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COVID-19 – Business Support Measures. A Message for Businesses from our Honorary Accountants, TC

On Friday the Government announced further measures to help businesses during COVID-19. Whilst the measures are welcomed the details are still emerging and business owners are still not clear on how they access the additional funds and grants that are available to them.

As we await further information from the Chancellor, we thought it would be useful to recap on the two key measures and what business owners could be doing next.

Business Interruption Loan Scheme (BILS)
BILS has been set-up to support businesses financially via banks and other institutions, we still don’t have all of the details but the scheme will be live from Monday 23rd March. As a reminder the loans will be interest free for 12 months and designed to help businesses continue trading during COVID-19. As a first port of call please speak to TC to discuss the options available to you.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
As a reminder under CJRS all employers can apply to HMRC for a grant to pay 80% of the wages of retained staff who are not working (known as “furlough”) up to a maximum of £2,500 per worker per month. This was announced on Friday but the Government portal won’t be live for 2-3 weeks and the grants are unlikely to be paid until the end of April so whilst this is a positive announcement there are no immediate steps you can take to apply. Details will be released over the coming days and we will keep you informed as we get them.

Next steps

As the grants under CJRS won’t arrive quickly, the focus this week should be on:

  • Ensuring you have the funds you need to continue trading via BILS so you can continue to fund your wage costs until the CJRS grant can potentially reimburse you at the end of April. Contact TC and we can talk you through the options available as they emerge. 
  • Starting to discuss your payroll arrangements with your relationship manager at TC to ensure you are well placed to take full advantage of any CJRS grant available to you at the earliest opportunity. 

TC Group is here to guide you through this challenging period. Contact us today to discuss the points raised in this email or any other concerns you have as a business owner, about your personal finances, or, as an employer now on 0330 088 7111.

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BCP: Financial support for businesses – information and contact details as of 19/03/2020.

The Chancellor recently announced a new wave of measures to financially support businesses impacted by COVID-19. These include but are not limited to:

  • Businesses receiving Small Business or Rural Rate Relief will get a grant of £10,000 to support cash flow 
  • Retail, leisure and hospitality grant – those with Rateable Value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will get an additional cash grant of up to £25,000 
  • Retail, leisure and hospitality rate relief – Discount of 100% extended to all businesses in sector regardless of Rateable Value 
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – will enable businesses to apply for a loan of up to £5 million, with the government covering up to 80% of any losses with no fees. Businesses can access the first 6 months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first 6 months of interest payments. 
  • For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay per employee will be refunded by the government in full. 

To keep updated with the latest government announcements on business support throughout the coronavirus situation check the Central Government website or subscribe to receive email alerts.

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.

Further information and support for the local area can also be accessed through the Dorset Growth Hub, and the Dorset LEP.

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Get help and support for your business

Following on from the government’s announcement, the following helpline has been set up for businesses requiring financial assistance. 

Tel: 0300 456 3565 Website:

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A Message from Vikki Slade, Council leader regarding COVID-19 in the BCP area

BCP Council’s response to COVID-19 
Our Leader, Councillor Vikki Slade would like to update you on the actions we’re taking to make sure we continue to deliver the most essential services to residents most in need, while at the same time setting out plans to support community resilience.   

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AFC Bournemouth’s next two Premier League fixtures – at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday (14th March) and away at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday 22nd March – have been postponed.

Following a meeting of shareholders on Friday morning, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on Saturday 4th April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.

Given the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic and following advice from the Government, NHS and Premier League, this decision has been made to ensure the wellbeing of supporters, players and staff – which is the club’s utmost priority.

Tickets for these fixtures will remain valid for the rescheduled dates. This includes official club travel tickets for the away fixture at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Single match ticket purchasers who are unable to make either rearranged fixture will be entitled to a full refund. Further details will follow in due course.

Supporters are advised to proactively keep up to date with the latest government advice on best practice in relation to stopping the spread of the virus, which can be found here.

Anyone who has recently travelled to the United Kingdom from a country with a high risk of coronavirus, or who is displaying any of the below symptoms, should immediately seek medical advice by calling the NHS 111 service or stay at home for seven days.

The symptoms include:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature

Anyone with flu symptoms is asked to stay away from Vitality Stadium to avoid a potential spread. The club continues to monitor the situation closely and to take suitable measures to best protect the health of its employees and supporters. 

If you are aware of any other supporters who may not have access to email or the Club’s website, can you please let them know about the upcoming fixtures.

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Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce AGM and President’s Dinner Update 18th March 2020

Dear Chamber Member,
As a result of the ongoing deteriorating situation regarding COVID-19, the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce have taken the difficult decision of postponing the President’s Dinner. 

This decision has not been taken lightly and we feel we owe it to all our members to respect their Health, Safety, and Welfare over and above all other considerations. A new date will be announced in due course once the situation regarding this pandemic is clearer. All ticket holders will be refunded accordingly.

The AGM will still take place on 18th March at the Hotel Collingwood from 6 pm. For those people who wish to vote but do not wish to attend, you are advised that you can vote by proxy.  To do this please contact as soon as possible. 

For those people who are attending the AGM, be advised we will be using a larger room affording more space for individual comfort. 

Our very best wishes are extended to all our Members and friends.

Kind regards, 

Roger Smith 
President of BCTC

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‘Sheerluck Holmes’ comes to Bournemouth Pier – experience an immersive murder mystery dining experience!

A murder mystery, comedy interactive show, entitled ‘Sheerluck Holmes’ is coming to Key West Bar & Grill on Bournemouth Pier!  The touring performance boasts an ‘immersive, side splitting dining experience with Sherlock Holmes, Watson and an incredible cast where diners get to be a detective and everyone is a suspect!’ Described as an evening ‘where Cluedo meets Agatha Christie in a classical and hilarious murder mystery dinner!’

Bournemouth Pier Marketing Manager Sarah Hunter said, “We are hosting this event on the back of the other hugely popular immersive dining experiences that we have been promoting. Faulty Towers, to be held in March has sold out.”

The touring cast promise that ‘Diners get to inspect the clues, interrogate the guests and leave no dish uneaten in this five- star interactive dining experience with a three course dinner and two hours of pure fun!’ Audience members receive clue packs and the winner gets announced at the end of the show.

The ‘Sheerluck Holmes’ event takes place on Friday 1st May at 7pm, costing £59 per person and including a 3- course meal. The menu can be viewed at

Diners can get a sense of the fun of the event by viewing the short video on our web page​

Bookings can be made by calling 01202 925825 or emailing

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30th Anniversary Spring Plant Sale 21st March 2020

We would like to invite you to our first major fundraising event in our special 30th Anniversary year, our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre on Saturday 21st March between 8 am and 3pm. There should be something for everyone!
Many plants in 2 litre pots will be on sale at a special price. Lots of other plants are available too – spring bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, herbs, climbers, Fruit bushes and trees and larger specimen plants. There is also a cash only Bargain Bench where most plants are just £2!

We have a raffle with fantastic prizes including a £100 cherry tree plant voucher, £40 Hall and Woodhouse vouchers, Knoll Gardens vouchers and admission tickets and much more. If you can’t make it on the day tickets are available in our shop now.
There is live music throughout the day. We welcome back Rod Bush, the Darwins and Flooded Lane.

We have many stalls, including for the first time stalls where you can purchase some homemade garden planters and an ‘Our Planet Zero Waste’ stall where you can do some plastic free shopping. We also have a fair trade Traidcraft stall and some returning stall favourites.

Our Volunteers have a shop produce stall with Cherry Tree Jams and Preserves, a Knitting stall, a book stall in the function room and plant tombola, where everyone is a winner.

Tea and coffee and delicious homemade cakes are in the tea room as well as Kara’s Supper Club with some Vegan Meze. Outside we will have Gary Onions with burgers and hot dogs.

We are delighted to welcome back community stalls, Dorset Children’s Foundation and Dorset Wildlife Trust.

More information:

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A Cultural Future for Bournemouth, Christchurch, & Poole

The BCP Cultural Collective is holding a session of speakers discussing the Cultural Collective – a link between the Culture Section and Business, Healthcare and Education.

It is free, includes lunch, but registering is essential:

#bcpculturalcollective #healthcare #education #business

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