Covid-19 Business Update 1st June 2020

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The Government also has its own guidance for business HERE

Partnership of business representatives helping local economic recovery

Representatives from across our business community have come together to form a partnership to strengthen communications, confidence and support as the district navigates its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Initiated by Bradford Council, the partners including Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford BID, Discover Keighley and Ilkley BID meet (online) weekly on behalf of almost 16,000 local businesses and the retail sector, to ensure good news, best practice and skills sharing are amplified across the district.

Furloughed drivers and recording mobile working time

A new document has been published regarding EU mobile working time rules, drivers’ hours and tachograph rules. Details HERE

Exporting personal protective equipment during Covid-19

Changes have been made to the regulations surrounding the export of PPE. Details HERE.

OPSS guidance for businesses manufacturing face coverings

Guidance has been added for manufacturers of face coverings regarding complying with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005. Details HERE.

Changes to the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Scheme

Businesses can now borrow up to a maximum of £200 million. Details HERE.

Leeds City Council issues details of the Top Up Discretionary Grant Scheme.

The latest top up business support scheme will be launched next week, as Leeds City Council looks to award grants to businesses and charities across the city who have not already benefited from Covid-19 funding.

The discretionary grants fund, announced by the government earlier this month, will be administered by the council in line with government instructions to those small and micro businesses and local charities in the city who have not received other Covid-19 grant assistance from the council and can demonstrate that the pandemic has had a significant impact on their activities, as well as having relatively high ongoing fixed property related costs.

Eligible applicants will need to occupy a property, or part of a property, with a rateable value of below £51,000 or have annual rent or mortgage payments below £51,000. Applicants must have fixed property costs of at least £8,000 per annum.

Businesses and local charities will be able to apply for up to 50% of their fixed property costs (up to a maximum of £10k) over a six month period starting from the 11th March. 

The grant scheme will see £7.795m made available (5% of the original amount the council was given for the initial business grant scheme). 10% of the funds available will be ring-fenced for applications from local charities who occupy one property with a rateable value up to £15,000.

Check for eligibility HERE

Wakefield Council announces details of the Discretionary Grant Fund

Details can be found HERE.

Changes to the Job Retention Scheme and extension of the Self-Employment Support Scheme.

The Chancellor has announced changes to the Job Retention Scheme with changes in payments from August. He has also extended the Self-Employment Support Scheme Details HERE.

Bradford Council announces that car parking services are to return to normal.

City of Bradford Council has announced its decision to reintroduce enforcing of parking restrictions . Details HERE.

Help and support for businesses pages updated updated

The pages have been updated along with the YouTube video about Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. Details HERE.

Exemptions from Devices Regulations

The Government has update its list of information required for fast tracking medical devices during Covid-19 HERE.

Update on which employees can be put through the Job Retention Scheme

The Government has updated details on changes to the Job Retention Scheme HERE.

Draft legislation – Taxation of Coronavirus support payments

The Government is inviting views that business support grants are subject to tax as they would be treated as income. Details HERE.

 If you have any further questions, please contact Guy Foster on 07525 101 348.

The Chamber has a designated Coronavirus Support & Guidance page updated frequently outlining Support from the Government, Public Health England Advice, HR Support and Finance.