UK & Welsh Government Support for Businesses
UK Government has launched a ‘support finder’ tool which will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to determine what financial support is available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tool asks business owners to complete a simple online questionnaire, which will direct them to a list of the financial support they may be eligible for.
The new business support finder tool can be found at https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder.
Information regarding the range of support available from Welsh Government is available on the Business Wales Coronoavirus advice page. This can be accessed here: Business Wales
Announced by the Chancellor on 20 April, the Future Fund issues convertible loans to innovative UK companies with good potential, that typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19. The scheme, will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and the recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential. The scheme is designed by UK Government and delivered by the British Business Bank.
Further information about the scheme is available here
The scheme is open for applications until the end of September 2020.
UK Government Bounce Back Loans
Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track loan scheme, which will launch on Monday 4th May.
The new Bounce Back Loans scheme will enable businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days.
Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months and businesses can apply online through a short and simple form.
Further information about the scheme is available here
Once applications open on 4th May you will be able to apply here
Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund
The Economic Resilience Fund has now closed.
Support from Local Business Networks
Monmouthshire County Council works closely with the county’s local business representatives all of whom would be happy to help with any individual business queries you may have. Below are a list of contacts and the areas that they represent:
- Abergavenny Y Fenni Business Community – Lucy Hywel – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Caldicot Town Team – Aaron Reekes – email@example.com
- Chepstow Chamber of Commerce – Dr Sue Kingdom – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monmouth Chamber of Commerce – Sher McCabe-Finlayson – email@example.com
Legionella controls in hot and cold water systems during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
During these unprecedented times, and with many businesses being closed, it is essential that your hot and cold water systems are still managed effectively to prevent the growth of legionella bacteria, which could affect the health of your customers, visitors and staff in the future when you do fully reopen.
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia contracted by inhaling aerosols contaminated with legionella bacteria.
Hot water boilers, showers, taps, WCs and other water outlets?
Act now to manage your hot and cold water systems – don’t just let them to stagnate.
If your building is going to be closed for a prolonged period:
- Review your legionella risk assessment.
- Make sure hot water is circulating throughout all parts of the system and flow temperature is maintained at ≥60 °C and the return on all loops is at ≥50 °C.
- Hot water outlets should reach ≥ 50 °C within one minute and cold should reach ≤25 °after running the outlet (normal flow, avoid splashing) for 2 minutes.
- Where there are thermostatic mixer valves ensure the pipework feeding them achieves the same temperatures.
- If using a biocide already, maintain target levels throughout all of the system.
- Flush gently (to reduce aerosols) all hot and cold outlets (showers and taps) at least weekly until they achieve the above temperatures.
- Flush all WC cisterns (close the lid), urinals, by-passes and any other points on the network.
If you decide to close down your system, and switch off your heated water tanks, then additional control measures will be required – including disinfection – on restarting.
Please refer to the following guidance for further details:
Guidance and contact Environmental Health directly if you require any further advice or information on 01873 735420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HMRC Tax Help-line
If as an employer you are having difficulties with your business tax, please visit the link below for guidance issued by UK Government.
Support for businesses – new rate relief schemes
On Monday the Welsh Government announced an enhanced scheme of support for businesses affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses will receive 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2020/21.
We will award the relief automatically. In addition, a further £100 million will be available across Wales for a new grant scheme for small businesses not covered by the enhanced retail relief scheme. Further details on this new grant scheme are to be confirmed shortly.
For further advice please contact the Council Tax team on 01633 644630 or e-mail email@example.com
Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief
The Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief scheme will provide 100% rates relief for occupied properties to eligible ratepayers for 2020-21. The scheme will apply to eligible properties with a rateable value of £500,000 or less.
You can find rates relief guidance from Welsh Government HERE
Diversifying your business to include takeaway and delivery?
The following businesses and venues have been asked to close:
Outdoor consumption of food and drink at cafes, bars, pubs, clubs is permitted from Monday 13th July in Wales. Other businesses may offer a takeaway or delivery service.
In these difficult times I’m sure you wish to maintain business continuity and support your community and may want to start supplying takeaway and delivering food. More information is available on our Environmental Health page here.
For a full list of closed premises –