Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

With the support of the Business & Enterprise team at North Tyneside Council we have put together have put together some guidance, FAQs & links to the Government website in an easy to access format. We understand that there are concerns about how businesses will function throughout the Covid-19 crisis. 

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

Support includes:

  • Financial support packages for businesses, and on-going financial management measures
  • Advice on how to operate a business & social distancing
  • Support for employees

Members of the Business Forum receive frequent  comprehensive round ups of the latest business support measures via email newsletters, as-it-happens updates on any new restrictions on social media  and specific messages on this page.

Roadmap to Restarting Business in North Tyneside 

On 22 February, the Prime Minister announced a roadmap out of lockdown.

We are working with North Tyneside Council to support businesses in the borough to get back to work in a safe way.

For information about the roadmap, please visit our deciated page Roadmap to Restarting Business 

Government Financial Support

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

To support businesses with paying employees’ wages, it had been announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be extended until Autumn 2021. More information about this scheme can be found here

Grant Support

Local Restrictions Support Grants

North Tyneside Council are currently delivering National Lockdown grants, on behalf of Government for the period 16 Feb – 31 Mar 2021 (extension of National Lockdown 3 payments).

These grants are to support businesses with fixed commercial property costs which have been legally forced to close during the various periods below, and those in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors (or supplying businesses in these sectors) that were severely impacted by local restrictions and/or national lockdowns.

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant payment from 15 February to 31 March will remain open until 31 May 2021.

More information can be found here

 

Restart Grants

In the March budget, the Government announced the provision of further funding to support businesses through Restart Grants.

North Tyneside Council are in the process of contacting eligible businesses using the information held for the Local Restrictions Support Grants to confirm trading status, and additional information we may require.

More information can be found here

Additional Restrictions Grant

The North Tyneside Additional Restrictions Grant is aimed at supporting businesses with fixed costs that are severely impacted by the pandemic; and are not eligible for the existing Local Restrictions Support Grants, Additional Restrictions Grant non-ratepayers and supply chain or Additional Restrictions Grant for Taxi Drivers.

More information can be found here

Support for the self employed

The UK government recognises the continued impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the self-employed and announced in November that there would be a fourth grant.

At the Budget it was confirmed that the fourth SEISS grant will be set at 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment, capped at £7,500. The fourth grant will take into account 2019 to 2020 tax returns and will be open to those who became self-employed in tax year 2019 to 2020. The rest of the eligibility criteria remain unchanged.

Your eligibility for the scheme will now be based on your submitted 2019 to 2020 tax return. This may also affect the amount of the fourth grant which could be higher or lower than previous grants you may have received.

Further information can be found 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.

Support for business in North Tyneside

This is a big blow for our business community and we’re here to support you. We continue to liaise with our strategic partners throughout regarding business support, finance and more.

Business 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. 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’re available on Facebook messenger, web chat and business.forum@northtyneside.gov.uk Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm.

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

North Tyneside Business Recovery Programme

Quick-access, free and practical hands-on support for North Tyneside businesses to aid their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital, Business Rescue, Low Carbon and Sales support including identifying new markets, online trading & booking systems, social media support, financial and business advice to trade out of difficulty and more.

More info can be found on the North Tyneside Council website here

Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart is a new Government initiative that provides funding to employers to create 6-month job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. Additional funding is available to employers to ensure the young person is fully supported and leaves the scheme prepared to enter work.

You can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme here

Employers who can offer 30 or more placements can apply directly to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  Those unable to offer 30 placements can apply through a Kickstart gateway.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is our recommended Kickstart Gateway and we actively encourage you to register your interest with them here

If you would like to chat to someone about creating a position and whether it is right for your business, please contact the Employment & Skills team on 0191 643 2111 or email employability.skills@northtyneside.gov.uk.

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. Messages will be taken out of hours and an adviser will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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