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Good Debt vs Bad debt

Posted: 26th Aug 2020 by Clair Watmore Business Advice General, cashflow, Coronavirus, Corporate Finance

The British Business Bank has announced that the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will be extended by two months to 30th November 2020 for lenders. So far, applications still have to be submitted to lenders by businesses by 30th September, although there are many campaigning for this to be extended. How does it work? This… Read more

New £20m professional services grant includes accountancy advice

Posted: 26th Aug 2020 by Clair Watmore Business Advice General, Coronavirus, Corporate Finance

Small businesses in England can now benefit from a new tranche of government grants designed to help them recover from the impact of coronavirus through professional advice – including guidance from accountants. The scheme, which opened on 19 August, dispenses grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to small and medium-sized businesses from an overall fund… Read more

Eat out to help out

Posted: 21st Aug 2020 by Clair Watmore Business Advice General, Coronavirus

In an attempt to kick start the hospitality industry, earlier this month the government introduced the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The scheme will run until the 31st August and will provide diners with a 50% discount on food purchases up to a maximum of £10 per diner. The Eat Out to Help Out… Read more

Temporary reduced rate of VAT for hospitality and tourism

Posted: 21st Aug 2020 by Clair Watmore Business Advice General, Coronavirus, Taxation

The Chancellor’s Summer Statement on 8 July was a bit of good news for some of the sectors that have been hardest hit by COVID-19.  Rishi Sunak announced that from 15 July 2020 until 12 January 2021 certain supplies of hospitality, accommodation and admission to attractions will be subject to VAT at 5% rather than… Read more

Timeline: Financial Support Schemes and Key Dates

Posted: 11th Aug 2020 by Clair Watmore Coronavirus, Taxation

Are you struggling to keep track of all the different funding schemes and Covid reliefs?  We have pulled together a handy reference guide to remind you of key dates and deadlines over the next 8 months, to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the available reliefs. View the full Coronavirus Financial Support… Read more

Carry Back Corporation Tax Losses

Posted: 4th Aug 2020 by Clair Watmore Business Advice General, Coronavirus, Taxation

Relief for corporation tax losses your company has made in a year can provide it with a refund of corporation tax. The outbreak of Covid-19 has presented companies with a unique set of challenges. Chief among them is how to manage cash flow. Where your company has been adversely affected by the pandemic, it could… Read more

Summer Budget 2020 Update

Posted: 9th Jul 2020 by Clair Watmore Budget 2020, Coronavirus

There has been a lot of speculation over recent weeks regarding the contents of Rishi Sunak’s summer budget. Many anticipated changes to VAT and stamp duty but there were some complete surprises. For property investors, the reduction to stamp duty creates some significant savings too. Here are the details of the announcements: VAT The VAT… Read more

Businesses Need To Reinstate VAT Direct Debits

Posted: 23rd Jun 2020 by Clair Watmore Coronavirus, Taxation

The deferral of VAT payments due to Coronavirus will end on 30th June and businesses need to take action to reinstate their direct debit mandates.  The VAT payment deferral means that all UK VAT-registered businesses have the option to defer VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 until 31 March 2021. However,… Read more

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Update

Posted: 5th Jun 2020 by Clair Watmore Business Advice General, Coronavirus, Furlough

On Friday 29th May the Chancellor gave details on the changes to the CJRS scheme effective from 1st July 2020. Closure to new entrants from July The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June and thereafter employers will only be able to furlough employees that have been furloughed for a full 3-week period… Read more

New grant scheme opens for Hambleton businesses

Posted: 4th Jun 2020 by Clair Watmore Coronavirus, Corporate Finance

Hambleton District Council launched a new government led grant scheme on 2 June for Hambleton businesses.  The ‘local government discretionary grant scheme’ has been set up to help businesses who have previously been outside of the scope of the two other coronavirus business grant fund schemes.  The application window will be open for two weeks… Read more