Hastings – who is still open for business?

If you do need to go out for essential medical supplies, visit the bank, or get some food in there are still plenty of options in Hastings town centre. Whilst non-essential shops have closed down for the duration of the lockdown, many others remain trading – although hours will sometimes be limited. There are also a host of cafes and …

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

The government’s step by step guide explains the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). It also describes the processes involved. Please note that if you are an employer making a claim, you need to follow the processes explained in the guidance page Claim for your employees’ wages …

Updates to advice on accessing financial support for furloughed staff or the self-employed

Just to flag a couple of updates to the .GOV.UK COVID-19 business support pages: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Further clarification following queries received, 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 …

Keeping an eye on businesses during the COVID-19 crisis

In response to concerns about a possible increase in break-ins to commercial property the Business Improvement District (BID) has negotiated with the council and police to allow the security firm which operates the town’s weekend taxi marshal service to switch to mobile patrols. The BID has also teamed up with the Hastings Area Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) to provide …

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 …

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 …

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.