New figures highlight success of coronavirus support schemes

Some 2.8 million people took advantage of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) in the last year, the latest figures have revealed.

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Furlough fraud warning after arrests

Employers have been warned that businesses abusing the furlough scheme will face action from fraud investigators.

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Supporting hospitality clients post-pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic hit the hospitality industry particularly hard, with no remote or home-working options viable for these employees and many still on furlough.

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Government set to unveil £520 million ‘help to grow’ scheme for small businesses

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is set to announce plans to help the UK’s economic recovery by unveiling a new ‘help to grow’ scheme for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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MPs call for business rates cut in 2021 Budget

A total of 45 MPs in England are calling for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cut business rates in England from 50 per cent of the market rent to 35 per cent in the 2021 Budget.

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Small businesses handed £7.8 billion through local authority grant schemes, figures reveal

More than £7.8 billion in grant funding has been delivered to small businesses through local authority grant schemes, it has been revealed.

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Pub industry calls for reopening of the sector as sales halve

Prominent figures within the beer and pub industry are calling upon the Government to reopen pubs with non-essential shops when lockdown ends, as they are an indispensable contributor to the economy. 

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UK economy suffers “worst fall in 300 years”

The UK economy shrank by a record 9.9 per cent last year as coronavirus restrictions forced thousands of businesses to close, official statistics have revealed.

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Government urged to extend COVID business support measures

The Government is being urged to extend emergency coronavirus support in the upcoming Budget with a recent study warning that businesses face a £50 billion shortfall when the support measures end in April 2021.

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Business owners put billions of pounds on the line to secure early CBILS loans, figures reveal

Business owners who took out an early coronavirus loan have more than £1.2 billion of personal guarantees on the line, a major study has revealed.

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Insolvency: 900,000 UK businesses are ‘at risk’ of closure

One in seven UK businesses are ‘at risk’ of closure in the first half of 2021 with many coronavirus business support measures due to close in March and April, according to the latest research.

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Voluntary and compulsory strike off processes paused in response to national lockdown

Companies House will pause both the voluntary and compulsory strike off processes for one month to support businesses affected by Covid-19, it has been announced.

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CJRS: Annually paid directors may now be eligible for furlough claims

Small company directors that were not able to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) because they paid themselves an annual salary in March 2020 may now be eligible to claim under the scheme.

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UK economy shrinks less than first feared after second national lockdown, economists reveal

The UK economy shrunk less than first feared during the second national lockdown, a major report has revealed.

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More than 4,000 businesses join Kickstart programme

More than 4,000 small businesses have used the Government’s Kickstart programme to take on new workers, it has been revealed.

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