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SPECIAL EDITION FOR BUSINESS AND SELF-EMPLOYED / APRIL 2020 Love local business lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/ information-for-businesses For safety, this magazine has been delivered following Public Health England guidelines. It may be safely read.
2 Lambeth talk APRIL 2020 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) The Government’s CBILS are available with no personal businesses will benefit from no scheme supports smaller guarantee required. The upfront costs and lower initial businesses (SMEs) with access Government will also make a repayments. More information to loans, overdrafts, invoice Business Interruption Payment at: businesssupport.gov.uk/ finance and asset finance of up to cover the first 12 months coronavirus-business-support/ to £5 million and for up to six of interest payments and any years. Loans under £250,000 lender-levied fees, so smaller FREE HELPLINE One-to-one advice and support to help London businesses face the challenges of COVID-19 Visit growthhub.london for the latest support available for your business Business survey for COVID-19 In order to better understand and measure the impact of the Coronavirus on our business community, we’re asking all businesses to complete our short business survey. This will help us understand the challenges you’re facing and identify how we can support businesses during and after the crisis. You will help us to identify gaps in the Government’s support measures for business and lobby with business groups on your behalf. lambeth.gov.uk/business-survey
APRIL 2020 Lambeth talk 3 lambeth.gov.uk Lambeth Council on your side This is a time of great anxiety for workers and businesses. Lambeth Council will do all in our power to help you through this. Which is why we’ve launched Lambeth’s Local Economy Support Package. We’re giving rent relief to over 300 of our commercial tenants, making over £50m of grant payments, and freezing commercial waste payments for businesses forced to shut. And we’re now developing new measures in partnership with business groups across the borough. We’re determined to keep Lambeth’s business community vibrant and resilient, being on the side of our local businesses, their employees Councillor Jack Hopkins, and those who are self-employed. Leader of the Council Cash grants for businesses A £10,000 grant is available to Advice on filling out a claim form: to 5pm, Monday to Friday. businesses currently eligible • Please ensure you read the • You will be asked to enter 2 for Small Business Rate Relief following guidelines carefully. addresses. The first address is the (SBBR) or those in the retail, Mistakes on the claim form may property address that the grant hospitality and leisure sectors lead to it being rejected and is being claimed for. The second with a rateable value under cause delays in processing your address is the billing address that £15,000. payment. your business rates bills go to. If A £25,000 grant will be provided the billing address is the same as • You will need a copy to retail, hospitality and leisure the property address you should of your business rates businesses operating from re-enter the property details again. bill and your business bank premises with a rateable value details before you start completing • If you have a direct debit set up between £15,000 and £51,000. the form. for business rates payments, the Eligible businesses will receive one bank details entered into the form grant per hereditament (business • Make sure you have your unique should match the bank details premises). business rates reference used for the direct debit. If they number (found on any business do not match the form will be To claim a grant fill rates bill). Your claim cannot be rejected. out an online claim form processed without your unique business rates reference number. • When your form has been at Lambeth.gov.uk/ If you do not know it please call submitted successfully you will covid19businesses the business rates team on get a case reference number as 020 8315 2255 between 9am confirmation.
4 Lambeth talk APRIL 2020 Protecting local business Coronavirus is a huge challenge to every aspect of life in Lambeth. While the Chancellor has set • Businesses include: hairdressers; the council can safeguard the future out a package of measures to cafes; restaurants; beauty salons; of BIDs through this time – valuing support businesses through this offices; shared workspaces and the vital role they play in the local unprecedented period of disruption, non-food related retail economy as a council we feel that we must • This will directly benefit over 300 Emergency Support Scheme also step in to help. commercial tenants of the council. The council has committed an We have launched a comprehensive Business Rates relief additional £500,000 to provide economic package to help financial support to the most businesses, voluntary and The business rate relief support announced by Government is being vulnerable residents who are at community sector (VCS) groups immediate risk of financial hardship. and the borough’s residents cope applied to accounts automatically. This includes 100% business rate The scheme provides those who are with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our experiencing a crisis or emergency Local Economy Support Package relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020/21. with support to buy food and make is designed to offer relief and energy payments. More information certainty at a time of unprecedented Commercial Waste at: lambeth.gov.uk/apply-for- challenge. Freezing of services and waiving emergency-support If you have any queries please go payment immediately for those that Business interruption loan to our business webpage Lambeth. currently don’t need the service. scheme gov.uk/covid19businesses Contact Lambeth Council if you’re If you still can’t find the information no longer in operation, to freeze The Government-backed you need please email your account. Coronavirus Business Interruption email@example.com or Loan Scheme has launched to Business Task Force support smaller businesses to call the Business Helpline on 020 7926 2344. • We have established a Task Force access finance. with Lambeth’s seven Business Statutory sick pay refund Rent Relief Improvement Districts (BIDs), coordi- • Business and Voluntary and nating our response and working up Businesses with fewer than 250 Community Sector tenants of the additional proposals to support local employees will be entitled to receive council most impacted by the crisis businesses and support the eventual a refund for Statutory Sick Pay costs are being granted three months’ full economic recovery effort they incur because of coronavirus. rent relief The refund will be limited to two • Lambeth is also looking at how weeks per employee.
APRIL 2020 Lambeth talk 5 lovelambeth.gov.uk Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise described as ‘furloughed workers’. HMRC will pay employers a grant worth 80% of an employee’s usual wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that subsidised wage. This is to safeguard workers from being made redundant. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to March 1st if applicable and is initially open for 3 months, but will be extended if necessary. More information on the scheme, eligibility and to apply can be found at: businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/ Self-employment Income Support Scheme The Government's Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to calculate the size of the grant. The scheme will be open to those where the majority of their income comes from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000. The scheme will be open for an initial three months with people able to make their first claim by the beginning of June. More information on the scheme, eligibility and to apply can be found at: businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/ The council’s website provides key information for businesses on the Coronavirus. Visit lambeth.gov.uk/covid19businesses A new telephone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus. Contact the HMRC helpline on 0800 0159 559.
6 Lambeth talk APRIL 2020 Advice and skills Find out how to support your businesses or organisation during this crisis with guidance, workshops and one-to-one sessions. Advice for Businesses Advice for VCS Startup Resilience Mentoring and business COVID-19 Tech Support clinics Capital Enterprise have launched Covid Tech Support have over a range of online events and Tree Shepherd are offering virtual 400 tech volunteers who are here support to help you navigate and telephone business clinics to support you. Their aim is that your startup through this period and are setting up calls with no one should needlessly be of uncertainty. No matter the mentors to provide advice. put at risk because they didn’t stage of your startup, size or Their experts have extensive have access to technology that a status. Startupresilience. experience in all aspects of volunteer technologist could have capitalenterprise.org business support. made. contact@integrateagency. firstname.lastname@example.org co.uk or phone 07790 666317 London Growth Hub Arts Professional Digital 1:1 surgeries A new portal to support London-based businesses and Arts Professional has removed Digital agency Copy & Code are employers to manage and mitigate its subscription paywall for offering free hour-long sessions their exposure to COVID-19. all COVID-19-related news: to social impact organisations growthhub.london artsprofessional.co.uk experiencing technical or communication challenges during Federation of Small Your Business Continuity the pandemic on a first come, Businesses Plan first served basis. contact@ Advice and guidance for Business Continuity Plans are integrateagency.co.uk or phone small businesses and the self- vital for ensuring your business is 07790 666317 employed. Fsb.org.uk prepared for emergencies. It's more 1:1 Income Generation important than ever to make sure Creative Industries Surgeries your businesses has a plan. Links Federation to guidance and support available In the hour long bookings, we will Collated advice and guidance is at lambeth.gov.uk/business- share our insight into emerging for the creative industries. services-rates-and-licensing/ funds and opportunities and aim to Creativeindustriesfederation.com help-for-businesses/business- be a useful sounding board for your continuity-guide income generation strategy thinking and development. contact@integrateagency. co.uk or phone 07790 666317
APRIL 2020 Lambeth talk 7 lambeth.gov.uk Business as unusual The government has advised that all pubs, restaurants and cafes should no longer be open for on-site consumption but under new planning legislation can provide takeaway food (A5 use class). The government has published Your email must include: read the legislation observing a new ‘Permitted Development its conditions and limitations. • The address of the site to be Right’ to enable this. If you would like to operate operated as a takeaway beyond this date, a planning It allows these types of premises • Confirmation of the previous application must be submitted to provide prepared hot or cold use of the premises well in advance of the expiry date, food, for collection or delivery, • Details of the proposed proposing the continued use of for consumption off the premises operation, including which parts the premises as a takeaway. – without the need for planning permission. of the building/land will be used Unfortunately, if you are not and the proposed hours of currently operating as a lawful In order to benefit from this right operation. pub, restaurant or café, you and operate as a takeaway you • The date you propose to start cannot take advantage of this must first inform us that you plan and end the take-away operation – and will need to apply for to do this. (the government has permitted planning permission as per Please email: normal. In addition to this, such use up until 23 March 2021) email@example.com there may be conditions and foodhealthandsafety@ It is important to note that this attached to previous planning lambeth.gov.uk with the subject new legislation allows businesses permissions, which will either line ‘Notification of temporary to operate in this way until the 23 restrict or prohibit your ability operation as hot food takeaway’. March 2021 – before which such to benefit from these rights. use must cease. Please do You can now apply for permission to provide hot food takeaway for collection or delivery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
8 Lambeth talk APRIL 2020 Funding for Arts and Charities Emergency Funding Funding to support Package from Arts Council London’s voluntary sector England The Greater London Authority Arts Council England is making and the City Bridge Trust have £160 million of emergency funding contributed £1m each to launch available for those organisations a new fund to support London’s and individuals who will need it voluntary sector. This is an during this crisis. This includes £50 initial contribution and London million of funding for organisations Funders are working with outside the National Portfolio and funders from across sectors to £20 million of financial support bring more money together in for individuals. ACE has also response to community need. changed the funding requirements londoncommunityresponsefund. for individuals and organisations org.uk currently in receipt of funding and in addition to its own support Digital Culture Network for individuals is working with a The Digital Culture Network number of funds and organisations - established by Arts Council to support a greater range of self- England - provides one-to-one employed people in the arts and support from ACE’s team of digital culture sector. specialists for the arts & cultural artscouncil.org.uk/covid19 sector. The Network can provide assistance on how to work and collaborate remotely using digital technology, sustain engagement with your audiences, strategies for income generation through online retail and donations, maximising your website offer and much more. To speak to a Tech Champion, email: digitalnetwork@artscouncil. org.uk
APRIL 2020 Lambeth talk 9 lambeth.gov.uk Many organisations have launched funding schemes to support small businesses, charities and the self-employed. Culture in Quarantine crisis, CAF has launched this rapid The first wave of funding will be response Fund to help smaller grants of up to £5k for food and Culture in Quarantine is a charitable organisations affected essentials. This will not be the £250,000 fund launched on 25 by the impact of Covid-19. Grants only opportunity for London’s March 2020 by ACE in partnership of up to £10,000 will help them to civil society to receive grants from with the BBC. It is for established continue to deliver much needed the funders behind the London England-based artists of any support to our communities discipline to produce new works Community Response. There will across the UK. in creative media - whether video, be a second wave of funding in audio or interactive. Commissions This is intended as a rapid the next week for larger grants, do not need to be about the response fund, and they aim service transformation costs, current emergency, but they do to make payments to selected and ongoing work to support need to adhere imaginatively and organisations within 14 days of communities. lawfully to the principles of self- application. londonfunders.org.uk isolation. The programme will be cafonline.org Our Heritage Emergency managed by The Space and each London Community Fund work will be hosted by the BBC online and/or on-air. Response launched The Heritage Lottery Fund bbc.co.uk/arts With a pot of over £5m – and are making £50m available to with more offers of funding support the UK heritage sector Charities Aid Foundation in the pipeline – funders have as an immediate response to the This Fund is to help smaller been coming together to create COVID-19 crisis, providing short- charitable organisations in the UK an easy to access process for term funding for organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. organisations across the capital delivering heritage projects and Grants of up to £10,000 are to receive emergency financial safeguarding heritage sites. available. In this time of national support. heritagefund.org.uk
10 Lambeth talk APRIL 2020 Proteger as empresas locais O principal pacote económico de Lambeth para apoiar trabalhadores e empresas afetados pelo impacto do coronavírus é um dos maiores e mais abrangentes lançados por qualquer autoridade local da capital. O pacote destina-se a oferecer Subsídios às empresas Grupo de trabalho empresarial ajuda e segurança num momento Subsídio de £10.000 ou £25.000 • Criámos um grupo de trabalho com de desafio sem precedentes e para empresas que recebem os sete distritos de melhoramento foi elaborado após consulta aos ‘Small Business Rate Relief’ (auxílio empresarial (Business Improvement representantes empresariais do financeiro concedido a pequenas Districts - BIDs) de Lambeth para município e amplo debate com empresas) ou estão no setor retalhista, coordenar a nossa resposta e elaborar o setor de voluntariado e da hoteleiro ou de lazer. A partir de hoje, propostas adicionais com vista a comunidade. No total, o pacote irá estamos a pagar estes subsídios ajudar as empresas locais e apoiar o investir 1,2 milhões de libras em diretamente às empresas com direito esforço de recuperação económica empresas e grupos voluntários locais. a eles e estamos a fazê-lo antes • Lambeth também está a analisar Se tiver alguma pergunta, envie um de recebermos o financiamento do a forma como o município pode email para firstname.lastname@example.org. Governo. Não há necessidade de salvaguardar o futuro dos BIDs uk ou ligue para a linha de apoio às requerer este subsídio; aqueles que durante esta fase – valorizando o empresas através do tel. nº têm direito a ele serão contactados papel vital que desempenham na 020 7926 2344. diretamente. economia local Ajuda com a renda Auxílio financeiro a empresas Plano de apoio de emergência • Os arrendatários do setor de O auxílio financeiro às empresas A câmara destinou 500.000 libras à voluntariado e da comunidade e anunciado pelo Governo está a ser prestação de apoio financeiro aos do setor comercial que foram mais aplicado automaticamente às contas. residentes mais vulneráveis que estão afetados pela crise estão a receber Isto inclui 100% de isenção de taxas em risco imediato de dificuldades três meses de isenção total de comerciais para empresas de retalho, financeiras. pagamento de renda hotelaria e lazer para 2020/21. Mais informações em: lambeth.gov. • As empresas incluem: cabeleireiros, Resíduos comerciais uk/apply-for-emergency-support cafés, restaurantes, salões de Congelamento imediato de serviços beleza, escritórios e retalhistas não Recebeu um email, um sms ou uma sem exigir o seu pagamento para relacionados com o ramo alimentar carta sobre um subsídio às empresas? aqueles que atualmente não precisam Clique em “Business rates relief and • Isto irá beneficiar diretamente 226 deles – contacte a câmara de Lambeth grants” na nossa página web para arrendatários de imóveis comerciais se não estiver em funcionamento, para requerer o seu subsídio. do município. que a sua conta seja congelada. O site do município fornece informações importantes às empresas sobre o coronavírus: lambeth.gov.uk/covid19businesses
APRIL 2020 Lambeth talk 11 lambeth.gov.uk Pełny pakiet ekonomiczny Lambeth wspierający pracowników i przedsiębiorstwa dotknięte skutkami koronawirusa jest jednym z największych i najbardziej kompleksowych uruchomionych przez władze lokalne w stolicy. Ochrona lokalnych przedsiębiorstw Pakiet ma na celu zapewnienie Dotacje dla przedsiębiorstw Grupa zadaniowa ds. przedsiębiorstw ulgi i pewności w czasie Dotacje w wysokości 10.000 GBP • Powołaliśmy grupę zadaniową bezprecedensowego wyzwania i lub 25.000 GBP dla firm, które z siedmioma okręgami ulepszania został opracowany po konsultacji otrzymują ulgę w ramach Small przedsiębiorstw w Lambeth (BIDs z przedstawicielami gminy oraz Business Rate Relief lub znajdują - Business Improvement Districts), szerokiej dyskusji z sektorem się w sektorze handlu detalicznego, koordynując nasze działania wolontariatu i społeczności.Łącznie hotelarstwa lub rekreacji. Od dziś i pracując nad dodatkowymi pakiet zainwestuje 1,2 miliona funtów wypłacamy te dotacje bezpośrednio propozycjami wspierającymi lokalne w lokalne przedsiębiorstwa i grupy przedsiębiorstwom, które się do przedsiębiorstwa i wspierającymi wolontariackie. nich kwalifikują, i robimy to przed ewentualne wysiłki na rzecz naprawy Jeśli masz jakiekolwiek pytania, otrzymaniem dofinansowania od rządu. gospodarczej wyślij wiadomość e-mail na adres Nie ma potrzeby składania wniosków, • Lambeth analizuje również, w jaki email@example.com lub skontaktujemy się bezpośrednio sposób rada może chronić przyszłość zadzwoń na Infolinię Biznesową pod z przedsiębiorstwami, które się BIDs w tym czasie - doceniając numer 020 7926 2344. kwalifikują. istotną rolę, jaką odgrywają w lokalnej Ulga od płatności czynszu Ulga w opłatach z tytułu Business gospodarce • Wszyscy dzierżawcy branży Rate System wsparcia w nagłych wolontariatu i społecznościowej oraz Wsparcie z tytułu ulg w opłatach wypadkach dzierżawcy biznesowi najbardziej Business Rate ogłoszone przez Rada przeznaczyła 500.000 GBP na dotknięci kryzysem otrzymają rząd jest wprowadzone do kont wsparcie finansowe dla najbardziej trzymiesięczną ulgę czynszową automatycznie. Obejmuje to 100% potrzebujących mieszkańców, którzy • Obejmuje to przedsiębiorstwa takie ulgi dla przedsiębiorstw handlu są narażeni na bezpośrednie ryzyko jak: fryzjerzy; kawiarnie; restauracje; detalicznego, hotelarstwa i rekreacji za trudności finansowych. salony kosmetyczne; biura; handel okres 2020/21. Więcej informacji na stronie: detaliczny niezwiązanych z żywnością Odpady z przedsiębiorstw lambeth.gov.uk/apply-for- • Skorzysta na tym bezpośrednio 226 Zamrożenie usług i natychmiastowe emergency-support komercyjnych dzierżawców rady. umorzenie płatności dla tych, którzy Otrzymałeś e-mail, sms lub list o obecnie nie potrzebują tej usługi - dotacji dla przedsiębiorstw? Kliknij skontaktuj się z radą Lambeth, jeśli nie ‘Ulgi i dotacje dla firm’ na naszej prowadzisz działalności, aby zamrozić stronie internetowej, aby otrzymać swoje konto. dotację. Strona internetowa rady zawiera kluczowe informacje dla przedsiębiorstw na temat koronawirusa coronavírus: lambeth.gov.uk/covid19businesses
Shop Local. We’re in this together. Lambeth’s independent businesses need your support now more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to everyday life in Lambeth. These are challenging times for everyone. Many local businesses have had to close their stores but are resilient and are adapting to continue to serve their customers during this period of uncertainty. We want to keep Lambeth’s local business community vibrant and resilient. You can help make a difference by supporting them. For every £10 spent with a local independent business up to an additional £50 finds its way back into your local economy and keeps your community employed. Share a memory on social Order from a local food Say thank you and write media of your favourite local business. Many restaurants a positive review to promote Lambeth business offer curbside pickup and your local businesses online online delivery Shop local. Before Follow local businesses turning to large online retailers, Don’t ask for refunds on social media. Many small think about whether you can or small change from businesses are sharing their you shop locally online your purchase, consider stories and journeys online instead making a donation and are suggesting specific Purchase a gift card to your local business at ways in which you can from a local business now and this difficult time support them use it later Covid-19 safety note from Lbox communications, distributing this leaflet to your door In line with guidance from the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and public health authorities, we are advising distribution colleagues that good hand hygiene is the first and most important line of defence. We have taken a number of measures and provided preventative guidance to our colleagues. This includes providing masks and gloves for use, hand sanitiser and promoting regular hand washing with soap and water. We have introduced 101591 (4.20) a range of new social distancing measures aimed at offering further protection for our colleagues. Standard ways of working are being revised to ensure that, wherever possible, colleagues stay two metres apart.
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