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29/6: Coronavirus news update

CORONAVIRUS LATEST UPDATES
Posted – 29 Jun 2020

Stockport Business Support coronavirus recovery

As Stockport’s business community prepares for recovery post-coronavirus, a group of business leaders from the town have collaborated with Stockport Council to launch a new website – www.skbusinessrecovery.co.uk to support businesses through the phases of recovery.

Latest UK data to Friday 26th June:

Total tests: 8,911,226 tests + 165,665

Positive tests: 311,000 have tested positive + 1,006 in last 24 hours

Loss of life: 43,550 across all settings, (+ 186 on previous day)                 

Cases in Stockport: 1,092 positive tests – up from 1,090


Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme – Phase 3 applications now open

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply for what you may be entitled to!

Stockport Council are inviting small businesses from the leisure sector who are now in scope, as well as those engaged in the hospitality industry, to apply for the third phase Government’s Local Authority Discretionary – LAD – Grant Fund Scheme. See details below

UK HEADLINES:  

Government unveils £200 million package to help innovative businesses bounce back
The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies recovering from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive. Funding totalling almost £200 million could go towards developing new technologies focused on making homes and offices more energy efficient to cut bills, creating ground-breaking medical technologies to treat infections and diseases, or reducing the carbon footprint of public transport in our towns and cities.

Government announces £1billion fund for schools rebuilding projects
A new school rebuilding programme will see 50 projects split £1 billion in funding next year, the government has announced.  The funding, for projects due to start from September 2021, will form part of a “ten-year school rebuilding programme”. However further information about the level of funding for the scheme will not be confirmed until the next spending review, leading to accusations the announcement is “spin over substance”.  The government has only said the new scheme would target schools in the worst condition – including “substantial investment” in the north and Midlands.  Rebuilds will also be “greener” and focus on “modern construction methods to create highly-skilled jobs and boost the construction sector”, the government pledged.  Details of the projects splitting the £1 billion will be confirmed in the autumn.  Meanwhile, ministers have also announced that an additional £560 million will be spent on repairs and upgrades to schools this year, on top of £1.4 billion already allocated.

Pavement licences: draft guidance
Draft guidance to accompany pavement licensing proposals introduced in the Business and Planning Bill.

Answers to the most common topics asked about by the public for the coronavirus press conference

Coronavirus press conferences quality and methodology information report 
Quality and methodology information for data slides presented at the coronavirus press conferences.

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES: 

Trafford Centre owners in administration
Following several warnings last week, administrators have officially been appointed to Intu, owners of the Trafford Centre and operators of a further 16 sites across the UK. Intu directly employs 2,373 staff and welcomes about 400 million visitors a year. Each of the shopping centres is owned individually by special purpose vehicles, which are outside of any insolvency process and continue to trade as normal under the control of their directors.  Jim Tucker, David Pike and Mike Pink from KPMG’s restructuring practice have been appointed joint administrators to Intu Properties plc, in addition to eight Topco subsidiaries. All of the shopping centres will remain open and operational while the joint administrators assess options for the business and assets of the group.  Intu has a portfolio nominally valued at £6.6billion but it has been brought down by its complex £4.5billion debt.

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme – Phase 3 applications now open
Stockport Council are inviting small businesses from the leisure sector who are now in scope, as well as those engaged in the hospitality industry, to apply for the third phase Government’s Local Authority Discretionary – LAD – Grant Fund Scheme.  

To be eligible to apply for a grant under this scheme, a small business must:

  • Have a rateable value up to, but not exceeding, £30,000 per annum, or £150,000 for hospitality sector businesses.
  • Have been trading on 11th March 2020.
  • Be small, with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Have relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs, and;
  • They must also be able to demonstrate that they have had a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

The current phase three is accepting applications from businesses which occupy property (including multiple properties in Stockport), or part of a property, with a total rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments above £20,000 but below £30,000 per annum, which meet the criteria for being a small business.  Hospitality and leisure sector businesses with rateable values up to £150,000 p.a. but excluding national chains, which meet the criteria for being a small business as set out in this guidance.  Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used: as restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues, for assembly and leisure; or as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
Applicants who met the criteria outlined in phases one and two but did not meet the deadline, are also able to apply. Read the full guidance HERE
The application window closes at midnight on Wednesday 8th July. 

New opening times for Stockport Council Coronavirus Helpline
The helpline for vulnerable people across Stockport can now be accessed through new opening times by calling 0161 217 6046:
• Monday – Thursday from 9am to 5pm
• Friday from 9am to 4.30pm
• Saturdays from 10am to 1pm

At busy times, residents are automatically offered a call-back from one of our call handlers.

By working in collaboration, Stockport can become united and encouraged to build a better future for everyone by supporting the local economy, connecting communities and promoting health & wellbeing. Find out more at www.onestockport.co.uk

Stockport nominated in the Smart City category in the Digital Leaders awards.
Vote for Stockport HERE. Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 28th August, with the winners announced on the 15th of October.

Stockport businesses grant funding payments:

Main Grant Scheme:

Stockport Council have now administered a total of 5,174 grants bringing the total amount paid to £59,465,000 and bringing the total now to 94.5% of those identified as eligible as at 11/03/2020.

If your business qualifies for a grant, please complete the online application form. Total grant allocation is £66.574m. If you have any queries please email business.rates@stockport.gov.uk  

Local Authority Discretionary Grant funding scheme

Applications for phase 3 of the Local Authority Grant fund scheme is now open

Full qualifying criteria can be found on Stockport Council’s website.  Enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to SKLADGRANTS@stockport.gov.uk
Status of Payments to date:
Applications: 369
Payments:     £277,500

Stockport – is your business open for business?

Is your business in Stockport?  Are you ‘open for business’?  Whatever your business, we want to support you. And it’s free!  Follow the link, fill in the form and we will add you to our directory:

COMMUNITY:

COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships
This guidance is designed to assist people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England.

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July
This guidance is designed to assist places of worship to prepare to open for a broader range of activities on 4 July.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to councils on the re-opening of public toilets and tips
Letter to councils on the re-opening of public toilets and tips.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus – updated to clarify information for those in the UK whose visa will expire after 31 July 2020 but need to urgently make a new application.

Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse – added more specific information about how to get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

YouGov/CO COVID-19 Public Attitude Research, 18 March 2020
Paper prepared by YouGov and the Cabinet Office.

YouGov/CO COVID-19 Public Attitude Research, 18 March 2020
Paper prepared by YouGov and the Cabinet Office.

COVID-19 immunology research: What do we know and what are the research priorities, 1 May 2020
Paper prepared by academics on what we know on COVID-19 immunology research and what the research priorities are.

CONSTRUCTION:

Project Speed Plan set to accelerate infrastructure projects and rebuild the economy
Boris Johnson will unveil a new taskforce, chaired by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, that will be charged with accelerating the modernisation of schools, hospitals, road and rail infrastructure.  His programme will rely on motoring ahead with the Conservative infrastructure election pledge to invest £250bn and get projects finished ahead of time by removing bottlenecks.  This includes 40 upgraded and new hospitals, four new prisons costing £2.4bn, stepping up the school modernisation programme and green lighting fast delivery of the £25bn roads programme.  Northern Power Rail is expected to crank up a gear with £40bn of spending.

Conversely, the announcement will intensify fears among general contractors that they are being forgotten.  One construction director said: “We work mainly in the commercial sector and nothing is happening in terms of a bounce back.  All the talk is about infrastructure spending and that was a sector which wasn’t hit so badly in terms of shutting down sites.”

Government to protect UK research jobs with major support package
Two support packages will give greater job protection to thousands of researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities during coronavirus (COVID-19).

EDUCATION:

Support for university research and innovation during coronavirus (COVID-19)
The UK’s research work plays a vital role in our economic prosperity but is at risk from a range of income losses as a result of coronavirus.

Student number controls
The measures to protect students and universities during the coronavirus outbreak, including temporary student number controls and additional places – updated details on how to apply for places – applications for nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare have been extended until 17 July 2020 and applications for initial teacher training (ITT) and courses of strategic importance have now closed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings
List of data collections, services or requests which will be cancelled, paused or will continue – updated the current status of data collections and services – full changes for this update are listed in the summary section of the document.

TFC: Comments on sequencing of social distancing measures (schools), 20 May 2020
Paper prepared by the Children’s Task and Finish Group (TFC) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on how to get digital devices, internet access and support to provide remote education and access to children’s social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated with various clarifications, including emphasising that devices are for education and social care, adding information on protecting children and young people online, and linking to guidance on loaning or gifting devices.  

Evaluation Sub Group: Note on the Joint Biosecurity Centre, 20 May 2020
Paper prepared by the Evaluation Sub Group for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use from 4 July while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).

EMPLOYERS / BUSINESS / FINANCE:

Major changes to insolvency law come into force
The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act has received Royal Assent and came into force on 26 June 2020.

Guide to help financial industry address climate-related financial risks
Today the Climate Financial Risk Forum (CFRF) has published a guide written by industry for industry to help firms approach and address climate-related financial risks.   The guide, the first of its kind, provides practical recommendations to firms of all sizes on disclosure of climate-related financial risks; effective risk management; scenario analysis, and opportunities for innovation in the interest of consumers.  The CFRF was jointly established in March 2019 by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), reflecting the importance of climate change to their respective strategic objectives. Its aim is to build capacity and share best practice across financial regulators and industry to advance the sector’s responses to the financial risks from climate change. Membership is drawn from a wide range of industry participants, to ensure the perspective of a broad range of firms is represented.  The objective of the guide is to help firms understand the risks that arise from climate change, and to provide support on how to integrate these risks into their strategy and decision-making processes. Each chapter within the guide provides practical tools, experience, knowledge and case studies, which firms can use as they develop their strategies, processes and approaches. The key areas can be found here

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill receives royal assent
New measures will help to relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – measures came into effect on Saturday 27 June with secondary legislation, more guidance for private companies and other company types will be published in due course.

Government unveils £200 million package to help innovative businesses bounce back
The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies recovering from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.

Managing infection risk in high contact occupations, 11 June 2020
Two papers on reducing transmission in high connectivity occupations.

Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers
The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 came into effect on 26 June 2020. Companies and other types of business registered at Companies House will get more time to file accounts. Link added to guidance.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill receives royal assent
New measures will help to relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
How the measures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act will affect your filings at Companies House.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for UK businesses that trade internationally
Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally – updated as you no longer need to apply for an export licence to export personal protective equipment (PPE).

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the?support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of?coronavirus – a new YouTube video has been added about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including flexible furloughing.

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses
Advice for food businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK – updated guidance to include new section on prevention of infection and revised section on management of outbreaks including contact details for health protection teams.

Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 23 June 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference on 23 June 2020.

ENVIRONMENT:

Coronavirus: Environment Agency update
The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic – section on waterways updated and new section added for restarting private sewage treatment plants.

HEALTH, HEALTHCARE & WELLBEING:

Coronavirus and shielding of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 9 June to 18 June 202
Information about individuals that are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable to coronavirus in England. How has their health condition, healthcare and mental health changed since being advised to shield? Are they, and those they live with, following guidance and what support is helping, or is needed, to help shield?

PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment
Healthcare providers can order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the portal to top up their existing supplies for COVID-19 in an emergency.

Shielding update: letter to patients, 22 June 2020
Translations and accessible formats of a letter from the government sent to patients who are shielding.

Green light for COVID-19 trial recruitment
The MHRA has approved the recruitment of further participants for a clinical trial by the University of Oxford

Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine not licensed for coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment
Recent media reports have suggested that chloroquine can protect patients from coronavirus or treat COVID-19, the illness caused by a coronavirus. 
Box on MHRA suspends recruitment to COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine trials deleted, as our guidelines have changed.

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses
Advice for food businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK – updated guidance to include new section on prevention of infection and revised section on management of outbreaks including contact details for health protection teams.

Prime Minister’s virtual summit on Hidden Harms
The Prime Minister led a virtual summit on Hidden Harms.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response
The national and global response to the spread of COVID-19 continues to develop quickly and our collective knowledge of the virus is growing by the second – updated the list of evidence provided to SAGE with 31 new papers.

CO-CIN case fatality in hospitalised patients, 11 June 2020
Paper prepared by academics.

SAGE 39 minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 28 May 2020
Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s thirty-ninth meeting.

HDR UK: COVID-19 Health Data Research: Weekly update, 9 June 2020
Update paper by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) on COVID-19.

NERVTAG: Viral dynamics of infectiousness, 3 June 2020
Paper prepared by the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG).

Dstl release research on stability of COVID-19 in the air
Dstl research on the stability of the COVID-19 virus in the air also supports the scientific advice provided to the Government on COVID-19 control measures

COVID-19: background information
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features – updated global case numbers.

HOSPITALITY & LEISURE:  

£100m funding boost for England’s zoos and aquariums
Animal Welfare Minister Lord Goldsmith announced this weekend that a new £100m fund will be made available to zoos and aquariums to support them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Establishments covered by the Zoo Licensing Act, which have been able to reopen from June 15, will be able to bid for a portion of the £100m that has been made available.

Virtual Events remain for now; greater flexibility of events to be offered in future
Our top priority is supporting the nation’s economic recovery by moving casework forward as much as possible and ensuring customers continue to receive a service that is fair, open and impartial, and in a timely way.

JUDICIARY:

HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This page provides a weekly summary of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position during the coronavirus pandemic – update for week commencing Monday 29 June 2020 published

Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak
This page holds a tracker list of open, staffed and suspended courts during the coronavirus outbreak – updated tracker published.

LOCAL COUNCIL NEWS:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government
Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – added: COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms.

MANUFACTURING:

Destroying spoilt beer, cider, wine or made-wine during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out about temporary changes to the destruction of spoilt beer, cider, wine or made-wine if you’re a brewer, cider producer, wine maker or publican – additional guidance has been added for publicans destroying spoilt beer.

MEDIA & MARKETING:

Newsquest to make redundancies following ‘very heavy declines’
Newsquest, publishers of 160 titles including the Northern Echo and Carlisle News is planning to make redundancies as the business declared it was unable to support current staffing levels. In March a number of staff were put on furlough while those on a salary of more than £18,000 took a 15% wage cut

PROPERTY:

Call for down-sizing and second home buyers stamp duty cuts to kick-start economy
A leading property market commentator suggests that an urgent review of Stamp Duty Land Tax is needed to kickstart the UK economy following the Covid-19 pandemic.  David Alexander, joint managing director of apropos, points to the latest HMRC transactions figures, which show 46,230 transactions took place in May, 52% lower than the one recorded during the same month in 2019. Alexander, who argues that the state of the housing market is an accurate indicator of the UK economy, says a review of stamp duty could strengthen the economy and push through more transactions.  He specifically challenges the rate of tax on second properties, which can vary from 3%-4% depending on which part of the country you are in.  “It is important to remember that not everybody who purchases a property is a multi-millionaire. For example, there are many people who have worked extremely hard and have an aspiration to buy a second property to supplement their pension, the additional tax can be very restrictive and is often a real deterrent.”  He is also calling for the tax on people making their final property transaction – most likely to be downsizing – to be reduced.

Economist calls for immediate 20% rent reduction for tenants
Richard Murphy, a chartered accountant and political economist who works as Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at the University of London, writes on the website of the think tank Tax Research UK that such a statutory rent reduction would be “a minimum”.  And he adds: “I’d also suggest rent roll up with liability due over a period eight times longer than the length of the period over which deferral takes place would also be appropriate. I would match this with a right to claim a mortgage payment holiday to match. Landlords could survive this. Their tenants cannot.”  Earlier this year, as the Coronavirus outbreak became widespread in the UK, Murphy advocated rent-free periods for tenants and made it clear that he believed landlords could survive the costs.

RETAIL:  

Footfall in England: COVID-19 and reopening of retail (video)

Here, Professor Cathy Parker, Research Lead for the Task Force, talks through footfall data provided by Task Force Partner Springboard, taken from the week following the reopening of non-essential retail (15 June). She asks:
Which towns and cities have seen the biggest footfall recovery? What does footfall tell us about how people are using places? And how far does the recovery have to go to return to pre-COVID-19 levels.
Watch the video

High Street Insights: June
This month’s collection of insights from the High Streets Task Force Professional Research and Data Group includes a detailed breakdown of footfall and consumer sentiment following the easing of the lockdown in England. Which places saw the biggest recovery and how will COVID-19 change the way we use high streets?
Read more

TRANSPORT:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators
Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations – social distancing guidance updated.

Making traffic regulation orders during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Assistance and clarifying information regarding the traffic orders procedure regulations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

TRAVEL & TOURISM:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak – social distancing guidance updated.

British nationals stranded in Chile returned to the UK
People travelled from all over the country, including from Easter Island and towns 2,000 km away from Santiago, to take the charter flight.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus – updated to clarify that the reopening of VAC locations remains subject to local circumstances.

Covid-19 Webinars:

Business Growth Hub webinars:

Find out more details and how to book below or on the website

Make your workplace COVID-secure:

You can find recordings of webinars covering other types of workplace here

HMRC: 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme:
Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more.  Choose a date and time

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim:
This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.
Choose a date and time

If you’ve missed any of HMRC’s live webinars, you can catch up  series of recorded webinars on HMRC’s YouTube channel – available at a time to suit you.

Twice weekly: EnterprisingYou

Finance support for the self-employed webinars For info about latest webinar date announcements please visit the website https://enterprising-you.co.uk/latest-news/

Join an HR virtual community HRD: A Virtual Experience.

Join 2,500+ senior HR Leaders from across the globe including The Clorox Company, Diageo, DHL, Siemens, Nestle, Vodafone, Tiffany & Co, ING and more.

Date and time: Thursday June 18th from 10am CET/9am BST

Summit theme: The Resilient Organisation

Sign up here – it’s completely free!

ACAS – run a series of courses to help businesses with transition from lockdown

Useful links:  

Business Survey:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-coronavirus-impact-business-survey/dcms-business-survey-headline-measures 

New tools and resources available from Acas:
Redundancy letter templates
Redundancy process map  Acas have also contributed to the development of a new return to work toolkit in partnership with SOM, CIPD, BITC and Mind.

Applications Now Open for the Local Authority Discretion Fund. Businesses that had been eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support are also now eligible for the LA Discretionary Business Grant.

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May. 

Stockport Council publishes details for Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

Stockport Council has confirmed its criteria in consideration of awarding the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, announced as the grants Top-up fund by the Government on 1st May.

Business Support in Stockport – a centre pool of information to support business owners in Stockport:
www.skbusinessrecovery.co.uk

Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
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Government – Setting out of Road Map to recovery – 11th May 2020
Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s 60 page COVID-19 recovery strategy
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread.Stockport Council has launched a FREE job matching website to help support employers with vacancies and individuals across the Stockport borough who are looking for work. The service, Stockport Jobs Match, will help to connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with applicants who are immediately available and in need of employment. The website also helps signpost individuals to available support services and information.  
www.stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk

Coronavirus Act 2020: status
A table setting out the status of each measure in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Government – Financial Support
New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business

Stockport Council – Health & Mental Well-being https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus 

Government – Financial Support
CBILS – A guide to whether it may be the best options for a business

Government – Financial Support
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – online claims portal open

Government – Business Support:
Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool

Government – Business Support Hub:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Government – IT safety support:
Government Warnings Over Coronavirus Scams – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Government – Financial Support:  
HMRC has published guidance on how it will work out income and profits for the self-employed or those in a partnership who have lost profits due to coronavirus. 
Government – Business Support:
https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Government – Business Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Government – Financial Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding

Government – Business Support:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Bank of England – Financial Support: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2020/march/the-covid-corporate-financing-facility

Stockport Council Grant scheme:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/business-rates-support-measures

Gov.uk: Maintaining Educational Provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

UK Lockdown – Further businesses to close and exceptions: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF

Business Growth Hub:
www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus  https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/resources/2020/03/coronavirus-business-support-webinar-series

Food & Drink – advice and guidance:
https://marketingstockport.co.uk/news/food-delivery-and-takeaway-guidance-for-food-businesses-looking-to-diversify/

Health – updates from NHS
https://www.england.nhs.uk/news/

Health– Shielding the most vulnerable
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Health – Dedicated helpline to support vulnerable residents in Stockport:
Support can be accessed by calling 0161 217 6046 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Health – Dedicated health & wellbeing services:
24/7 mental health helpline & safe haven for anyone over the age of 18 in Stockport (0800 138 7276).

Health – An Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 for emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns. 0161 217 6028 – 8.30am-5pm Mon – Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm on Friday.  

Health – the big white wall
The Big White Wall offers 24/7 anonymous support via a digital emotional wellbeing and mental health service, offering peer support for anyone over the age of 16, support from trained clinicians alongside a range of helpful tools and resources.

Media and Marketing:
Prolific North are publishing daily updates on their blog as to how Covid-19 is impacting on the marketing, media and technology industries

Travel:
https://media.northernrailway.co.uk/news/coronavirus-travel-information

Recruitment: – DWP and Universal Credit http://news.dwp.gov.uk/dwplz/lz.aspx?p1=MQsDU1NjQ5MlM2OTA0OjNCNDJBOEZCRTJDOUJEOTc1ODQ0RTRCRDNDNzk4QUNF-&CC=&p=0

Retail: An update form British Retail Consortium
https://brc.org.uk/news/corporate-affairs/coronavirus-latest-retailer-activity/

Employment: – Stockport Jobs Match 

Community – Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
How businesses can offer services, funds and volunteers to civil society during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more information here.

Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:
News and Guidance for the self-employed:
Concerned how Coronavirus might impact you and your business?
Please get in touch with Enterprising You and you will be connected to someone who can help. You can also access information and guidance including the latest Government updates via www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus

Can you claim back Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay in the Rebate Scheme
From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. 

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