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- Do you employ key workers? Are you a key worker? The Scottish and UK governments are expanding the COVID-19 testing programme. A new portal and new guidance is available for employers and employees.
Businesses and Organisations
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now live. Latest guidance for employers and employees.
- Scottish Government COVID-19 business helpline. Call 0300 303 0660
- Concerned about paying your tax? Call HMRC 08000 241222 for help and advice.
- All VAT payments between 20 March and 30 June have been automatically deferred for all businesses to March 2021.
- All businesses can apply to Companies House for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts. All applications citing issues around COVID-19 will be automatically and immediately approved.
- Regulation and insolvency rules have been temporarily suspended to help businesses.
- The Third Sector Resilience Fund helps organisations who deliver products and services.
- Scottish Enterprise can help with Supply Chain Support.
- Relaxations of rules and regulations for employers – including delivery driver hours, annual leave and taxable expenses.
- Revised social distancing guidance for employers.
- New guidance for construction sector requiring all non-essential work to stop.
- New customs assistance and financial support for exporters and investors.
- Skills Development Scotland’s COVID-19 Jobs Hub helps employers fill urgent vacancies and close skills gaps quickly.
- Job match website for Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region.
- Food redistribution organisations can apply for share of £3m fund.
- Updated guidance for employers on calculating and implementing National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.
- New UK Government Hub for information and guidance on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
- The Third Sector Resilience Fund to support charitable organisations is now open to applications.
- The Wellbeing Fund for third sector organisations providing important services to those affected by COVID-19 is now open to applications.
- New Crown Estate Scotland £7.2m fund for local authorities to support private and third sector in coastal communities.
- The Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund is now open to applications from the seafood processing sector.
- Notice period for commercial leases extended from 14 days to 14 weeks.
- New Skills Matching Service connecting workers with employers in agriculture and animal welfare sectors.
- All viable SMEs now eligible for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
- UK Research and Innovation grant funding for ideas or projects which mitigate health, social, economic, cultural or environmental impact of pandemic.
- Funding through CivTech for private sector innovations which support public sector response.
- Accelerator funding from Barclays HealthTech Response for emerging tech solutions.
- My World of Work job site helping employers and furloughed workers fill COVID-19 labour shortages and skills gaps.
- My World of Work online learning site helping individuals and furloughed workers reskill and upskill for free.
- New Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now live, giving government guarantee of 80% which enable banks to make loans of up to £25m to firms with an annual turnover between £45m and £500m.
- The COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility joint HM Treasury and Bank of England lending facility to support liquidity in larger firms to help them bridge disruption.
- SMEs can apply for up to £1m in emergency loans from Scottish Government.
- New Bounce Back Loan Scheme to help SMEs borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 through a network of accredited lenders, with 100% government guarantee and no fees or interest in the first 12 months. It will open on 4 May, with payments reaching businesses within days.
- SMEs in the housebuilding sector will be able to apply to an emergency loan fund from 18 May.
- Scottish Government doubled size of Critical Enterprises Resilience Fund, which will be reopened shortly after huge demand.
- Self-Employed Income Support Scheme launched with a taxable grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been extended. SMEs with annual turnover of up to £45m can access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to six years. All viable SMEs now eligible, not just those unable to secure regular commercial financing.
- Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for workers who have been off due to COVID-19. System is not yet running.
- Lenders stopped from requesting personal guarantees for loans under £250,000 and agreed operational changes to speed up lending approvals.
- National Lottery Heritage Fund’s £50m Heritage Emergency Fund provides grants between £3,000 and £50,000 to heritage sector.
- Museums Galleries Scotland £700k Urgent Response Fund for small arts, culture and heritage organisations.
- Non-Domestic Rates relief worth 1.6% is being automatically applied to all non-domestic properties by all 32 local authorities.
- Non-Domestic Rates relief worth 100% will be available shortly for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.
- Small businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure can for a one-off grant of £25,000 from their local authority. Applicants have been requested to patient in the face of stretched resources and high levels of demand.
- Small businesses who benefit from the Small Business Bonus can for a one-off grant of £10,000 from their local authority. Applicants have been requested to patient in the face of stretched resources and high levels of demand.
- Small businesses who get Rural Relief can apply for a one-off grant of £10,000.
- Be the Business have produced insurance advice for SMEs, including a 5-minute checklist and resource signposting.
- Free virtual and local support is available from Business Gateway.
Do you have a 3D printer in your organisation? Could you help produce protective visors for frontline health & social care staff? Get in touch with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Let us know how you’re helping your people, partners, customers and communities respond to the crisis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.