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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

Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support Schemes

Following a turbulent week of announcements, updates and changes resulting from the ongoing pandemic, the UK Government announced on Thursday 5th November additional, more generous changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.  Our emails from earlier in the week are now out of date in respect of these schemes. …Read More

Update on Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Ahead of the second national lockdown starting Thursday 5th November the UK Government have updated their guidance for some financial support measures.  The updates are intended to provide additional support to businesses and business owners due to the extra restrictions. Updates have been issued for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and the various government backed…Read More

Financial Measures – Update

The UK Government announced a new national lockdown in England from Thursday 5th November that is due to run until Wednesday 2nd December. As part of this announcement further financial support measures have been put in place.  Unfortunately, our automated email sent out Monday morning was produced ahead of the weekend announcement.  Some information included…Read More

Job Support Scheme (JSS)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will end on 31 October 2020 and is being replaced with the Job Support Scheme (JSS) on 1 November.  The JSS will run for at least 6 months to 30 April 2021 and the Government will review the terms of the scheme in January 2021. The CJRS was designed…Read More

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

IMPORTANT DEADLINE Individuals who are self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) can potentially claim grants under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The deadline for claiming the second grant under this scheme is TODAY (19 October 2020).  Individuals who are eligible to make a claim and have…Read More

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