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.
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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.
The government has recently published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021,’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time. From 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing and you can find more details on this here.
City of York Council continues to offer support to local businesses in response to tier restrictions and periods of national lockdown:
Updated 18 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 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.
York’s businesses will be among the first in the country to receive the latest lockdown grants as the amount of coronavirus business relief distributed by the council tops £140m. Hundreds of York business can expect payments by Wednesday 20 January after the council issued another £14.5m of grants on Friday 15 January, including the one-off top-up payments of between £4000 and £9000 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses announced by the Chancellor on 5 January (further details below).
This means that the council has processed all payments for businesses which it knows are eligible for Local or Lockdown Restrictions Grants until 15 February, the government’s first review date of the current national lockdown.
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 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:
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.
The government has recently published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021,’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time. From 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing and you can find more details on this here.
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 4 March - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended across the UK for five months until 30 September 2021. Employees will continue to receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. There will be no employer contributions beyond National Insurance contributions (NICs) and pensions required in April, May and June. From July, the government will introduce an employer contribution towards the cost of unworked hours of 10% in July, 20% in August and 20% in September, as the economy reopens.
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 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:
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.
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.
Updated 22 January 2021 - the We're Good to Go programme will be retained for the next few months to aid business recovery.
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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.
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