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COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses

23 March 2020

HOW TO ACCESS GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT IF YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19

LATEST NEWS AND ADVICE: COVID-19 - Government Update

Guidance for employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 has now been issued on gov.uk.

This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on:

- The novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

- How to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19.

- What to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings.

- What advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas.

- Actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Webinars for Business:

A series of webinars will feature a panel of expert speakers from private and public sector organisations discussing the key challenges facing businesses.

Participants will be able to join the live webinars and pose questions on specific issues to the panel during the session. Each will be covering content and answering questions on a wide range of topics including:

-       Monday 23 March @ 14.30 – 15.15 – Tourism and Hospitality Sector

-       Wednesday 25 March @ 13.00-13.30 - Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

-       Thursday, 2 April @ 10:30- 11:30- Coronavirus – an advisory webinar for employers

-       Tuesday, 4 April @ 10:30- 11:30- Coronavirus – an advisory webinar for employers

Anyone who is interested can register for any or all of the live webinars by visiting this booking page to receive a link to access the sessions.

Previous Webinars:

Duty of care to employees

Cash flow and supply chain challenges

How to work and operate virtually

Legal and Insurance implications

Further Advice and Guidance:

- Latest government COVID-19 guidance for businesses

- COVID-19 daily update

- ACAS guidance for businesses

- Checklist to help businesses plan and prepare

- Guidance about business insurance

Specific guidance for the transport, care, tourismpharmaceuticalbiotechtechnology and manufacturing sectors are also available.

Travel and Exporting:

- Updated Travel advice

- Export advice from Department for International Trade

Employees, self-isolation and sick pay:

- Advice if an employee becomes unwell with suspected COVID-19 

- Self-isolation advice

- Certifying absence and statutory sick pay

- Reclaiming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19 (SMEs)

- Guidance for Employees

Finance:

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

- Financial support from NatWest and Lloyds Banking Group

Further Financial advice relating to COVID-19 is avilable through HMRC’s dedicated helpline. Tel: 0800 0159 559

Business Rates:

The government will increase the Business Rates retail discount to 100% for one year and expand it to the leisure and hospitality sectors, and increase the planned rates discount for pubs to £5,000. Taken together with existing small business rate relief (which provides full relief for businesses using a single property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less), an estimated 900,000 properties, or 45% of all properties in England, will receive 100% business rates relief in 2020 to 2021.

The government will provide an additional £2.2 billion funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no Business Rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR). This will provide a one-off grant of £3,000 to around 700,000 business currently eligible for SBRR or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs. Local authorities will publish more information when it is received from the Government and contact ratepayers to let them know how these measures will change the amount of business rates they need to pay.

Further information relating to Business Rates

Let's Talk Support and Advice Page - Business Rates

Business Rates - Cheshire West and Chester Council

If you pay business rates, you may be eligible for rate relief. There are several rate relief schemes available.  To find out more Email: ndr@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

COVID-19-Impact on your business - Survey

The Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub are now asking businesses to complete an online survey on the impact COVID-19 is having on their business. They will be looking to share this information with government to gain a better understanding of support needed for businesses at this time. To complete the survey click here

For any other business related enquiries please contact: business@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

 

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