Essential Information for Business Owners Thriving Through Corona
Information Highlights & Resources:
We are all in unprecedented times, please remember this situation is TEMPORARY and will pass.
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Self Employment & Universal Credit
Employment & Support Allowance
Manage your Money:
- Get your cashflow forecasts up to date: plan through different scenarios so you are ready
- Get up to speed on all the grant and loan options
- Email us now if you need a template for a cashflow forecast
- Speak to your suppliers; spread payments, extend terms of credit wherever you can
- Make sure your customer payments are coming through, if they are in trouble talk it through and arrange a payment plan
- Reduce all non-essential spending
Be the Leader
- Daily communication with your Team
- Be open and honest: tell them what how you are planning for the future
- Short term working, (agreed reduced hours) or furlough, (granted leaves of absence) may be needed: work through the options, make decisions quickly and communicate well
- See below for details on how to get 80% wages paid by the government if you need to grant leaves of absence.
Plan for the Future
Use the extra time to get ready for post-Coronavirus
- Sales analysis
- Develop a marketing plan
- Create marketing material & the schedule
- Create a 3 or 5 year plan for your business
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
HMRC will reimburse 80% of wages paid to workers who have been furloughed, ( granted leave of absence) due to the coronavirus crisis. This can be due to self-isolating and caring for others.
- All UK businesses are eligible.
- There is a cap of £2,500 per employee per month.
- It will be backdated to 1 March 2020.
- You must notify the affected employees that they have been designated ‘furloughed workers’ – N.B., this may be subject to negotiation, dependent upon the terms of the individual employment contracts.
- A new online portal will be provided by HMRC to report details of the employees furloughed and the payments made.
- This will be available initially for at least 3 months.
The HMRC system is not set up to make payments directly to employees, employers make the payment and are reimbursed by the HMRC
- The deferral will apply for payments due from 20 March to 30 June 2020.
- No application is required
- Any payments deferred will become payable by the end of the tax year
- NB: Cancel any Direct Debits or Standing Orders as HMRC will take the money and they will not give it back!
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/
Government Business Support: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/
Income Tax Deferral
- The self-assessment second payment on account, due by 31 July 2020, will be deferred to 31 January 2021.
- No penalties or interest will be charged.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Loans up to the value of £5 million will be available
- The government backed guarantee takes away the ‘no’ credit decision to become a yes
- You will need a sound business proposal to apply and get the grant
- Please note you are still 100% liable for the debt to be repaid; this is meant to be a short term solution to help you through the current crisis; not free money!
- The first 12 months is now interest free.
- There is a list of 40 banks participating: the recommendation is to go to your current lender first
There are two grants proposed for businesses.
- A grant of £10,000 to all businesses that currently receive small business rate relief (SBBR) or rural rate relief. In general, SBBR is available to businesses with a rateable value of up to £15,000.
- A grant of £25,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure industry if their rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000.
No action is required for the £10,000 grant; your local authority will contact you.
If you are eligible for the £25,000 grant, you should contact your local authority.
Government Grants: https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support
Grants Hub: http://www.govgrantshub.uk/online-grant-finder/
Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
Statutory Sick Pay
- HMRC will reimburse up to 2 weeks SSP for employees who have been off due to coronavirus.
- This can be paid from day 1, no certification is required
- The 2 week SSP can be claimed back
Time to Pay Arrangements
- If you have outstanding tax liabilities (Corporation Tax, VAT or Income Tax) due to coronavirus, you may be able to agree a time to pay arrangement.
- Arrangements will be agreed on a case by case basis.
- To discuss your options, contact HMRC on 0800 0159 559.
- If your finances have been affected by coronavirus, you can request a 3-month mortgage holiday from your finance provider.
- This will have the effect of extending your mortgage term by 3 months.
- You need to be up to date with payments to access the holiday. Not making scheduled payments without agreeing this first could affect your credit rating.
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