Government extends further support to businesses affected by COVID-19

22 Oct 2020

Under increasing pressure from business groups, local authority leaders and the public, the Government has decided to extend several of its existing support measures to help businesses across the UK – regardless of whether they are forced to close or remain open. Speaking to Parliament, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced three new steps that he […]

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Lancashire Tier Three restrictions – what support can I access if my business is required to close?

20 Oct 2020

Lancashire has been placed into Tier Three – the highest level of Coronavirus restrictions in England – meaning that businesses in a number of sectors are required to close once again. Pubs and bars must close unless they operate as if they were a restaurant serving ‘substantial meals’ and must only serve alcohol with a […]

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From in-store to online: the rise of start-ups during the coronavirus pandemic

19 Oct 2020

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of new business start-ups has increased by 5 per cent during the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2019.

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British businesses among “most optimistic” in Europe, Covid-19 study suggests

16 Oct 2020

Businesses in the UK are more optimistic about their post-coronavirus prospects than in almost any other country in Europe, a major study has revealed.

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HMRC receives almost 55,000 tax relief claims for working from home

14 Oct 2020

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has received 54,800 tax relief claims from individuals for working from home using a new online portal.

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Chancellor expands Job Support Scheme and grants to businesses facing new COVID-19 restrictions

13 Oct 2020

The Chancellor has announced that the Government will expand the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) to assist jobs and businesses required to close their doors as a result of tougher Coronavirus restrictions. The announcement was made ahead of new plans to introduce a tier-based system for lockdowns across the country, which could force some businesses […]

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Heritage organisations set to receive £103 million under Culture Recovery Fund

09 Oct 2020

Some 445 heritage organisations affected by Covid-19 are set to receive more than £103 million in affordable loans and grant funding, it has been revealed.

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COVID-19: National Audit Office warns up to 60 per cent of Bounce Back Loans may not be paid back

07 Oct 2020

The Government’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO), has warned that up to 60 per cent of businesses may not pay back the 100 per cent Government-backed Bounce Back Loans Scheme (BBLS) because of fraudulent applications and minimal credit checks.

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