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Covid-19 Support Schemes and Services

– Working Safely During Covid-19 in the Visitor Economy Sector

The Department for the Economy has designed guidance relevant for businesses, visitors and people who work within the visitor economy to help prepare for return to work whenever it is safe to do so. Read more tni-working-safely-economy

– NI Executive Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.


– NI Executive Business Support Grant Schemes

COVID-19: Business Support Grant Schemes https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/business-support/coronavirus

– NI Direct support for business and employers

Advice and guidance for business and employers in relation to the coronavirus: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-business-and-employers

Job Retention Scheme updates:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Julie Pollock of ConsultHR has produced an update paper for  the Flexi Furlough scheme Flexi-Furlough Guide – 22nd June 2020

– Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/

-NI Micro-business Hardship Fund 

Department for the Economy (DfE) will make up to £40 million available through a fund, which is being administered by Invest Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy. It will offer emergency funding to businesses facing immediate cash flow difficulties due to the impact of COVID-19. https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/coronavirus-ni-micro-business-hardship-fund

– Updates on Flexi-Furlough, Sick Pay and support for Self-Employed

Read Julie Pollock’s detailed summary of this week’s announcements Updates on JRS 0206 JP

– Health and Safety 

The Chamber Covid-19 Support webinar 3 on Thursday 23 April discussed health & safety considerations for essential businesses and those who are looking ahead to restart – some useful links below:

HSENI  https://bit.ly/2ShaTzF

Public Health England  https://bit.ly/2S1aLnL

World Health Organisation  https://bit.ly/3aAQI5H

 – Free Training for employees during Furlough

Hays has opened its free online training portal which 100’s of businesses have already sign up to  across Northern Ireland. Courses are updated regularly: https://hayslearning.co.uk/

The Department of Economy has partnered with the Open University and are offering a wide range of free training to those who have become unemployed or on furlough leave: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/online-training-support

NWRC Skills Focus programme, available for SMEs with fewer than 250 employees, is now offering free upskilling for staff, including those who are furloughed. These courses will be delivered with accredited qualifications. Funding will be available on these up to March 2021.

Places are limited so companies need to resister their interest now  http://bsc.nwrc.ac.uk/skills-focus/

– Derry City and Strabane District Council COVID-19 Support kit

DCSDC are offering free training and mentoring through their Business Boost Programme – see details
Financial Management for Non-Accountants Programme narrative 

Business Reboot Programme narrative

Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Support Programme narrative

Get Your Business Online Programme narrative

SME Toolkit: https://www.derrystrabane.com/Business/Updates-And-Support/SME-Toolkit?fbclid=IwAR2M1F9hGadRTEP1sOmCzeXKUUx18CSPjN3yiFsa6gSewygwugIk6Uz3JOc

– 3 Month Extension to file accounts

Companies to receive 3 month extension to file accounts during #coronavirusuk. Businesses will be able to apply for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts.

Applications takes 15 minutes to complete & must be submitted before your deadline: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-more-time-to-file-your-companys-accounts

Having trouble paying tax and VAT :  https://www.gov.uk/difficulties-paying-hmrc

– Protection from eviction for commercial tenants

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-protection-for-businesses-with-ban-on-evictions-for-commercial-tenants-who-miss-rent-payments 

– Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

This is now available through participating lenders The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed guarantee & additional support: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

– Free virtual terminal 

Now being offered by BOI Payment Acceptance to help companies during Covid BOIPA UK Virtual Terminal Promotion Flyer FV BOIPA Virtual Terminal Promotion Flyer FV (2)

– COVID Compliance

Back to work advice for SMEs COVID COMPLIANCE CHALLENGE FOR SMES_ (002)

– COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions For Employers

Consult HR’s Julie Pollock offers guidance for businesses and employers in the form of a FAQ: http://bit.ly/2wijRob

– How to ‘Keep your staff and your business safe when working from home

Keeping your staff and business safe by Courtney Kelly:  http://bit.ly/2UnymPC

– Free Legal Advice on COVID-19

McCay Solicitors are offering free legal advice to local businesses to help during the Covid-19 restrictions: MCCAY SOLICITORS Q And A COVID-19

– COVID-19 action plan

Dawn McLaughlin & Co offers a free COVID-19 action plan to help support local businesses: bit.ly/3biLBYZ

– Ulster Bank offers support to businesses

Practical steps you can take to help your business: https://bit.ly/3ai7kAd

– Employer tool kit for dealing with COVID-19

Coronavirus factsheet, FAQs & HR news from Peninsula: https://bit.ly/2QJWrze

– Support Avenues for Start-ups and Scale-ups

Catalyst provides a support document for Start-ups and Scale-ups in NI: Potential-Support24Mar2020

– Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Furlough Leave

Helpful information from McCay Solicitors on the Coronavirus job retention scheme and Furlough leave: McCay Solicitors Practice Note – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Furlough Leave – March 2020

– Grant for Hospitality Sector Workers

A one-off £250 grant has opened for workers  in the hospitality sector. You will NOT have to pay this back. Apply here: hospitalityaction.org.uk/get-help

– HR Team Covid-19 Update Webinars