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The Government’s coronavirus hub offers the latest advice and guidance for businesses in the UK

The Business Support campaign outlines the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees to help businesses find out how to access the support, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Government Coronavirus Business Support

Official Government Guidance for Interior Design: 

Click here to read the official government advice for how the interior design industry can return to work safely during COVID-19.

Daily Updates:

Click here to discover a round-up of the latest coronavirus updates.

The Business Support website includes details on:

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme which will help businesses affected to access bank lending and overdrafts if they need to. For loans up to £5 million, the Government is providing a guarantee for each loan.
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those who would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.
  • Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors in England for the 2020-21 tax year.
  • Up to £25,000 per property Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure in England.
  • Small Business Grant Funding for small businesses in England that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief, rural rate relief and tapered relief.
  • Statutory Sick Pay Rebate to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay paid for staff absence due to coronavirus.
  • Time to Pay – all businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time to Pay Service.
  • Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility where the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies.
  • VAT Deferral for 3 months for businesses.
  • Income Tax Deferral for the Self-Employed under the Self-Assessment System until January 2021.
  • Click here for all official government guidance on coronavirus.

If you are an individual, a business or an industry stakeholder interested in helping during this crisis, we encourage you to contact us on [email protected] and describe your skills, location and the time you are available to help or donate.

We aim to work together in this period of uncertainty to help where we can with advice, support, morale and also to use this time to be creative and inspire each other. If you have a story to share about how you’re managing through the virus, email [email protected] to tell us more.

A Message from SBID CEO, Dr Vanessa Brady

Vanessa Brady SBID CEO

We’ve been talking directly to our community throughout the ongoing crisis. Understandably, everyone is worried about their personal and loved ones health, as well as their job security and personal finances. The challenge we face is unprecedented in our lifetime – but there’s a lot we can do to help each other.

SBID have made strategic changes to how we operate based on feedback we have received. We are focused on regenerating the industry when the crisis has ended. We won’t bombard you with thinly veiled self promotional communications, in fact, we have reduced our volume of public postings and are instead ensuring we send relevant and direct advice to our members and community personally.

We are constantly reviewing, adapting and making changes to put to good use what we have realised during this challenging time. Some of those immediate changes include ways we’re helping our members, qualifying businesses, employees and freelance workers take advantage of government support on offer.

Stay safe, be kind and keep working.

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Vanessa Brady OBE, Chief Executive

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