Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 24 September 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support

  • Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan
  • Restrictions on businesses and venues in England
  • Working from home and working safely guidance
  • New and Updated Guidance

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 24 September 2020

Customs and Border Controls from January 2021

Some additional guidance and material which you are welcome to share in the meantime:

September Trader letter which covers EORI and other actions traders should be taking now: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-to-businesses-about-new-trade-arrangements-with-the-eu-from-1-january-2021

Step-by-step guides that may be useful to signpost businesses to:

Traders will also need to know if the goods are on the controlled goods list or not, so there’s more information about that here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/list-of-goods-imported-into-great-britain-from-the-eu-that-are-controlled?&utm_source=t.co_hmrcgovuk&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=transition&utm_content=controlled_goods

Videos have been published on HMRC’s official YouTube channel – one on Customs, one on Imports and one on Exports. These may be of interest to you or any businesses you are supporting.

These videos are as follows:

Description: If you’re a UK business thinking about bringing in goods from overseas, this video is here to help you understand more about the customs process. For more information have a look at the guidance available on gov.uk

Description: If you’re a UK business thinking about bringing goods from overseas into the UK to sell or use in your business, this video is here to help you understand more about the decisions and processes for importing into the UK. For more information have a look at the guidance available on gov.uk 

Description: If you’re a UK business thinking about selling products overseas, this video is here to help you understand more about the decisions and processes for exporting to other countries. For more information have a look at the guidance available on gov.uk

Post 2020 Chemicals Regulation: UK REACH

Contents:

  • Current situation
  • What UK REACH means for industry
  • Establishing UK REACH
  • In Summary
  • What is DEFRA doing to help businesses?
  • Actions for Business: Access to the UK Market – Transitional Measures
  • Grace Period Deadline Extensions
  • Maintaining EU/EEA Market Access and Making New Registrations
  • Data Sharing
  • Negotiations
  • To sum up DEFRA recommends that UK and EU businesses

Read more: UK REACH

 

 

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.

  • central to plan is a new Job Support Scheme and extension of Self Employment Income Support Scheme
  • and over one million businesses will get flexibilities to help pay back loans

Read more: Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

100 days until the end of the transition period – prepare now

The UK has left the EU and will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the year. With only 100 days until the end of the transition period, businesses should take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will come into effect from January 2021.

To help you prepare, here are four things you should do:

  1. Head to GOV.UK/transition to take a short survey and receive a personalised list of actions for you and your business to take.
  2. If you’re an exporter, find out what you need to do to continue to export goods to the EU.
  3. If you’re an importer, find out what you need to do to continue importing goods from the EU.
  4. Sign up to email alerts to stay up to date with any further changes.

These are concrete steps you can take now to minimise disruption and take advantage of new opportunities.

If you have any questions about preparing for the end of the transition period and you can’t find answers at GOV.UK/transition, fill out the enquiry form and one of our experts will point you in the right direction.

You can also find information and advice about trading internationally (outside of the EU) at great.gov.uk.

Nearly a million workers used flexible furlough in July

950,000 workers got back to work part-time in July according to new figures.

  • number of workers in retail on furlough halved from the start of the pandemic from 1.85 million to 789,000.
  • stats also show construction sector received more than £2 billion in support with SEISS grants for self-employed workers

Nearly a million workers returned to their jobs part-time in the first month flexible furlough was introduced, statistics published today show.

Flexible furlough began on the 1st July – giving businesses the flexibility to bring employees back part-time, with the government paying 80% of their wages for the hours not worked.

950,000 workers – 20% of those furloughed nationally – went back to offices, shops, restaurants and factories to work on a part-time basis.

Read more: Flexible furlough in July

Funding for new employees through the kickstart scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

This government initiative provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

The funding is available to companies of all sizes there is no minimum or maximum placement requirement.

To find out more and to register your interest in the scheme please click below: Kickstart scheme.

If you would like to find out more about the scheme then join for a free webinar where an employment expert will be able to answer all of your questions: Thursday 24th September 2020 at 12:00 pm – Register: Patway Kickstart webinar.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 18 September 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support.

  • New business and venue closures and restrictions in parts of England
  • Venues required to enforce rule of 6
  • Working safely during coronavirus
  • New and Updated Guidance
  • Updates to local restrictions and travel corridors in England

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 18 September 2020

Climate Change Agreements Newsletter – 15 September

In this newsletter:

•        Statutory Instrument laid before Parliament

•        Secondary Reporting Corrections

•        Collection of Charges

Read more: CCA News 15 Sept 2020