Information and Support for Businesses
We are committed to providing businesses across East Lindsey with clear, helpful and up-to-date information and will keep this page updated with information from the government and our partners. We want to support one another during this challenging time, and will share any of your initiatives, along with helpful information from trusted organisations.
We are administering the business rates holidays and local business grants on behalf of Government, you can find further info on these schemes using the Apply for a Business Grant button below.
Business Lincolnshire Support: Business Lincolnshire has dedicated adviser support for telephone consultations and advice. Further information is available here. Business Lincolnshire have also established a Coronavirus helpline, call 01522 782189 (Option 3) or email email@example.com to speak to a local business adviser at the Growth Hub. The helpline is open from 9am until 5pm with an answer phone outside of these hours.
Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership: The GLLEP is asking you to share how Coronavirus is impacting your organisation by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and further information is available on their website.
Government Business Support: A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): The scheme will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by Coronavirus. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month; this scheme will be administered by the Government. More information on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is available here.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now open for applications. Employers can now claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees' salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee. Click here to make a claim. HMRC have produced this step by step guidance on how to make a claim. There is also a calculator to help you work out your claim. The system can process up to 450,000 applications per hour and employers should receive the money within 6 working days of making an application. The Chancellor has also announced one month extension to the scheme. This means that the scheme will now be open until the end of June, to reflect continuing lockdown measures. HMRC are 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.
A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to Coronavirus, call HMRC's dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.
Offer Coronavirus support from your business: If your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus, you can provide details on the Government's website.
Guidance on working safely during Coronavirus
Social Distancing Guidance:
Manufacturers -Ventilator Production: If you can switch production to ventilators call 0300 456 3565.
We, like the other Lincolnshire authorities have had enquiries from food businesses about diversifying into meals/food delivery during the current situation. We are aware this is something which can benefit businesses and communities therefore we have provided. .
Following updated government advice for those businesses that can open under the Covid-19 restrictions, the Food Standards Agency have published additional advice for a wide range of food businesses who are re-opening or adapting to new ways of working. This guidance can be found here
We have produced a document that gives advice for small retailers on infection control, checklists and useful notices
We have produced a document giving advice on food safety for community meal providers and food banks hereand the Food Standards Agency has further information
There is also a registration form here if the meal provision and food banks become more regular.
Advice for Ice Cream Van trading
Here is a leaflet full of information on general advice for businesses during COVID-19
Advice for animal related businesses from the Canine and Feline Sector Groupand advice on walking other people's dogs
Advice on the re-opening of Riding Establishments
Preventing the risk of legionella during re-opening:
Hospitality Businesses: Advice and information from UKHospitality.
Taxi and Private Hire Operators: An update for all Taxi and Private Hire Operators
The Governments updated measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives can be foudn here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance
Remaining closures are enforceable by law in England and Wales due to the threat to public health. A business operating in contravention of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020 will be committing an offence. Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines. As a further measure, and if needed, businesses that fail to comply could also face the loss of their alcohol license. The Environmental Health Team will investigate and reported breaches of this legislative requirement and take appropriate enforcement action as necessary. Further information can be found here.
Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on March 20. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Retail and public premises which are expected to remain open must:
Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants;
Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded; and;
Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.