Coronavirus: Information for businesses
Last updated: 10.10am 13 October 2020
Supporting NHS Test and Trace
From Thursday September 24, businesses in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors are legally required to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors, and to display an official NHS Test and Trace QR code poster.
Failure to comply will result in fixed penalty fines.
Find full details an up to date information on the government website.
Enforcing the rule of six
Regulations have come into force that mean it is now the legal responsibility of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants and all other tourism and hospitality venues in England to:
- take bookings of no more than 6 people
- ensure that people are not meeting in groups of more than 6 people on their premises
- and make sure there is sufficient space between tables
Businesses failing to comply could be issued with fines of up to £4,000.
Horsham District Business rates are administered by LGSS. For further up-to-date information, visit the LGSS website.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus. This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
Temporary Tables and Chairs Licence
Hospitality businesses can now apply for short term consents allowing them to provide outdoor seating for customers free of charge.
This has come as a result of a change in legislation which went through Parliament allowing a waiver of the usual fees associated with tables and chairs licensing.
Protection from eviction for commercial tenants
The Government scheme to protect commercial tenants that are unable to pay their rent from eviction has been extended until the end of 2020.
Grants and funding
Small business grants schemes
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced a new grants scheme to boost the recovery of small businesses. Find out more about the new grants scheme.
Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 - £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track.
The money is being allocated to Local Enterprise Partnerships. Coast2Capital has been allocated £250,000. Follow their social media channels, subscribe to their email newsletters and continue to check the Coast2Capital website to find out when you can apply.
Business grant schemes
Use the links below to find out about available business grant schemes.
Help to pay your employees
Tax and accounts extensions
UK Export Finance (UKEF)
UK Export Finance (UKEF) works with banks and insurance brokers to help companies of all sizes fulfil and get paid for export contracts. It provides guarantees, loans and insurance on behalf of the government that can protect UK exporters facing delayed payments or transit restrictions.
- Export Working Capital Scheme
- Export insurance policy
- Direct Lending Facility scheme
- To find out if UKEF covers your region, email email@example.com
Emergency Volunteering Leave
A clause in the Coronavirus Bill 2020 creates a temporary new form of statutory unpaid leave for employees and workers who wish to volunteer - Emergency Volunteering Leave. The clause also includes certain rights and protections for employees and workers who take Emergency Volunteering Leave, including, for example, the maintenance of terms and conditions of employment during any period of leave and protection from detriment for taking the leave. The clause also provides an obligation on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to establish a compensation scheme to compensate eligible volunteers for some loss of income and expenses incurred.
The total consecutive amount of Emergency Volunteering Leave an individual can take is 4 weeks in any volunteering period of 16 weeks. There are exemptions for micro businesses (those with 10 or fewer employees).
Key contacts and useful links
Government business support
The Government has published all the details of the schemes available to support businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in one place on its website, GOV.UK.
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Below is a list of key organisations to communicate with, and what they can advise you on:
- For the latest government guidance, visit GOV.UK: Coronavirus Business Support
- HMRC has set up a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax
- Talk to your landlord about a rent holiday, or your mortgage lender about a mortgage holiday
- For information about business rates in Horsham District, visit the LGSS website
- If you are self-employed, visit the Support for those affected by COVID-19 page to find out what support may be available
- Coast to Capital
- Read the Government guidance for employers and businesses
- Visit our dedicated Resources for businesses to operate safely page