Work to begin on Transforming Travel’s first sustainable travel route

Lockdown permitting, work is about to begin on the Leigh Road / Wimborne Road West walking and cycling improvements project. Construction of the first sustainable travel route, funded through BCP Council and Dorset Council’s multi-million pound Transforming Travel – Transforming Cities Fund programme, will be getting underway on 18 January. The work will begin on two 400m sections on Wimborne Road West in Colehill.

For more information on road improvements, click here.

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced.

  • Chancellor announces one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring
  • £594 million discretionary fund also made available to support other impacted businesses
  • Comes in addition to £1.1 billion further discretionary grant funding for Local Authorities, Local Restriction Support Grants worth up to £3,000 a month and extension of furlough scheme

For more information, click here.

Patron: Summary of Government support schemes

With most of the UK currently placed under Tier 4 restrictions and another full lockdown looking increasingly likely, we thought it might be beneficial to summarise the support available to businesses at this time.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – This job support scheme will continue to run until the end of April, with Government grants meeting 80% of the normal monthly wage, capped at £2,500 per employee per month. Employees can be fully furloughed or part-time furloughed.

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – This support scheme for the self-employed or partners is set to run until the end of April with Government Grants available for the three months ending on 31st January of 80% of average profits capped at £7,500.

We await the Government to announce the grant level for SEISS for the three months to 30th April, but we expect this to be 80% of average profits capped at £7,500, in line with the CJRS.

Loan schemes – Both the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan scheme are still available until 31st March. They will provide loan support for businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

Local Restrictions Support Grants – These Grants are available for businesses required to close or cannot offer their normal service due to local restrictions, i.e. in Tier 4 all non-essential retail and pubs and restaurants. The business will be required to be closed for at least 14 days due to the restrictions. The Grants are based on the rateable value of the business premises, and the business can receive one Grant for each non-domestic property within the restriction area. The Grants are administered by the local councils, and you will need to contact them to apply for the Grant. The level of the Grants depends on the rateable value as follows:

Rateable value Grant every 14 days
£15,000 or less £667
£51,000 or less but above £15,000 £1,000
Over £51,000 £1,500

If you require guidance on any of these changes, please contact our HR team at hr@tc-group.com or your TC adviser on 0330 088 7111.

COVID-19: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole move to Tier 4

The Government has announced that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be moving to Tier 4 from 00:01 on Thursday 31 December.

The number of cases of COVID-19 has risen rapidly across the area in the last week, so it is vital that we all follow the new rules to help drive down infections. One in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising.

The Tier 4 regulations instruct everyone to stay at home, which means residents must not leave or be outside of their homes, except where they have a specific purpose or a ‘reasonable excuse’. Exceptions include work, where people cannot work from home, education and childcare, and essential activities such as shopping for food or medicine, and for exercise.

You cannot meet other people indoors unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.

You should not travel unless necessary.

Read here what you can and can’t do in Tier 4. 

COVID-19: Celebrating Christmas with your loved ones

From 23rd-27th December, you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ of up to three households to spend time together in private homes, attend places of worship, or meet in an outdoor place.

You can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules of the tier in which we are in.

From 28 December, you must follow the guidance for the tier in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

For more information, click here.

Patron: TC Supplying services to businesses in the EU

In this Brexit Newsletter, we look at the rules which will apply to the VAT treatment of services being supplied to businesses in the EU (B2B supplies).

The good news is that the rules for services will largely stay the same after 1st January 2021 (unless some changes are announced at a late stage).

Since 2010, the place of supply for VAT purposes of most B2B services has been where your customers are based – where you carry out the work is irrelevant (although there are some exceptions which we will mention later).  This is known as the general rule, and this will not change.  Therefore where your customer is outside the UK and is in business, no UK VAT is charged on the services in question.  In addition, you will no longer be required to submit EC sales lists.

Please be aware, that if your customer also has a place of business in the UK you will have to determine which place of business is most closely concerned with the supply you make to them; if it is their UK office rather than their office outside the UK, then UK VAT will have to be charged.

Just to complete the picture on general rule services; if you receive such services from a business outside the UK, you will still have to apply the reverse charge.  This means that you calculate VAT on the value of services received and include this in box 1 of your VAT return with a corresponding entry in box 4, subject to any partial exemption restriction.  The value of the services received also needs to be included in boxes 6 & 7.

An important change will take place on 1st January for services where the place of supply depends on where they are ‘used and enjoyed’.  This relates to the hire of goods including means of transport, electronically supplied and telecommunication services, repairs to goods under an insurance claim and radio and television broadcasting services.

Because it would take more space than we have available here to outline these rules, we would refer you to VAT Notice 741A section 13, if you supply such services to overseas businesses.  A link is available here. When reading these, from 1st January 2021, references to ‘outside the EU’ will change to ‘outside the UK’.

Finally, the place of supply rules relating to services where performed (e.g. admissions to events, catering, education services etc.) and those relating to land (e.g. construction, surveying, providing accommodation in hotels etc.) will not change – further details can be found in Notice 741A sections 7 & 9.  These can result in the supplier having to register for VAT in another EU member state.

We will issue further Brexit Newsletters when we receive any further information on the subjects already covered or changes which you need to know about.

If you have any queries, please contact our Brexit Team at brexitsupport@tc-group.com or on 0330 088 7111.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care launch Christmas tree collection service

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care has just launched its Christmas tree collection service.  The successful and popular service is in its third year and users are urged to support the hospice again by registering for their tree collection online.

All Bournemouth and Poole postcodes are covered, from BH1 – BH23 and collections will take place on 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th January 2021. You can book your tree collection now, but remember to book early as there are only a set number of places available so please register your tree today!. Bookings close on 3rd January 2021.

Volunteer drivers are also being recruited to support the initiative. Anyone interested in helping out is urged to email fundraisingteam@lewis-manning.org.uk or call 01202 708470.

Area Fundraiser Ruth Wright advised, “We are delighted to have extended our reach this year and to be servicing all Bournemouth and Poole postcodes.  Registration online is simple, make a donation to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care on the Just Helping website and then leave your tree outside the front of your house/flat on the day of collection and we will take care of the rest. There’s no need to make any mess with pine needles in the boot of your car anymore!”

“We are very kindly being supported by several Dorset businesses; Eco Sustainable Solutions will be carrying out chipping on their site for free and the chips will be used for recycling purposes. Tower Park are offering space to allow us to have a chipper machine on site too. VW Breeze and Abacus Vehicle Hire will be providing a van each to support our collection services. Dorset Tree Surgeons will be volunteering manpower and providing a chipper for a day at Tower Park. EasyStorage.com will be volunteering staff and a van for two days.  We are hugely grateful for all the kind and generous support received from local companies who want to show support towards the charity. It makes this initiative possible and raises invaluable funds for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, allowing us to continue to deliver our vital services caring for patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset.”

Peter Hardy, Commercial Director at Eco Sustainable Solutions said, “We are thrilled to be supporting the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Christmas tree collection again this year. It is such a wonderful local hospice, which does so much good in the local community whilst also being a great way of showing how we can turn waste into wonderful products that can be used again. It is something we’re completely committed to.”

“Once the trees have been through our shredder they get put into windrows in which the temperatures exceed over 67 degrees Celsius as the material composts down. Once ready it  is then screened and will be available to buy as one of our brilliant landscaping products such as Eco mix or multipurpose compost.”

To register your tree for collection, visit https://just-helping.org.uk/collections/lewis-manning-hospice-care/ and make a real difference to someone’s life in our local community.

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care 
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 28 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

These include:
– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Family bereavement & support

Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area. To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist. Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

Virtual Work Experience

COVID-19 has put traditional work experience on hold. Dorset Careers Hub is filling the gap this year with virtual work experience in collaboration with Speakers for Schools and using their cutting-edge work experience platform.

They are looking for companies who can:

  • Design a realistic working brief that will take a group of students three days to complete in June 2021
  • Schedule two or three staff members who can each provide a few hours meeting students online, support them with their work and provide feedback.

To find out more, click here.

Business evictions ban extended until March 2021

Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021. This final extension to protections from the threat of eviction will give landlords and tenants three months to come to an agreement on unpaid rent.

A review of commercial landlord and tenant legislation has also been announced. This will address concerns that the existing framework does not reflect the current economic conditions.

To find out more, click here.