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COVID-19 Advice for Businesses

Please find below links to official advice in relation to the Coronavirus Covid-19. 

Please read the information carefully and we will endeavour to update you as and when we have any more information.

UK Hospitality have released their guidance for reopening hospitality in Wales. The document can be found by accessing this link.

https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/WalesGuidance


Further guidance is expected from Welsh Government. When it is published it will be shown here

https://gov.wales/tourism-and-hospitality-businesses-guidance-phased-reopening-html

Flintshire Start Up Grant

This is a grant to provide financial assistance for newly created businesses that are facing operational and financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The purpose of the grant is to support newly created businesses with immediate cash flow support to help them survive the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. The grant seeks to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

The eligibility criteria for the grant is as follows:

  • Started trading between 1st April 2019 and 1st March 2020
  • Forecast annual turnover less than £50,000
  • Not in receipt of Self Employment Income Support, Non Domestic Rate Grant, Economic Resilience Fund
  • Businesses must be operating in Wales
  • Businesses must have one or more of the following
    • HMRC Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number
    • VAT Registration Number or a VAT exemption certificate
    • Written correspondence confirming registration with HMRC
  • Have experienced a drop in turnover greater than >50% as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak between April and June 2020
  • Supported businesses must aim to maintain employment for 12 months
  • Successful applicants must register for support with the Business Wales service once the grant is awarded

For further information on this grant please read the Start Up Grant Guidance Notes.

If you have read the guidance, are eligible for the grant and wish to apply please download the application form, complete all the requested fields and email to startupgrant@flintshire.gov.uk  

Please ensure you submit all evidence required within your email with your application form, see guidance notes for more information.  If rejected due to insufficient evidence provided you have the opportunity to resubmit.   However this will be treated as a new application and the date at which the resubmission is received will be the date from which the application is considered and subject to all necessary information being provided.

 The Start Up Grant is open to applications from the 29th June 2020 until the fund is fully committed. 2000 grants are available pan Wales and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

 https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/?_ga=2.6790587.862624865.1593369800-126791245.1566223346 

Central Government Updates

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

NHS Updates

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health Wales

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

Advice for employers on dealing with coronavirus and supporting your employees

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Welsh Government Updates

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-support-businesses

Business Wales Updates

https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

FOR ALL BUSINESSES

GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS - TEST TRACE PROTECT

The Test, Trace and Protect employer guidance page is now live:

 https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-guidance-employers

Contact tracing and updated TTP questions were published yesterday, links are:

https://gov.wales/contact-tracing-your-questions

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-your-questions

Business Interruption Loan

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance facilities and can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. The CBILS website is the best source of up to date information.

Bounce Back Loan

This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.

This scheme is not available yet. It will launch on 4 May 2020.

The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.

The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.

The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan

HMRC Support

HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Applications for new employees to be placed on the Job Retention Scheme were closed on 10th June.  For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Economic Resilience Fund

The Economic Resilience Fund is broken down as follows:

  • £100m COVID-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme administered by Development Bank of Wales (which is fully subscribed)
  • £100m fund to support microbusinesses
  • £300m fund to support SMEs and large businesses

Support for Microbusinesses:

A grant of up to £10,000 is available to assist microbusinesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

This grant can only be claimed by businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • employing between 1 and 9 employees (In addition to the business owner)
  • operating address in Wales and have employees in Wales
  • VAT registered
  • have experienced a drop in turnover greater than >40% as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak (since the 1 March 2020)
  • supported businesses must aim to maintain employment for 12 months
    only one application per businesses
  • businesses will need to provide:
    • details of reduction in turnover as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
    • evidence of business address by providing VAT registration  (within the last 3 months)

The grant is available to microbusinesses that are not eligible for the Business Rate Grant or the support for self-employed grant.

The Economic Resilience Fund for microbusinesses is open to applications from 17 April 2020 for 12 months.

https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/

Statutory Sick Pay Support

The UK Government is bringing forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to coronavirus. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

  • this refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19
  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020
  • employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note
  • the eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to those staying at home comes into force
  • the government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible

FOR RETAIL, LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY AND SMALL BUSINESSES

Welsh Government have announced that all retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value under £500,000 will now receive 100% non-domestic rates relief in 2020-21.

This is in addition to the existing Small Business Rates Relief schemes.

To apply for retail relief please click here

FOR CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/coronavirus-what-charities-need-to-know.html

SUPPORT AND ADVICE FOR SELF EMPLOYED

Please see the latest information and support for self-employed businesses and entrepreneurs here.

FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESS (FSB)

FSB’s Coronavirus Hub – for further information please visit:

www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus

FSB membership benefits are vast and new members can start benefitting straight away – for further information please visit:

https://www.fsb.org.uk/join-us/membership.html 

GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS - TEST TRACE PROTECT

The Test, Trace and Protect employer guidance page is now live:

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-guidance-employers

Contact tracing and updated TTP questions were published yesterday, links are:

https://gov.wales/contact-tracing-your-questions

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-your-questions

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-process-summary

GENERAL SUPPORT FOR YOU DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Have you been effected by the current pandemic sweeping the country? For information on employment, mentoring, citizens advice, benefits, family information services and housing please follow this link.

FOR EMPLOYERS INTRODUCING HOME/FLEXIBLE WORKING

Information on Home/ Flexible working.

https://businesswales.itinfohub.co.uk/topics/flexible-working/introducing-homeworking-checklist

COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT DIRECTORY