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Self Employed Income Support Scheme – Fifth Grant

22nd July 2021
As the Self Employed Income Support Scheme winds down for, what we can only hope is the final time, there are some additional complexities to consider in the claims process. There are two levels of grant award available on this occasion, calculated as either 80% or 30% of pre-pandemic income.  The level of grant available...

Winding down of Furlough scheme

1st July 2021
From 1st July 2021, employers must now pay part of employees’ furlough wages as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) starts to wind down. What do you need to know? Head of Payroll Joanne Gibson advises. For claim periods ending on or before 30 June 2021 you could claim (from the CJRS) 80% of an...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extension

22nd April 2021
On budget day (or 3 March 2021 for those of you who didn’t have this in the diary) the Chancellor confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until 30 September 2021. Up to and including 30 June 2021 you can claim, and must pay the employee, 80% of their reference pay...

SEISS Fourth Grant

20th April 2021
If you are eligible for the fourth SEISS grant it is likely that HMRC have already contacted you by email, letter or text message to invite you to apply from late April 2021. The exact date on which an individual’s personal claims window opens will differ from person to person but the scheme will close...

The Recovery Loan Scheme is now live

20th April 2021
The Chancellor announced that the British Business Bank will manage the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), which opened to applicants on 6 April 2021 and will run until 31 December 2021. Various major banks (23 at last count) have already been accredited for this scheme – here is the full list Finance is available for ANY...

Coronavirus VAT Deferral Payment Scheme

11th March 2021
If you deferred VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you have three options: • Pay the deferred VAT in full, on or before 31 March 2021 • join the VAT deferral new payment scheme – the online service is open between 23 February 2021...

Mobile and Home Based Close Contact Services Fund

22nd February 2021
The Scottish Government are providing a new fund for owners and operators of mobile and home-based close contact service businesses and for registered driving instructors. The fund will give eligible applicants a one-off payment of £4,000. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2021 at 6pm. To be eligible for this fund, you must own...

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

19th February 2021
The Scottish Government’s fund for Newly Self-Employed Businesses is going to be opening up for a second round. This was originally introduced in May 2020 to support those self-employed individuals who did not qualify for SEISS. Importantly, individuals who previously fell though the gap as they could not evidence the fact that income from self...

Discretionary Business Support Fund

2nd February 2021
Funding has been provided by the Scottish Government to local authorities to provide additional support for businesses where they consider that necessary or justified. The aim of this fund is to mitigate the short term financial challenges being experienced by businesses adversely impacted by restrictions and regulations introduced since October to control the spread of...

Fund for Businesses in the Wedding Sector

26th January 2021
What is the fund? A £25 million fund to support the wedding sector and its supply chain will open to applications this week. Launching on Thursday 28 January, the fund will provide one-off grants of up to £25,000 for eligible businesses in the sector including wedding venues, photographers, caterers and suppliers. This new fund aims...