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Mini-Budget 2020: New Measures to Support People and Businesses

Today the Government announced their mini-Budget 2020 with a further £12 billion for new temporary measures to support people and businesses. Particularly measures are in place to support job creation, and to boost the hospitality industry. Job Retention Bonus The current furlough scheme will end on 31 October 2020, find out more about the furlough…


Herefordshire Grants – what’s available for businesses and charities?

createNow is the time to boost your business, and there are loads of grants available to help you do just that. *16 June 2020 update on Discretionary Grant Funds: Herefordshire Council have now launched their discretionary grant funds, with Government funding. These grants are aimed at small businesses who missed out on the initial Business…


Flexible Furlough from 1 July 2020: What we know

The furlough scheme (or Coronavirus Job Retension Scheme: CJRS) to give it its official title) was introduced in March 2020 to protect workers who would otherwise be laid off, or made redundant. The original scheme was for the period 20 March to 31 May 2020, then extended to 30 June 2020. The Chancellor announced on…


29 May 2020: Updates to Furlough and Self-Employment Grants

The Chancellor announced that changes were coming to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme some time ago, so we’ve been waiting for updates for a while. We knew the scheme was extending to 31 October 2020, and that there would be some part-time furlough, but that’s all we knew. So Friday’s announcements were very welcome. **Please…


How long will my loan last?

It’s great to see businesses now taking a tentative outbreath for the first time since the pandemic began. As a small business owner you may have started to receive your business grants, furlough grants or self-employed grants. You may also have taken advantage of deferring your VAT or Self Assessment payments, or arranging time to…