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Business advice & guidance 27/3/20

 
The Business Growth Hub has excellent resources including toolkits and frequently asked questions in tackling issues raised by COVID 19.

Tameside Council also has local information and contact routes through the support for business section of our website.
Self-employed support package
Last night, the Government set out plans that will see the self-employed receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least three months (paid from June 2020).

Tameside residents could benefit from the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, with those eligible receiving a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years. This initiative will cover 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment.

The scheme will be open to those with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19 or an average trading profit of less than £50,000 from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

To minimise fraud, only those who are already in self-employment will be eligible to apply. HMRC will identify eligible taxpayers and contact them directly with guidance on how to apply.

The income support scheme, which is being designed by HMRC from scratch, will cover the three months to May. Grants will be paid in a single lump sum instalment covering all three months, and will start to be paid at the beginning of June. Individuals should not contact HMRC now. HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.

Further information and details of the scheme will be shared shortly by HMRC and we will update you when this is available.
 
Supporting need for medical supplies
Many companies have approached the Council and local NHS with offers to support in the production of medical equipment and supplies, we welcome any contact or support companies can provide please contact us at employmentandskills@tameside.gov.uk
 
Supporting vulnerable residents
Tameside Council and partners are supporting vulnerable residents who need food packages. If your business can donate food or food packaging or would like to discuss how you could support in any way please contact us on employmentandskills@tameside.gov.uk
 
Virtual Jobs Fair
The Council usually holds two job fairs per year. Instead of a physical job fair we have shared current opportunities in Tameside online for people seeking employment or extra income. Click here to visit the jobs fair.
 
Business Rates Relief and Grants
Government has confirmed a package of financial measures to support businesses, which you can find details of on our Business Rates Website.
 
The financial measures include:  
You do not need to do anything to claim these reliefs. They will be automatically applied to your account and new Business Rate bills will be issued to you.
 
In addition, grants will also be available to people liable for Business Rates and using the property as at 11 March 2020.
 
Please note that there is a limit of one grant per hereditament.
 
Small Business Grants Fund
 
A grant of £10,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less who are eligible for relief under the Small Business Rates Relief scheme.
 
Exclusions: Personal use (stables, beach huts, moorings), car parks and spaces, businesses in liquidation or dissolved as at 11 March 2020.
 
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund
 
For businesses that are eligible for a discount under the expanded Retail Discount scheme with a rateable value under £51,000. A grant can be claimed for each hereditament, so businesses with multiple outlets would receive more than one grant.
 
There are 2 levels of grants:
 
£10,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less
£25,000 for businesses with a rateable value of more than £15,000 but less than £51,000

Exclusions: Personal use (stables, beach huts, moorings), car parks and spaces, businesses in liquidation or dissolved as at 11 March 2020.

Claiming the grants
 
If you are eligible to receive one of the grants we will contact you. You will need to provide some information that has been requested by Central Government for the grant to be paid.
 
You can view draft letters sent out to businesses here:
 
Small Business Grants Fund 
 
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund 

If you think you are eligible, but haven’t heard from us by 15 April, please email us on businessrates@tameside.gov.uk
 
 
Business Rates Recovery
 
We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many of our businesses and that the COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on the economy.
 
Your Business Rates pays for our essential services that are delivered to all residents in the Council, so it is really important that if your circumstances have not changed that you continue to pay what you should, maintain your direct debit payments, or payment plan, as detailed on your bill. Thank you for your contribution.
 
The Government has announced assistance to help businesses during this difficult period. The Council is working hard to obtain all the information on how these different reliefs will be applied and to ensure that no-one pays more than they should do in April 2020.
 
If you are struggling to pay your Business Rates, we wanted to make you aware of the support available and how the Council can help you if you have been affected.
 
  1. We will not submit a claim to banks for any direct debits that are due in April until the 100% Retail Relief has been applied. We will reprofile payment arrangements over the remaining 11 months where appropriate.
  2. Get in touch with us. We would encourage anyone who is struggling, to contact us at businessrates@tameside.gov.uk so that we can ensure that you are getting all of the support and relief that you are entitled to.
  3. In some circumstances, we may be able to agree a different payment plan such as the Business Rates due for 2020/21 is split over 9 months, from July 2020 to March 2021, meaning that in some cases you will not have to pay anything until July. Please get in touch to discuss this option.
  4. We can also look at your arrears so that we consider everything you owe to us and avoid any extra costs or charges.
  5. If you are self-employed and your income reduces, you may be able to claim Universal Credit from the DWP and Council Tax Support from the Council.
           www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit
           www.tameside.gov.uk/ctax/counciltaxsupport
 
We urge all businesses to pay what they can and seek advice where possible.
 
We would request that all contact is via email on the following email address businessrates@tameside.gov.uk . We will come back to you promptly.
 
 
Other support from Government
 
www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses
  
Important Note: You do not need to employ Rating Agents or other organisations outside of the Council to claim the support that is available. These agents will probably take a percentage of any relief or grant they claim on your behalf. Please be extra careful with what you sign and how you respond to organisations that may contact you offering support.
 
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