In the March budget, the Government announced the provision of further funding to support businesses through a one-off Restart Grant.
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public at those business premises. Additionally, in the scheme criteria published by Government, businesses must have their own business rate account and should have been trading on 1 April 2021.
Funding from Government will ensure all eligible businesses with a business rate account are able to be supported at the grant levels published. Businesses not within the rating system are not eligible for a grant.
The Government has announced further funding to support businesses forced to close and hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses impacted by local restrictions on socialising. We have allocated additional restrictions grant funding to also support businesses directly supplying the sectors that have also been severely impacted.
If you are forced to close by national restrictions, or your business was severely impacted by the local restrictions on socialising introduced on the 18 September 2020, you may be eligible to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.
If you don't pay business rates, for example if you trade from a shared space, you can still apply for a grant if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Unlike the previous national lockdown grant scheme, businesses that occupy properties with a rateable value of more than £51,000 may apply.
If you have lost income because you have been required to self isolate, you may be eligible for a payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support payment scheme. The government has made this available to some people who are on a low income who claim certain benefits and have had to self-isolate on or after Monday 28 September 2020.
The scheme will run until 30 June 2021. If you have more than one period of self-isolation during the life of the scheme you can apply more than once. The payment is taxable but not subject to National Insurance.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until September with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. To be eligible, employees must be on an employer's PAYE payroll by 23:59, 30 October 2020.
The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1 November 2020, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.
It will enable employees to work just 20% of their usual hours with employers and the government paying 66.67% of the unworked hours.
Employers will be required to pay staff for the hours worked and an additional 5% contribution for the hours not worked. The government will pay the remaining 61.67% for the hours not worked, up to a maximum of £1,541.75.
The scheme has now been extended and self-employed individuals can receive 80% of their average trading profits for November. The claims window has been brought forward from 14 December to 30 November.
The self-employment Income Support Scheme provides two grants, each for three-month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.
All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC's Time To Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.
HMRC have set up a help line 0300 456 3565. They will give you advice on your tax and any benefits you are eligible to claim.
The Government will bring forward legislation to allow small-and medium-sized businesses and employers (less than 250 employees) to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The refund will cover up to 2 weeks' SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. Employees who are self-isolating are now able to get SSP from the first day they are off work.
Businesses that have cover for both pandemics and government-ordered closure should be covered further to confirmation from government and the insurance industry on 17 March 2020 that advice to avoid pubs, theatres etc is sufficient to make a claim as long as all other terms and conditions are met. Businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers. Most businesses are however unlikely to be covered as standard business interruption insurance policies are dependent on damage to property and will exclude pandemics.
If you are a business who works with Gateshead Council and needs to submit an invoice please email them to email@example.com in pdf format. Please only include one invoice in each pdf. Wherever possible please clearly quote a purchase order number as failure to do so could significantly delay the processing of the invoice.
Once you have emailed an invoice please do not send a hard copy.
Any queries about outstanding invoices should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you believe you would benefit from one-to-one advice, have a question, suggestion or offer, the council's Business Gateshead Team are on hand to help, so get in touch with us today:
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Gateshead is a partner in the North East Growth Hub, a digital resource for businesses providing information on the latest support programmes, funding and events across the region.
Our business support events remain cancelled for now. We hope to reschedule these events at a later date.
However, our partners are continuing to deliver a series of webinars and online business support services, for more information please visit our Business Gateshead events page
Other online support and advice can be found: