We’re looking forward to helping you prepare to re-open your business and operate from 4th July
The new government guidance to help you plan to re-open hospitality and tourism businesses has now been released and comes in to effect from 4 July 2020.
Working safely during COVID-19 sector guidance:
List of businesses able and not able to open from 4th July:
Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5eb96e8e86650c278b077616/Kee ping-workers-and-customers-safe-during-covid-19-restaurants-pubs-bars- takeaways-230620.pdf
Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the- visitor-economy
Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation:
Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers:
UK Hospitality is preparing guidance to help prepare COVID-19 Risk Assessments: https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/coronavirus
Free webinar to help businesses keep a safe record of customers visiting their premises as part of the NHS ‘Track and Trace’ system, in accordance with the new guidelines:
Over the coming week BCP Council will be issuing further support and guidance from our local agencies including Licencing, Police and Fire services to help your business to re-open and recover. Please continue to check back for updates.
Good luck with your re-opening plans.
The LGA was very well attended and we were delighted to welcome the Leader of the Council, Cllr Vikki Slade and CEO Graham Farrant attendance.
Graham Farrant gave an update on the impact of COVID19 on the community, the economy and its resultant effect on BCP. As we know the amalgamated Council was created 1st April 2019 and whilst it has been in place for just over a year in time, they have still not completed a full year under ‘normal circumstance conditions’.
With a budget of £283million/year made up of council tax, 50% business rates, and some grant money, the authority has seen a loss of £50-53 million. (Affected by big losses from car parking, trading and more money spent on moving patients out of hospitals and into care homes earlier than necessary.) Graham highlighted that food distribution and shielding were left to Council and with children not attending school, many referrals and safety issues have arisen. However, the Councils relationship with Police and Health have improved over the past few months which benefits the community.
Graham went on to say that before he arrived in post, everything in the Council was paper based and that this has completely been reversed with everything ‘online’, significantly improving planning.
Vikki Slade discussed the Community Response, Business Grants and new Discretionary Grants scheme. The Council were able to very quickly pull together a community hub response called “Together We Can” with the intention that everyone who needed it, got support in terms of food, medicine, shelter etc. Council staff were redeployed to help with essential services and participated in creating a new environment together, as well as 2,000+ volunteers who were matched up with vulnerable people. BCP is now a leading council in the way it has worked during COVID19 and found new ways of communicating with the public, including weekly ‘FaceBook lives’. To date, 6000 businesses within BCP have received £75 million in grants.
Graham and Vikki continue to lobby government to look to accommodate those businesses that aren’t covered by the grants. The Discretionary Grants Scheme has a small budget which will not go far, with the Council allocating £0.3million to business that didn’t meet criteria but were deemed important to the local economy e.g. hospitality & tourism, nurseries, finance, health & social care. Currently, the Fund has had 502 applications, with 650 businesses anticipated to apply.
At BCP Council we are working hard to ensure our high streets are ready and welcoming for customers to return safely and securely as shops re-open from 15th June and hospitality businesses from 4th July. Whilst we have been out visiting our town and district centres we can see that many of you are taking this opportunity to refresh and refurbish your shop fronts and interiors. Thank you.
We want to work alongside you to reassure visitors that our high streets are more safe, attractive and welcoming than ever.
We are rolling out social distancing signage across our centres and in some areas traffic management measures have already been put in place where pavement space proves difficult to maintain social distancing. We will continue to monitor and respond to social distancing issues as lockdown lifts and businesses reopen. We have been in regular communication with businesses and listed below is a reminder of some of the key messages to help ensure a safe and successful re-opening. By working together we can deliver a positive message to visitors to our high streets and ensure that they feel comfortable and safe to return.
Please follow the links below for more information on topics that may be of interest to you and your business:
COVID-19 Safe guidance for businesses: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
HSE COVID-19 Guidance and Advice: HSE has posted advice and is also offering an enquiry service for businesses via an on-line form or phone. Details here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/index.htm?utm_source=hse.gov.uk&utm_medium=refferal&utm_campaign=contact&utm_content=home-page-info
ASB & Street begging: Please see the attached flyer for information.
Legionella Legionella advice is posted on the COVID pages of our website https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Employers-Employees-and-Businesses/Reopening-businesses-support-and-guidance.aspx
Food Business Re-opening Checklist (Food Standards Agency) https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Employers-Employees-and-Businesses/Food-Delivery-And-Takeaway-Guidance.aspx
As the country emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions BCP Council aims to make sure that its shopping centres and streets, its town centres, and its parks, gardens and beaches are ready and confident to welcome shoppers, residents, visitors, employees and students in a safe and secure environment.
From 15 June 2020 all non-essential retail businesses in our town and district centres will be able to re-open. This includes shops that sell clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors and photography studios.
Read the report by clicking the link below.
BCP Council has launched its local discretionary grant scheme after being allocated £4.3 million of additional funding by the Government to support small businesses.
The new fund is aimed at small businesses that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income because of Covid-19, have ongoing fixed property-related costs and occupy property or shared office space with a rateable value below £51,000.
Government have advised that the Council can use their discretion to award grants, to those that are eligible. The scheme will allow for varying amounts of Grant up to £10,000 and will allow discretion, taking into account local priorities and impact on the residents, to consider awards of £25,000.
To be eligible, businesses must have been trading on 11 March 2020 and so far been considered ineligible for grant support. The Council will prioritise businesses identified by government and those it has identified based on local needs. These include:
Applications for the Local Discretionary Grants Fund must be made before 9.00am on Monday 15 June via the on-line application process. Once the applications have been received BCP Council will carry out a review to determine the allocation of available funding and final grant values based on the number of applications received. Payments will be made as soon as possible after this period of analysis and assessment.
Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said:
“We would encourage small businesses who think they are eligible to apply for the new scheme as soon as possible using the online application process. While we welcome the additional funding, this represents only a small percentage of the total value of grant support we have already distributed to businesses in our area. More is needed and we will continue to lobby government for more assistance.”
To check your eligibility and apply, please visit: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/DGSbusiness
The Government has today launched two much-anticipated schemes directed at small businesses and the self-employed in response to the Coronavirus crisis.
Bounce Back Loans
As of 9 am today, small businesses can gain access to a new fast-track finance option, known as the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan. Since the launch of the scheme, this morning we have had lots of interaction with the banks on behalf of our clients and the process appears to be working well.We have covered the scheme in detail elsewhere in previous communications, but the key points you should be aware of at this time are;
TC Group can work alongside you to collate all the necessary documentation for your self-certification and should you need support to do so is on hand to help submit it for you.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
HMRC has today begun contacting customers who may be eligible for the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Those who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits), paid in a single instalment.Although we cannot claim on your behalf, we can assist you in checking whether you are eligible and when you can make a claim via HMRC’s new online tool.In order to make a claim you will require the following information:
While HMRC will calculate the grant, as your agent TC can check the calculation to see if it is correct. Contact your TC Partner on 0330 088 7111 to discuss further.
Couples Inheritance Tax Thresholds
Just as you would regularly review your financial affairs, it is advisable to regularly give your Will a health check to make sure it still works for you and takes advantage of all available tax allowances. Our private client team has been working closely with our clients and their family members to do just that, and in the last few weeks, we have seen a number of clients with out of date Wills who were missing out on significant inheritance tax savings. We wanted to highlight one of these specific areas.From April 2017 the Government introduced the residence nil rate band with a headline of increasing a couples inheritance tax threshold to £1 million by April 2020. This new relief could save a further £140,000 in inheritance tax per couple if they leave their home to their children or grandchildren. However, the rules around this can be complex and in certain circumstances, the relief can be restricted, so it is important that your Will is reviewed to ensure that your family are able to benefit from the extra tax savings available.If you haven’t updated your Will since 2017, we can review and update your Will where necessary to ensure that you are eligible for this additional tax relief.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Private Client Team on 0330 088 7111 to arrange your free consultation.
The Chancellor recently announced a new wave of measures to financially support businesses impacted by COVID-19. These include but are not limited to:
It is important to note that BCP Council is awaiting further guidance on the award mechanism of this financial support from Central Government. As soon as this information is known, we will inform you via this email, on our @Business_BCP Twitter feed, the @BCPCouncil Twitter feed and on our website. At this time businesses do not need to take any further action. Funding for the Grant Scheme will be provided to local authorities by government in early April.
Following on from the government’s announcement, the following helpline has been set up for businesses requiring financial assistance.
Tel: 0300 456 3565 Website: http://bit.ly/2Qu5y71
BCP Council invite you to ‘Engage with BCP Council for Economic Growth’, an interactive business-focused event to find out what BCP Council has achieved so far and to introduce you to the Corporate Strategy going forward. You are also encouraged to engage with us to help shape our Economic Development Strategy and provide feedback on the day during round-table discussion.
Friday, 24th April from 7:45 am at the Marsham Court Hotel.
The event is free but you must register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2xhSbjF We hope to see you there to discuss the key challenges for growth.
07:45-08:15 – Event registration / networking (tea/coffee & pastries provided)
08:15-08:30 – ‘The First Year of BCP Council’ – Vikki Slade, Leader BCP Council
08:30-08:45 – BCP Council Corporate Strategy – Bill Cotton, Corporate Director, BCP Council
08:45-09:00 – Q and A
09:00-09:20 – The Draft Economic Development Strategy – Sandra Rothwell, Economic Advisor
09:20-09:50 – Workshop feedback on the Economic Development Strategy
09:50-10.00 – Next Steps and Close
10:00-10:30 – Further networking/discussion (tea/coffee provided)
Register here: http://bit.ly/2xhSbjF