Help is available from the Government
With a second lockdown officially announced to run for 4 weeks from 5th November, the Government have put together a number of documents with details of what restrictions will be effective when the lockdown comes into place.
This is the time to think how these restrictions will affect your business, and what can you do about it. Fortunately, the Government have also put together a number of grants to help businesses overcome the lockdown.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known as the furlough scheme, will remain open until December, allowing employees previously furloughed to continue to receive 80% of their current salary for the hours they have not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. For you, this will mean that the cost of retaining workers will be reduced, compared to the current scheme which ends today.
What you can do now
The Government have set the following areas of financial support:
-Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and find out how to claim
-Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus
-Delaying or spreading your tax payments
-Business rates relief for specific industries
-Support for the self-employed
Ways we can help you
This is a good opportunity to reflect on your business and review your business plan to prepare for your best year to date.
Our aim is to keep you open for business
Our team was here to support your business the first time around and is still here to help your business get through these difficult times once again.
Our business growth specialists can discuss with you, free of charge, what we are doing for businesses like yours during the lockdown.
Alternatively, you’re welcome to meet with us at our office in Heathfield, according to the Government’s guidelines:
-Observing 2 metre social distanding
-Sanitisers, face masks and face shields are readily available
-Keeping a record of visitors in our ‘Visitor book’ for track and trace
Lucy and her team offer award-winning business coaching, training and mentoring in the South East* using the world-acclaimed ActionCOACH system.
* Regions surrounding Eastbourne and Royal Tunbridge Wells