Latest Advice on Covid-19
Last Updated 03.04.2020| Latest Updates: Applying for Business Grant
The coronavirus pandemic is firstly a health emergency, but secondly an economic emergency. In order to help ensure our BID levy payers are fully informed, we have created this page to keep businesses up to date with the latest advice and information for businesses.
If Penrith BID can do anything to support your business then please get in touch. We are part of a great business community and we will all work together to get through these challenging times.
04.03.2020: Eden District Council have asked that businesses complete a short online form to confirm eligibility for each business before they release payments. They are responsible for distributing £27m of grant funds and they need to ensure this money goes to the right businesses, so please go to the following link for full details: Link to Apply for Small Business, Retail/Leisure Grant
04.032020: HMRC Webinars
26.03.2020: Self-employment Income Support Scheme
26.03.2020: FAQ Section for Business Support
Details from Cabinet Office read:
“Given the live nature of Covid-19, we have been updating guidance as much as possible to respond to the questions and concerns businesses have raised.
We have just launched a new FAQ section on the business support website, which can be found here: https://bit.ly/
The FAQs highlight that with the exception of the businesses the Government ordered to close – please find the full list here: https://bit.ly/BizClose
Where businesses continue to stay open, employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home. If your employees cannot work from home – e.g. if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing or are delivering front-line services – then employees can still travel to work, provided they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.
Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available). Where that is not possible, and there are many types of jobs where that will be challenging, the PHE/Chief Medical Officer Advice is that it is okay to come to work.”
23.03.2020: Government Coronavirus Business Support
23.03.2020: Full Press Release from Home Office
Following the Chancellor’s business support announcement relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are keen to ensure that you have access to Gov.uk business information as soon as it is available. The relevant Gov.uk page can be found at: GOVERNMENT ADVICE LINK
Financial help for the self-employed
HMRC help line for the self employed and businesses 0300 456 3565
HMRC number (0800 0159 559) for anyone with any tax worries
Tourism Related Businesses
Our friends at Dodd Accountants are updating their website on a daily basis – Dodd Accountants advice for clients
We have also produced some resources for businesses. These are free to download and share. Click the link to go to the page: Resources for Businesses