Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Help for businesses and self-employed

National Lockdown restrictions were eased on Monday 19 July

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

Top-up payment

  • We made a final 'top-up' payment to businesses in those sectors most affected by the extension of restrictions to 19 July.
Eligibility

In order to qualify for the top-up, businesses must have previously received a COVID-19 related grant via Kirklees Council such as a Local Restrictions Support Grant, Additional Restrictions Grant or Restart Grant. The business must also be operating in the following sector:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques and other venues that have been required to close throughout
  • Shared holiday accommodation sleeping seven or more people
  • Travel agents and the wider travel/tourism supply chain
  • Coach services
  • Events based businesses including wedding related companies.
Grant awards

The following level of grant awards will be made:

Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques and other venues that have been required to close throughout and remain so under the extended restrictions to July 19 2021 will receive the following:

  • Businesses with a rateable value and/or an annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a top-up payment of £5,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value and/or an annual rent/mortgage payment of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a top-up payment of £6,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value and/or an annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £51,000 or above will receive a top-up payment of £7,000

Shared holiday accommodation sleeping more than six people, travel agents and the wider travel/tourism supply chain, coach services and events based businesses including wedding related companies will receive the following:

  • Home based businesses will receive a top-up payment of £1,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value and/or an annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a top-up payment of £2,667
  • Businesses with a rateable value and/or an annual rent/mortgage payment of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a top-up payment of £4,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value and/or an annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £51,000 or above will receive a top-up payment of £6,000

Payments will be made automatically to all eligible businesses based on the information we currently hold. Eligible businesses should have received a confirmation email setting out the grant award by 11 July 2021.

If you have not received an email and believe your business should be eligible then please email business.grants@kirklees.gov.uk. Please note we will be unable to respond to any emails received prior to this date.

Restart Business Support Grants from 1 April 2021

  • Applications are now closed. Final grant payments will be made by the 31 July 2021.

Taxi Driver Business Support Grant

  • This grant is closed to new applications. Second payments are still being made automatically to eligible drivers who previously applied.

If you need support, please contact:

Subsidy allowance

Since leaving the EU state aid rules have been replaced by new subsidy allowance legislation. This determines how much public funding a business is lawfully able to receive.

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance - you're allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance - you're allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Job support schemes

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough scheme - will remain open until the end of March, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month.

Businesses will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs.

The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

Kickstart work placement scheme

Work placements - Kirklees Kickstart

Kirklees Council is backing the Government's Kickstart Scheme to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. The council is acting as a gateway to support employers who wish to participate.

Other Government advice and support for businesses

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

November 2020 to April 2021

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (grant extension) provides support to the self-employed in the form of two grants.

Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three-month period.

They are taxable income and also subject to National Insurance contributions.

Eligibility

Self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must:

  • have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although they do not have to have claimed those grants)
  • declare that they intend to continue to trade and either:
    • are currently actively trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
    • were previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus.

First grant: 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021

The Government will provide a taxable grant covering 80% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months' worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

The grant will be increased from the previously announced levels.

Second grant: 1 February 2021 until 30 April 2021

The Government will review the level of the second grant and set this in due course.

More information to follow

HMRC will issue full details about claiming and applications on Gov.uk in due course.

Help with Business Rates
  • Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors that are used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public, and nurseries who are providers on OFSTED's Early Years Register, will receive 100% relief on their Business Rates for the 2020/21 financial year, through the expansion of the Business Rate Retail Discount.
  • This covers businesses including shops, restaurants and cafes, gyms, museums, theatres, hotels and night clubs.
  • The council will identify eligible businesses. Businesses do not need to do anything to benefit from the scheme.

Find the rateable value of your property on your Business Rates bill or via Valuation Office Agency

Statutory sick pay
  • The Government will reimburse Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employers with fewer than 250 staff where employees who are unable to work because of the virus. This will cover up to two weeks SSP for each employee.
  • Employees affected by COVID-19 will be eligible for SSP from the first day of the illness.

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to your employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Loan finance

Recovery Loan Scheme

Available until 31 December 2021

Access to finance for UK businesses of any size as they grow and recover from the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Individual businesses could borrow between £1,000 and £10million depending on the type of product (up to £30m available across a group). Products include term loans, overdrafts, asset finance and invoice finance.

Can be used for any legitimate business purpose, including managing cashflow, growth and investment.

Businesses that have previously taken out a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan, or Bounce Back Loan are able to access this scheme.

Apply for the Recovery Loan Scheme

HMRC, tax and trading rules

Valued Added Tax (VAT)

Businesses who deferred VAT due from 20 March to 30 June 2020 are able to make smaller payments up to the end of March 2022, interest free. You need to opt in to the scheme: Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Income Tax

HMRC has deferred Income Tax payments, including for self-employed people through the Self-Assessment system. Payments due in July 2020 may be deferred until January 2021: If you chose to defer your July 2020 payment on account

HMRC helpline

0800 015 9559

For businesses and self-employed people in financial distress to help manage their tax affairs. HMRC may be able to offer a Time to Pay arrangement to businesses who need this support.

Commercial tenants and landlords

The council has adopted the Government's code of practice for the commercial property sector, to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.

Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Business continuity plans

Having an effective business continuity plan in place is vital to ensure your business can manage changes in suppliers, customers and emergencies like the outbreak of the coronavirus.

You can find some helpful resources on Business continuity.

Contact the council

Business grants your questions answered

  • If you have a query about the COVID-19 business grants
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