UK Government – COVID-19: Guidance for employers and businesses
How the government is helping business through the COVID-19 crisis:
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Working with the British Business Bank, the Chancellor has announced he will be extending the Business interruption Loan Scheme for small and medium sized businesses announced in the Budget last week. The loan scheme makes available loans upto £5million with no interest payable in the first six months.
- Cash Grant for smallest businesses
A cash grant of £10,000 will be available to the smallest businesses delivered by local authorities. Those businesses that pay little or no business rates and are eligible for small business rate relief and rural rate relief will be awarded the cash grant. Advice on these grants will be delivered to local authorities imminently and the funding will be given from early April. Small businesses eligible for these grants will not need to apply for the cash but will be contacted directly from local authorities.
HMRC Tax Helpline
HMRC have set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self employed people who are concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to Coronavirus.
Find out more: COVID-19 HMRC Tax Helpline
Call the helpline: 0800 0159 559
ACAS: Advice for employers and employees
ACAS are providing regular advice and updates following government guidance and policies for both employers and employees.
Find out more: Acas – Coronavirus advice for employers and employees
World Health Organisation
The WHO have prepared proactive guidance and advice to help employers manage workplaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Find out more: World Health Organization – Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19