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Limited Company And LLP Moratorium

How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company. Using a moratorium to support companies and other types of business in financial difficulty. If your business has been or is really struggling, you can get “formal” breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company. A moratorium gives struggling […]

Read more July 2nd, 2020

Pubs, Restaurants And Hairdressers To Reopen

The Government has announced that Pubs, Restaurants and Hairdressers can reopen from 4 July. They have published practical guidelines to help the businesses reopen safely. The new guidance sets out a range of measures to become Covid-19 secure, including: requiring the use of table service where possible instead of ordering at the bar and assigning […]

Read more July 2nd, 2020

Guidance On Reopening Tourism And Visitor Attractions

The Government has outlined the measures that will allow UK tourism and visitor attractions to reopen to the public from 4 July. The guidance, published today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, outlines the processes and facilities that businesses must put in place before reopening on July 4 so that both staff […]

Read more July 2nd, 2020

UK – Business Rules Relaxed To Help Through Coronavirus Pandemic

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have published a list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). The government has temporarily relaxed the rules in the following areas: Annual leave: Workers will be allowed to carry […]

Read more June 29th, 2020

Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions In England

From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. From the same date, he has set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now […]

Read more June 24th, 2020

Apply For The Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Discretionary Grant Fund supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes opened on the 8 June in England. Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund may be eligible for the […]

Read more June 11th, 2020

Updates For Farmers, Landowners And Rural Businesses

Farm visits and inspections The Government is planning a phased return to on-farm visits and site inspections. These will begin from 1 June and will be based on business priority, starting with Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship inspections. To ensure they work within the regulations arising from COVID-19, they will adopt a revised approach to […]

Read more June 10th, 2020

Government Launches NHS Test And Trace Service

The Government launches its test and trace service today and has issued related guidance for England. There are equivalent arrangements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The new NHS Test and Trace service will launch today (Thursday 28 May) across England, the government announced. The service will help identify, contain, and control coronavirus, reduce the […]

Read more May 28th, 2020

Prime Minister Sets Out Timeline For Retail To Reopen In June

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sets out a timeline for retail to reopen in June. Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed today. The Prime Minister […]

Read more May 28th, 2020

Time To Plan Ahead

As we emerge slowly from lockdown, now is a good time to take stock of things and look ahead to how we can run our businesses with the “New Normal” environment we face. What is clear is that some form of social distancing will remain, and many businesses are adopting new ways of working within […]

Read more May 27th, 2020

Additional £40M For Cutting-Edge Start-Ups

Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances. The government is doubling investment in the Fast Start Competition with an additional £20 million. The competition aims to fast-track the development of innovations borne out of the coronavirus crisis while supporting the UK’s next […]

Read more May 26th, 2020

New Guidance Launched On Going Back To Work

The Government has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely. New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible. The government has consulted approximately 250 stakeholders in […]

Read more May 12th, 2020

Contracts – Where You Stand With Covid-19

Overview This article looks at the contractual implications of the virus. Is it force majeure? Can good faith be invoked to preserve some of the bargains? How about frustration? This article provides practical guidance to allow companies to understand what they can do (and what they cannot) about contracts during this pandemic. What must be […]

Read more May 11th, 2020

HMRC Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Wages for furloughed employees are now being paid six working days after claims opened. Payments for claims made on Monday 20 April should have arrived in employers’ bank accounts this week. If you have already made a claim Do not worry if you have not received payment yet – it takes six working days from […]

Read more April 30th, 2020

Government Announces “Bounce Back” Loans

The Government has announced a new 100% Government backed loan scheme for small businesses. Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the Chancellor announced yesterday. Rishi Sunak said the new Bounce Back Loans scheme, which will provide loans of up to £50,000, would […]

Read more April 29th, 2020