COVID-19: measures for UK businesses

27 Mar

Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of March

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) until the end of March 2021.

27 Mar

Furlough scheme extended and changed for new lockdown

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until December 2020.

27 Mar

Chancellor increases financial support for businesses affected by COVID restrictions

On 22 October Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced increases to the coronavirus (COVID-19) financial support measures first outlined in the Winter Economy Plan.

27 Mar

Job Support Scheme expanded for local lockdowns

The government's Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors due to local lockdowns.

27 Mar

Lockdown grants welcome but more support needed, say business groups

The government's announcement of new cash grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns has been welcomed by business groups.

27 Mar

Second round of grants for the self-employed opens

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has opened for applications for the second and final grant.

27 Mar

ICAEW warns taxpayers have 90 days to notify HMRC of overclaimed COVID-19 grants

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned taxpayers that they have 90 days to notify HMRC of overclaimed coronavirus (COVID-19) grants.

27 Mar

Ensure interaction between VAT and Eat Out to Help Out is understood, ICAEW urges

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has urged businesses to ensure that they understand the interaction between VAT and the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

27 Mar

FSB calls for further help for employers as furlough wind-down begins

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for the government to provide further help to employers as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) begins to be wound down.

27 Mar

More firms to benefit from CBILS following changes to loan rules

Changes to state aid rules mean that more small businesses can benefit from the government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

27 Mar

Mixed picture for retail sector, CBI finds

Retail sales were broadly flat in the year to July despite three months of sharp declines, according to the monthly Distributive Trades Survey published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

27 Mar

Public warned to watch out for top coronavirus scams

Fraudsters are exploiting people's financial concerns during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, UK Finance has warned.

27 Mar

NIESR calls for furlough scheme to be kept open

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has called for the government to keep the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) open for longer.

27 Mar

Committee suggests many have 'fallen through gaps in support schemes'

The Treasury Select Committee has found that over a million people have 'fallen through the gaps' of the government's coronavirus (COVID-19) support schemes.

27 Mar

Fifth of small firms expect poor performance in next three months, data suggests

Data published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has suggested that a fifth of small businesses expect their performance to be 'much worse' over the next three months as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

27 Mar

UK economy 'still stuck in first gear'

The UK's economy is 'still stuck in first gear', with many businesses operating at half their pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) capacity, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

27 Mar

FRC urges companies to provide high-quality disclosures on impact of coronavirus

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has urged companies to provide more detailed disclosures on the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on their firm.

27 Mar

Claims deadline approaching for first phase of furlough scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 must be made by 31 July 2020, HMRC has reminded employers.

27 Mar

Lockdown has 'negatively impacted young people's labour market outcomes'

The coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown has negatively affected young people's labour market outcomes, according to a report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

27 Mar

Business groups cautious on easing of lockdown restrictions

Businesses groups have given a cautious response to the easing of lockdown restrictions in England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week.

27 Mar

Coronavirus borrowing now over £46 billion

UK businesses have now borrowed over £46 billion through the government-backed schemes that are helping firms during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to the latest figures from the Treasury.

27 Mar

Homeworking creates new opportunities for cyber criminals, research finds

The rise in homeworking caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new vulnerabilities for criminals to exploit, according to research from cyber experts CyberCube and insurance broker Aon.

27 Mar

Welsh government to reduce LTT rate

Following the reduction in the rate of residential Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), the Welsh government has announced that it will reduce the rate of Land Transaction Tax (LTT).

27 Mar

Scottish government to reduce LBTT rate

The Scottish government will reduce the rate of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) following a similar reduction to the rate of residential Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the recent Summer Economic Update.

27 Mar

Recovery advice scheme launched for small businesses

A government-backed scheme to offer free online advice to help small businesses bounce back from the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been launched.

27 Mar

HMRC scraps benefit-in-kind charge on coronavirus tests

The government has scrapped plans to get workers to pay income tax on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits purchased by their employer.

27 Mar

Business groups react to Summer Economic Update

Business groups, including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have reacted to Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Summer Economic Update.

27 Mar

Chancellor announces Job Retention Bonus in Summer Economic Update

On 8 July Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered a Summer Economic Update, which outlined measures designed to boost the UK economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

27 Mar

Chancellor to deliver Summer Economic Update

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver the Summer Economic Update today, in which he will announce measures to help boost the UK economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

27 Mar

VAT cut on PPE extended

The Treasury has extended the temporary scrapping of VAT on personal protective equipment (PPE) until the end of October.

27 Mar

Private sector off-payroll reforms given go ahead for April 2021

The introduction of off-payroll rules to the private sector will go ahead as planned next April after an attempt to delay them again failed in the House of Commons.

27 Mar

LITRG urges self-employed to check eligibility for SEISS

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has urged self-employed individuals to check their eligibility for the first round of the government's coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant.

27 Mar

FSB finds late payment crisis has worsened during coronavirus lockdown

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that the UK's late payment crisis has worsened during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

27 Mar

Furlough scheme now covering 9.3 million workers

The number of workers now furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has risen to 9.3 million, according to the latest figures from the Treasury.

27 Mar

Business warned about rise in impersonation fraud

Businesses have been told to stay vigilant against the rise in impersonation fraud during the coronavirus pandemic, by trade credit insurer Atradius.

27 Mar

Job retention scheme closing to new entrants

HMRC is reminding businesses that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will close to new entrants on 30 June.

27 Mar

Overseas VAT claims subject to COVID delays

VAT claims submitted under the Overseas Refund Scheme will be subject to delays due to changes in HMRC's working practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, the tax authority has stated.

27 Mar

IoD urges government to support jobs and investment after coronavirus lockdown

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has called on the government to act to support jobs and investment once the coronavirus lockdown ends.

27 Mar

Government-backed coronavirus lending now over £40 billion

Over £40 billion has now been borrowed through government-backed schemes designed to help businesses get through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to the latest figures from the Treasury.

27 Mar

Government urged to consider emergency VAT reduction

The government has again been urged to consider an emergency VAT reduction in order to help businesses once the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown ends.

27 Mar

UK public calls for greater transparency on tax avoidance and evasion

According to an annual survey carried out by Fair Tax Mark, the UK public is using the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown to take 'decisive action' against tax avoidance practices.

27 Mar

Businesses urged to reinstate VAT direct debits

Business have been reminded to reinstate their direct debit mandates before the deferral of VAT payments due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) comes to an end on 30 June.

27 Mar

HMRC updates CJRS guidance for employers

On 12 June, HMRC updated its guidance for employers who have furloughed employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

27 Mar

HMRC updates guidance for self-employed coronavirus scheme

HMRC has updated its guidance regarding the eligibility of businesses for the two Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants.

27 Mar

MPs call for VAT reduction to help firms affected by coronavirus

MPs have urged the government to reduce VAT for firms in the tourism sector in order to help them recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

27 Mar

LITRG warns self-employed that SEISS is taxable

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has warned self-employed individuals that the government's coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is taxable.

27 Mar

Government extends furlough scheme for parents on statutory leave

The government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave.

27 Mar

£35 billion loaned to businesses through coronavirus schemes

Business loans through government-backed coronavirus support schemes have reached almost £35 billion, according to the latest figures published by the Treasury.

27 Mar

Business debt 'will slow economic recovery' from coronavirus pandemic, IoD warns

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has warned that business debt will hinder the economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) unless steps are taken to make the burden more manageable.

27 Mar

Deadline looming for new entrants to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC has reminded employers who intend to furlough an employee for the first time that the deadline to do so is approaching fast.

27 Mar

HMRC delays VAT reverse charge on construction services

HMRC has announced a five-month delay to the introduction of the domestic VAT reverse charge for construction services, due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the sector.

27 Mar

One in five highly skilled freelancers face business closure to COVID-19

A fifth of highly skilled freelances face having to close their business due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to research from the University of Edinburgh Business School.

27 Mar

Strong economic recovery likely, but not certain

A strong economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic is likely although many risks and uncertainties remain, according to a report from Oxford Economics.

27 Mar

Over £31 billion borrowed through coronavirus schemes

Over £31 billion has been borrowed through the government-backed schemes that are providing business support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to the latest figures from the Treasury.

27 Mar

Manufacturers call for coronavirus support

The coronavirus crisis has left many manufacturers on a cliff edge and in need of government intervention, Make UK has warned.

27 Mar

Chancellor announces changes to Job Retention Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced changes to the government's Job Retention Scheme (JRS), which will be slowly wound down over the next few months.

27 Mar

IPSE gives cautious welcome to extension of self-employed scheme

The government's decision to extend COVID-19 support for self-employed workers has met with a cautious welcome from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).

27 Mar

Research shows 5.2 million people have fallen victim to scams during coronavirus crisis

Research carried out by insurer Canada Life has revealed that 5.2 million people in the UK have fallen victim to scams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

27 Mar

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme goes live

On 26 May, HMRC opened up its Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate claim service.

27 Mar

Government publishes revised Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme legislation

The government recently published revised legislation on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

27 Mar

Survey suggests one in ten firms cannot implement coronavirus guidance safely

A survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has suggested that one in ten UK businesses feel they cannot implement government coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance safely.

27 Mar

IPSE urges government to extend self-employed support scheme

The government is being urged to extend its coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) for as long as self-employed individuals require it.

27 Mar

Future Fund launches to give start-ups coronavirus support

The government has launched its Future Fund package, which aims to support start-up businesses not eligible for other coronavirus (COVID-19) rescue measures.

27 Mar

Government set to launch Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The government is set to launch an online service to allow employers to recover the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

27 Mar

Loan size increased to £200 million under large business interruption scheme

The government is extending the maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) from £50 million to £200 million.

27 Mar

BCC survey suggests firms ready for gradual reopening of UK economy

The latest Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has suggested that UK businesses are ready for a gradual reopening of the UK economy and will 'embrace the new normal'.

27 Mar

One million apply to self-employed grant scheme in 48 hours

A million self-employed workers whose income has been hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made 440,000 applications for government grants during the first 48 hours of the scheme being open.

27 Mar

Close to £15 billion lent through government's coronavirus schemes

Almost £15 billion has now been borrowed through government-backed schemes designed to help businesses get through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to the latest figures from the Treasury.

27 Mar

Chancellor extends Job Retention Scheme until October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) until the end of October.

27 Mar

Self-employed grant scheme to open to applications

Self-employed workers whose income has been hit by the coronavirus crisis can apply for grants from the government from 13 May.

27 Mar

HMRC extends tax appeal deadline due to pandemic

HMRC has granted taxpayers extra time to appeal its decisions or penalties where the usual 30-day deadline cannot be met due to the coronavirus pandemic.

27 Mar

Business groups need more guidance and financial support for return to work

Business groups are asking for more guidance and continued financial support after Prime Minister Boris Johnson began easing the coronavirus lockdown.

27 Mar

UK Finance warns firms over Bounce Back loan repayments

Trade body UK Finance has warned small businesses to consider their ability to repay a Bounce Back loan before taking one out.

27 Mar

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

A new emergency jobs scheme will be introduced to protect jobs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) downturn this winter, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

27 Mar

HMRC publishes guidance on claiming Job Retention Bonus

HMRC recently published guidance on the eligibility requirements for the Job Retention Bonus.

27 Mar

HMRC begins contacting individuals eligible for coronavirus income support scheme

HMRC has started to contact individuals who may be eligible for its coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

27 Mar

Over 110,000 businesses apply for Bounce Back loans on day one

More than 110,000 small businesses applied for a Bounce Back loan on 4 May, the first day the scheme was available.

27 Mar

Government changes ISA rules to help individuals affected by coronavirus

The government has altered the Lifetime ISA rules to help those adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

27 Mar

Business leaders eager for lockdown to ease, says IoD

According to the Institute of Directors (IoD), business leaders are eager for information on how and when the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown will ease as fears grow over the long-term outlook for the UK economy.

27 Mar

Lenders relax evidence requirements for business interruption loan scheme applications

The UK's seven largest small business lenders have relaxed their evidence requirements for applications to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

27 Mar

CIPD urges government to make Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme more flexible

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has urged the government to modify the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and make it more flexible so that furloughed employees are allowed to carry out work on reduced hours for their existing employer where possible.

27 Mar

Government launches small business micro loan scheme

As part of the government's measures to mitigate the economic damage caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a micro loan scheme for small businesses.

27 Mar

FSB urges government to increase 80% guarantee on coronavirus business loans

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the government to increase its 80% guarantee on emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) business interruption loans.

27 Mar

Government launches support finder tool for businesses

The UK government has launched a new online platform to help businesses access financial support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

27 Mar

SMEs access £2.8 billion through business interruption loan scheme

The UK's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have accessed £2.8 billion in funding through the government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), according to data published by UK Finance.

27 Mar

BCC finds significant number of UK businesses have furloughed employees

A survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has found that over 70% of responding businesses have furloughed a proportion of their workforce.

27 Mar

Coronavirus pandemic 'has already cost SMEs £277,000 each', research suggests

Research carried out by online marketplace Fiverr has suggested that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has already cost UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) £277,893 each.

27 Mar

Government unveils support package for innovative businesses affected by coronavirus

The government has unveiled a billion pound support package for innovative businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

27 Mar

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live as it is extended to end of June

The government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live on 20 April after Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended it until the end of June.

27 Mar

Pensions regulator issues auto-enrolment guidance for pandemic

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued guidance covering automatic enrolment and employer contributions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

27 Mar

Government widens eligibility for job retention scheme

The government has widened the eligibility criteria for furloughed employees who need to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by pushing back a key date.

27 Mar

HMRC releases guidance on coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme

HMRC has released guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

27 Mar

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme set to launch on 20 April

The government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will launch on 20 April, according to HMRC.

27 Mar

Chancellor announces financial aid package for charities

On 8 April, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £750 million package to help charities struggling during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

27 Mar

Firms struggling to access emergency coronavirus loans

UK businesses are struggling to access emergency loans provided by the government's coronavirus (COVID-19) business interruption loan schemes, according to a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

27 Mar

UK economic output reduces to 31% as result of coronavirus lockdown

Research published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has revealed that UK economic output has reduced to 31% as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

27 Mar

Chancellor announces changes to Business Interruption Loan Scheme

On 3 April, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the COVID-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme following criticism that businesses have struggled to access loans.

27 Mar

Majority of UK firms have less than three months' cash reserves

A significant number of UK firms face the prospect of running out of cash within three months, according to a survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

27 Mar

Government publishes details on coronavirus grant schemes for small businesses

The government has published details on the COVID-19 support schemes for small businesses and retailers.

27 Mar

Directors on PAYE can furlough under job retention scheme

Company directors who receive salaries through Pay as You Earn (PAYE) are eligible for furlough under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

27 Mar

Government relaxes insolvency rules during coronavirus pandemic

The government has relaxed the insolvency regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to give restructuring businesses time to continue trading.

27 Mar

Bank of England announces £100 billion stimulus package for UK economy

The Bank of England has unveiled a £100 billion stimulus package to help boost the UK economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

27 Mar

HMRC publishes guidance on recognising genuine government contact

HMRC has published guidance on recognising genuine contact from the tax authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

27 Mar

HMRC urges businesses using VAT deferral to cancel direct debits

Businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are seeking to make use of the VAT deferral have been urged to cancel their direct debits 'as soon as they can'.

27 Mar

Chancellor unveils help for self-employed workers

On the 26 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to help self-employed workers who have been hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

27 Mar

Government and financial regulators tell banks to keep lending

British banks must keep lending to businesses through the coronavirus crisis to ensure viable companies do not fail, the government and financial regulators have urged.

27 Mar

UK facing 'worst recession in modern history'

The UK economy is facing its 'worst recession in modern history'.

27 Mar

COVID-19 Business Measures - job retention and tax deferrals

We set out a summary of the salary support and tax deferral schemes that were announced on 20 March 2020.

27 Mar

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme goes live

The government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme went live for applications from today (23 March).

27 Mar

Information for businesses and employers

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

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