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New Government regulations have come into force to ensure businesses continue to be Covid-19 compliant by following the Rule of Six and maintaining social distancing between customers.
Hospitality venues in England are now legally required to enforce the Rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000. These new rules will mean that certain businesses and organisations, including hospitality, leisure and tourism venues, close contact services, places of worship and local authority venues and facilities, will be legally required to log the details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace. While previously this was guidance only, it is now a legal requirement.
These businesses will also be legally required to display official NHS QR code posters ahead of the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app being rolled out nationally.
The app, which can be downloaded with Apple or Android devices, enables people to ‘check in’ when they visit a business or venue by scanning a QR code displayed on posters at the entrance. The app will then inform visitors if they may have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for Coronavirus through an alert. The alert will not name the venue.
You can create your QR code is quick and easy to do via the gov.uk website by following the instructions on how to create a QR code for your venue.
More information, including important information on how and where to display your code can be found on the NHS website
The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. The scheme will open on 1st November 2020 and run for 6 months.
The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.
Instead of a minimum requirement of paying 55% of wages for a third of hours, as announced last month at the launch of the Winter Economic Plan, employers will have to pay for a minimum of 20% of usual hours worked, and 5% of hours not worked.
The government will now fund 62% of the wages for hours not worked. This more than doubles the maximum payment to £1,541.75 a month. In the most generous case, the taxpayer will now go from funding 22% of wages to just under half.
Employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligibility criteria.
The Job Retention Bonus is a £1,000 payment to businesses who retain a worker in employment until at least the start of February 2021, when they had previously been furloughed during 2020.
Businesses can claim for the Bonus from 15th February 2021 until the end of March 2021.
For more information about the Job Support Scheme, click here.
Delivered by Lenders Accredited by The British Business Bank, the BBLS targets small and micro businesses in all sectors, providing loans from £2k up to 25% of the business’ turnover with a maximum loan of £50k.
The BBLS enables businesses to obtain a six-year term loan at a government set interest rate of 2.5% per year. The government will cover interest payable in the first year.
100% Guarantee: The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed, full guarantee (100%) against the outstanding facility balance, both capital and interest.
The borrower remains 100% liable for the debt.
No Principal Repayments for first 12 months: Borrowers will not have to begin principal repayments for the first 12 months, thereafter capital will be repaid on a straight line basis.
No Guarantee fee for Businesses or Lenders to Access the Scheme.
Finance Terms: The length of the loan is for 10 years but early repayments are allowed, without early repayment fees.
No Personal Guarantees: No personal guarantees are allowed, and no recovery action can be taken over a principal private residence or principal private vehicle.
*Please direct any questions about the scheme to the lenders, not the British Business Bank.
The second stage of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened for applications on 17th August.
SEISS will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by Covid-19.
This scheme can provide a grant worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits. This will be paid out in a single installment covering 3 months, capped at £6,570 in total.
The eligibility criteria remains the same as the first installment of the grant, with people needing to have had trading profits of no more than £50,000, making up at least half of their total income.
The grant does not need to be repaid but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance.
To make a claim for the second and final grant, your business must have been affected on or after 14th July 2020. HMRC has published guidance on deciding if a businesses has been adversely affected by Coronavirus.
HMRC will contact all potentially eligible customers to advise them that they can claim for a second and final SEISS grant. The claim for the second and final grant must be made on or before 19th October 2020.
The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2b fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at people aged between 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.
Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
Funding is available following a successful application process. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements.
In July, the Government announced funding to support businesses to recover from the impacts of Covid-19 in the form of small grants.
More information about the grant scheme in D2N2 is available on the links below.
New support through the pandemic is sometimes available via Local Authorities. If and when new schemes are announced, they will be listed here. More details on finding your local authority and links to their websites are given below.
If you are unsure which local authority you are in, click here.
The Redeployment Triage Service, administered by Futures who are the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands, will match those recently made redundant with new work in sectors experiencing a surge in employment demand such as food retail, care, and distribution.
The service also engages with employers needing to make redundancies to ensure a smooth transition for employees into new work.
This information is for all businesses and employers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Please follow the advice below to ensure we can support your employees during this time.
If you have already made employees redundant or are about to make up to five employees redundant, please refer those individuals for direct support to Futures, the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands:
Email: email@example.com or call 0800 9179419
If you are planning to make larger-scale redundancies (five or more) additional support is also available for you as an employer and your employees.
In these circumstances, please use the same contact details above, but ensure your message includes:
Notification of redundancies at scale
Number and job roles affected
Last day of work for affected individuals (if known)
For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy
If you are seeking to fill urgent vacancies, short or long term, to meet changes to your business as a result of Covid-19, we can help connect you with individuals who are immediately available.
Please register your vacancies with:
(Senior Employment Support Adviser at Futures)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 0858520
Please have the following information available when registering your vacancies:
Nature of work
Number of vacancies (can be approximate)
Necessary or desirable skills requirement
Location of vacancies
Any current recruitment routes being used
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), is designed to support businesses that are viable but unable to obtain finance due to having insufficient security to meet the lender’s normal requirements.
Supporting businesses with a turnover of up to £45m
Delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the Government-owned British Business Bank.
Multiple accredited lenders are able to offer the scheme, including all major banks.
The Scheme supports business loans and overdrafts of up to £5m in value by providing a guarantee to the lender.
The Government will not charge businesses for this guarantee, this scheme will also cover asset finance and invoice finance.
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) provides financial support to larger businesses affected by Covid-19.
Supporting innovative UK businesses with good potential that are essential in ensuring the UK retains its world leading position in science, innovation and technology.
These companies typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19.
Developed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank, the Future Fund will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential.
The fund operates on a commercial basis to deliver an initial commitment of £250m of new government funding.
Universal Credit is available to individuals who do not meet the criteria of other available support and grants.
Find out more about Universal Credit and how to apply, here: Understanding Universal Credit
Please also read: How to Claim Universal Credit – Step by Step Guide which has information regarding eligibility, how to make your claim and how much you'll get.
The Building Business Resilience Programme is a support package available to businesses across the East Midlands.
The current focus is very much on offering practical support and guidance around Covid-19.
We're Good to Go Industry Standard
You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance.
This is a Visit Britain standard for businesses, attractions and destinations.
Reopening Your Business Safely
Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they’re Covid-19 secure as more sectors open.
Protecting customer and visitor details
Mental Health Foundation have provided general support for looking after your mental health during Covid-19.
The NHS has a concise guide to Covid-19, setting out how it's spread, how to avoid catching it, symptoms, treatment and what to do if you think you or any of your employees might have it.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a list of sector specific Coronavirus support, here
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have guidance and support information for charities during the Covid-19 lockdown. Find out more from NCVO, here
HMRC has launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus. Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments. Read more about this tax helpline, here
Companies House are offering a 3 month extension period for all businesses to file thier accounts during Covid-19. Read more about this extension, here
If your business is able to offer support or if you are interested in finding out ways that your business can help with the Covid-19 crisis, please use the following service, here: Offer Coronavirus Support From Your Business
Some businesses are more ahead than others with safety measures for returning to work, and as such, we want to encourage those businesses that have put measures in place to share them with us and other D2N2 businesses who need more guidance and support in doing so.
We are asking all businesses who have measures in place to create a short video (approx. 3 mins) for us to share with companies in need, as well as promoting your brand and business.
All video submissions will be reviewed and shared within the D2N2 network.
For more details or if you want to submit a short video, please email us:
email@example.com with the subject line 'Share Your Covid-19 Safety Measures video'.
We have now postponed all of our face to face Growth Hub events until January 2021. We are constantly reviewing this on an ongoing basis, and will update accordingly.
We have a range of diverse, live webinars available for you to attend from the comfort of your own home office.
Your business is unique but the challenges you’ll face in business aren’t, we can help get you through them.
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