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The COVID-19 situation is fast-changing and unprecedented. 

This page is dedicated to offering you details of the business support as it becomes available (and is updated). The team at Hargreaves Owen is committed to providing you with the information you need and to helping you access support schemes.

Business Loans

Bounce Back Business Loans – How To Apply (29 April 2020)
This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000. It launches on 4 May 2020.

Furlouging Staff

New Furlough Scheme Extension (10 November 2020)

Job Support Scheme postponed, and Job Retention scheme extended (2 November 2020)

Changes to the Job Support Scheme (23 October 2020)

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions (12 October 2020)

Job Support Scheme (28 September 2020)

Furlough Scheme Changes (4 September 2020)

Job Retention Bonus Scheme (8 July 2020)

Furlough Scheme – Next Steps (3 June 2020)

Extension of Furlough Scheme (13 May 2020)

Government Webinar
This video provides guidance on the Job Retention Scheme which will help support businesses and employers dealing with the economic impact of COVID-19 – including furloughed workers, scheme eligibility, how to calculate a claim and more. (9 April 2020)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – Service Update (8 April 2020)

COVID-19: Guidance for Employees

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – HR information via HR Circle (25 March 2020)

Job Retention Scheme: Furloughed workers update and suggested proforma letters

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (23 March 2020)

VAT Deferment

Temporary VAT Reduction (8 July 2020)
(holiday accommodation, attractions and any eat-in or hot takeaway food and non-alcoholic drinks)

VAT Payment Suspension (30 March 2020)

VAT Payments (23 March 2020)

Help for Self Employed

Beware of Scams: There are already numerous scam texts regarding the Self Employment Income Support Scheme. These claim to be from HMRC, such as the one in which a taxpayer was asked to reply with their UTR number. This information could be used by the scammer to make a fraudulent claim, so please take care. The genuine emails and texts from HMRC do not include an active link to click on; they only tell the taxpayer to be ready to claim. 

Fifth grant under Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to open by late July (7 June 2021)

Increased Support for the Self Employed (SEISS) (3 November 2020)

Updated Support for the Self Employed (SEISS) (23 October 2020)

Continued Support for the Self-Employed (28 September 2020)

Second Stage of SESS (17 August 2020)

Extension of the SEISS (2 June 2020)

Step-by-Step Guide to Claiming Self Employment Income Support (video) (14 May 2020) 

Claiming a Grant Through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme  (4 May 2020)

COVID-19: Support for Self-Employed Individuals

Coronavirus Bill Amendment (pending): Statutory Self Employment Pay (24 March 2020)

Payments on Account Deferment

COVID-19 Payments On Account Delayed (24 March 2020)

Other Information

Winter Economy Plan (24 September 2020)

Government response – new and updated information (1 April 2020) 
Note: Includes eligibility and application for Business Support Grant funding.

Coronavirus: What You Need To Do 

IR35 Delayed for a Year (due to COVID-19)

Emergency Business Measures (18 March 2020)

COVID-19: Support for Businesses

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