COVID–19 Business Hub
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LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATES, QUICK LINKS, GUIDES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Scottish Government Route Map Phase 3 Update 20th August 2020
The First Minister has updated the Scottish Parliament today on the latest review of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Scotland is to remain in Phase 3 of the route map out of lockdown and indicative dates have been given for the reopening of further sectors of the economy in August and September.
The publication can be viewed here.
24th September 2020
Scottish Government Daily Briefing
This update from the Scottish Government directs businesses to the most up to date information on COVID-19 as we move forward with our economic response.
The Find Business Support website continues to provide details on the assistance available as well as information and advice on how businesses can restart safely through and out of lockdown.
At today’s First Minister’s Questions the First Minister gave an update on coronavirus numbers, you can read her full statement here.
A further £2.5 billion has been allocated by the Scottish Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Autumn Budget Revision for 2020-21, published today, brings the total committed so far to more than £6.5 billion. Full details can be found here.
Tens of thousands of jobs will be supported by the Scottish Government’s new £24 billion Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan. Covering the five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26, the Plan will help stimulate Scotland’s green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chancellor has today outlined the UK Government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months during a statement to parliament. Scotland’s Finance Minister, Kate Forbes, responded saying the economic statement and Job Support Scheme do not go far enough, with clarity needed on funding for devolved governments and what this means for the 217,000 people still on furlough in Scotland. You can read the Chancellor’s full statement here.
The UK Government also confirmed measures put in place to protect businesses from insolvency will be extended to continue giving them much needed breathing space during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Transport Transition Plan has been updated to set out more details, which can be found here.
Safer workplace guidance is released on a sectoral basis and can be found here.
Guidance for businesses looking to offer support for the ongoing effort to tackle the Covid-19 emergency can be found here.
The NHS Inform coronavirus webpage is the fastest way for people to get the latest health advice and information.
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Micro and Small Business Workplace Guidance
We have created guidance which provides practical advice for micro (less than 10 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) companies as they plan to re-open their businesses. This guidance is for businesses where there is no sector-specific guidance published, so if your business is in a sector for which specific guidance has been published, then you should follow this.
To view the document, please click here or click on the image below.
For specific sector guidance from the Scottish Government, please click here.
Extension of Self-Employment Support Scheme and Confirmed Furlough Steps (from Scottish Chambers of Commerce)
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has tonight confirmed that the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, giving more security to individuals whose livelihoods are adversely affected by coronavirus in the coming months, the Chancellor announced today.
Those eligible under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), which has so far seen 2.3 million claims worth £6.8 billion will be able to claim a second and final grant in August. The grant will be worth 70 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.
The Chancellor also set out more details on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will continue to support jobs and business as people return to work, following the announcement of an extension of the scheme on 12 May.
From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part-time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work. Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them - and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.
The scheme updates mean that the following will apply for the period people are furloughed:
- June and July: The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions. Employers are not required to pay anything;
- August: The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions – for the average claim, this represents 5% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed;
- September: The government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,190. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 14% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed; and
- October: The government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.
Perthshire Chamber Publication: YOU ASKED WE DELIVERED
Our 'You Asked We Delivered’ publication (which has been worked on and created with our close colleagues at Scottish Chambers of Commerce) showcasing the breadth of business representation we have undertaken and the Results we have achieved as a Network on behalf of our collective business membership.
I am sure you will agree that never before has our role been more critical in its ability to speak on behalf of our membership and actively influence Governments at the highest levels to ensure policy supports our businesses, communities and the economy. Our Network has achieved an immense amount on behalf of our members but we know there is more to do and we will keep our foot on the gas. READ MORE
External Coronavirus Insight 1st May 2020 (Compiled by the Scottish Enterprise Insights and Economics team – 1st May 2020)
COVID-19: A FRAMEWORK FOR DECISION MAKING
At today’s media briefing, the First Minister said that a quarter of a million people had accessed the COVID-19: A Framework for Decision Making document since it was published online yesterday and she encouraged people to continue to engage with the Scottish Government on the issue.
Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19 - Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) (Updated 09.04.2020)
Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19 - Employment Support for Businesses
Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19 - Financial Support Schemes (Updated 27.03.2020)
Please click on the image below to see the Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19. This details the financial support schemes available for businesses including the Job Retention Scheme and the CBILS Scheme.
Coronavirus Business Support fund
Applications through the Perth and Kinross Council website here.
HMRC Helpline for Tax Issues
There is an HMRC helpline for tax issues at 0800 015 9559
A helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19 has been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
The helpline is 0300 303 0660, and will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm.
PKC Line for Grant Help
PARTNER SUPPORT PAGES
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- URGENT update from NHS Tayside about a COVID-19 Outbreak at 2Sisters in Coupar Angus
- Waste sector grants offered for Covid-19 adaptations- Up to £10,000 per site
- Spain Quarantine Rules: An employment Law Insight
- General Guidelines
- UK government: Government launches £200m funding for sustainable COVID-19 Business Recovery, 27 June 2020
- Scottish Government: Lockdown begins to ease in Phase 1, 28 May 2020
- Scottish Government: COVID-19 Budget Revision, 27 May 2020
- Scottish Government: Sector Guidance for Easing Lockdown, 26 May 2020
- Scottish Government: COVID-19 Funding Plea, 23 May 2020
- Scottish Government: Expansion of COVID-19 Testing, 18 May 2020
- Data Protection and Privacy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Scottish Government: Second Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill, 11 May 2020
- Scottish Government: SME Support Doubles to £90 million, 8 May 2020
- Redundancy during Coronavirus Part 4: How do I calculate redundancy payments?
- Redundancy during Coronavirus: Part 3: How do I consult with employees who are risk of redundancy?
- Scottish Government: Emergency Loan Fund for SME House Builders, 7 May 2020
- UK Government: Business Rates Revaluation Postponed, 6 May 2020
- Scottish Government: New Powers over CAP, 5 May 2020
- Scottish Government: Preparing for Economic Recovery, 5 May 2020
- Uk Government: Self Employed Invited to Get Ready to Make Their Claims for COVID-19 Support, 4 May 2020
- UK Governement: Funding five new testing facilities in Scotland, including Perth, 29 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Rapid Coronavirus Research. More than 50 Scottish Studies to Tackle Virus and its Impact, 28 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Securing Vital COVID-19 Supplies for Scotland, 24 April 2020
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Update and New Support for Smaller Businesses
- Aberdein Considine: View the latest response to Coronavarius
- Redundancy During Coronavirus: Part 2: How Do I Select Employees for Redundancy? 23 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Lifeline Support for Business Confirmed, 21 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Universal Credit. People Being Urged To Access All Support, 21 April 2020
- Scottish Government: COVID-19 Impact on Scotland's Economy, 21 April 2020
- Redundancy During Coronavirus: Part 1: How Do I Deal With Collective Consultation?, 21 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Call for Accelerated Business Support, 21 April 2020
- UK Government: Billion £ Support Package for Innovative Firms hit by COVID-19, 20 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Extend Brexit Transition during COVID-19 crisis, 20 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, 17 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Thousands of Businesses Benefit from Support Grants, 17 April 2020
- UK Government: Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June, 17 April 2020
- What Coronavirus Act means for Commerical Landlords
- UK Government: Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway, 16 April 2020
- UK Government: Councils given greater financial relief against cash flow pressures, 16 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Additional Support for Business, including additional £100m for Self-Employed, 15 April 2020
- UK Government: Magnox donates 66,000 items of PPE to support coronavirus response, 15 April 2020
- UK Government: Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March, 15 April 2020
- UK Government: Job Retention Scheme, 15 April 2020
- Scottish Government: New Mental Health Support, 14 April 2020
- UK Government Response: Commission on Human Medicines: Advice on Ibuprofen and Coronavirus, 14 April 2020
- Scottish Government: National Helpline to Support Those at High COVID-19 Risk, 13 April 2020
- UK Government: Scottish Secretary Welcomes Additional Money to Help Scotland Tackle Coronavirus, 13 April 2020
- Scottish Government: Transport Community to Help COVID-19 Sufferers, 12 April 2020
- Scottish Government: New Measures to Protect Business Tenants, 10 April 2020.
- Scottish Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Update
- Scottish Government: Skills matching service to help rural business. 09.04.20
- Scottish Government: Additional COVID-19 Daily Data Published 08.04.20
- UK Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the manufacturing sector 08.04.20
- UK Government: Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those working in retail. 08.04.20
- Scottish Business Community calls for clarity, consistency and cooperation in COVID-19 response 3 April 2020
- Help find new ways too ease global disruption: apply for funding. 3 April 2020
- UK Export Finance to offer export insurance in all major markets in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). 3 April 2020
- Chancellor strengthens support on offer for business as first government-backed loans reach firms in need
- Scottish Business Community calls for clarity, consistency and cooperation in COVID-19 response. 3 April 2020
- Scottish Govenment Help with non-domestic rates in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19) Last updated: 2 April 2020
- Coronavirus: Rishi Sunak announcement on UK government aid for self-employed
- UK Government Self-employment and Universal Credit
- Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): business and social distancing guidance. Published 25.03.20
- Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for businesses on offering support. Published 24 March 2020
- 20th March Update
- SCC & Scottish Government Update 18th March
- SCC & Scottish Government Update 17th March
- PKC Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance
- UK Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Link
- Scottish Government Corona Virus (Covid-19) Link
- NEW Find Business Support in response to Coronavirus - from Scottish Enterprise Source
- Coronavirus: £320m rescue package for business from Scottish government - BBC Sourced
- Guidance & Quick Links
- Helpline announed by Fiona Hyslop, Economy Secretary - Sunday 15th March 2020