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Coronavirus Resources - Links To Useful National And Local Coronavirus Support - Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

There will be a huge impact of Coronavirus on our local business,. Here are some useful local and national links regarding Coronavirus. We’ll try and keep this updated as often as possible, but let us know if there’s anything we should add!

UK Government Covid-19 Guidance

Covid-19: Guidance for employers, employees & businesses 

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people 

Government dedicated business support helpline – 0300 456 3565

Get support on everything from business rates relief to grants and advice regarding employees.

Government Bounce Back Loans

The government has launched a new loan scheme for smaller businesses. The new Bounce Back loans are for businesses wanting to borrow from £2,000 to £50,000. Eligible businesses will be able to borrow up to 25% of their turnover.
 
There will be no set- up fees or interest for the first 12 months. After 12 months, the government will agree a “low rate of interest” with lenders. The long term interest rate is still to be confirmed.
 
Businesses will be able to pay back loans over a period of up to 6 years
 
The scheme will be open to businesses trading on 1 March 2020.
 
The scheme will be 100% backed by the government, so there is less evidence required when applying.
 
The online application process is apparently designed to be “short and simple. The plan is that businesses should receive the money within a few days of applying.
 
The scheme will be launched on 4 May 2020. You can find guidance for applying for Bounce Back Loans on the Government website.

 

Protection for Businesses Against Aggressive Rent Collection

The Government has introduced new legislation to protect businesses against aggressive rent collection and closure during the Coronavirus outbreak.

ACAS

ACAS Coronavirus Guidance

Guidance from Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

The information includes:

  • Social distancing and vulnerable people
  • Self-isolation and sick pay
  • If the employer needs to close the workplace
  • If an employee needs time off work to look after someone
  • If someone has coronavirus symptoms at work
  • Good practice steps for employers
  • More coronavirus advice

The British Bank

The British Business Bank Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme

Information about the Government’s Business Interruption loan scheme.

HMRC

HMRC- COVID 19 Helpline – 0800 0159 559

HMRC’s helpline for advice on tax relief.

 

Money Saving Expert

Easy to understand financial advice for employers, employees, gig workers etc. Includes information on benefits for anyone not able to claim through other government schemes. The videos are particularly useful.

Help for the self-employed

Help for directors of small limited companies

 

Support for independent retailers

Bira

Bira (The British Association for Independent Retailers) represent 1000s of independent retailers in the UK. As well as a Coronvirus information page, they’re offering 3 months temporary membership in return for a small charity donation. Temporary Membership includes:

  • a legal support line
  • 3 months free access to an ecommerce tool for retailers who may want to sell online while closed
  • review of utility bills

Bira Coronavirus hub

National Small Business Support Websites

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is a membership site providing support and information to small businesses, including online seminars and a Coronavirus support hub. As of 16th April, they’re offering 3 months membership free. They have a Coronavirus “live chat” facility, where their experts will answer detailed questions around available business support.

Enterprise Nation Coronavirus page

Local Business Support

Cosmic

Remote Working Advice Line provided by Cosmic . 0330 088 4421 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

South West Business Organisation advice pages

Somerset Chamber of Commerce

A Coronavirus resource portal, including the latest information from UK Gov.

Business West

Coronavirus resources, including some useful FAQ documents based on questions asked by members. The finance FAQs are particularly useful. They have 200 staff and a panel of experts available to answer questions.

Heart of the South West

Heart of the South West are offering free one to one business support for South West businesses impacted by Coronavirus. You’ll be able to speak to a business adviser, and get advice on business and recovery options. After your session you’ll get a plan for what to do next.

You can request help via their website. 

Information for self-catering businesses

PASC (Professional Association for Self-Caters) supports Self-Catering companies.

They have a weekly newsletter, which provides useful info for Self-Caters about the impacts of COVID-19. Email chair@pascuk.co.uk to sign up. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook

Facebook are providing $100m in grants to small businesses affected by Coronavirus.

Facebook Business Grants

Local Community Support

Glastonbury Coronavirus Support Network Group on Facebook 

A brilliant local support group. Get (or give) support in the local community and get support online from other group members.

Support For Creative Businesses

Arts Council England

Funding is available for some creative businesses through the Arts Council. They’ve launched an emergency fund for individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector.

Find out if you’re eligible on their website.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

Professional musicians can apply for a one-off grant of up to £500 to help with household costs. Apply for a grant here 

BenSoc fund for photographers

Small grants available to photographers needing additional financial support during Coronavirus. Find out more about Bensoc here.