance for the Creative and Cultural Sector:
Funding – various updates:
Health and Wellbeing:
We’ll also be sharing links to ways people can support their wellbeing during this time. Find out more on our Twitter feed.
For the latest Tourism and Hospitality Advice, see here