New local lockdown grant fund to act as business “safety net”

Businesses in England affected by “local lockdowns” are set to receive up to £1,500 per property every three weeks to keep their operation afloat, it has been announced.

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Government launches £2 billion Kickstart employment scheme to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs

The Government has launched the landmark £2 billion Kickstart employment scheme, which is set to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for young people.

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Businesses urged to claim discounts under Eat Out to Help Out scheme ahead of September deadline

Businesses who registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme have been urged to claim back the 50 per cent government-funded discount applied to bills ahead of the September deadline.

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Empty high street shops reach highest level for more than six years

According to the new figures, the number of empty high street shops has risen to the highest level for more than six years following a wave of store closures as a result of the pandemic.

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Seven in 10 small businesses adapt sales or payment tactics to pandemic, study reveals

Almost seven in 10 small businesses have launched an e-commerce website or introduced contact-free point of sale (POS) technology to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been revealed.

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SMEs are missing out on £1.5 billion worth of COVID-19 Government support grants

According to the latest research, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are missing out on almost £1.5 billion in coronavirus business support grants, which have gone unclaimed ahead of the deadline on Friday 28 August.

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The second round of  the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens for applications

The second stage of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open, and applications must be submitted before the deadline on Monday 19 October 2020.

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Two in five businesses expect to make redundancies this year

According to the latest research, two in five businesses expect to make redundancies this year.

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Chancellor considers online sales tax for e-commerce retail sector

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is considering the introduction of a new sales tax for the online retail sector in a bid to help the struggling high street compete with the e-commerce sector.

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COVID-19 – Almost one in three businesses ‘expect redundancies’ according to the latest research

Almost one in three businesses (29 per cent) expect to make redundancies in the next three months, according to the latest research from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Totaljobs.

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Self-assessment taxpayers can “automatically defer payments on account”, HMRC confirms

Self-employed taxpayers due to make a payment on account can automatically defer the payment until 31 January 2021, it has been confirmed.

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COVID-19: The key dates for your tax diary

There are a number of Government support measures to help businesses through the coronavirus pandemic, as well as various business tax obligations being deferred. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the dates, deadlines and requirements,

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COVID-19: UK businesses owed more than £133 billion since lockdown began

UK businesses are owed more than £133 billion since the lockdown measures began in March, with the average business waiting on £148,917 for work that was completed before the lockdown.

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Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme to support 630,000 UK businesses

More than 630,000 UK businesses have been given the confidence to trade during Covid-19 after the Government announced guarantees of up to £10 billion to Trade Credit Insurance schemes.

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One in 10 firms unable to reopen safely under current guidance, study reveals

One in 10 firms are unable to open safely under the Government’s current health and safety guidance, a major study has revealed.

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