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Useful Information for Businesses – Update 21st April 2020

Within this daily blog we aim to give you top-line, up-to-date information at a glance with links to relevant sites that explain in more detail relevant news, support, and financial help that we hope will make a difference to your business during the Covid19 Crisis and beyond:

HMRC has produced this step by step guidance on how to make a claim to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. There is also a calculator to help you work out your claim. Click here to make a claim.

The Chancellor has also announced a one month extension to the scheme, meaning it is open until the end of June, to reflect continuing lockdown measures.

HMRC is also holding live webinars providing an overview of the scheme to help employers and employees deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus. Register for a live webinar here.

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which has been expanded to cover all viable firms with a turnover of more than £45million, was also been launched today. It will be available through a series of accredited lenders, which will be listed on the British Business Bank website.

This complements existing support including the Covid Corporate Financing Facility and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme for small and medium sized businesses.

£1.25bn for the ‘innovation and enterprise’ the UK needs for post COVID-19 economic recovery LINK.



Women in Innovation 2020: new funding announced LINK
Competition rules temporarily relaxed to allow dairy industry to work together more during coronavirus crisis LINK
Financial support for education, early years and children’s social care LINK

Rules you need to follow if you’re exporting ‘non-harmonised goods’ to the UK LINK

Updated guidance for funeral directors LINK

Updates for companies wanting to get involved in developing smart meter-enabled electric vehicle charging points for on-street and workplace charging LINK


A new Coronavirus Business Support Hub is now available at

The government has also launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp which is now updated with business support advice. Text ‘hi’ to 07860064422 via Whatsapp and there are business support measures highlighted under option 5 with the relevant links to pages.

Funding and support

Support for the retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery sectors

Self-employed people and sole traders

Your responsibilities as an employer

Managing your business during coronavirus

Business closures


Personal protective equipment (PPE) hub
A hub containing guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), and infection prevention and control (IPC) is now available. The government welcomes  support from manufacturers who wish to offer their production facilities where they can meet the required specifications for use by the NHS and care sector. New offers can continue to be made via

Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

There is also a hub for businesses seeking to help the government increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives. It includes a raft of information, including specification for the required antibody test and guidance about the criteria laboratories need to meet to partner with a local NHS trust. Businesses can provide support in a number of ways:

Help provide new testing methods in 4 key areas

National Caterers Association (NCASS) have dedicated advice for caterers still operating or changing to delivery services here 

UK Sustain have dedicated advice and resources for community organisations and social enterprises helping to feed vulnerable groups here 


Forthcoming Webinars

22 April 10am   White Label  Entrepreneurial Croydon – Advice for Directors and how to remain innovative.

Past Relevant Webinar Series

Series of Webinars run by Champ Consultants (Accountants)  Including advice for small businesses and self employed persons, latest updates and Government help

White Label Webinars are available on their YouTube Channel here.

Social Enterprise UK have a range of webinars for social entrepreneurs here

NCASS have started webinars for their members which would also be helpful for all food businesses here

Thank you to White Label Creative who have been invaluable in passing on relevant information to us on a daily basis and, together with Champ Consultants, an established, local accountancy company and the Federation of Small Businesses a membership organisation helping smaller businesses achieve their ambitions – we hope that in re-circulating the salient points, we can all work together to help as many businesses as possible.

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