UK Government / Scottish Government Business Advice

The latest bulletins and updates from the Scottish and UK Government.

Scottish Government Update

Following the first minister's announcement on 21st May the following document: Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis has been published. This includes information on the steps which will be taken in relation to the restart of the Construction Industry.

The following letter from Kevin Stewart MSPMinister for Local Government, Housing and Planning's letter to Ken Gillespie, Chair of Construction Scotland and Construction Leadership Forum members gives more detail of the proposals for re-starting construction.

COVID-19 Committee launches consultation on moving out of lockdown

The COVID-19 Committee has launched a consultation on moving out of the current lockdown phase. The consultation will form part of the Committee’s inquiry on the Scottish Government’s Framework For Decision-Making and any proposals to change the current rules. The Committee is particularly interested in hearing views on the overall strategy set out in the Framework; the scope of differing approaches taken by the Scottish and UK governments; the robustness of the data used to inform the response; and the Scottish Government’s messaging strategy.COVID-19 Committee launches consultation on moving out of lockdown.

More information here.

Enterprise Resilience fund

Scottish Government have announced that the £45 million Enterprise Resilience fund will now double to £90 million, with grants available to small and medium sized businesses that are "potentially vital to our economic future”.

UK Government Update

This business readiness bulletin for trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries provides important information for you and your business members and networks on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This bulletin provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). All guidance, information and announcements can be found at GOV.UK. Organisations should pay particular attention to the guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.

The Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. The Business Support website helps you find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your business. This website will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply here.

21 May 2020

Contents

• Reminder: Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
• Reminder: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) business webinars – find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure
• New Updates and Guidance
• Reminder: Transition - the future relationship between the UK and EU
• Coronavirus - Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Reminder: Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.

Employers will be able to make claims to the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme through a new online service as from 26 May. Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. Click here to find out more.

Reminder: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) business webinars – find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure

Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure. The webinars cover a range of different types of workplace settings which are allowed to be open in England. You can also find the full written guidance for a range of different types of work and practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps here.

New Updates and Guidance

New 

How the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will help business

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will put in place a series of measures to amend insolvency and company law to relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus outbreak and allow them to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate. The Bill will:

• introduce temporary easements on filing requirements and Annual General Meetings (AGMs)
• introduce new corporate restructuring tools to the insolvency regime to give companies the time they need to maximise their chance of survival
• temporarily suspend parts of insolvency law to support directors during this difficult time

Culture Secretary announces Cultural Renewal Taskforce

The Culture Secretary has announced representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting worlds who will join a new taskforce aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again.

Updates 

Updated information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.

Reminder: Transition - the future relationship between the UK and EU

The UK is in a transition period until 31 December 2020 while the UK Government and the EU negotiate additional arrangements. New information for businesses has recently been published on areas including the UK Global Tariff from 1 January 2021 and Northern Ireland Protocol.

To help keep businesses up to date, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy publishes a free, sister Transition Bulletin alongside the Coronavirus Bulletin. To receive this direct to your inbox subscribe to the Transition Business Bulletin by visiting Gov Delivery Subscriptions: i) Add Subscriptions, and ii) check 'Transition Bulletin' to subscribe.

Coronavirus - Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Offer coronavirus support

Tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus by using our online service.

Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation 

Let us know how the outbreak is impacting your business. Please send your intelligence, including information and feedback on the safer workplace guidance, to intel@beis.gov.uk. Commercially sensitive information will be treated accordingly.  Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence and does not provide business advice.  

Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers

Tell us about key workers you know that are helping to keep the UK moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please fill in this online form for key workers in the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, consumer goods, scientists/researchers, servicing, postal workers, and oil/gas/electricity/water/sewage/chemical workers.


Other useful links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support - including schemes to help businesses through the current situation. Find your local Growth Hub here.

All previous Coronavirus Bulletins can be found here. Please note the information in previous bulletins was accurate on the date it was published and will not be updated. Guidance, information and announcements on all aspects of Coronavirus can be found at GOV.UK.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
Business Intelligence and Readiness Directorate

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