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Staffordshire County Council Emergency Business Grants

Posted 28/04/2020 Staffordshire County Council have set up a limited £500,000 businesses fund, to support micro-businesses through this difficult time. This grant fund is targeted at small, micro and one person businesses that are not eligible for the grants and rate relief packages offered by the government.   A total of £500,000 is available, with…Read More

The Government Have Introduced a Bounce Back Loan Scheme

Posted 28/04/2020 The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The loan amount will be capped at 25% of turnover. The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.…Read More

Are You Eligible For The Coronavirus Business Support Grant Funding? Only 50% of Eligible Businesses Have Applied

Posted 22/04/2020 As at 20th April 2020, only 50% of businesses who have been identified as possibly being in scope to receive a Grant by their Local Authority, have claimed and received the payment. Specifically: Cheshire East – of 7,033 eligible businesses, only 3,028 have claimed Cheshire West & Chester – of 5,971 businesses,…Read More

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Calculator

Posted 21/04/2020 A Calculator has been released by the Government to help you to calculate 80% of your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and Pension contributions. The calculator is within links that we have posted previously on our Newsfeed, but you may find it useful to have a quick link available The Government have…Read More

Get help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Posted 21/04/2020 If you need to make an application for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and we currently process your PAYE, we are happy to help. If you run your own PAYE Scheme or would prefer to submit the application yourself and cannot find the information on the Government Website, the Government is offering support…Read More

Government Launches New Coronavirus Business Support Finder Tool

Posted 21/04/2020 A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. The finder tool on the Government website will ask business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, which can take minutes to…Read More

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

Posted 20/04/2020 The Chancellor has extended the furlough scheme to the end of June 2020 to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The scheme, which allows firms to furlough employees with the government paying cash grants of 80% of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500, was originally open for three months and backdated from…Read More

Guidance on how HMRC work out total income and trading profits for SEISS updated

Posted 15/04/2020 HMRC have updated their guidance on claiming grants through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-Employment Income Support Scheme including guidance on how HMRC work out total income and trading profits for the scheme. View the guidance on how HMRC calculate your total income and trading profits for the scheme at View our full guidance on…Read More

HMRC E-mail, Text and Phone Scam Alert

Posted 09/04/20 We have been advised that Scam HMRC texts, e-mails and phone calls are being used to try to fraudulently obtain your personal details.   It has been confirmed that HMRC will never text, e-mail or phone to ask for bank details, PIN or passwords. Don’t: Give out private information Reply to text messages…Read More

£750 Million Support for the Charity Sector

Posted 14/04/20 Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. Tens of thousands of charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well…Read More

Cheshire East Council – update on Covid-19 business grant funding

Cheshire East Council has received its funding allowance from government, which means the process of distributing grants to businesses has now started. Eligible businesses, who have registered their bank account details with the council, should begin to receive their grant funding – via BACS transfer – automatically from 6 April onwards. Receiving a government business…Read More

Support for self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Written 6/4/2020 The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be…Read More

Support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that pay business rates

Written 6/4/2020 Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businessesGovernment will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.EligibilityYou are eligible for the business rates holiday if:• your business is based in England• your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure…Read More

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