Marches Growth Hub - More grant support on the way for businesses in England
Folloing up on our news item on the 5 August 2020 entitled '£20m in new grants for small businesses' a number of clients have asked where they can find out further information on these grants. For those in the 'Marches', please visit the 'Marches Growth Hub' - Read more...

Office Opening Times and Links to Government Guidance in England & Wales
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - our office remains open for the drop off or collection of manual books, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. However, we will be holding all future meetings over the phone or internet. Please use the telephone or email to contact us as normal. Stay safe and be well. FOR LATEST GOV.UK guidance to employers and Read more...

Job Retention Bonus policy paper published
The government has published further guidance on how the forthcoming Job Retention Bonus Scheme will operate. The scheme will enable eligible employers to claim £1,000 for each eligible employee in respect of whom they have previously made a valid claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and who remains in continuous Read more...

£50m extra funding for Customs Intermediary Grant Scheme
Over the past few months, HMRC has unveiled a package of measures to accelerate the growth of the UK's customs intermediary sector. These announcements included £50 million of new funding to support businesses with recruitment, training and supplying IT equipment to handle customs declarations as the transition period comes to an end on Read more...

£20m in new grants for small businesses
£20 million worth of new government grants have been released to help small and medium sized businesses across England recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. These grants will provide businesses between £1,000 and £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or Read more...

Advice for early years sector
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a COVID-19 taskforce back in March 2020 to identify any commercial practices that adversely affect consumers and to consider appropriate responses to help businesses comply with the law and protect consumers' rights. One of the areas where the CMA received reports of unfair practices Read more...

Renewing your MOT
Vehicle owners with a MOT expiry date between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020 were given a 6 month extension. This measure was designed to help motorists as the Coronavirus pandemic began to take hold. Mandatory MOT tests for car, motorcycle and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales were reintroduced from 1 August 2020. This means that Read more...

Government u-turn on lockdown changes
Lockdown changes - in England - that were due to come into effect on 1 August 2020, have been delayed until at least 15 August. The last-minute announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, followed worries of a rise in COVID cases and means that casinos, bowling alleys and ice skating rinks will remain closed in England for the time Read more...

State Aid rules relaxed for CBILS loans
The government has announced that more small businesses will benefit from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Under the scheme, borrowers can apply for up to £5 million in finance in the form of loans, overdrafts, invoice finance, and/or asset finance. The government will guarantee lenders 80% of the loan value, as Read more...

Intellectual Property Office service update
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has ended its 'interrupted days' provisions and is now working to its usual deadlines. The IPO introduced extended deadlines, known as interrupted days, on 24 March 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. An 'interrupted day' is defined as a day in which the normal course of business at the IPO Read more...

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