Covid-19

COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS

We recognise our local businesses are facing a challenging and uncertain time as we all consider the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. We are here to help, and have compiled some useful information and fact sheets to answer your questions. We will update this page with new information as we get it.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...


I HAVE CASHFLOW ISSUES.  WHAT HELP IS THERE FOR ME?

Having trouble related to cash flow? Take a look at our Cash Flow fact sheet to find out more about the Coronavirus Business Interruption loan Scheme here:

SME Cashflow Fact Sheet

Large Business Cashflow Fact Sheet


I’M SELF EMPLOYED.  WHAT HELP IS THERE FOR ME?

On 26 March 2020, the Chancellor announced the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support scheme for sole traders and partnership, take a look at our Self Employed fact sheet and find out your eligibility to claim here:

Self Employed Fact Sheet


I HAVE BUSINESS PREMISES, WHAT HELP IS THERE?

Are you an owner of a Business premises unsure of what help is out there? Take a look at our Rating reliefs for 2020-2021 fact sheet and find out if you are eligible for a grant:

Rating Reliefs for 2020-2021 Fact Sheet


COVID-19 BUSINESS GRANT

Wakefield Council have introduced the online application process for the COVID-19 business grants and the form is now live, we want to thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Business premises owners can check eligibility to apply for one of the business grants and complete the application form via our COVID-19 Business Grant fact sheet here:

Covid-19 Business Grant Fact Sheet

 

STRUGGLING TO FILL OUT THE FORM?

Take a look at out Covid-19 Business Grant FAQ's sheet:

Covid-19 Business Grant FAQ's Fact Sheet

 

WHAT SUPPORT IS THERE FOR CHARITIES?

On Wednesday 8th April the Chancellor set out an extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced.

Covid-19 Support for Charities Fact Sheet


WHAT ABOUT MY TAX LIABILITIES?

Worried about Tax liabilities? Find out key information in relation to Tax payments via our Tax Liabilities fact sheet that will answer all of your questions here:

Tax Liabilities Fact Sheet


I’M AN EMPLOYER, WHAT HELP IS THERE?

Find out what help is out there for employers who are worried about statutory sick pay, NHS sick notes, and laying off staff take a look at our Employer fact sheet to find out the support schemes available:

Employer Fact Sheet

 

WHAT IF MY STAFF ARE NOT ABLE TO WORK FROM HOME? 

All staff are encouraged to work from home where possible. If staff are not able to work from home, they should follow Public Health COVID-19 Stay at home guidance. Take a look at our Working from home fact sheet with useful links:

Working From Home Fact Sheet


I HAVE VACANCIES I NEED TO FILL

Are you a employer who is unsure of employment and skills programmes available to support with filling vacancies? Take a look at our Vacancy fact sheet and find out programmes within the council that can support you:

Vacancy Fact Sheet


WHO CAN I TALK TO?

We would encourage you to read the information above, and keep checking back here and the government website for more up to date information as this situation is constantly changing. If you still need to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on 01924 306 630 / 01924 305 835. 

Alternatively, contact one of our team directly.

- Peter Mackenzie-Shaw: 07825832672 or pmshaw@wakefield.gov.uk

- Nick Jenkin: 07584534101 or njenkin@wakefield.gov.uk

- Shabana Yousaf-McIntyre: 07717714226 or syousaf-mcintyre@wakefield.gov.uk

- Jenny Hill: 07919298980 or jennyhill@wakefield.gov.uk

- Claire Newton: 07384876349 or Cnewton@wakefield.gov.uk

- Adrian Bird: 07917000891 or adrianbird@wakefield.gov.uk

ADVENTURE SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Expert help to take your business from start-up to scale-up!

Delivering across the Leeds City Region, the AD:VENTURE programme offers a comprehensive and innovative mix of tailored business support to boost growth and develop businesses in their early years. Full programme of support and eligibility criteria can be found here

For Wakefield enquires contact Keith Evans kevans@wakefield.gov.uk and we will arrange for an on-line application process to begin.

If you are looking to access the grant only element of the programme as a new applicant OR current AdVenture client please contact Mindir Paul: mindir.paul@ad-venture.org.uk

USEFUL LINKS & CONTACTS:

Staffing and HR: ACAS

Statutory Sick Pay

Financial pressures

Supply chain challenges

Step-up

Citizens Advice Bureau

Federation of Small Businesses

-Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Government information for businesses

-Grant Finder

-Citizens advice beaurau - Financial help

-Step Change Financial help

-Community lead local development

-Working from Home using Microsoft Teams

MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING LINKS:

NHS

MentalHealth.org

Good Therapy