Updated Information on how small businesses and the self-employed can weather Covid 19 – March 25th, 2020

I want to try and keep the information as clear and as simple as I possibly can for everyone, so I won’t be writing out everything again, I will just be writing out the highlights.

Yesterday’s announcements by the government dealt mainly with health. It is rumoured that the government is working on a package for the self-employed, but as of yet nothing has been announced. Rest assured that I will share any information that is released as soon as it is available.

1) The government did release information late yesterday about how to claim the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. It’s a very lengthy document so I am just going to post a link to it, but it tells the local authorities how to provide this grant to businesses and includes further information on the eligible criteria. You can read about it here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874772/small-business-grant-fund-and-retail-guidance.pdf

2) Information is now available for the Nursery Discount that was announced the other day. It goes through who is eligible and how the local authorities will provide this assistance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874284/Nursery_discount_guidance.pdf

The information and policies are continually being updated by the government, so I urge you to keep on top of the information by visiting the relevant website for your area.

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://gov.wales/business-and-employers-coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/

I will be trying to keep myself as informed as possible and will share relevant information on my fb business page: https://www.facebook.com/ihelmenterprises/