The UK Government announced additional financial support for businesses most impacted by the Omicron variant, particularly those in Hospitality and Leisure:
- Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses
- Government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK
- Further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund, enabling more cultural organisations in England to apply for support during the winter
BCP Council is currently awaiting further guidance regarding eligibility, timing and grant allocations and will communicate updates via our business newsletter, website and social media as soon as possible.
Find out more here from UK Gov.uk.
£1.2 million in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion Funding is available for local community projects across Bournemouth and Poole.
The funding is open to bids from residents, businesses and community groups and can range from a couple of hundred pounds to over £100,000, in exceptional circumstances. Projects must improve, benefit and shape the development of the community for the future.
Bidding is open until 5 July 2021.
For more information, click here.
Further to a recent Local Government Affairs Meeting, we are delighted to share this interactive list of grants, loans & schemes from the Government, BCP Council & others, put together by our friends at Town Centre Bid. Click on the image to access this interactive map.
Reminder: Tomorrow (Friday, 15th January) is the last day for ARG stream 2 applications.
If you are the owner of a predominantly wet-led pub (you derive less than 50% of your income from food) you may be entitled to a one-off payment of £1,000 to cover you for all or part of the period of local restrictions that were in place between 2 and 29 December 2020.
In order to qualify for the additional grant, you must also:
- have otherwise been trading on 30 November 2020 if the national lockdown was not in place
- must show as the ratepayer in our records, for the property as at 1 December 2020.
You must submit an application before 31 January 2021 to receive this support.
Click here for more information.
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:
||Grant every 14 days
|£15,000 or less
|£51,000 or less but above £15,000
If you require guidance on any of these changes, please contact our HR team at firstname.lastname@example.org or your TC adviser on 0330 088 7111.