Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, many people are facing some uncertainty in both their personal and business lives.

At North Tyneside Business Forum, we understand that there are concerns about how businesses will function throughout the crisis as well as the need to address practical questions such as staff being unable to attend work due to self-isolation, how to use technology to your advantage etc.

Introduction

The Government has announced a number of measures to support businesses and their employees during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This includes:

  • Financial support packages for businesses
  • Advice on how to operate a business & social distancing
  • Support for employees, for example workers’ wage costs and information on changes to planning and regulations

We’ve been working throughout the pandemic to bring businesses in North Tyneside comprehensive round ups of the latest business support measures on our social media channels and to members through emails, plus highlighting specific messages on this page.

The elements of support highlighted on this page are:

  • Restarting Business in North Tyneside Campaign
  • Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund
  • Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds
  • Ongoing support measures available
  • Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan 
  • Self Employment Income Support Scheme
  • Social Distancing, Food businesses, closures and accomodation
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who to contact for further advice 

Restarting Business in North Tyneside 

With many non-essential retail businesses being encouraged to reopen from 15th June, North Tyneside Business Forum together with North Tyneside Council are working in partnership to encourage and support businesses in the borough to get back to work in a safe way through the ‘Restarting Business in North Tyneside’ campaign.

We want to support businesses to start thinking about returning to work and preparing the workplace to be Covid-19 secure, when they are permitted to do so; and to provide Forum members with peer-to-peer advice.

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications opened on Friday 5 June for the North Tyneside Council Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

This is an additional fund to the Small Business & Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Fund which is aimed at businesses who do not qualify for the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, which have relatively high, ongoing, fixed property-related costs, and which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

An online application form is now on the North Tyneside Council website (Friday 5 June 2020) it will close at midnight on Friday 26 June 2020.

Enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to business@northtyneside.gov.uk or by calling the Business Support Helpline on 0191 516 6699.

Download further guidance which outlines eligibility criteria, evidence requirements and information. 

Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds

North Tyneside-based businesses can now apply for support under a government funded grant scheme if your small business meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Small business grant funding: £10,000 grant to properties with a rateable value of up to £15,000 that are in receipt of small business rate relief
  2. Retail, hospitality and leisure grant funding: £10,000 grant to eligible properties with a rateable value up to £15,000, or a £25,000 grant to eligible properties that have a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000

North Tyneside-based businesses can now Apply here on the North Tyneside Council website

Please do not use this application form to apply for the recently announced Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund, a new application form will be released in due course.  

If you have a query about your application and it is after 5 working days since submitting an application, please contact the Business Rates team directly on 0191 643 2365 or business.rates@northtyneside.gov.uk

Restarting Business in North Tyneside

With many non-essential retail businesses being encouraged to reopen from 15th June, North Tyneside Business Forum together with North Tyneside Council are working in partnership to encourage and support businesses in the borough to get back to work in a safe way through the ‘Restarting Business in North Tyneside’ campaign.

We want to support businesses to start thinking about returning to work and preparing the workplace to be Covid-19 secure, when they are permitted to do so; and to provide Forum members with peer-to-peer advice.

Visit the campaign page

Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds

North Tyneside-based businesses can now apply for support under a government funded grant scheme if your small business meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Small business grant funding: £10,000 grant to properties with a rateable value of up to £15,000 that are in receipt of small business rate relief
  2. Retail, hospitality and leisure grant funding: £10,000 grant to eligible properties with a rateable value up to £15,000, or a £25,000 grant to eligible properties that have a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000

North Tyneside-based businesses can now Apply here on the North Tyneside Council website

Please do not use this application form to apply for the recently announced Discretionary Grant Fund, a new application form will be released in due course.  

If you have a query about your application and it is after 5 working days since submitting an application, please contact the Business Rates team directly on 0191 643 2365 or business.rates@northtyneside.gov.uk

Ongoing Support Measures for Businesses

The below information is regularly updated by us from UK Government advice and provides the latest advice. The below information is correct as of  10:20, 13/05/2020.

The measures to support businesses are updated on a daily basis and currently include:

  • Job Retention Scheme – 80% of wages reimbursement – now extended to October 2020
  • Statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
  • Deferring VAT for businesses
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR)
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure grant of £10,000 or £25,000 depending on rateable value
  • 100% Business Rate Retail Discount for businesses in the Retail, Leisure & Hospitality sectors* for 2020/21
  • Nurseries Business Rate Discount
  • Support for businesses paying tax: Time to Pay service
  • Protection from eviction for commercial tenants
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • Bounce back loan Scheme

For direct links to each support measure,

download a handy PDF with them all listed. 

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

On Monday 27 April, the Chancellor announced a new loan scheme – the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan – to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus.

  • The scheme is live now (Monday 4th May 2020) and cash will be released within days for eligible businesses. 
  • Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
  • The government guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • No personal guarantees are allowed, and no recovery action can be taken over a principal private residence or principal private vehicle.
  • Loan terms are up to 6 years
  • The government has set the interest rate for this facility at 2.5% per annum. 
  • The scheme is being delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

Find out more on the Government website

Self Employment Income Support Scheme

The below information is regularly updated by us from UK Government advice and provides the latest advice. The below information is correct as of 17:00 01/06/2020

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 (£7,500 in 3 months for the period of the scheme).

If you receive the grant you can continue to work, start a new trade or take on other employment including voluntary work, or duties as an armed forces reservist.

The claims service opened on Wednesday 13 May with payments reaching bank accounts by 25 May, or six working days after the claim is made.

HMRC is using information customers provided in their 2018-19 tax return – and returns for 2016-17 and 2017-18 where needed – to determine their eligibility and is contacting customers who may be eligible via email, SMS or letter.

Individuals can continue to apply for the first SEISS grant until 13 July.
Those which are eligible will now be able to claim a second and final grant capped at £6,570 which is a second taxable grant worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits – this will be claimable in August. Further guidance on the second grant will be published on Friday 12 June.
A new online checker allows you to check eligibility, as well as giving you a date on which you can apply.

Ongoing support measures for businesses

The below information is regularly updated by us from UK Government advice and provides the latest advice. The below information is correct as of  10:20, 13/05/2020.

The measures to support businesses are updated on a daily basis and currently include:

  • Job Retention Scheme – 80% of wages reimbursement – now extended to October 2020
  • Statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
  • Deferring VAT for businesses
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR)
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure grant of £10,000 or £25,000 depending on rateable value
  • 100% Business Rate Retail Discount for businesses in the Retail, Leisure & Hospitality sectors* for 2020/21
  • Nurseries Business Rate Discount
  • Support for businesses paying tax: Time to Pay service
  • Protection from eviction for commercial tenants
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • Bounce back loan Scheme

For direct links to each support measure,

download a handy PDF with them all listed. 

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

On Monday 27 April, the Chancellor announced a new loan scheme – the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan – to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus.

  • The scheme is live now (Monday 4th May 2020) and cash will be released within days for eligible businesses. 
  • Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
  • The government guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • No personal guarantees are allowed, and no recovery action can be taken over a principal private residence or principal private vehicle.
  • Loan terms are up to 6 years
  • The government has set the interest rate for this facility at 2.5% per annum. 
  • The scheme is being delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

Self Employment Income Support Scheme

The below information is regularly updated by us from UK Government advice and provides the latest advice. The below information is correct as of 17:00 01/06/2020

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 (£7,500 in 3 months for the period of the scheme).

If you receive the grant you can continue to work, start a new trade or take on other employment including voluntary work, or duties as an armed forces reservist.

The claims service opened on Wednesday 13 May with payments reaching bank accounts by 25 May, or six working days after the claim is made.

HMRC is using information customers provided in their 2018-19 tax return – and returns for 2016-17 and 2017-18 where needed – to determine their eligibility and is contacting customers who may be eligible via email, SMS or letter.
Individuals can continue to apply for the first SEISS grant until 13 July.
Those which are eligible will now be able to claim a second and final grant capped at £6,570 which is a second taxable grant worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits – this will be claimable in August. Further guidance on the second grant will be published on Friday 12 June.
A new online checker allows you to check eligibility, as well as giving you a date on which you can apply.

 

General Information - Social Distancing, Food businesses, closures and accomodation

Sector Specific Social Distancing

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible (12 May 2020).

These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. The guidance can be found here 

Food businesses and takeaways

The latest Government guidance for food businesses can be found here.

Further advice from North Tyneside Council for takeaways or restaurants offering a pick-up service can be found here.

Business closures

A list of frequently asked questions about the closure of businesses and venues to reduce social contact and help stop the spread of coronavirus can be found here.

The businesses and venues the Government has ordered to close can be found here (as of 27 March).

Accommodation providers

Businesses providing holiday accommodation (including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campsites, caravan parks, boarding houses and short term lets) should now take steps to close for commercial use as quickly as is safely possible.

Find out more about exclusions here.

Frequently asked questions

You may have additional questions depending on your specific circumstances.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers which we hope will help.

Who to contact for further advice

Business Support Helpline

 Our friendly business advisers from the North Tyneside Business Factory are on hand to help with anything not listed here. 

0191 516 6699

An experienced business adviser will be available between 9am and 5pm from Monday 30 March. Messages will be taken out of hours and an adviser will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Alternatively, you can email business@northtyneside.gov.uk out of hours.

North Tyneside Business Forum 

The Forum members also have a vast amount of business experience between them and our Facebook page will continue to offer practical business advice and guidance to our members. 

 We are frequently posting practical ideas on how your business can continue to function in these unprecedented times such as tips on working from home, how to use technology to our advantage, using Zoom etc. Our Facebook group is also an ideal platform to share advice and minimise the feeling of social isolation too. 

Please urge your fellow North Tyneside businesses to join the Forum so that they too can benefit from this important communications platform. 

Business Support Helpline

Our friendly business advisers from the North Tyneside Business Factory are on hand to help with anything not listed here. 

0191 516 6699

An experienced business adviser will be available between 9am and 5pm from Monday 30 March. Messages will be taken out of hours and an adviser will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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