Advice for protecting your empty business premises

While our towns are so quiet, not everyone is self-isolating at home!  Vandals and villains are taking the opportunity to break into empty premises to steal anything of value,or just trash the place.  So please share these top tips: Keep Your Premises Protected As the majority of our business premises face an uncertain period of lockdown we are all aware …

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 …

Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

What is it? If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, you will receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property. Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000 and under may be eligible for a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a …

HEART – Hastings Emergency Action Resource Team: volunteer now

HEART – Hastings Emergency Action Response Team is a group of volunteers who are willing to be called on to assist people who may require support and can’t get out during the current Coronavirus crisis. This may involve help with shopping, deliveries, collecting medication, mailing letters, linking you to other support agencies or services locally – or just offering people …

Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch

The Neighbourhood Watch network in Hastings and St Leonards provides useful information about how to get involved in community support efforts. You can also sign up for email alerts from a wide range of services, including the police and local authorities.

Coronovirus Job Retention Scheme

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop …

Covid-19: Council develops vital community hub with partners

Hastings Borough Council together with a range of voluntary organisations and partners from the local community has developed a community hub to help residents in need of support during the Covid-19 crisis. Those who do not have family or local support at hand and those who are self-isolating because they have the virus or have symptoms of it can contact …

Support for Businesses Paying Tax

What is it? All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Small Business Grant Funding

What is it? The Government is providing additional funding for Local Authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.