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How do I claim the Self Employment Grant?

Today is the first day (13 May 2020) you can claim your Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant (SEISS). We’ll show you here how to go about it, as we can’t apply for you, but there are a few steps to go through first. *Update: The SEISS has been extended to 31 August 2020. Check…


Questions on the 80% HMRC grant for furloughed employees

The Chancellor announced on Friday 20 March 2020 that any employees being furloughed (temporarily laid off) would be paid 80% of their wage, under a new Job Retention Scheme, so here’s what we know so far. Please check out our main Stay Positive COVID19 page for other info. We also have a specific page for…


Can I reopen my business with the easing of the lockdown?

More detail for us all today, following last night’s announcements on 10 May 2020 of some easing of lockdown. We now know which business industries this applies to. There are 8 different working environments that we now have guidance on: This is Government guidance, so do still press your industry bodies for their guidance and…


New Bounce Back Loans : What you need to know now

Fantastic announcement today (27 April 2020) on the new 100% government-backed Bounce Back loans. The Chancellor made the announcement following pressure from business leaders, as it’s clear that the current Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is inaccessible for many small businesses (more on the CBILS loans below). Small businesses who are the backbone of our…


You say I don’t need to pay tax now, but which are automatically deferred, and which do I have to arrange?

The Government has announced a lot of support for Small Businesses, to help us through the current Pandemic. Some of the financial support announced includes deferring or arranging time to pay for your business and personal taxes. This is fantastic news, however, we are seeing some confusion around which taxes are automatically deferred, and which…