COVID-19: Government Support for Businesses

The Government has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

We understand the difficult times ahead for businesses of all sizes and would like to express how extremely proud we are of many of our clients, and businesses across the counrty who have been adapting their services and businesses to push forward during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The resilience and determination of these businesses, coupled with the care they are taking for themselves, their families and their customers is unparalelled.

With this said, there is help and support available via the Government and we want to make sure everyone is aware and following up where they need to.

These include everything from a 3 month VAT referal, grants and job retention schemes ensuring you can pay upto 80% of your employees' total wages. We urge all businesses to check out the information listed if you haven't already and follow up more on the link provided below.

Government Support for Businesses

The Government has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • 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
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
You can find out more about these by clicking here

We would like to remind all of our clients that we are here to help during these troubling times and are doing our very best to keep on top of the website updates to reflect changes to your business. We aim to help you keep your customers informaed and help sustain your business through the course of the outbreak.

Your website could be one of your strongest tools during this time so please know we are here and will be doing everything we can to ensure this side of your business is running as efficiently as possible.

With that said, the primary goal here is to stay safe, keep our loved ones safe and stay informaed with the advice of the Government and medical experts.

COVOD-19 Advice

The clear and certain advice with regards to COVID-19 primarily is Social Distancing. Help minimise the risk of passing this between eachother and give the NHS the valuable time they need to prepare and cope with the situation. Staying clear from vulnerable people and ensuring that we heaviliy minimise the risk of physical contact.

Use other means of staying in contact and supporting eachother by way of telephone, video calls and social media.

Avoid social gatherings, work from home where possible and stay around 2 metres apart.

At present it is advised we can still make neccessary trips for food, medical supplies and outdoor exercise, however we should do this also with care and caution.

If you are uncertain on the advice surrounding the virus please click here

Adapting your business during COVID-19

As we mentioned earlier we have been astounded by the resilience and determination of our clients and other businesses across the country who are adapting the way their business works to stay operating safely and within Government guidelines during this time. We'd like to give a few key mentions and hope that this will help inspire with ways to push forward during COVID-19

RW Fitness

Fitness and Training Instructors such as RW Fitness are going online and operating classes via Zoom Video to ensure their clients can keep fit and well while self-isolating. Find out more here

Fresh & Lush Events Catering

The team at Fresh & Lush have transofrmed their catering processes to provide a range of high quality frozen ready meals to deliver direct to their customers homes. View more about them here

Masks & Mirrors

The upcoming integrated coaching solutions experts at Masks & Mirrors have completely re-engineered their training programmes to work remotely and offer help and support to businesses, managers and teams during this time. The website is currently being reworked to reflect these changes but Karen can be contacted here .

Keep moving forward

We understand that many businesses have had the difficult situation of having to close and stop their day to day trading. It is so important that we support our local businesses and continue to work with them. So if they are able to take measures to provide alternative methods of delivering their services then please support each other as best as you can during this time.

These are just a small selection of the businesses that are adjusting the way they work in order to keep going and stay healthy, protecting themselves, their families and their customers. Following the advice of the Government, getting creative and working in the best way we can at this time.

If you need assistance with your online presence or the functioning of your business via website then please do get in touch and we will help as best as we can.


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