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If you’re a Peterborough business in need of support, please get in touch with Opportunity Peterborough directly.
The government’s recovery strategy can be found here: https://bit.ly/CV19RecoveryStrategy
Download a crib sheet of national and local government support for businesses or use the government’s online tool to find financial support for your business.
Use the links below to navigate this page:
Business Support Helpline (England) can also provide advice
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
HMRC has webinars available to help businesses watch recorded sessions
HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month for employees that otherwise would have been laid off due to the crisis
Who is eligible? All UK employers
Requirements: Designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change – changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation HMRC.
For guidance on furloughing directors, please click here.
How to apply: Apply through the new portal to submit information about furloughed employees and their earnings.
Any entity with a UK payroll can apply, including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities. To prepare to make your claim you will need:
SME employers will be able to reclaim up to two weeks of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. This includes if an employee is unable to work because they either:
– Have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms;
– Cannot work because they are self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms; or
– Are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.
Who is eligible? Small or medium sized UK based businesses with fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020
Requirements: Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19. Employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note.
How to apply: A rebate scheme is being developed. Further details will be provided once the legalisation has passed. The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible.
Companies House have announced that businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Full guidance on applying for an extension can be found here. For general advice on submitting accounts online, click here.
If you’re self-employed, Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021. For VAT, the deferral will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.
Who is eligible? All UK businesses
Requirements: This is an automatic offer with no applications required.
Businesses will not need to make a VAT payment during this period. Taxpayers have until the end of the 2020/21 tax year to pay any liabilities. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the government as normal.
Customers who normally pay by direct debit should cancel their direct debit with their bank if they are unable to pay.
Self-assessment payments due on the 31 July 2020 will be deferred until the 31 January 2021.
Who is eligible? This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged in the deferral period.
Requirements: Customers should cancel their direct debit with their bank if they are unable to pay. HMRC have also scaled up their Time to Pay offer to all firms and individuals who are in temporary financial distress as a result of Covid-19 and have outstanding tax liabilities.
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.
Applicable for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.
Who is eligible? Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. Properties need to be wholly or mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues; for assembly and leisure; as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
Requirements: Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by Peterborough City Council.
There is no action for businesses. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020. You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator.
For enquiries please contact Peterborough City Council: email@example.com or call 01733 452252
A business rates holiday will be introduced for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.
Who is eligible? Providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register, and where premises area wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Requirements: There is no action for businesses. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020.
You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator.
For enquiries please contact Peterborough City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 452252
FAQs from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:
A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. Read more here.
Capital grant funding from £2k to £150k from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to help businesses strengthen capacity, survive this emergency period and recover more quickly.
Examples of investments which could attract such grants are buying new kit, building new extensions, the updating of production lines, IT infrastructure, and upgrading logistics.
Who is eligible? SMEs with between 5-249 employees that are registered as limited businesses, have three years’ worth of accounts on Companies House and turnover and account balances below 46 million Euros.
Requirements: Applicants will need to submit copies of their accounts and forecasts.
You can check eligibility and apply online: capitalgrantscheme.co.uk/
Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 over 6 years. The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
Who is eligible? Business negatively impacted by coronavirus. You cannot apply if you are receiving support form the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
Requirements: Businesses can apply through accredited lenders listed here.
An additional Small Business Grant Scheme providing a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.
Who is eligible? Small businesses that occupy a property and receive small business rate relief (SBRR) and / or rural rate relief (RRR)
Requirements: Peterborough City Council has contacted eligible businesses and begun to release payments to eligible ratepayers. To enable payment to be made please email email@example.com with a copy of your bank statement. This only needs to be the header page that shows the business name and address along with sort code and account number. Please start your email with GRANTS and your business rates account number in the subject heading.
Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in premises with a rateable value between £15,000-£51,000 will receive a £25,000 grant.
Who is eligible? Properties must be wholly or mainly being used as; shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues; for assembly and leisure; as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation
Requirements: Peterborough City Council will contact you if you are eligible for this grant to verify your details. To enable payment to be made please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your bank statement. This only needs to be the header page that shows the business name and address along with sort code and account number. Please start your email with GRANTS and your business rates account number in the subject heading. In the meantime, bills and direct debits will be paused for eligible businesses.
All viable small businesses can apply for a loan of up to £5 million for up to 6 years, with the government covering up to 80% of any losses with no fees. The government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees. Please be aware, personal guarantees for loans under £250,000 scrapped
Who is eligible? UK based business with turnover <£45 million that would otherwise be viable were it not for COVID-19. Your business must meet the other British Business Bank eligibility criteria.
Requirements: Your borrowing proposal must be considered viable were it not for COVID-19. To apply, you should talk to your bank or one of the 40 accredited finance providers as soon as possible, to discuss your business plan. All major banks are offering this scheme. Please be aware, personal guarantees for loans under £250,000 have been scrapped.
If you have an existing loan with monthly repayments you may want to ask for a repayment holiday to help with cash flow.
A government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25m to businesses impacted by coronavirus.
Who is eligible? UK based businesses with annual turnover between £45m and £500m. Businesses from any sector can apply except banks and building societies, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers) and public-sector organisations, including state-funded primary and secondary schools.
Requirements: Your borrowing proposal must be considered viable were it not for COVID-19. The facility will be available from 40 accredited finance providers.
The Bank of England will buy short term debt from larger companies. This will support companies affected by a short-term funding squeeze, and allow them to finance short-term liabilities.
Who is eligble? Lager companies. The Fund will purchase commercial paper issued by companies (including their finance subsidiaries) “in sound financial health that make a material contribution to economic activity in the United Kingdom”.
Businesses do not have to solely operate in the UK. All non-financial companies that meet the criteria set out on the Bank of England’s website are eligible.
Requirements: The scheme is now available for applications. Visit the Bank of England’s website for details.
The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
Who is eligible: UK businesses that can attract equivalent match funding from third-party private investors and institutions. The business must have previously raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third-party investors in the last 5 years. Full eligibility criteria will be published shortly.
Requirements: This scheme is due to open for applications in May and will initially run until September.
Art Council England has repurposed its investment strands to create a £160 million financial support package including:
• £90 million for National Portfolio Organisations
• £50 million for organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council
• £20 million for individuals artists, creative practitioners and freelancers
Who is eligible? Individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector.
Applications will be open soon. Visit the website for more details: hwww.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19
Self-employed people adversely affected by coronavirus will receive Government grants of 80% of their total profits over three years, capped at £2,500 per month.
HMRC will inform those eligible and payments are expected no later than the beginning of June. It will be open for three months, and longer if the Government deems it necessary. It will cover the three months to May initially.
Those eligible are:
The self-employed can also get support from:
More information on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS): https://bit.ly/2xtNX8s
The Charity Commission have produced guidance for running charities during the outbreak.
Further resources can be found here:
Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities
Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. £370 million will also be allocated for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England. The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational in the coming weeks. You can find more information here.
Extra Funding to Support UK’s Frontline Military Charities
The Government has announced £6M in funding for Armed Forces charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) who are delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families and others from the Armed Forces community. Read more here.
If your company is offering free support, please email: email@example.com
Government guides for 8 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:
Businesses involved in the UK COVID-19 response can access business continuity and resilience standards from the BritishStandards Institute (BSI) here, free of charge.
The Knowledge Transfer Network has funding calls open for the development and testing of COVID-19 therapeutics and diagnostics and sanitising tech. Get more information.
A £20 million research and innovation fund has been launched by InnovateUK. The fund is for technology and research-focussed businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak.
UK Research & Innovation have an open funding call for short-term projects (up to 18 months) addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Supply of COVID-19 antigen testing kit
Manufacturers looking to bring testing kits to market should follow the forms and guidance.
Any organisations that can supply for sale any or all of the below should email:
The requirement is for commercial supply of the following:
* Full testing packages (specification below)
* Any of the separate components within the testing package
* Any alternative tests government should be considering
The specification for testing kit is as follows:
In addition, there is also a requirement for swabs for PCR diagnostic testing.
Any organisations that can supply for sale any or all of the above should email email@example.com as soon as possible.