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Coronavirus

UK practical business advice: COVID-19

Last updated: 7 July 2021, with information on the fifth SEISS grant.

We have provided a quick summary of UK government support and guidance from ICAEW to help you secure the advice and assistance you need.

You can read the latest advice and guidance from government for businesses on its coronavirus pages.

We will be updating this page on a continuous basis to keep you, your business and your clients informed with all the latest information. For tax specific advice you may also want to visit the tax section of ICAEW's coronavirus hub. 

Business Support Finder

The government's Business Support Finder Tool is aimed at helping businesses navigate the range of financial support they are eligible for during the current coronavirus pandemic.

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Employers

ICAEW guidance

How the CJRS changed from 1 November 2020
Essential information on the UK government's key support scheme for employers, including changes from 1 November, flexible furloughing, key dates, how to apply and who isn't covered by CJRS. This guidance also provides links to useful resources, such as an example claim form, and further support from ICAEW and HMRC.

Overview of CJRS
General information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, how to apply and who is excluded from the scheme.

Government guidance

Latest news articles

Helpsheets

Engagement letters helpsheet: Part 2 J-C Furlough grant claim services
Sample wording for claiming the coronavirus job retention scheme grant on behalf of clients, for practitioners and businesses. This is a supplementary schedule to the main engagement letter helpsheet.

External resources

Acas Furlough letter template
Selection of templates (including new versions covering flexible furlough) for an agreement to temporarily send home an employee because there's no work ('furlough'). Free to download and use.

Employment legal advice
Legal advice for employers during coronavirus provided by Edwin Coe LLP.

All businesses

ICAEW guidance

Recovery Loan Scheme replacement for COVID-19 debt schemes
Business loans and other types of finance will be available under the UK government’s Recovery Loan Scheme, after the COVID-19 debt schemes close at the end of March 2021. The scheme will be open from 6 April to 31 December 2021.

COVID-19 challenges for business: Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) repayments
The aim of this helpsheet is to assist small businesses who have taken out BBLS loans and now face the prospect of starting repayments. It provides some questions for small business owners to consider and pointers to further sources of help.

Repaying business rates relief claimed due to COVID-19
HM Treasury confirms that repayments of business rates relief claimed in light of the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic are tax deductible. 

COVID-19: Support on negotiating time to pay
Useful tips on how to negotiate with HMRC from the Tax Faculty, as they seek seeks further clarification on the support for businesses having difficulty paying tax bills due to COVID-19.

Government guidance

Latest news articles

Self-employed

ICAEW guidance

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
If you are self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK and have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19) this scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth a percentage of your trading profits. This guidance covers how to apply for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), including information on eligibility, how to apply, time periods covered and changes to the scheme.

Government guidance

Latest news articles

Micro and small businesses

ICAEW guidance

COVID-19 challenges for business: Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) repayments
The aim of this helpsheet is to assist small businesses who have taken out BBLS loans and now face the prospect of starting repayments. It provides some questions for small business owners to consider and pointers to further sources of help.

Recovery Loan Scheme replacement for Covid-19 debt schemes
Business loans and other types of finance will be available under the UK government's Recovery Loan Scheme, after the Covid-19 debt schemes close at the end of March 2021. The scheme will be open from 6 April to 31 December 2021.

Government guidance

External resources

Recovery Advice for Business scheme
The Recovery Advice for Business scheme gives small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert to help them through the pandemic and prepare for long-term recovery. Advice offered includes accountancy, legal, advertising, marketing, recruitment and digital.

Small Business Leadership Programme
Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and delivered by university business schools, this free online programme helps SMEs enhance their resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Peer Networks
A free peer-to-peer virtual networking programme for SMEs supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and delivered locally by the network of Growth Hubs across England.

Medium-sized businesses

ICAEW guidance

Recovery Loan Scheme replacement for Covid-19 debt schemes
Business loans and other types of finance will be available under the UK government's Recovery Loan Scheme, after the Covid-19 debt schemes close at the end of March 2021. The scheme will be open from 6 April to 31 December 2021.

Government guidance

Large businesses

ICAEW guidance

Recovery Loan Scheme replacement for Covid-19 debt schemes
Business loans and other types of finance will be available under the UK government's Recovery Loan Scheme, after the Covid-19 debt schemes close at the end of March 2021. The scheme will be open from 6 April to 31 December 2021.

Government guidance

Specific business sectors

Government guidance

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Government COVID-19 website

You can read the latest advice and guidance from government for businesses on its coronavirus pages.