THIS IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH EMERGENCY FACED BY OUR TOWN – AND THE WORLD.
The scale and pace of the outbreak is unprecedented, information is changing all the time and we will keep you updated as much as we possibly can.
Here are a couple of key points you’ll need to know:
- The government has announced grants for businesses that do not pay business rates to help them survive the pandemic. This money, ranging from £10,000 to £25,000 will be available shortly and will be administered by local councils.
- The government has also announced a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs and Business Rate Relief for small businesses and pubs.
- There is also a government Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures.
- Furlough: under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before February 28, 2020 will be able to access support to continue paying part of the salaries of their employees. HMRC will pay employers a grant worth 80% of an employee’s usual wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that subsidised wage.
Find out more at www.businesssupport.gov.uk/cor... or at bit.ly/2UISFHJ
Our pledge to you is that we will continue to monitor the changes through all channels including the best advice from local and national government and organisations including British BIDS.
We will continue to share the information you send to us on social media to try and support you and as we come out of the other end of this, we will look to push a “localisation” campaign.
Get in touch if you need help.
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