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:

  • Regional measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus
  • Ongoing support measures available
  • Restarting Business in North Tyneside Campaign
  • Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund
  • Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds
  • Culture Recovery Fund
  • Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan 
  • Self Employment Income Support Scheme
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who to contact for further advice 

North East regional measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus

From 00:01 hours, on Friday 18 September 2020, the following businesses must close from 10pm to 5am:

  • Pubs
  • Bars and restaurants (including hotel dining rooms and members’ clubs)
  • Cafes including workplace canteens (but not including cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes, prisons, establishments intended for the use of naval, military or air force purposes and for providing food or drink to the homeless)
  • Social clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Casinos
  • Amusement arcades or other indoor leisure centres or facilities
  • Static/fixed funfairs (indoors or outdoors), theme parks, and adventure parks and activities

During opening hours (5am to 10pm), there should be table service-only, including ordering drinks and food. If you have a commission under the Licensing Act or Gambling Act, please ensure you comply with the opening hours specified in the licence.

You must continue to socially distance in these venues.

As elsewhere in the country, venues must also take details of customers for NHS Test and Trace from September 18.

Between 10pm and 5am each day hot food takeaways can only operate a delivery service, therefore no counter service can be provided after 10pm.

Travelling funfairs are also prohibited.

Further information about the measures and FAQs can be found on the North Tyneside Council website here

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. 

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

The Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund has now closed.

Local Authorities had limited discretion on where to target the limited resources made available by Government depending on budgets and local needs. The funding has now been allocated and the scheme withdrawn.

Any queries about the Fund should be emailed to business@northtyneside.gov.uk

Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds

Both of these grant funds have now closed as per Government instruction on Friday 28 August. 

If you have a query about the grant funds or your application, please contact the Business Rates team directly on 0191 643 2365 or business.rates@northtyneside.gov.uk

Culture Recovery Fund

The Government Fund, delivered by Arts Council England, offers financial support for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure.

Grants are minimum of £50,000 up to a maximum of £3 million. 

Those which can apply must be supported artforms or disciplines: music, theatre, dance, combined arts, visual arts, museums, or literature. 

Applications are open from midday 10 August to midday 21 August. More information can be found here

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

Both of these grant funds have now closed as per Government instruction on Friday 28 August.

If you have a query about the grant funds or your application, please contact the Business Rates team directly on 0191 643 2365 or business.rates@northtyneside.gov.uk

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

The Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund has now closed.

Local Authorities had limited discretion on where to target the limited resources made available by Government depending on budgets and local needs. The funding has now been allocated and the scheme withdrawn.

Any queries about the Fund should be emailed to business@northtyneside.gov.uk

Culture Recovery Fund

The Government Fund, delivered by Arts Council England, offers financial support for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure.

Grants are minimum of £50,000 up to a maximum of £3 million. 

Those which can apply must be supported artforms or disciplines: music, theatre, dance, combined arts, visual arts, museums, or literature. 

Applications are open from midday 10 August to midday 21 August. More information can be found here

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.

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.

 

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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