Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Small Business Grant Fund

The Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) supports small and rural businesses in England with their business costs during coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 19 May 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.

Contents

  • Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
  • Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
  • Business Support Helpline
  • Department for International Trade Webinars
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Transition – the future relationship between the UK and EU
  • Coronavirus – Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

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

UK Global Tariff backs UK businesses and consumers

The Government has announced the UK’s new MFN tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT).

The Government has this morning (19 May) announced the UK’s new MFN tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). This will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1 January 2021 at the end of the Transition Period.

The government ran a consultation to inform development of the UKGT. Read the summary of public responses and government response for full details.

Our new tariff is tailored to the needs of the UK economy. It will support the economy by making it easier and cheaper for businesses to import goods from overseas. It is a simpler, easier to use and lower tariff regime than the EU’s Common External Tariff (EU CET) and will be in pounds (£), not euros. It will scrap red tape and other unnecessary barriers to trade, reduce cost pressures and increase choice for consumers and back UK industries to compete on the global stage.

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UK tariffs from 1 January 2021

How to check the tariffs that will apply to goods you import when the UK Global Tariff takes effect on 1 January 2021.

Contents

From 1 January 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods.

This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff, which applies until 31 December 2020.

The government ran a consultation to inform development of the UKGT. Read the summary of public responses and government response for full details.

Read more: UK tariffs from 1 January 2021

Legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak

Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the coronavirus outbreak

Building closure or reduced occupancy can increase the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.

If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. This may particularly affect:

For detailed guidance on Legionella and safer working during the coronavirus outbreak visit the HSE website.

Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors.

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COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on:

  • coronavirus COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of COVID-19
  • what to do if someone with symptoms of COVID-19 has been in business settings
  • eligibility for sick pay

This guidance also provides details of support available to businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • statutory sick pay relief package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme to help with tax

Please note

This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide, and in the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

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Negotiations on the UK’s future trading relationship with the US: Update

Around 200 negotiators from the UK and the US held the first round of negotiations for a UK-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between 5-15 May 2020.

Read more: Negotiations on the UK’s future trading relationship with the US: Update

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

An explanation of how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

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