Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Help for Businesses

Dedicated Covid-19 Helpline for Powys residents and businesses.
Telephone number 01597 826345  Open 9am - 1pm
Find out about Grants and Reliefs, Benefits and Awards, Managing your Money and Debt Advice, and other help and support.

Financial support is being provided to businesses affected by the firebreak action.

Restrictions Business Fund information Restrictions Business Fund

For the latest information on the support available from Welsh Government for small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak visit: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

Or you can call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000.

For the very latest updates from UK Government on support for businesses please visit:https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Find financial support for your business here:

https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

Self Assessment customers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill in instalments: https://www.gov.uk/pay-self-assessment-tax-bill/pay-in-instalments

 

Economic Resilience Fund (ERF): Restrictions Business Fund and Sector Specific Grant

Another round of funding to help hospitality businesses

A further package of financial support is available for hospitality, leisure, tourism, and related supply chain businesses.

The Welsh Government's Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) is providing eligible businesses with an additional cash boost to help them through the economic consequences of the recent Covid-19 restrictions.

As with many previous schemes Powys County Council will be responsible for getting the funds out of the door to businesses.

Eligible businesses who received the firebreak grant in October will not need to re-apply for this. The council has already paid out over £1million to these businesses.

Full details can be found on our Restrictions Business Fund webpage.

 

Hospitality (pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants) - mitigating guidance for Wales has been produced and updated in consultation with the Hospitality sector for Pubs, Bars, Cafes and Restaurants.

Coronavirus regulations -  Frequently Asked Questions 

 

New Business Wales Barriers Grant scheme to support start-up businesses

Funding focused on unemployed or economically inactive people.

Full details and further guidance can be found here

Business Wales Barriers Grant scheme

 

Isolation payments

This scheme is open, and customers will be able to make an online application to claim the Isolation Payment.

If you have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace, protect service (TTP) and been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to Financial Support.

If you meet ALL of the eligibility criteria, you are entitled to an Isolation Payment of £500

Find the edibility criteria and application form here: Isolation payments

The Self-Isolation Support Scheme has been extended to help Parents and Carers who have to take time off work to look after their children when they have to self-isolate because of a coronavirus outbreak in their school or childcare setting.

People will be able to apply for the self-isolation payment via their local authority website from 14 December and payments will be backdated to 23 October.    

https://gov.wales/500-payment-scheme-now-open-parents-and-carers-children-required-self-isolate?fbclid=IwAR3hSjcYt4zuZD3lg52RpXDD3-tDWmHyq95bVhTqSgu6S_sRI62YD9joPCc

 

Funding Schemes

New incentives for the recruitment of new apprentices

  • up to a £3,000 incentive for employing a new apprentice
  • up to a £2,600 incentive for re-employing a redundant apprentice
  • a £1,500 incentive for employing a disabled apprentice, which can be claimed in addition to the new and redundant apprentice incentives

To find out more please visit the Business Wales Skills Gateway website.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for some of your employee's wages if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of Covid-19 - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Open now        

Closes: 30th April 2021

Childcare Offer Small Grant Scheme

Small grants are available for settings who offer the Childcare Offer, each setting can apply for up to £10,000!

Covid-19 has brought new challenges for settings and a lot of settings are spending most of their time in the outdoors!

Did you know that settings have been successful in applying for the following:

  • Outdoor hand-washing stations
  • Reduced size tuff trays - to allow for sand and messy play!
  • Canopies and porches to allow for social distancing
  • Wet weather gear
  • Wipeable mats & cushions
  • Outdoor coat and welly rack
  • Outdoor storage

If you need any help with your application, drop us an email childcareoffer@powys.gov.uk  

Be Active Wales Fund

Protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk and need support - £300-£5,000

Prepare clubs and community organisations or groups to restart, respond to, or grow participation, in direct response to Covid-19 - £300-£50,000

Progress clubs and community organisations: to tackle inequality, create long-term solutions to be more sustainable and to take innovative approaches

https://www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund/

        Open now        

Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme, which was due to start on 1 November 2020, has been postponed as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being extended until December.

Job Support Scheme factsheet

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension - Third Grant

Self-employed people who are currently eligible for the SEISS and are actively continuing to trade but are facing reduced demand due to COVID-19.

Two grants available from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three-month period.

Check the eligibility criteria here: https://www.gov.uk/.../claim-a-grant-through-the...

Open now

Closes: April 2021

Kickstart Scheme to Create New Jobs for Young People

Funding aimed to create high quality six-month work placements for those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit.

The Powys Employer and Partnership Team are currently running a series of 'Kickstart Introduction Sessions' aimed at employers looking to learn more about the Scheme.

To register your interest please contact Dan Williams, Powys Employer & Partnership Manager at Daniel.williams1@dwp.gov.uk

https://kickstart.campaign.gov.uk/

Open now        

Universal Credit

For those not eligible for the business or self-employment income support schemes or SSP, you may be eligible for Universal Credit.https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit

Open now        

Bounce Back Loan

Help for smaller businesses to access finance more quickly due to Covid. No fees or interest for the first 12 months - £2,000 to £50,000

Full details https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan

        Open now        

Coronavirus Future Fund

Loans for innovative companies - £125,000 to £5 million

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/future-fund

        Open now        

Development Bank of Wales

Flexible finance to suit all business types - https://developmentbank.wales/

Open now        

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Loans for small and medium companies - up to £5 million

British Business Bank website

Open now        

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/larger-businesses-to-benefit-from-loans-of-up-to-200-million

£50 million to £200 million        

Open now        

Protection for businesses who miss rent payments

Support to stop business evictions this year - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-support-to-stop-business-evictions-this-year 

Closes: 31st Dec 2020

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

For small and medium sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to current or former employees.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Open now        

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

HMRC Debt Repayment Plan for your Outstanding Taxes

https://www.gov.uk/difficulties-paying-hmrc or call the HMRC helpline 0800 024 1222

Open now        

HMRC help line for the self-employed and businesses who will be struggling due to COVID19.

Advice on tax and benefits you can claim for: 0300 456 3565.

Open now        

Voluntary Services Emergency Fund

Grants to support not for profit organisations - £10,000 to £100,000  https://wcva.cymru/funding/volunteering-wales-grants-scheme/

Open now              

Laws and Guidelines

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-legislation-and-guidance-law

Businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for individuals and businesses in Wales

https://gov.wales/business-and-employers-coronavirus

Guidance for workplaces and premises:

Welsh Government: Workplace Guidance for Wales

Work carried out in people's homes

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-closure-businesses-and-premises-html#section-39058

Guidance for workplaces and premises open to the public:        

https://gov.wales/taking-all-reasonable-measures-minimise-risk-exposure-coronavirus-workplaces-and-premises-open

Test, Trace, Protect strategy

Guidance on employers' responsibilities to help with COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Help with Starting a Business 

https://businesswales.gov.wales/starting-up/

Communities for Work+ Powys -Mentors to help people into work or to fund vocational training

https://www.growinpowys.com/copy-of-communities-for-work

Business Wales webinars:Free help to take your business online.

https://businesswales.gov.wales/superfastbusinesswales/events

Free practical support and independent advice fornew products, processes and servicesis available from SMARTInnovation. To speak to an advisor please email: SMARTInnovation@gov.wales

Food Businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Environmental Health

Communities

Guidelines for Community Centres:

https://gov.wales/safe-use-multi-purpose-community-centres-covid-19

Third Sector Organisations

For advice and support please see the Business, economy and innovation section of the Welsh Government website

Third Sector / Social Enterprises

Welsh Government https://gov.wales/coronavirus-support-for-the-third-sector

Social Business Wales - 

https://businesswales.gov.wales/socialbusinesswales/covid-19-support-your-social-business

0300 111 5050 or email sbwenquiries@wales.coop

The Wales Co-Operative Centre: help for the social business sector in Wales. https://wales.coop/

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