In these unprecedented and challenging times, we want to let you know we are here for you every step of the way. Since the lockdown began, we’ve been talking to businesses daily, even hourly, through various channels. We’ve hosted meetings and webinars with different sectors to get an idea of the most pressing concerns as well as provided business support guidance including Q&As and webinars with local experts.
We are working hard to ensure BID Levy Payers and the wider businesses community get their voice heard during these unprecedented times, which is why we’ve been talking to both Canterbury City Council and national government through The BID Foundation and the ATCM. We’re not relaxing that pressure and we’ll keep asking questions and pushing for that support to come quickly.
We remain open and operational, here to support our BID levy paying businesses and the wider community within the city right now. For the latest updates sent directly to your inbox, sign up to the Canterbury BID newsletter.
See our Recovery and Reopening page for national and local guidance.
The Government announced an initial £330bn package of support to businesses on 17 March. Please make sure to keep checking the following websites:
- UK Government: when your business can open timeline
- UK Government Working Safely Guidelines
- Canterbury City Council Business Support Hub
- Kent and Medway Growth Hub and Business Support Hotline on 03333 602 300 (Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.00pm).
- UK Government Business Support
- For the tourism and hospitality sector we would also recommend checking the Visit Kent Business Website which features transport information, sector representation and monitoring, financial support and consumer confidence reports.
- Arts Council Recovery Fund
- £10 billion for small businesses to kickstart tourism
The following schemes were launched by the UK Government:
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
- HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
- Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
- Business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England. You should have had a new business rates bill from Canterbury City Council showing that you will pay no rates. If you haven’t had a letter by 10 April and you think you should get the discount, contact business rates team.
- Grant funding: The government made cash grants available to support small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19 (only one grant can be awarded per property) and these were distributed locally by Canterbury City Council.
- Support for small and medium-sized businesses
- Support for large businesses
- Support for food & beverage establishments (Eat Out to Help Out)
- Relaxation in planning regulations to allow pubs and restaurants to start providing deliveries without a planning application
- New pavement license bill to facilitate outdoor seating – apply locally via Canterbury City Council’s Online Pavement Licensing Portal.
ACAS have also published information for employees and employers including information on simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff, sick pay and absence from work.
SELF EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME
- The self-employed will receive a direct cash grant of 80% of their average profits, up to £2,500 per month.
- The scheme is open to anyone with average profits of £50,000 or less.
- The scheme will operate for three months initially but could be extended.
- The system will take time to establish and grants won’t be available until June – at which time those eligible will receive a payment for the whole three month period. So in effect, this will be a one-off grant to the self-employed.
- HMRC will use the average trading profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to determine the size of the grant. For those without three years of returns, the Treasury will look at what they do have but there will be nothing for the newly self-employed without any filed accounts. READ FULL DETAILS