Latest information from government regarding second lockdown in England, and financial support available.
Introduction from the BID Team:
The following information is taken from today’s bulletin from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. You can sign up to receive the bulletins directly at gov.uk/business-support
The bulletin confirms the Prime Minister’s announcement about a second lockdown for England on Saturday, and provides details of the financial support available to businesses.
It’s really important to note that, whilst you’ll be able to apply for the grants through Arun District Council, ADC have not received details as to how this must happen from the government yet.
ADC will be sharing details with businesses as soon as they possibly can. To get the latest information directly from them, you can:
I’ve asked for clarification on the following questions I’ve received from businesses and will let you know as soon as there’s a definite answer:
My business is classified as “essential retail”, but I don’t want to open as it’s not financially viable – can I get any financial support?
My business is classified as “non essential”, but I can still offer click and collect / deliveries / takeaway – can I still apply for the grant?
Here’s the content of the government bulletin:
Prime Minister announces new national restrictions in England from Thursday 5 November
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:
all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.
entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens.
personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect. Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed. Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.
Going to work: To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.
Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced
In light of the increased restrictions the UK government is introducing additional economic and business support measures:
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also known as the furlough scheme, has been extended to December 2020. Check to find:
• Which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
• If you can claim for your employees’ wages using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
• What steps you need to take before calculating your claim
• For information on claiming for wages through the scheme click here
The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension: The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. The grant will be increased from the previously announced level of 40% of trading profits to 80% for November 2020. Find out if you are eligible and how much you can get.
Business Grants: Business premises forced to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:
• For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
• For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
• For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.
Business grant policy is fully devolved. Devolved Administrations will receive Barnett consequentials which they could use to establish similar schemes.
Loan schemes: application deadlines extended to January 31 2021: The application deadlines for the coronavirus Bounce Back Loan, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and coronavirus Future Fund have been extended until 31 January 2021.
My very best wishes to you all, Heather
Heather Allen, Co-ordinator
Bognor Regis Business Improvement District