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UK Gigabit Voucher – grants

UK Gigabit Voucher – grants

DCMS launched their “UK Gigabit Voucher” scheme on 8 April. This was announced the previous month as part of the wider £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’ programme. This new voucher scheme builds on the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme and is aimed providing micro grants of up to £1,500 for households and £3,500 for businesses in the hardest to...

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More financial support from the Government – loans and grants

More financial support from the Government – loans and grants

The Restart Grants Scheme launched on 1 April. The Restart Grants are for Local Authorities to support businesses that fall outside the business rates system with additional cash.  As part of this launch, Ministers Paul Scully and Nigel Huddleston have sent a joint letter to Local Authority CEOs which encourages them to distribute the funding to businesses...

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Recovery Loan Scheme launches on 6 April

Recovery Loan Scheme launches on 6 April

The Recovery Loan Scheme ensures businesses of any size can continue to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £10 million per business once the existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. Once received, the finance can be used for any legitimate business purpose, including growth and investment. The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the...

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£25m for tourism recovery in Scotland

£25m for tourism recovery in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced £25m of funding to support the tourism sector’s recovery from COVID-19. The programme, which has been developed by the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) in partnership with businesses, will support the Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce objectives. The recovery programme includes: a holiday voucher scheme to create a more...

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Updates to CJRS guidance – carers and training

Updates to CJRS guidance – carers and training

There has been an update to the guidance to businesses claiming under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), to explain that earliest that they can make a claim for May 2021 is 19 April 2021. A new section has also been added regarding the ability to claim for employees that have caring responsibilities. This states...

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Wales Tourism Recovery Plan – Let’s Shape the Future

Wales Tourism Recovery Plan – Let’s Shape the Future

The Welsh Government has published an outline tourism recovery plan, Let’s Shape the Future for the tourism industry in Wales. Developed in consultation with the Tourism Taskforce, the plan includes a shared partnership framework of essential themes around which interventions will be built to support businesses through short to medium-term recovery. The 8 essential themes...

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Restart Grants for English businesses and ARG

Restart Grants for English businesses and ARG

Government has now published its guidance for Local Authorities on the Restart Grants and the new £425m ARG grant (England).  Restart Grants The restart grants are available to non-essential retail businesses and businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors. The rates that apply for such businesses are: £8,000 for businesses with a rateable value...

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