News

Home > News > News > COVID-19 – Advice and links for businesses and freelancers

Here are some useful links for businesses and freelancers shared with us by
SELEP (South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership).

You can also read their newsletter here.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

Coronavirus – South East Business Hub – https://southeastbusiness.org.uk/coronavirus-guidance-for-employers/

Latest government advice for employers and businesses

Latest advice from the Federation of Small Businesses

The UK government has set out a package of temporary measures to support public services and businesses through this period of disruption. These include:

·         Statutory sick pay relief package for small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

·         expanding the 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months to cover all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England – not just those up to £51k Rateable Value.

·         For small businesses that pay business rates: a £25,000 cash grant to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in smaller premises, with a Rateable Value below £51k. Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs should be directed to the relevant local authority. Guidance for local authorities on the business rates holiday will be published by 20 March.

·         For small businesses that pay little or no business rates: a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief. If your business is eligible, you will be contacted by your local authority – you do not need to apply. Funding for the scheme will be provided to local authorities by the government in early April. Guidance for local authorities on the scheme will be provided shortly.

FREELANCERS

HERE is a useful guide with links for freelancers working in the film industry – published by Filming in England and Creative Industries Federation.

Photo credit: Rivers of the World, Times Choice Academy, Ethiopia

COVID-19 – Advice and links for businesses and freelancers