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Coronavirus advice for employers, businesses and charities

Find out about the range of support on offer for Derbyshire businesses affected by COVID-19.


If you run a business, you can check your firm's eligibility for support by using the government's online financial support checker tool.

Read the latest general government advice for businesses.

Businesses currently trading should continue to encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible.

Where it's not possible for employees to work from home for businesses permitted to remain open, employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

Furlough scheme

The government's furlough scheme is being extended until the end of September 2021 to subsidise the wages of people who can't do their jobs, either because their workplace is closed, or because there is currently not enough work for them.

Read the latest government advice for employees.

Self-employed

If you are self-employed you may be entitled to a fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) from the government. The grant will be set at 80% of 3 months' average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment, capped at £7,500. The fourth grant will take into account 2019 to 2020 tax returns and will be open to those who became self-employed in tax year 2019 to 2020. The rest of the eligibility criteria remain unchanged.

If you're eligible, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you your personal claim date. This will be the date that you can make your claim from.

Applications for grants in rounds 1 to 3 of the scheme have now closed.

Apprenticeships

Government has confirmed that all apprentices in higher education can return to in-person teaching and learning no earlier than 17 May 2021.

You can find more information including how and when apprentices can safely train and take assessments in the workplace, educational and assessment settings on the government's website.

Test and Trace

Test and Trace is the national NHS programme set up to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It's the process for testing people who have coronavirus symptoms and tracing people they have been in close contact with so that they can get a test and self-isolate if they test positive.

As of the 19 July 2021 Stage four in the national COVID-19 road map businesses are no longer required to collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises.

However, businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. This should be done by carrying out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks businesses identify.

You can find further information about self-isolation and treating symptoms of coronavirus on the government website.

Support for businesses

Regular COVID-19 testing for your staff

Regular testing is highly effective in breaking the chains of transmission in the community and workplaces as one in three people with coronavirus do not show any symptoms and could be passing the virus on to others without realising.

The deadline for registering to order free rapid lateral flow tests from government for your staff was 12 April 2021.

If you haven't registered to receive free tests, you can encourage your employees to get free home test kits so that they can test themselves regularly at home.

D2N2 Growth Hub

The D2N2 Growth Hub provides businesses in Derbyshire with a single point of access to business support. A team of Growth Hub Business Advisers and a dedicated telephone enquiry service have the knowledge, skills and expertise to signpost you to the right initiatives and resources to support your business through the pandemic.

Business grants

Government has announced that businesses in England that are forced to close due to national or local restrictions can apply for financial support to help support them through this difficult period. Businesses can to apply for this grant scheme through their local district or borough council.

Further information is available on your local or district borough council's website:

Find out which district or borough council is responsible for your area.

More details about the wide range of financial support available to businesses – including extension of the government's 3 temporary business loan schemes, Recovery Loan Scheme, VAT reduced rate for hospitality and tourism businesses, and VAT deferral scheme – is available on the government's website.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Employers can make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May 2020.

This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay.

Free webinars and workshops for businesses

East Midlands Chamber is running a programme of free webinars and workshops for local businesses. These sessions provide support and advice on dealing with the impacts of coronavirus.

ShopAppy – helping businesses promote and sell online

ShopAppy is a website which allows shops, cafes, restaurants and other local businesses and community organisations to display their goods and services for online purchasing. £64,000 has been set aside by Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DEP) – a partnership including us, and Derbyshire's 8 district and borough councils – to pay for free unlimited use of the website for local groups and businesses until the end of November 2021.

There are 5 ShopAppy webinars held each week for businesses to find out more - the story so far, how it works and how to get started. There's time for questions and answers as well.

Read more about our our involvement and support for Derbyshire high streets.

Restructuring and insolvency advice

The government's insolvency service has published information outlining the support and advice available for businesses that are in financial difficulty.

Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart is a new £2 billion government scheme to create high quality 6-month work placements for people who are aged from 16 to 24, on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Charities

The government has guidance for help with running your charity during the coronavirus outbreak. A number of existing voluntary and community support organisations, private sector companies and charitable individuals have established funding streams to help the sector deal with the impact of coronavirus.

National Lottery Community Fundis working with grantees, partners, and other vital civil society organisations to understand how it can support communities and the sector during coronavirus.

The National Emergencies Trust launched a coronavirus fundraising appeal to raise funds for local charities. The British Red Cross will be managing donations. They will award grants and distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations, for example local community foundations.

Charities and community groups can apply for individual grants of between £100 and £100,000 as a new foundation, funded by the UK's gas network Cadent.

Persimmon Homes Community Champions offers £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. From April 2020, all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

Good Finance is a general source of advice for charities and voluntary community organisations.

Western Power Distribution has extended its In This Together - Community Matters Fund to offer help to the most vulnerable people affected by coronavirus.