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 COVID-19 information relevant to our area from City of York Council to support residents and businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated 5 January 2021 - To help control the spread of coronavirus, from 00:01 on 5 January, national lockdown rules apply in England and you must stay at home. View the stay at home guidance for England.
City of York Council continues to offer support to local businesses in response to tier restrictions and periods of national lockdown:
Updated 11 January 2021 - 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 different 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. The council is working through databases to make sure businesses get all the money they are entitled to, as quickly as possible.
The grants include:
Payments cover different periods and types of business. You must apply for each grant separately. Ineligibility for one grant does not necessarily mean you will not qualify for another - the application process will guide you, or suggest an alternative grant where appropriate. You may be eligible for up to 3 grants (1 from each period), plus the wet led pub grant if appropriate.
Updated 5 January 2021 - the Chancellor has announced new lockdown grants to support businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a one-off grant worth up to £9,000. The one-off top-up grants will be provided on a per property basis to businesses closed as a result of the latest restrictions as follows:
A further £594 million is also being made available for Local Authorities and the Devolved Administrations to support other businesses not eligible for the grants, that might be affected by the restrictions. Businesses should apply to their Local Authorities. The new one-off grants are in addition to the existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen.
Updated 5 January 2021 - To help control the spread of coronavirus, from 00:01 on 5 January, national lockdown rules apply in England and you must stay at home. To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. View the guidance over which businesses and venues must close here.
Businesses can find out more about updated guidance specific to their sector here:
Updated 21 December - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has now been extended until the end of April 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.
The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to begin on Sunday 1 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. 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.
The online service to claim the third grant is open. Find out more here
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:
Updated 21 December 2020 - existing government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes are now being extended until the end of March 2021, to ensure firms can access the support they need through continuing economic disruption.
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. 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.
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. VisitBritain will be outlining the details of next steps for 2021 as soon as possible.
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