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 supporting Government by distributing a package of financial support to East Lindsey businesses that are impacted by the National Lockdown and Tier restrictions. Details of the schemes that are currently available can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus Business Grants page.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension, that provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of grants, has been extended and made available for 3-month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. The grants will increase from 55% to 80% of average profits - up to £7,500. For more information about the scheme click here.
Guidance to clarify the eligibility conditions for Universal Credit and New Style Employment and Support Allowance, to add Pension Credit, New Style Jobseeker's Allowance and the Test and Trace Support Payment as other financial help that can be claimed, is available here.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: As part of the package of business support announced on January 5 2021, the Chancellor announced an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), also known as the 'furlough scheme', to 30 April 2021.
For more information on the CJRS, click here. Check to see the updates on:
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 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.
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.
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/