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Support for businesses

To combat the impact of coronavirus COVID-19 the government announced certain businesses should close with immediate effect. The list of businesses which should remain closed is changing all the time, inline with the alert level. To help businesses reopen the government issued safety advice for safe working practice, which allows for social distancing. The government has also provided financial help for businesses, we have tried to include as much of this information on to this page.

Business closures

See closing certain businesses and venues in England on GOV.UK. This government guidance outlines all businesses and venues that must not open to the public.

Reopening and adapting food business

See reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19 on the Food Standards Agency website. Food Standards Agency guidance on hygiene and food safety requirements for food businesses to reopen and operate safely during COVID-19.

See our guidance for food businesses / caterers on providing a takeaway service as an alternative way to trade during the lockdown.

See our guidance for businesses on Legionella in hot and cold water systems for how to avoid this potentially fatal disease.

Safety advice

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. This government guidance is to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. There are eight guides, which cover a range of different types of work.

Safer transport guidance for operators

Read Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help organisations, agencies and others, such as self-employed transport providers, understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport.

Fraud and cyber crime

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime on GOV.UK. This government guidance suggests simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your business.

Business rates relief and grants we look after

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The business rates holiday is for 12 months for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England. Businesses who are eligible will automatically have business rates relief applied to their accounts.

Check if your retail, hospitality or leisure business is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK.

Check if your nursery is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK.

Read about business rates revaluation being postponed on GOV.UK. This government news story announces the revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.

Small business grants fund (SBGF) and retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund (RHLGF)

Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.

Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses on GOV.UK. To find the latest government guidance for businesses sets out details of the small business grants fund (SBGF) and retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund (RHLGF).

Apply online for small businesses or retail, hospitality and leisure grant.

Discretionary business grant fund

A new discretionary grant fund has been introduced by the UK Government to help more small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Grants will be available for some firms in Eden which have been outside of the scope of existing grants' criteria, mainly the Small Business and Retail Leisure and Hospitality Grants. Eden District Council is administering this scheme locally.

Eden District Council is required to publish a policy setting out the criteria for this scheme.

Read Eden District Council's discretionary grant fund policy 339 Kb / 9 pages

Applications will open for the scheme on Monday 1 June and the link will be available once applications have opened.

Further government financial support

Coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough)

Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help you find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

See Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October on GOV.UK. Government news story on Chancellor announcing the Job Retention Scheme is to remain open until the end of October, 2020.

Find out how to work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK. Government guidance on calculating 80% of your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions (NICs) and pension contributions if you've furloughed staff due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Statutory sick pay

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance on finding out if you can use the coronavirus statutory sick pay rebate scheme to reclaim employees' coronavirus-related statutory sick pay (SSP).

Benefits

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits on GOV.UK. Government guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Tax

See Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)on GOV.UK. The government's temporary changes to the VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to help businesses manage their cash flow.

Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. The government is allowing you to choose how and when you can delay making your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year.

See what to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time on GOV.UK. Government advice is to contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment.

Go to coronavirus (COVID-19): tax support for businesses and self-employed web chat on GOV.UK. To contact HM Revenue & Customs through webchat if you have missed a tax payment or you might miss your next payment due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Find out about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline on GOV.UK available Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm or telephone 0800 024 1222.

Accounts

Read Coronavirus: if your company cannot file accounts with Companies House on time on GOV.UK. Government news release for if Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts, you should act before your filing deadline.

Applying for more time to file your company’s accounts on GOV.UK. Government guidance on how to ask Companies House to extend your filing deadline if an unplanned event stops you filing your accounts.

Read coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers on GOV.UK. To find out about Companies House plans in place to maintain services for their customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Trade credit insurance

Read about Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee on GOV.UK. Government news story on support from the government for businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to Coronavirus. 

Self-employed

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme on GOV.UK. The government's guidance to help you find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant, if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

Read about the Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals on GOV.UK. This government press release announces a direct cash grant of 80% of a self-employed workers profits, up to £2,500 per month.

Read about extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments on GOV.UK. This government press release announces that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.

Support for small and medium sized business

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan on GOV.UK. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans our media release on the BBLS.

Apply for the Coronavirus Future Fund on GOV.UK. This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak..

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme on GOV.UK. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Support for large businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme on GOV.UK. This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £25 million.

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility on GOV.UK. This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) through the purchase of their short-term debt.

Support for dairy farmers through coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read about new funding to support dairy farmers through coronavirus on GOV.UK. This government press release on enabling eligible dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each, to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. More details will be issued in due course.

Read about how the dairy industry is to join together to manage milk supply on GOV.UK. This government press release describes how the government will temporarily relax elements of UK competition law to support the dairy industry through the coronavirus outbreak.

Business loans and grants

See financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. To find out the latest financial support you can get for your business.

Other sources of business support and guidance

ACAS

See Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees on the ACAS website, including simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff.

BERRG

Read about Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group (BERRG) on the CLEP website . Local Resilience Forum has established BERRG as one of the sub-groups to support people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) are chairing BERRG. BERRG is keen to hear from businesses that want to provide intelligence, or need support, interested businesses are invited to email: info@thecumbrialep.co.uk.

Business Growth Hub

See Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Business Growth Hub website, which has a suite of resources including 10 steps to take now, a series of webinars, and guidance on keeping your business operating and managing cash flow.

Chamber of Commerce

See keeping you up to date and supporting your business on the British Chambers of Commerce’s website. Find out about the steps that Chambers and members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government's strategy.

See Coronavirus: What businesses need to know on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website for a range of resources (toolkits, webinars, links, one-to-one professional advice) that's being constantly updated.

See Chamber Connect: our database of talent on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website, which brings together those available for work in the current situation with those businesses looking for staff.

See Coronavirus: Access our toolkit for business on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website. Cumbria Chamber of Commerce's toolkit is to help businesses mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak.

CLEP

COVID-19: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses on the CLEP website for Government, National and Local resources and guidance collated Cumbria LEP.

KPMG

KPMG (accounting organizations) provides a quality-assured checklist that enables you to understand the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation, crisis manage and plan business continuity. See Understanding the impact of COVID-19 (PDF) on the KPMG website.

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