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Important Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled detailed plans for employers to start paying towards their furloughed staff and extend reduced support to self-employed workers.

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will enable businesses to bring back staff part time from July and introduce a taper requiring firms to contribute to their salaries from September onwards.

The Chancellor has also announced financial help would also be extended for sole traders for a further three months, although the grant available would be reduced by 10% to 70% of their profits and capped at £6,570.

The key changes to the furlough scheme are:
• In August, the taxpayer will continue to pay up to 80% of salaries (to a maximum of £2,500). However, employers will be required to pay National Insurance and pension contributions.
• From September, the taxpayer will continue to pay up to 70% of salaries (to a maximum of £2,190) with employers expected to contribute 10%
• In October, the taxpayer contribution will reduce to 60% with the employer contribution set at 20%
• From July, employers will also be able to bring back staff on a part-time basis

At the end of October, the scheme will close, and it will close to new entrants from 30 June.

Full details of the announcement are available here. You can claim here.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has closed all shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, and tightened social interaction measures. Successful Sutton BID is continuing to monitor the developments and how they could affect our local and business community, including the impact the emergency legislation is likely to have on businesses. We are making representations at a national level and will continue to keep all levy payers and stakeholders updated. If you have any questions, or would like to share best practice, please email us.

Do you need PPE, deep cleans and other Health and Safety equipment?

Successful Sutton have asked Meercat to pull together a registered list of providers of PPE and other Health and Safety equipment for business. This includes both national and local suppliers and is available for any member of the BID District.

A group buying scheme means suppliers can reduce cost based on bulk buy – and Meercat have been contracted by Successful Sutton to deliver this service to our levy business. Additionally, they have been working with businesses throughout the district on group procurement of utilities and other overhead cost reductions. This is a much-needed resource during a time when cash flow is so vital for many.

To contact them directly and resource any PPE, screens, health, and safety equipment you can email them by clicking the link below.

Do you need social distancing markers for your business?

We have been working with City Dressing to provide business with internal floor stickers and markers to assist with in-store social distancing. Externally we have a group of pre-made stencils and chalk spray which we can provide to create a uniform and tidy queuing. We are already working with Sainsbury, Morrisons, ASDA, Superdrug, Savers, Boots, Tesco Express and Wilkinson’s to deliver this effective and approved scheme. Please contact us on 07703 464 576 or email for further details.

What do you need to consider before you reopen?

There are multiple sources of information available for business. Use the links below to visit the Health and Safety Executive, government and Sutton Council COVID-19 business support pages for further guidelines.

Health and Safety Executive

Sutton Council

Government coronavirus page

We are aware there may be a need for further support for business. If you would be interested in obtaining some one-to-one guidance, we are working with The Retail Group who would be happy to assist. Please contact us for further details on this.

Coronavirus Control Guides

Navitas have compiled three free Coronavirus Control Guides – for the hospitality and catering, office and non-food retail sectors, which are available to download below. If you require any further information to support you, please refer to the Sutton Council and government coronavirus pages.

Hospitality and catering guidance, compiled by Navitas

Office guidance, compiled by Navitas

Non-food retail sectors, compiled by Navitas

Roadmap taskforces to plan how to reopen closed sectors

Five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain. Each taskforce will lead on developing new COVID-19 secure guidelines for the reopening of public places and businesses, where and when it is safe to do so. The taskforces will look at the following sectors:

  • pubs and restaurants
  • non-essential retail
  • recreation and leisure, including tourism, culture and heritage, libraries, entertainment and sport
  • places of worship, including faith, community and public buildings
  • international aviation, reflecting the unique challenges that sector is facing.

As part of the science-led approach, each taskforce will work across Government and engage with key stakeholders in public health, industry, trade unions and devolved administrations to:

  • ensure that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phased approach and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input
  • agree and ensure alignment of all relevant sectoral guidance
  • provide key sector stakeholders direct access to Ministers to shape the guidance.

More information is available here.

The government has issued guidance on which businesses and premises should be closed under the increased measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

People can now only leave their homes to:

  • Shop for basic necessities, food or medicine, doing so as little as possible
  • Carry out one form of exercise a day
  • Provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Address any medical need
  • Travel to and from work, when absolutely necessary

Takeaway and delivery services are able to remain open in line with the guidance issued by government on 20 March, and online retail is still open and encouraged, with postal and delivery services running as normal.

Employers who have employees in their offices or onsite should ensure they can follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a two-metre distance from others and washing hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).

Parks remain open, but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

For a full list of closures and exceptions, please read this document.

How to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC is advising all businesses that in order to make a claim, they will need to:

  • have a Government Gateway (GG) ID and password – if you don’t already have a GG account, you can apply here, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for ‘HMRC services: sign in or register’
  • be enrolled for PAYE online – if you aren’t registered yet, you can do so now, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for ‘PAYE Online for employers’.

There is step by step guidance on how to make a claim. In addition, the Coronavirus Job Retention online calculator tool has been updated, so it covers more employment circumstances including working out what businesses who can claim for most employees who are paid variable amounts each pay period, as well as those who are paid fixed amounts.

HMRC is also advising businesses to ensure they retain all records and calculations for your claims, in case they need to contact you about them. Provided your claim is made in accordance with HMRC’s published guidance, you can expect to receive the funds six working days after your application.

As part of the government’s commitment to provide support to businesses and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC has been offering live webinars on the Job Retention Scheme. Places are extremely limited so please save your place now. Choose a date and time

If you’ve missed any of HMRC’s other recent webinars, or have been unable to join, you can now view a recording on HMRC’s YouTube channel.

Do you have a retail, hospitality or leisure business in Sutton?

LB Sutton has published information about the Business Rates holiday and the cash grant scheme announced by Government in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 financial year. Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019-20 year will automatically be re-billed in early April 2020 with the 100% relief.

The Government is providing a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property, if your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector.

You will receive, either:

Businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.

Businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

For more information on eligibility see their website.

They will be contacting our customers who they believe are eligible to arrange the grant. This grant will be paid automatically into your bank account if they hold this information or they will request these details from you. If you want to provide your bank details now please do so by emailing, quoting your business rates account number.

Useful links

Business support packages: latest information & updates

The Coronavirus Business Support Hub is now available at

Funding and support

Support for the retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery sectors

Self-employed people and sole traders

Your responsibilities as an employer

Managing your business during coronavirus

Business closures

Coronavirus Business Support Blog

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have created the Coronavirus Business Support Blog to help business get the support they need to help with the impact of coronavirus.

The latest Government information on Coronavirus can be found here, where you can also sign up for email updates for when any coronavirus information is changed on the GOV.UK website.

The Department of Health and Social Care’s Twitter feed also provides accurate information about Coronavirus.

For the latest TfL response to Coronavirus, visit this page.

The latest coronavirus information from Sutton Council can be found here.


A helpful factsheet for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, put together by Pilgrim Law (PDF Download)

COVID-19 – Financial Business Support (PDF Download)

Metropolitan Police – Empty Commercial Premises Advice (PDF Download)

COVID-19 – Guidance Employers and businesses – Poster – Public Health England (PDF Download)

Essential Retail Outlets (PDF Download)

GOV.UK Guidance – Further Business and Premises to close (PDF Download)

Coronavirus Control Guide – Hospitality and Catering, compiled by Navitas (PDF Download)

Coronavirus Control Guide – Office Premises, compiled by Navitas (PDF Download)

Coronavirus Control Guide – Non-food Retail (PDF Download)

NHS Test and Trace Workplace Guidance (PDF Download)

UK Protect national bulletin – 5 June 2020 (PDF Download)

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