- The Government's Coronavirus Business Support page will enable you to find out how to access support, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
- For information on the government’s response to Coronavirus visit gov.uk/coronavirus
- For health-related advice on Coronavirus visit nhs.uk/coronavirus
- For the latest Coronavirus-related information from Surrey County Council visit surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Government guidance on businesses that need to close or stay open.
The Government has extended the furlough scheme and further economic support has been announced.
Coronavirus: Business rates support measures
- Shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, and live music venues
- Sports, assembly and leisure premises
- Hotels, guest and boarding houses, holiday accommodation, caravan parks
Grants for Businesses
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Self Employed Income Support Scheme
If you are self employed the Government has announced the the Self Employed Income Support Scheme.
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. 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.
HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to calculate the size of the grant. The scheme will be open to those where the majority of their income comes from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000. The scheme will be open for an initial three months with people able to make their first claim by the beginning of June.
Find out more about the Government Job Support Scheme on the .gov.uk website.
Surrey Heath businesses are being warned of a new emerging scam that targets them applying for the Government’s Small Business Grants programme.
The scam starts with businesses receiving fake emails stating that it is from the local authority. The email says that a cash grant application has been processed and asks that businesses clicks on the requested link. Once the link is opened, it leads to a request for an advance fee or tries to capture bank and card details to receive a payment.
Business owners are being asked by the council to submit bank details only via the following link: surreyheath.gov.uk/business/business-rates/reliefs-exemptions/covid-19-grant-funding
If anyone has any concerns about their business, they can contact the Council tel 01276 707100 or email email@example.com.
Test and Trace Information for Businesses
Surrey County Council has launched a phased communication campaign entitled ‘Keep Surrey Safe’ to raise awareness that everyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus can now get tested and that if they test positive they need to share contacts with NHS Test and Trace to stop the spread of the virus. By continuing to follow safety guidelines and engaging in Test and Trace, we can all play our part to Keep Surrey safe and avoid local lockdowns.
NHS COVID19 app launches 24 September what businesses need to do to be ready
- Hospitality – bars, restaurants, hotels, cafes
- Tourism and Leisure – museums, galleries, gyms, leisure centres
- Local authority buildings
- Places of worship
- Close contact services
- Where an event is taking place in a physical location
Important information for businesses:-
- NHS COVID19 App explained
- How businesses need to prepare for NHS COVID19 App
- Contact Logs versus QR Code Posters explained
- How to create your own QR poster
- Tips for displaying your poster
Videos explaining the App and QR code requirement:-