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Advice for employers and business owners

The Council is working with partners to ensure that local businesses are given the support and advice they need at this crucial time.

Grants for business rates payers

Apply for a business grant

National guidance

For the latest information and advice, employers and business owners should read the guidance on GOV.UK.

Guidance for employees, employers, and businesses

HMRC has launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus.

0800 0159 559

In response to COVID-19, at Budget 2020, the Government announced that it would provide additional business rate support to some small businesses. As a temporary measure for 2020/21 it will:

  • increase the level of the retail discount to 100 per cent for eligible retail businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000
  • expand the retail discount to include hospitality and leisure properties, with a rateable value of less than £51,000 (such as museums, theatres, gyms and hotels)
  • increase the level of the discount for pubs to £5,000 for pubs with a rateable value less than £100,000.

These changes will have effect for 2020/21. State aid rules apply to theses discounts in the normal way.

Business grants for small businesses

On 17 March the Government announced two grant schemes to support small businesses during this difficult time. These grants will be administered by local authorities:

  • scheme 1 focuses on businesses who are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief and Rural Rate relief with a rateable vaule of under £15,000 and will offer a grant of £10,000
  • scheme 2 focuses on the retail, leisure and hospitality sector for organisations who do not receive small business rate relief and have a rateable value under £51,000 and will offer a grant of up to £25,000.

The Council is working closely with the central government advisory group on determining the eligibility criteria for each scheme and can assure businesses that things are moving at pace.

Work is underway to identify businesses that will be affected by all the recent business rate support announcements and the Council will be contacting them shortly.

It is the Council's aim to issue grants to those identified as eligible for scheme 1 over the next few weeks and upon receipt of guidance from central government eligible businesses for scheme 2 grants as soon as possible afterwards.

Further information is being received from Government on a daily basis and we will update guidance as it is received.

You can contact the Council's Business Team using the business support form.

Business support form

Statutory sick pay refunds

For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of statutory sick pay per employee will be refunded by the Government in full. This will provide two million businesses with up to £2 billion to cover the costs of large-scale sick leave.

Support for those affected by COVID-19

Other guidance for businesses

A suite of resources and support for local businesses is available:

Advice for employees

The Government has issued guidance for employees affected by coronavirus, including information on working from home and sick pay.

COVID-19 guidance for employees

Work Zones

Any west Cheshire resident who requires online help and support getting back into employment as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, contact your local Work Zone.

Work Zones

If you have any questions, please email: business@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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