Important changes check if you are eligible for Additional restrictions Grant funding

The guidance for ARG grants has been updated to highlight the businesses that are eligible, and this has been extended to businesses that are being impacted by the delay in moving to Step 4.

The guidance now states up front that:

The guidance for ARG grants has been updated to highlight the businesses that are eligible, and this has been extended to businesses that are being impacted by the delay in moving to Step 4. The guidance now states up front that:

Local councils have the freedom to determine the eligibility criteria for these grants. However, we expect the funding to help businesses that are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Local councils are encouraged to support:

  • businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme, including those which do not pay business rates
  • businesses from sectors that remain closed or severely impacted by the extended restrictions, even if those businesses have already been in receipt of Restart Grants. This may include the travel and tourism sector, wedding industries, nightclubs, theatres, events industries, wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses

It should also be noted that there is no limit to the number of ARG grants that a business can be awarded. So businesses that have already been awarded support under the grant can apply for further support.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

FSB Tourism Report

The Federation for Small Businesses is launching a new tourism report tomorrow morning called ‘A Menu for Recovery’. This report calls on Government to develop a new hospitality and tourism strategy, overseen by a minister, to focus on the underrepresented small businesses in the sector and help lay out future support plans.

The report asks Government to help small firms in the sector employ and retain skilled staff, which many businesses are struggling to do against a backdrop of Brexit and the pandemic. Cutting Employer’s National Insurance Contributions would play an important role in enabling retention and recruitment. FSB also wants to see more young people encouraged into the sector by ensuring T Levels work for small businesses by extending incentive payments for employers in England to deliver industry placements beyond July 2022.

The business group has also called for urgent action to:

  • Extend the hospitality VAT rate reduction to 5% until March 2022, and 100% business rates relief throughout the full financial year for businesses in England. More than half (56%) of small hospitality businesses say further rates relief would support their high street.
  • Make the process easier for businesses that sell food and drink to apply to their local authority for a pavement licence, and maintain the right for pubs, cafes and restaurants to operate as a takeaway. FSB research shows 65 per cent of small hospitality and tourism businesses backed the relaxation of planning regulations, allowing them to do so.
  • Back restaurants, cafes and bars by reducing alcohol duty on beers, ciders and wines.

I will send you a copy of the report tomorrow when it is released.

Group Friendly Charter

UKinbound has just launched a  Group Friendly Charter (attached), which is designed to facilitate collaboration between accommodation providers and tour operators/group travel organisers. The Charter has been developed in response to the difficulties tour operators are facing in securing the availability they need whilst having the required flexibility to respond to ever-changing global travel conditions.  The Charter’s competitive terms will allow accommodation providers to offer tour operators and group travel organisers flexibility in good faith, provide peace of mind, and encourage collaboration to aid the industry’s recovery.

The benefits of the Charter is open to all UK tour operators and accommodation providers (as long as they operate a COVID-safe policy) so please do share this with your members. Accommodation providers who sign up to the Charter can be identified by the UKinbound Group Friendly Charter mark, and included in their online listings.

Group Friendly Charter

Home Office EU Settlement Scheme Seminars

With the end of the grace period for the EU Settlement Scheme on 30 June 2021, the Home Office are hosting a series of sessions for businesses and EEA nationals covering:

  • Who needs to apply?
  • What is Settled/Pre-Settled Status ?
  • Late applications
  • Right to Work Checks
  • Support for EU Nationals
  • Q&A

If you have EEA national employees who have not yet applied for settled status, it is important that they do so before the 30 June and that you or they sign up to one of these sessions if you have any queries about how to for this.

 

21 June 2021

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Mon 21 Jun 2021 at 15:00 | Eventbrite

22 June 2021

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Tue 22 Jun 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

23 June 2021

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Wed 23 Jun 2021 at 13:10 | Eventbrite

25 June 2021

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Fri 25 Jun 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

29 June 2021

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Tue 29 Jun 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

30 June 2021

EU Settlement Scheme and the end of the Grace Period on the 30 June 2021 Tickets, Wed 30 Jun 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite