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Message for Businesses from our Honorary Accountants, TC: COVID-19 – Three Week Lockdown Announced

As you may be aware, the PM has just announced measures to enforce the social isolation guidance given last week. The measures will last a minimum of three weeks, key points are:

  • From this evening people must stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from work but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home. 
  • Shops selling non-essential goods will also be shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together prohibited. 
  • If people do not follow the rules police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. 

It’s not completely clear what that means for different sectors but it’s likely to mean that businesses, other than essential sectors, must encourage staff to work from home wherever possible – if you need support in this area please contact our IT partners.

While these measures are needed to stop the spread of the virus, they will put more pressure on UK SMEs. It is therefore imperative you contact us immediately so we can help you access the government funding and grants that are available to you. As a reminder, the key things you should be considering are as follows:

This week

Contact us for help accessing government funding – There are 12 month interest-free loans available via the banks (under the Business Interruption Loan Scheme) and other institutions and we can help manage the process from beginning to end. If you haven’t already started this process please contact us immediately so we can assist you, we are anticipating significant delays if you don’t act quickly.

Contact us for help with time to pay arrangements – Businesses and self-employed people with outstanding tax liabilities (excluding VAT), will have the option of paying by instalments online. TC has already helped many clients to obtain extended payment terms.

Contact landlords to negotiate payment plans or holidays – Commercial tenants will now be protected from eviction for three months if they cannot pay their rent due to coronavirus. If you need any guidance or support on how to handle this, you can call us now.

Contact us for help negotiating business rate payment holidays – If your business isn’t eligible for an automatic grant then speak to your local authority to see what flexibility they can offer. Contact us now if you need advice or support on this.

Apply for 3 month personal and corporate mortgage holidays – These are available for residential or Buy to Let mortgages, as well as landlords with affected tenants. Contact your lender now.

Contact your insurance brokers – Find out if your policy covers business interruption, and if so, what the conditions are for eligibility.

Previously Announced Measures Awaiting Further Detail
Government to pay 80% of staff wages – The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) won’t be live for 2-3 weeks, and grants are unlikely to be paid until the end of April. Contact TC, and we can talk you through the options available as they emerge.

Enhanced SSP – To be paid from day 1 of absence and will apply retrospectively from 13 March. Self-employed workers will be able to access universal credit at the same rate. A mechanism for reimbursement is still being developed.

Automatic Measures Already Announced
SBRR – One-off grant of £10,000 to business currently eligible for SBRR or Rural Rate Relief Small Business Rate Relief. You will be contacted by your local authority in early April – you do not need to apply.

Deferred VAT payment – Businesses can defer VAT payments between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 until April 2021. All UK businesses are eligible, and no applications are required.

Deferred 31 July 2020 Self-employed tax payment – This payment will be deferred until 31 January 2021.

Automatic Measures for Specific Sectors
Businesses in retail, hospitality, and leisure will receive cash grants of up to £25,000 per property, in addition to a business rates holiday until April 2021.  Nursery businesses subject to business rates will also receive immediate support.

Anticipated Measures To Come
We are anticipating extra support for self-employed people, either via further enhancements to the benefits system, or more likely, a scheme that is similar to the CJRS.

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.

TC Client Services
From tomorrow we are closing all of our physical premises which may have a temporary impact on our post handling whilst we adapt our processes, we will be in touch shortly with further details. All other services will continue as normal and most staff have been working at home over the past 2 weeks so we will continue to support you in the normal way via calls, emails and video conferencing.

Kind regards
TC Group

Coronavirus – if you want to discuss government funding, HR options, mortgage holidays or tax breaks please contact us now.

Trades Against The Virus Trades against the virus is a construction industry campaign to boost the stocks of food in the nation’s food banks in preparation for the escalating public health crisis. Find out how you can do your part.

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Honour for Yellows’ night buses

STAR TURN: Celebrating Yellow Buses winning an AM:PM award are, from left Marketing & Promotions Assistant Pauline Foot, Marketing Manager Fiona Harwood and Sales Executive – Operations Jay Thornton

Yellow Buses has been honoured for helping people get to a night out in Bournemouth – and back home again afterwards. 

The locally-owned bus company triumphed in the AM:PM Awards which celebrate achievements boosting the town’s night time economy. Yellows were successful in the Getting Out Getting Home category for the introduction of the Night One and Night Five services. 

The category recognises individuals or companies operating in the BH postcodes area for their commitment or actions to provide a safe and/or pleasurable travel experience Night One is a half-hourly service from Westbourne to Christchurch via Bournemouth on Fridays and Saturdays from 12.30am to 4am. Night Five is a regular Friday and Saturday service from Bournemouth Square to Bournemouth University via Charminster and Winton between 12.45am and 3.55am. 

Yellow Buses’ Marketing and Sales Manager Fiona Harwood said: “We were delighted to win this award. We are very much part of the fabric of the Bournemouth community and it is our role to get people to their nights out and back home safely. 

“We work closely with many of the bars, clubs, venues, attractions and accommodation-providers right across the conurbation and it is this joined-up, partnership working that helps the vital night time economy to thrive. “The night time economy in Bournemouth is particularly important as it supports more than 2,500 jobs and brings more than £130 million into the local economy.” 

The AM:PM Awards focus on celebrating the achievements and successes of Bournemouth’s town centre (and beyond) hospitality businesses. They are administered by BCP Council, in association with the Town Centre BID, and primarily aimed at supporting the bars, clubs and other venues and rewarding great service and amazing staff.  

Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 130 buses and 16 coaches with more than 410 staff. The company carries just under 15m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area.

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Come See AFC Bournemouth U23’s vs Southampton U23’s

We are delighted to offer AFC Business members an exclusive event giving you the chance to combine football, hospitality and networking.

The Cherries will be looking to do the double over south coast rivals Southampton and secure their place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup. The squad is set to feature future stars such as Alex Dobre and Gavin Kilkenny who have already made their first-team debuts.

Treat clients or staff to a night under the lights at Vitality Stadium and join us for our AFC Business Premier League Cup evening on Friday 21st February.

Hosted in Bubbles Champagne Lounge from 5pm, guests will receive a pre-match buffet, drinks vouchers and access to our executive seating. The perfect way to start the weekend.

Places are just £35 + VAT and can be booked here. For more information, please contact aysia.smith@afcb.co.uk.

We hope to see you on the night!

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Bournemouth Business Growth Conference 2020

In partnership with Bournemouth Chamber, Find Us on Web presents the Bournemouth Business Growth Conference 2020 at the Marsham Court Hotel, 20th February 2020.

Discover how to get more clients, increase sales, boost sales, and have more freedom at this free event.

At this event you will learn strategies to make an additional more profit in your business. You will discover a new lead generation and customer acquisition system for your business. Learn key tools every business owner should use to be in control of their business performance. Discover how to get really specific about your business goals and ambition for 2020. If you feel the only marketing you do for your business is haphazard and random and you rely only on networking, referrals and repeat business, you will be relieved to know that there are better ways of growing your company – that does not rely upon hard work to produce the result your desire and deserve.

Book here for your free ticket.

More information can be found here.

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Bournemouth Business Growth Conference 2020

In partnership with Bournemouth Chamber, Find Us on Web presents the Bournemouth Business Growth Conference 2020 at the Marsham Court Hotel, 20th February 2020, 5 pm – 8 pm. Discover how to get more clients, increase sales, boost sales, and have more freedom at this free event. At this event you will learn strategies to make an additional more profit in your business. You will discover a new lead generation and customer acquisition system for your business. Learn key tools every business owner should use to be in control of their business performance. Discover how to get really specific about your business goals and ambition for 2020. If you feel the only marketing you do for your business is haphazard and random and you rely only on networking, referrals and repeat business, you will be relieved to know that there are better ways of growing your company – that does not rely upon hard work to produce the result your desire and deserve. Book here for your free ticket. More information can be found here.
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Bournemouth Business Trade Show

In conjunction with FindUsOnTheWeb we bring together Bournemouth & Poole businesses to showcase their market leading and innovative products and services. Get hands-on with offerings, and talk to the experts about how they can help you keep ahead of your competition and deliver the best service to your customers.

Registration is free https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bournemouth-trade-show-9th-dec-2019-tickets-71511220987

 

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BCTC – Brexit – Supporting employees through change

BCTC - Brexit - Supporting employees through change

Are your employees being affected by change? How is the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit affecting individual people? Is peoples response to change leading to a wider impact on your business?

Change is constant. Some changes are minor and others can have a significant impact on our lives. Some changes are viewed as good, others may not be those we would wish. In this session we will:

· Understand the personal impact of change
· Identify actions you can take as an employer
· Recognise the business benefits of taking action

Join this session led by Marion Hewitt, FCIPD; to discuss and increase understanding of how change could be affecting your staff (and you) and gain ideas on approaches that can support them through changes – that will bring benefit to both the individuals and the business.

Marion brings to this session extensive experience within HR and now works as an independent coach and trainer.

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Brexit – Supporting employees through change

BCTC - Brexit - Supporting employees through change

Are your employees being affected by change? How is the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit affecting individual people? Is peoples response to change leading to a wider impact on your business?

Come and join Bournemouth Chamber and our members at our next networking event taking place at the Ocean Beach Hotel, Bournemouth on Wednesday 17th April from 6pm where we will exploring this issue.

Change is constant. Some changes are minor and others can have a significant impact on our lives. Some changes are viewed as good, others may not be those we would wish. In this session we will:

· Understand the personal impact of change
· Identify actions you can take as an employer
· Recognise the business benefits of taking action

Join this session led by Marion Hewitt, FCIPD; to discuss and increase understanding of how change could be affecting your staff (and you) and gain ideas on approaches that can support them through changes – that will bring benefit to both the individuals and the business. Marion brings to this session extensive experience within HR and now works as an independent coach and trainer.

Tickets are limited so do book early to avoid disappointment. Alongside our speaker for the evening, there will be plenty of time to network and connect with other local businesses so don’t forget your business cards and work the room!

Cost of the event: Free

Places are limited, only registered guests will be guaranteed entry.

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bctc-brexit-supporting-employees-through-change-tickets-58496119468

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New BCTC Business support loans

BCTC Business support loans

Come and join the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce at the launch of their new Business Support loans program on 5th February at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

At this event, Steve Bicknell will explain how BCTC members can access interest and security free loans from the BCTC Benevolent Fund and how the Chamber is actively supporting businesses in Bournemouth. Following the presentation you will be given a guided tour of Russell-Cotes and all money raised by the event will be given to charity.

Refreshments will be available at the event and there will be time for networking if you wish. To find out more and book your place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bctc-business-support-fund-could-your-business-access-an-interest-free-business-loan-from-us-tickets-52507834346

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