Supporting local businesses

We’re working to help promote local businesses planning to reopen from 15 June.
 
If you’re planning to reopen, please let us know when and we’ll tell residents using our newsletters and social media channels.
 
Please e-mail communications@tandridge.gov.uk with your details.
 
Guidance for employers and employees, including for non-essential retail, about how to work safely during the pandemic is available, which you might find helpful.
 
A reopening checklist is also available to help food businesses reopen safely following any temporary closure.
 
Businesses can contact the Caterham Business Improvement District or the Oxted Business Improvement District for additional information and support.

Extension to Self-employed Income Support Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended, with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant in August. The grant will be worth 70% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits and capped at £6,570 in total. Applications for this second grant will open in August.
Individuals can still apply for the first SEISS grant until 13 July 2020. Under the first grant, eligible individuals can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits and capped at £7,500 in total. Those eligible have the money paid into their bank account within six working days of completing a claim.

Increased flexibility to bring back furloughed workers

Following the recent announcement of the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, from 1 July 2020, a month earlier than planned, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time, to help support people back to work.
 
From August 2020, the level of government grant provided through the scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect people returning to work. For June and July, the government will continue to pay 80% of people’s salaries.
 
In the following months, businesses will be asked to contribute a modest share to help individuals continue to receive 80% of their salaries, covering the time they are unable to work.

Financial help is available – 436 businesses still eligible to apply for business grants

If your business or charity is eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief or the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme, please complete our application form. You will need your Business Rate account number, shown on your bill. Once we have your application, we will check it and contact you to let you know the outcome.
 
We’ve still got around £5 million worth of business grants to award to 436 businesses who haven’t yet applied.

Help for businesses not eligible for grants

A limited amount of additional funding is available for councils to distribute to some small businesses on a discretionary basis. The Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund is available for some businesses not eligible to receive financial support through the Small Business and Retail Leisure and Hospitality grants. 
Applications for the fund must be made by 12 June 2020. Our grant awards panel will consider all applications and payments to successful applicants will be made during the week of 15 June 2020.
 
Further information about the fund, including details of which businesses are eligible, is available.

Updated government advice on COVID-19 response

The government’s Q&A document, setting out what people can and can’t currently do during the pandemic has been updated. The document includes guidelines:
  • To help employers protect workers who aren’t able to work from home and must work in business premises.
  • On using public transport safely.
  • On workers’ rights around returning to work safely.

Free advice available for businesses

A number of free videos and webinars are available to help support businesses through the current pandemic:
  • The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is running a wellbeing webinar with BUPA on 10 June. The webinar will provide some tips and advice on how your business can adjust to the current situation, with the opportunity to also ask any questions. The FSB is also running other free webinars, giving advice to businesses.
  • The government has produced a number of videos giving advice on the support available to help run your business through the current pandemic, including on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-employed Income Support Scheme and the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Businesses can also register for a series of webinars too.
  • HMRC is running a series of webinars to help employers and their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing an overview of the support available for businesses, including information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, refunding eligible Statutory Sick Pay costs, furloughed employees and more. You can watch previously recorded webinars and register for future webinars.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce information and advice

Surrey Chambers of Commerce (SCC) is hosting free online events for businesses who may have staff on furlough, or anyone who is interested in developing their skills. 
More information on the sessions can be found on SCC’s website.
 
SCC also has a Products and Services Directory, which businesses might find useful as they plan to reopen.
 
A selection of free or fully funded online and distance learning opportunities are available at Activate Business School, Nescot College and Professional Training Solutions.
 
Help is available from CM System Designs, for businesses wanting to build online tools, with SMEs offered a free consultation. 

Coast to Capital Growth Hub 

Coast to Capital’s Growth Hub Team advisers are on hand to talk through business issues and can refer businesses to specialist financial and other advice and potentially fund an initial day’s support.
 
Coast to Capital has also launched a series of one to one video or telephone clinics on key topics. If you would like to take part in a future session, or if you need any other help or advice, please register your interest on Coast to Capital’s business support request form.
 
Updated information is on the COVID-19 Business Support area of the Coast to Capital Growth Hub. 
 
If businesses need to contact Coast to Capital and the Growth Hub team and don’t have a direct email or phone contact, please leave a voicemail on 01293 305965 or e-mail:

Have your say

What would you like to see in future newsletters? What training opportunities and events would you like to see in the district? Do you have any thoughts about how you would like the Council to support local businesses?
 
We would really welcome your thoughts. Have your say by contacting our Economic Development Team on 01883 722000 or customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk.

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