Businesses and employers
Current national restrictions for businesses
On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced an immediate national lockdown and ordered all non-essential retail, leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care businesses to close.
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.
Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
Guidance for employers and businesses
Operating a Covid secure business
The government has produced a series of guidelines to ensure businesses are operating in a Covid-secure manner.
Businesses must implement the working practices set out for their workplace or industry.
You must make sure that the risk assessment for your business is undertaken and addresses the risks of Covid-19, using the guidance to inform your decisions and control measures.
If you have fewer than 5 workers, or are self-employed, you don’t have to write anything down as part of your risk assessment.
Your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have done everything you need to.
There are interactive tools available to support you from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
If you have any questions about the Covid secure and working safely government guidelines please direct these to HSE Covid-19 enquiries on 0300 790 6787 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 8pm)
Or via their working safely enquiry form.
NHS Test and Trace guidance
Certain establishments are required to collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors and will now be legally required to display NHS COVID-19 app QR code posters in their venues. This includes all venues from the following sectors:
- hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
- tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
- close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors
- facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres
- places of worship, including use for events and other community activities
Create your QR code poster for the NHS COVID-19 app
There is also a helpful video explaining how to create a QR code.
Coronavirus disinfection service for businesses
If you need to re-open your business to staff or the public, help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) by booking a deep clean service.
Our experienced Hygiene Services and Pest Control team are now offering a deep clean service for local businesses.
Financial support for businesses and the self-employed
National and local restrictions business grants
|The Government has announced a new package of business support for the national lockdown starting from 5 January 2021. We will share more information on this funding when we receive it.|
Government financial support finder tool
Business rates holiday
Find out more about the business rates holiday and if you are eligible for it.
Bounce back loans
100% government guaranteed loans between £2,000 and £50,000 are now available with no fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. Loan terms are up to six years with no repayments due during the first 12 months. Apply for a bounce back loan
Business interruption loan scheme
For small and medium-sized businesses
Businesses with a turnover under £45m can apply to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) for a 100% guaranteed loan of up to £5m to help with cash flow. See if you are eligible and apply.
For large businesses
Businesses with a turnover over £45m can apply for a 80% guaranteed loan of up to £25m to the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) whilst those with a turnover over £250m can apply for a 80% guaranteed loan of £50m where they are unable to secure regular commercial financing. Find out more and apply
Job retention scheme
Statutory sick pay support
- you have already paid your employee’s sick pay
- you’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
- you have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020
- you had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020 across all your PAYE payroll schemes
Self-employment income support
The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
VAT and Income Tax payment and support
Get support if you can’t pay your tax bills
All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. Call HMRC’s helpline Monday-Friday 8am-4pm on 0800 024 1222.
HMRC also has a Self Assessment Payment Helpline, available Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm on 0300 200 3822.
Kickstart scheme in Brent
On top of the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement is paid to employers for setup costs, support and training. Brent Works can support all employers get set up on this scheme and find suitable candidates who are eligible for these Kickstart jobs.
To register your interest, please email: email@example.com or call 0208 937 6295.If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can apply directly to the Department of Work and Pensions.
Corporate financing facility
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