I’ve spent the last few weeks receiving and sending out relevant information to help you access the financial support announced by the Government. Reading up on Government information, being in contact with our local MP, NHDC and various other businesses and organisations has meant I am able to give local businesses support and guidance through this time. If you are struggling to find out what funds you might be eligible for, how to access support or need advice, please do get in touch with me any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07597380818. If you have missed any of my updates please follow this link where we have upload all the information https://www.hitchinherts.com/blog.php?id=64
North Herts District Council will be sending out grants to eligible businesses that have completed an application form from 9th April. Please follow this link and read the eligibility criteria https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/home/emergency-planning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-help-businesses
If you think you are eligible, please complete the application form and the Council will be in touch.
Many of you have already furloughed your staff to allow access to the Governments job retention scheme. Through PAYE, HMRC will refund 80% of staff salaries up to £2500 per month. It is up to the employee whether they pay staff 80% of their salary and claim it all back or top it up by 20%. HMRC have yet to open the portal to allow claims to be processed. I would advise you contacting your accountant to ensure they are ready to claim as soon as the portal opens. Andrew Pearce from Bradshaw Johnson Chartered Accountants on Bancroft has kindly agreed to offer free impartial financial business advice on this process. Please email email@example.com
Many landlords have already been in touch with their tenants to offer various support and on commercial rent. As the Government have stated that it is down to their discretion as to the level of support they offer, I am intending to hold a meeting to allow key landlords to share the support they have in place and receive advice. I am in the process of setting up a conference call with the MP Bim Afolami and some of the key Hitchin landlords in coming days.
Free IT support
Mark at Ideas Anvil on Bancroft have kindly offered local small businesses free IT support to help them through this challenging time. If there are any businesses or organisations in Hitchin that do not have any IT resource to support them during this disruption then within reason they are happy to provide that free of charge during these extraordinary times and until businesses get moving again on a more normal footing.
For example if businesses need help with;