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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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.
Greater Lincolnshire LEP, National Careers Service and support includes redundancy and recruitment support, training provision and access to Universal Credit. There is support for both Employers and Employees via a redundancy support line and online: www.greaterlincolnshirelep.co.uk/priorities-and-plans/covid-19/support-for-businesses-making-redundancies/
There are two DWP factsheets - one for employees and one for employers - which can be found here: www.businesslincolnshire.com/explore/building-business-resilience/covid-19-support/get-support/hr-support/
The Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce has a HR Support Forum that can be accessed for HR advice and guidance - www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/coronavirus-business-support/hrsupportforum/
On August 25th Business Lincolnshire have a Redundancy Support for Employers webinar which they will also record and add to their webinar library for those that are unable to attend live - https://bit.ly/redundancysupport
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.
Government have anounced a £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts, culture and heritage industries. Further guidance and details of the application process will be announced soon.
Government have announced a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package, which will help small businesses in tourist destinations to access support of up to £5,000. This funding will be delivered through the Local Growth Hub.
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.
The Governments updated measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/opening-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england-from-4-july-2020?utm_source=a2bfb513-c2d3-4510-8c4f-8ac34b24537d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
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. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Retail and public premises which are open must:
Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants, one metre plus from July 4;
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 premises.