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If you’re a Peterborough business in need of support, please get in touch with Opportunity Peterborough directly.
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Business Support Helpline (England) can also provide advice
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Receive support with tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service
Who is eligible? Businesses and the self-employed that are in financial distress and have outstanding tax liabilities.
Requirements: Arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities. If you have missed a tax payment or you might miss your next payment due to COVID-19, please call HMRC’s dedicated helpline: 0800 0159 559.
At Autumn Budget 2021, the government announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme will be extended by six months to 30 June 2022, with the following changes applying from 1 January 2022:
You can apply to the scheme if Covid-19 has affected your business. You can use the finance for any legitimate business purpose – including managing cashflow, investment and growth. However, you must be able to afford to take out additional debt finance for these purposes. You can still apply to the scheme even if you have accessed the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), or the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)
Findout more about the scheme at the British Business Bank’s website: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/recovery-loan-scheme/
The Charity Commission has produced guidance for running charities during the outbreak.
Further resources can be found here:
Government guides for workplace settings
Trading Standards – Free compliance advice
Trading Standards, Environmental Health at Peterborough City Council are offering all SMEs in Peterborough FREE business compliance advice, both legal and operational, on any matters arising from the government’s emergency controls. To access this advice visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/regulatorycompanion
Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants
Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. More information is available here.
Providing proof of coronavirus absence from work
People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
Guidance posters for staff, employers and businesses
Public Health England have produced guidance posters that should be downloaded, printed and displayed in the workplace:
HMRC has held webinars on support available for international trade, watch recorded sessions here.
The Department for International Trade’s Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has issued two Notices to Exporters concerning the impact on training and licensing activities. For general export control queries please contact ECJU’s Helpline on 020 7215 4594 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UK Export Finance (UKEF) works with banks and insurance brokers to help companies of all sizes fulfil and get paid for export contracts. It provides guarantees, loans and insurance on behalf of the government that can protect UK exporters facing delayed payments or transit restrictions. Help from UKEF:
To help businesses source PPE equipment and perspex screens to keep their staff and visitors safe, Opportunity Peterborough is working with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to identify local providers where possible.
For support accessing PPE equipment, please contact Opportunity Peterborough directly – email: email@example.com
Local perspex screen suppliers