26/08/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

Changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in September and October

25 Aug 2020 – Updates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Changes from 1‌‌‌ ‌September For September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 for the hours an employee is on furlough. Employers will pay…

23/09/2020 in COVID-19 Safer Uncategorised

COVID-19 – PM’s statement on new restrictions, including mandatory rules for businesses

22 September – The Prime Minister has announced new measures in England to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. Businesses should ensure that they are fully conversant with the new regulations to ensure that they continue to trade legally. From Thursday…

26/03/2020 in Uncategorised

COVID-19 Support: Furlough Letter Template and Furlough FAQs as at 26.03.20

FURLOUGH LETTER TEMPLATE FOR BUSINESSES If you are a business owner that is furloughing your staff as a result of COVID-19 it is important that you follow certain procedures to ensure you are abiding by employment law, whilst protecting yourself,…

28/04/2020 in Uncategorised

COVID-19: Bounce Back Loan Scheme for small businesses as at 28.04.20

Yesterday, 27 April 2020, the Government announced the Bounce Back Loan Scheme for small businesses to support them through financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic The Bounce Back Loan scheme will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000…

02/09/2020 in COVID-19 Guidance Uncategorised

COVID-19: Free downloadable posters to encourage hand-washing and social distancing in the workplace

2 Sept 2020 – As more people return to the workplace, it’s useful to ensure practical messaging about controlling the spread of COVID-19 is visible. A number of printable posters are available to aid this – simply click on each of…

14/04/2020 in Uncategorised

COVID-19: Get ready for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as at 14.04.20

14 April 2020 HMRC has published a list of things businesses can do NOW to prepare to make a claim under the Coronavirus Staff Retention Scheme To submit a claim under the Coronavirus Staff Retention Scheme businesses need to provide…

12/05/2020 in COVID-19 Safer Uncategorised

COVID-19: Govt. guidance on how to make workplaces safe published as at 11.05.20

Yesterday, Monday 11 May, the government published guidance to help business owners ensure their workplaces are as safe as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic. The eight guides cover different types of workplace and are designed to help employers prepare for…

22/05/2020 in COVID-19 Training Uncategorised

COVID-19: Govt. Webinars to help businesses be COVID-19 Secure

To support businesses in the safe re-opening of their workplace, the Govt is running a series of free webinars starting next week (w/c 25 May) Each webinar will cover a different type of workplace and are designed to help employers…

26/08/2020 in Business COVID-19 Grants Uncategorised

COVID-19: New grant funding opportunity for London SMEs to access specialist support

26 Aug 2020 – The Government has confirmed plans to provide the London Growth Hub with £1.6m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to launch a new SME Grant Fund. Eligible SMEs will have access to grants between £1,000 –…

17/06/2020 in COVID-19 Uncategorised

COVID-19: New Guidance for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

17 June 2020 – Last Friday the Govt published detailed Guidance for the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for businesses from 1 July. The new online Guidance covers: Changes to the scheme and key dates that you…

04/05/2020 in Uncategorised

COVID-19: Now open for applications – Bounce Back Loan Scheme for small buisnesses as at 04.05.20

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme for small businesses, to enable them to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak, is now open for applications. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and…

17/07/2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19: Update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including the Retention Bonus

16 July 2020 – Earlier in the year the Govt. launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to support employers in retaining their employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. In May the Govt. announced an extension to the scheme until the end…

11/06/2020 in Business COVID-19 Stronger Uncategorised

Discretionary Grants Fund – Islington Council announces scheme details

10 June 2020 Islington Council has announced that the application process for businesses wishing to apply for a grant under the ‘Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund’ will open from w/c 15 June. The council has been awarded £2.8 million by…

24/06/2020 in COVID-19 Guidance Safer Uncategorised

New Govt Guidance for businesses to become ‘COVID-19 Secure’

Yesterday, Tuesday 23 June, the Prime Minister announced that certain businesses can re-open to the public from Saturday 4 July. Details of which business types can, and cannot, open from 4 July is available HERE Official Guidance for businesses to ensure…

21/09/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

NHS Test and Trace App – QR Code Poster creation tool and guidance

21 Sept 2020 – The NHS COVID-19 ‘Test and Trace’ App will launch nationally this Thursday, 24 September. Hospitality businesses (inc. hair and beauty salons, pubs, restaurants and cinemas) can now create a unique QR Code and create posters to display…

23/04/2020 in Uncategorised

Reminder – claim now for Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Scheme and Small Business Grant Scheme

22.04.2020 Islington Council has already processed over 2,600 grant applications and distributed over £43.5 million to local businesses under the Coronavirus Small Business Grant Fund or Coronavirus Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. This level of funding makes the Council…

31/07/2020 in COVID-19 Safer Uncategorised

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus – workplace action cards

30 July 2020 – Whilst we all hope that any business in the Angel doesn’t experience an outbreak linked to their organisation, it is vital for owners or managers to know how to report one should this happen. Public Health…

12/03/2020 in COVID-19 COVID-19 Uncategorised

SAFER: Novel coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest guidance for businesses as at 12.03.20

The Government and Public Health England has produced specific guidance for employers and businesses in response to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 – the latest information can be accessed HERE   If you are circulating information to your employees, it is important…

18/03/2020 in COVID-19 Uncategorised

SAFER: Updated support for businesses as at 18.03.20

  Yesterday (17 March 2020) the Chancellor announced further support for businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of the support packages can be found here: A summary of the expanded support package includes: a statutory sick pay…

20/07/2020 in COVID-19 Guidance Safer Shopping Uncategorised

Wearing a face covering in shops becomes mandatory from 24 July

17 July 2020 – Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering in shops will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport and just as with public transport,…