Announcement from Rishi Sunak 05/01/21


Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure will receive a new grant worth up to £9,000 per property to help keep them afloat until spring. This will be made available via local authorities.

This is in addition to business rates relief and the extended furlough scheme.


Seperately, there has been a promise of money to be made available to businesses outside these sectors which we are currently waiting to hear more about.



Announcement from Boris Johnson 04/01/21


Currently there has been no further announcement of any support for businesses made to close through this new lockdown.


Businesses and venues which must close

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts,fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
  • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services

For any financial support for businesses please follow this link and fill in the information

Claim for employee wages through Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Financial Support if you're off work because of coronavirus




Self-Employed Coronavirus Update 10/11/2020


For our self- employed clients we now have the guidance of who may be eligible for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant. The grant will be availble from 30th November. It will be available in the form of 2 further grants, each grant covering a 3 month period. Firstly covering November 2020 to January 2021 and then February 2021 to April 2021.


Please follow the link for more information as to whether you may be eligible. 




Coronavirus Update 31/10/2020


We will be updating the website with any help that is available to your business as the Government release more detailed information


From tonights announcement:

  • All bars, restaurants and pubs must close, but takeaways and delivery can continue to operate
  • Schools and Universities will be kept open throughout this period 
  • Childcare provisions will stay open
  • Work places should stay open but if you can work from home then you should continue to work from home
  • None essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed 
  • The furlough scheme, which was due to end today, will be extended until December. There will be some differences.

    We should know by Monday 2nd November more information





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