This bulletin has been provided to us by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support
- Self-employed invited to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus (COVID-19) support
- Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers
- Reminder: Webinars to support your business
- New Updates and Guidance
- Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance
Self-employed invited to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus (COVID-19) support
Those who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits), paid in a single instalment.
You can check your eligibility using the new online checker tool. Once the online check is complete, those who are eligible will be given a date when they can submit their claim.
The claims service will open on 13 May and is being delivered ahead of the original timetable. The claims process will be very simple, and those eligible will have the money paid into their bank account by 25 May, or within six working days of completing a claim.
There is also further guidance available on ‘How HMRC works out trading profits and non-trading income for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’ and ‘How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’.
Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers
Tell us about key workers you know that are helping to keep the UK moving during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Please fill in this online form for key workers in the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, consumer goods, scientists/researchers, servicing, postal workers, and oil/gas/electricity/water/sewage/chemical workers.
Reminder: Webinars to support your business
Government departments are hosting a series of free webinars this week to help businesses understand the support available including:
- Wednesday 6 May - COVID-19: Impacts and changes to International Trade
- Thursday 7 May - Managing your business during coronavirus: reporting, regulations and tax
- Multiple dates - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim
- Multiple dates - Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
Keep up to date with all the latest available webinars here.
Follow @bizsupportgovuk for updates and how to join a live Twitter Q&A on Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Wednesday 6 May at 1pm.
New Updates and Guidance
Tax credits customers will continue to receive payments even if working fewer hours due to COVID-19
People who cannot work their normal hours because of coronavirus (COVID-19) will still receive their usual tax credits payments. Find out more information here.
Alterations to services – patents
Updated information regarding new patent applications and subsequently filed documents, patent applications under section 22 of the National Security Act, international applications, time periods for reply, requests, correspondence and journal and publication.
Alterations to services - trademarks and designs
Updated information on time periods for reply, replying to us, publishing in the trademarks journal, registration and certificates, and international designs and applications.
Coronavirus important update on IPO services
Information on Certified Office Copies (COCs) and payments and refunds added.
Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance
Offer coronavirus support
Tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus by using our online service.
Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation
Let us know how the outbreak is impacting your business. Please send your intelligence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Commercially sensitive information will be treated accordingly. Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence and does not provide business advice.
Other useful links
Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support.