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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Fifth Grant

The fifth grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be available from late July 2021.  If HMRC believe an individual may be eligible to make a claim they will contact them in mid-July to provide a date that the claim can be made from.  A claim must be made on or before 30…Read More

SME SEMLEP Growth Hub Grant

As part of ongoing support for businesses, Government grants are continuing to be opened for applications through local Growth Hubs. Currently the SEMLEP Growth Hub, covering businesses across the South East Midlands including in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, has reopened applications to its Recovery and Resilience Grant scheme.  This scheme offers match funding to…Read More

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) continues to run until 30 September 2021, with staged decreases in the claims that can be made.  Currently 80% of usual wages for the hours employees do not work can be claimed, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.  The amount that can be claimed begins to change…Read More

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

SEISS grants continue to the end of September 2021 in line with employee furlough payments.  The 4th grant closed on 1 June 2021 and the 5th grant, covering May 2021 to September 2021, will be open to claims from late July 2021. As with previous grants, the 5th grant will be paid out in a…Read More

Restart Grant Scheme

In March 2021 the UK Government announced the Restart Grant scheme to support businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  The Restart Grant scheme has been open for applications from 1 April 2021. Businesses are eligible for a…Read More

Free Business Support – Local Enterprise Partnerships

National pandemic restrictions across the country are impacting the running of businesses.  The Government has provided businesses with financial support to assist in weathering the restrictions but there is other support available to businesses through local initiatives.  Our previous Start Up Businesses Small Business Grant newsletter was one example of this and today we want…Read More

Bounce Back Loan Repayment Terms Extended

Businesses that took out a Bounce Back loan to support them during the pandemic now have greater flexibility when repaying their loans. The standard length of Bounce Back loans is 6 years with no repayments or interest in the first 12 months and early repayment without paying a fee.  These standard terms remain, however the…Read More

Payment Of Deferred VAT

Back at the beginning of the pandemic the Government allowed VAT registered businesses to defer VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 as part of their suite of financial support measures.  Businesses that took advantage of the payment deferral and still have a payment to make now need to consider how to…Read More

Brexit – Importing / Exporting, Import Duty and Import VAT

Brexit has happened and we have been outside the EU from 1 January 2021.  Businesses who import from and export to the EU are well aware of this and are having to cope with new import / export procedures, import duty and import VAT.  There are resources available to assist businesses when trading with the…Read More

Start Up Businesses Small Business Grant

Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire (BIPC) is an organisation working within local libraries throughout Northamptonshire.  BIPC supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses through launching and developing a business.  They do this through the network of local libraries by running free workshops and providing information and advice sessions on self-employment and intellectual property. On Monday 8th…Read More

Local Restrictions Support Grant Extended

The Local Restrictions Support Grant was launched last year to support those businesses required to close due to local or national restrictions and which pay business rates.  Due to the new lockdown, the Government have announced a one-off top up grant for retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help…Read More

Furlough Scheme extended to April 2021

To provide UK businesses support into 2021, the UK Government has announced that the current furlough scheme will be extended to 30 April and businesses will be able to apply for the dedicated coronavirus business support loans until the end of March. Furlough Scheme (CJRS) The Chancellor was to review the employer contribution element of the CJRS…Read More

Self-assessment and VAT payments

As part of the UK Government’s response to coronavirus some self-assessment and VAT payments during 2020 were deferred until 2021.  If you have taken advantage of deferrals, now’s the time to consider how and when you will pay these liabilities. Self-Assessment Self-assessment taxpayers had the option to defer their 2019/20 2nd payment on account, due…Read More

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – Third Grant

Applications for the third SEISS grant opened on 30 November 2020 (on a staged basis) and can be claimed through individual Government Gateway accounts as with the first two grant claims.  All applications must be made by 29 January 2021. If you are eligible, you’ll receive a grant worth of 80% of 3 months’ worth…Read More

South East Midlands Kickstart Grant Scheme

The South East Midlands Kickstart Grant scheme is reopening for applications.  Following the first round of applications which closed within hours of opening there are a small number of grants available.  The scheme is set up to help local businesses to access external expertise, consultancy support or equipment through grants of £1,000 to £3,000, to help…Read More

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