The Government have launched a new dedicated website for businesses to find out what support is available. click here
Useful Links, Advice and Guidance & Financial Support Available
- How to access the Job Retention scheme
You will need to:
- 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
- submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal (HMRC will set out further details on the information required)
- From 25 March businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.
- The press release for the Chancellor’s announcement on support for the self-employed can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-gives-support-to-millions-of-self-employed-individuals
- HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. The full details of the support packages and procedures can be found at:
- The attached link provides the breakdown of financial business support that organisations can access as result of the Budget here.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance on the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund has been updated.
The Business rates: expanded retail discount guidance has been updated to cover certain properties previously excluded from the relief, but that have been forced to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions
- Extra protection has been announced for commercial tenants to protect them from eviction if they are unable to pay rent because of Coronavirus.
- The UK Government has released guidance on the closure of all non-essential businesses and premises as part of further social distancing measures. It states that accommodation businesses should close unless they are providing for key workers or are a permanent residence. The latest guidance is here.
- New guidance on staying at home and away from others has been released – the guidance covers – staying at home, closing non-essential shops and public spaces, stopping public gatherings and delivering these new measures.
- The COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility is now open. Information for businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has also been added.
- Updates to the Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally, including a business support helpline
- The Government has announced that from 1 April high street businesses will benefit from £22 billion in grants and the business rates package. With grants of up to £25,000 already being paid into bank accounts of high street businesses.
- The Government has published guidance for businesses on the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
- Updated guidance has been released which sets out details of eligibility and delivery of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).
- UK Government has now published advice and guidance for those providing hotel and other accomodation in the UK. this includes those who serve food, temporary accomodation and also exclusions plus advice on those with guests suffering COVID-19 symptoms
- The Department for Transport guidance for staff in the transport sector much of which seems transferable to the tourism sector.
- Government Business Support Measures here
- The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Advice for Employers and Employees click here. The advice is being reviewed daily. They are monitoring government updates and when legal changes happen, they are updating this page.
ACAS are holding two sessions for businesses on how to handle the impacts of Coronavirus – a live Twitter Q&A and a Webinar.
Multiple dates available. Register to attend. This free webinar will provide practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of Coronavirus in the workplace. It includes:
- steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus
- effective ways of communicating with employees
- self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay
- altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements
- remote working and the use of technology
Acas practical information on coronavirus is reviewed daily to give you and your networks access to the most recent updates and common sense advice. For example, today’s update included more on social distancing and vulnerable workers; updates on working from home, lay-offs and short-time working; and a section on cleaning a workplace if someone comes to work with coronavirus.
- Acas practical information on coronavirus is reviewed daily to give you and your networks access to the most recent updates and common sense advice. For example, today’s update included more on social distancing and vulnerable workers; updates on working from home, lay-offs and short-time working; and a section on cleaning a workplace if someone comes to work with coronavirus.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, emplyers and businesses, Government website guidance here
- Advice and guidance from the WHO (World Health Organisation) Click here
- Advice for preventative cleaning, find out more here
- Government guidance for cleaning environments within the community including, hotel rooms, work places, offices plus many more here
- Government advice for home isolation, find out more here
- Guidance on Social distancing for vulnerable people find out more here
- Government guidance for mass gatherings and events here
- The Government has relaxed rules and regulations at this time to allow establishments to operate as takeaways. Find out more here
- The Bank of England and the Treasury are working to launch the COVID Corporate Financing Facility. An outline of the scheme can be found on the website
- The Treasury has published guidance for Local Authorities on the Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response, which sets out in more detail what is meant by 'leisure, hospitality and retail' when referring to the business rate holiday and other schemes
WSX Enterprises are offering their business support/advice service, for free, to businesses and new entrepreneurs across the region. They have earmarked 8 specialist advisers who are available to offer specialist advice to any client - as detailed in the attached weblink.Find out more here
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- @VisitBritain Twitter
- @VisitEngland Twitter
- VisitBritain Instagram
- VisitEngland Instagram
- Love Great Britain Facebook
- EnjoyEngland Facebook
- Check out the VisitBritain Business Hub here
Practical Advice, Working From Home
As many of us will be finding ourselves working from home in the coming weeks here are some tips and websites that might help from conference calling to things to do with the kids.
Tourism South East tips for Social Media to help keep things going and to help you remain present on Social Media here
The 6 best free video conference calling apps according to the "how to geek" find out more here
NCSC - NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE - Advice to help organisations manage the cyber security challenges of increased home working here.
Things to do with the kids
As many schools begin to close here are some hopefully helpful links that will assist with keeping a little bit of structure in these difficult times and provide you with some ideas of how to keep them entertained.
You Tube 25 fun activities to do with the kids
Pinterest Kids arts and craft ideas to do at home
Joe Wickes Free Youtube PE lessons at home here
Twinkle Home school resource
A pinch of perfect how to turn the parent into a teacher
STAY AT HOME UNLESS
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.
● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
To find out more about the symptoms of COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others see the NHS website for advice here
TSE continues to lobby the Government, through the national agencies, communicating our members feedback and frustrations.