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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.

Support for Restaurants and Tourism Based Sectors

Eat Out To Help Out Registration: https://bit.ly/EOHORegistration

Guidance for hotels, B&Bs etc: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

Guidance for Restaurants: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

Business Reopening Online Help: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-reopening

‘We’re Good to Go’ Accreditation Scheme from Visit Britian – https://goodtogo.visitbritain.com/your-business-good-to-go-england

Cumbria Tourism Recovery Hub – https://www.cumbriatourism.org/who-we-are/resource-hub/recovery-hub

Covid-19 Secure Status | Working Safely through Covid-19

Before shops and businesses can reopen, the government has laid out guidance you must follow to make your business ‘Covid-19 Secure’ and to keep yourself, your staff and your customers safe.

For help with getting your business Covid-19 Secure, see the link below or contact us at admin@penrithbid.co.uk and we will be happy to share best practice.

Mandatory wearing of Face Coverings in Retail premises: https://bit.ly/FaceCoveringsUpdate

Disposing of Business Waste: https://bit.ly/CV19Waste

Advice by Business Sector
Read through the advice for your business sector (eg retail shop / office) and work through the guidance. Once you have everything in place, you should then print off the ‘Covid-19 Secure’ poster below to display at the entrance to your shop or business.

Poster staying-covid-19-secure – to download, sign and display in your shop window to give customers confidence to shop with you

Our Reset and Restart Resources are available here: https://penrithbid.co.uk/resources-for-businesses-to-use-coronavirus-covid-19/

Form to fill out and send back to admin@penrithbid.co.uk to be included in the restart marketing:  04.07 Reopening Business Template  (for hospitality and hairdressers) or Business Reopening Details and Check – general shops

HSE Risk Assessment Template and Example Risk Assessment from HSE

If you have more than 50 employees the guidance says you must have your risk assessment online. If you have more than 5 employees the guidance says you must have a written risk assessment.  Guidance we have received from national organisations suggests that a written risk assessment is good practice for all businesses, no matter the number of employees. They are a good way of giving your customers confidence to shop with you and a good way of communicating with your employees.  So, we recommend all businesses complete a written risk assessment and share it online if you have a website.

Once you had your ‘Covid-10 Secure’ blue poster in your window, why not snap a photo and send it through to us to share to Discover Penrith. Again, it is a great way of showing that you have taken all the necessary steps.

Last Updated 16.06.2020

Reset | Restart | Recover

Penrith BID are working with key stakeholders in the town to ensure there is a full recovery plan in place. Details of this plan, and the associated actions can be found below:

Penrith Recovery Plan | Penrith Recovery Plan – Penrith BID Actions

From 15 June, businesses that are COVID19-Secure and comfortable managing the requirements that will keep customers safe are able to reopen their premises.

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Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims has been published and can be found here: https://bit.ly/2zdheFn

Business Reopening Details and Check MASTER – download this form and sent to admin@penrithbid.co.uk to be included in the Restart Business Listing Database

26.05.2020: Guidance for reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/UpdatedRetailGuidance.

21.05.2020 BEIS working safely webinars

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme: https://bit.ly/CLBILSUpdate

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: https://bit.ly/SSPLaunchDate

Future Fund launch: https://bit.ly/CV19FFLaunch

Fast Start Competition: https://bit.ly/CV19FastStart

15.05.2020: Roadmap Taskforces: https://bit.ly/RoadmapTaskforces

Trade Credit Insurance: https://bit.ly/CV19TradeCreditInsurance

Holiday entitlement and pay: https://bit.ly/HolidayEntitlement

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme: https://bit.ly/SelfEmployedSupport

12.05.2020:

– Phased opening of schools, colleges and nurseries: https://bit.ly/SchoolsReopening

– Travelling safely: https://bit.ly/CV19SafeTravel

– How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment: https://bit.ly/CV19RiskAssessments

– Cleaning your workplace safely: https://bit.ly/CleaningWorkplaces

29.04.2020: DfE Skills Toolkit

28.04.2020: Bounce Back Loan Scheme (launches 4th May)

27.04.2020: Rent Collection On Business Premises

20.04.2020:  Government Tool to Find Business Support

16.04.2020: Social Distancing in the Workplace – advice from Usdaw

Protecting your Mental Health – advice from Usdaw

Furloughed Employees Legal Direction

The future of Food Retailing  – an opinion piece

14.04.2020: Guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, has been updated:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

As of yesterday, Cabinet Office have provided further clarifications including:

  • Confirmation of what should form the basis for furlough pay for employees furloughed on return from (maternity/paternity/shared parental/ adoption/ sick/ parental bereavement) leave;
  • Confirming employees subject to TUPE transfer/ business reorganisation/ payroll consolidation can be furloughed
  • Confirming position for contractors in scope of IR35 in the public sector
  • More information on what information employers need to claim the grant
  • Clarifying circumstances where an employee shouldn’t be furloughed by multiple employers

The OBRs coronavirus analysis – 14th April 2020

08.04.2020:  Government Business Support Page

Sector Specific Guidance for Employers on Social Distancing

Guidance for the Charity Sector

06.04.2020: Extended Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

New Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund

03.04.2020:  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

25.03.2020: How to apply for a three month extension to file accounts

Business rates: expanded retail discount – guidance

24.03.2020: Government Guidance to businesses and premises to close

23.03.2020: Full Press Release from Home Office

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s updated statement 20.03.2020 – full speech

Updated advice from Dodd’s Accountants following Chancellor’s speech on 20.03.20

Eden District Council Support For Business

Main Government coronavirus page

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

Government Guidance for businesses and other venues on social distancing measures

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

acas advice – employee related

Confederation of British Industry Coronavirus Hub

Eden District Council Guidance for Takeaway Service

KPMG Advice on Pandemic Planning as part of a resilience strategy

Bank of England Advice on Financing Facility

30.03.2020: Advice from our insurer, Marsh Commercial regarding Insurance considerations

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

30.03.2020:  Government information relating to business closures, including holiday rentals

30.03.2020:  Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Form from EDC

Other Links

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

 

 

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