As Stockport’s business community prepares for recovery post-coronavirus, a group of business leaders from the town have collaborated with Stockport Council to launch a new website – www.skbusinessrecovery.co.uk to support businesses through the phases of recovery.
Latest UK data to Tuesday 2nd June:
Total tests: 4,615,146 UK tests have been carried out (+ 138,806)
Positive tests: 277,985 have tested positive – (+ 3,223 on previous day)
Loss of life: 39,045 across all settings, (+ 324 on previous day)
Cases in Stockport: 1,054 (no new cases in last 24 hours )
Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.
Government daily briefing by Health & Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock:
- Public Health England report confirmed those who are older, male or from BAME backgrounds are at higher risk
- ONS reports 48,106 death certificates mentioned Covid-19 up to 22 May, compared to 36,393 reported in the daily briefing
- Government delivering 40,000 antibody tests a day for healthcare staff
Public Health England reports disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19
The largest disparity found was by age. Among people already diagnosed with COVID19, people who were 80 or older were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40. Risk of dying among those diagnosed with COVID-19 was also higher in males than females; higher in those living in the more deprived areas than those living in the least deprived; and higher in those in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups than in White ethnic groups. These inequalities largely replicate existing inequalities in mortality rates in previous years, except for BAME groups, as mortality was previously higher in White ethnic groups. These analyses take into account age, sex, deprivation, region and ethnicity, but they do not take into account the existence of comorbidities, which are strongly associated with the risk of death from COVID-19 and are likely to explain some of the differences.
The Government is picking up the wage bills of close to nine million furloughed workers, who are unable to do their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. Around £17.5 billion has been claimed by more than one million firms who have sent their colleagues home as the country went into lockdown in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly virus. Government figures released today, Tuesday June 2, show that 8.7 million jobs had been furloughed as of Sunday. This is a rise from 8.4 million a week earlier, when £15 billion had been claimed, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said.
This will not include people travelling from Ireland or Channel isles. Some workers including lorry drivers, farm workers and medics will be excluded. Italy – opening borders to other European countries and residents moving freely across all regions is now allowed in a bid to boost tourism trade as infection rate reduces to manageable level and R below 1.
BBC: Students may have to exist in protective bubbles or study online from the autumn.
University leaders suggested students would live and study with the same group to minimise mixing. They were setting out safety measures for a socially-distanced student life – including a virtual freshers’ week. A survey suggested 71% of students would prefer to start the term later, if they got more in-person teaching.
Government urged to re-think quarantine policy for International travellers
A parliamentary debate on the government’s proposed 14-day quarantine on arrival policy, due to come into force on Monday (8 June), has reportedly been pushed back as pressure grows on home secretary Priti Patel to water down the policy – or drop it altogether.
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Lenders have approved £31.3bn to more than 745,000 businesses so far through the three major government-backed lending schemes, according to new figures.
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) have all launched over recent months, with £3.8bn being lent in the last week alone. The BBLS – aimed at sole traders and micro businesses – has seen £21.3bn provided by lenders, while 46,000 businesses have been backed through CBILS at a total of £8.9bn. A total of 191 larger companies have received finance via CLBILS, totalling £1.1bn.
The National Trust has begun a phased reopening of some of its gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland with advance bookings needed to limit visitor numbers and maintain public safety.
From today, the Trust will begin a phased and gradual reopening and over the coming weeks more places will begin reopening with online advance bookings. All the Trust’s houses, shops, holiday cottages and campsites remain closed in line with government guidelines. To adhere to social distancing, the Trust will operate at 30% capacity. Visitors arriving at reopening properties by car will be asked to show pre-booked tickets through their vehicle window before parking. Those arriving on foot will have bookings checked by a small team of staff who will adhere to social distancing.
Labour market economic analysis, quarterly: June 2020
The ONS has today published the first in a new quarterly series of articles giving additional economic analysis of the latest UK labour market headline statistics and long-term trends. The first article looks at the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on hours worked and vacancies in different UK industries.
- Early indications of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the labour market show that average weekly actual hours worked fell by 2.5% between January and March 2019 and the same period in 2020, compared with a decline of 2.2% in the period January to March 2008 and the same period in 2009.
- Between January to March 2019 and January to March 2020 the largest loss of average actual hours worked was recorded in the accommodation and food services industry (negative 11.8%)
- Young workers aged 16 to 24 years experienced the largest fall in average actual hours (negative 5.9%) compared with other age groups, followed by those aged 65 years and older (negative 4.8%).
- Vacancies decreased across all industries, with the largest percentage decrease recorded in the accommodation and food services industry (negative 41.5%) in the period between February to April 2019 and February to April 2020.
LOCAL / REGIONAL NEWS & UPDATES:
Last date to apply for Phase 1 of Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund
Businesses that had been eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support are also now eligible for the LA Discretionary Business Grant. Read the latest update and link to FAQs HERE In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the scheme or the process, please email SKLADGRANTS@stockport.gov.uk
The application window will close on Wednesday 3rd June at 5pm. Process of payments will begin on Friday 5th June.
Northern Tourist Leaders ask Government to reconsider proposed new quarantine rules for UK arrivals
International tourism to the North of England is worth some £2.5bn each year, supporting jobs in the visitor economy and wider supply chain. In normal circumstances Manchester Airport, for example, offers connections to nine of the UK’s top 10 inbound visitor markets and some of its individual services, such as to China, have been shown to benefit the North’s visitor economy by more than £250m a year. In the letter, signed by 10 DMO leaders from across the North, they pledge full support to the Government’s commitment to public health, but say that a blanket approach to the quarantine of all arrivals, irrespective of where passengers are originating from, will cause unnecessary damage to the economy and risk livelihoods.
Foundations Stockport provide 1000s of food bags to the community
For households struggling during lockdown, Foundations Stockport has provided support to ensure no one need go hungry through its ‘Your Local Pantry’ programme. The organisation has been providing pre-packed bags with a selection of food can be collected in person from two of the pantries at Brinnington and Bridgehall. For the most vulnerable households, a home delivery service also operates six days a week. Not only has the service proved invaluable for existing pantry members, it also has provided support for callers to Stockport Council’s Covid helpline who are unable to go out and do not have family or friends to shop for them.
Stockport businesses grant funding payments:
Main Grant Scheme:
Stockport Council have administered a further 14 grants bringing the total amount paid to £57,370,000 across 4,987 qualifying businesses and bringing the total now to over 91% of those identified as eligible as at 11/03/2020.
If your business qualifies for a grant, please complete the online application form. Total grant allocation is £66.574m. If you have any queries please email email@example.com
Local Authority Discretionary Grant Scheme:
Applications received to 2nd June: 185
Bed & Breakfast: 2
Small Charity: 5
Market Trader: 6
Shared Building: 143
Applications rejected: 8
Stockport – is your business open for business?
Is your business in Stockport? Are you ‘open for business’?
Many businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and are currently unable to trade due to Government restrictions but Stockport is still open for business. Are you still providing legal / financial services? Perhaps you have an online business? Or you have a food store. Are you offering a delivery service? Or perhaps you have a restaurant and are now offering take-aways? Whatever your business, we want to support you. And it’s free!
Follow the link, fill in the form and we will add you to our directory:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses
The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read this page for regular updates – latest news updated to extend BPS deadline for land change requests to midnight on 9 June 2020.
Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic
Guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19: Home Office extraordinary funding for domestic abuse support services
Added the bidder clarifications document to guidance for the £2 million Home Office fund for domestic abuse charities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Support for the bereaved
Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.
Hard-hat mounted cough guard will help protect construction workers
The Helmet Mounted Cough Guard is an easy to fit screen which provides an extra layer of secondary protection against droplets and aerosols. The company said it is ideal for situations where a two-person task cannot be carried out with two metre social distancing. JSP said: “It will reduce the likelihood of any exhaled airborne droplets directly contacting the wearer’s face and discourage the wearer from touching their eyes and face.”
New digital platform will help disadvantaged students with university applications
The Sutton Trust has launched a digital platform in partnership with Bloomberg, which aims to help 6,000 disadvantaged young people with their university applications as many face to face university access courses are unable to take place this year due to social distancing. Sutton Trust research has shown that there is an increasing uncertainty among young people about how the crisis will affect their next steps.
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – Guidance updated to include a restructure of the document in line with wider opening, updated content on funding including in relation to the Competition and Markets Authority and insurance, updated content on infection prevention and control, a new section on attendance, new information on the use of community centres and before and after school clubs, a new section of safeguarding and welfare including provisions for children with SEND and a clarification on paediatric first aid certificates.
What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak
Updated information on what parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes information on the curriculum, afterschool activities, repeating a year for pupils, transport and keeping children safe online. We have also amended information on if its compulsory to send pupils to educational settings and education for children at home. It also includes updated information for parents of children with special education needs.
Ofsted to review students’ and apprentices’ online further education experience
Ofsted is working with the Department for Education (DfE), the Association of Colleges (AoC), the Association of Employer and Learning Providers (AELP) and HOLEX to review further education learners’ experience of online learning during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown. The review aims to provide insights into the sector’s experiences of online education and to identify areas of strength and potential for improvement. This will support post-16 providers re-visiting their online education strategies, particularly from September 2020 onwards. The review will look at the online education that providers are delivering in light of the necessary social distancing measures
Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus outbreak
A summary of attendance in education settings – added latest data and ‘29 May 2020 summary: attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’.
EMPLOYERS / BUSINESS / FINANCE:
Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses
Updated – Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus.
Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations
Added details about British Marine and Certass Trade Association to Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations who are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors.
European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. The ERDF and ESF Q&A have been updated with new questions or amended answers to existing questions. See date of update next to questions for those updated or added.
The British Embassy Ashgabat opens its call for project proposals
The Embassy will provide funding up to $50,000 per project for project ideas that support activities related to Turkmenistan’s national plan to prevent COVID-19.
Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the?support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of?coronavirus – YouTube video about the Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme has been updated.
Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated with information on which apprentices should be prioritised in the offer of face-to-face training from 15 June, and details of the flexibility that enables apprentices to take end-point assessment ahead of receiving their calculated functional skills qualification results.
Qualifying fishing and aquaculture businesses will receive a further and final payment from the government’s £10 million Fisheries Response Fund.
Eligible businesses will be contacted by the Marine Management Organisation and payments will be made directly into business accounts by June 15. So far more than 1200 fishing and aquaculture businesses have received payments from the Fund for April and May. The payment for June is the final payment from this Fund. The Fund included £1m for the Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme, a grant scheme for projects to support the sale and consumption of locally caught fish. A joint endeavour between Defra, Cefas, the fishing industry and MMO, the first successful projects were awarded grants this week. The judging panel is due to review further projects on 8 June.
How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.
Coronavirus update from the Environment Agency
We are aware communities, businesses and the environment rely on our services. This includes the advice and guidance we offer, our regulatory work which continues to protect the environment, people and wildlife from harm, managing the risks of flooding and coastal erosion, and other roles. In this latest update there is more news for our boating customers. Meanwhile, we continue to follow the government’s guidance for blue light services to ensure those in critical roles can continue with their essential work.
Coronavirus: Environment Agency update
The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic.
HEALTH & HEALTHCARE:
COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes
Review into how different factors have affected COVID-19 risk and outcomes.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing data methodology
Information on the data sources and methodology used to provide the daily statistics on coronavirus testing.
COVID-19: guidance for sampling and for diagnostic laboratories
Updated link to video on packaging diagnostic samples containing Hazard group 3 (HG3) pathogens and addition of link to reinstated E28 primary testing form – added to information for clinical diagnostic laboratories regarding safety, sampling and packaging specimens associated with COVID-19.
COVID-19: guidance for health professionals
Reinstated COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): laboratory testing request form (E28) to information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
Added documents for care homes: ‘How to use Randox test kits’ and ‘How to use non-Randox test kits’ to guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings
Updated guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Statements regarding COVID-19 tests evaluated by PHE
Public Health England (PHE) has undertaken rapid evaluations of selected commercial diagnostic kits and serological assays. Addition of position statement on inactivation of SARS-CoV-2.
Coronavirus recovery in prisons and probation
Prisons and Probation Minister Lucy Frazer has today (2 June 2020) set out how those services will start to recover from the restrictions imposed in response to coronavirus.
COVID-19: National Framework for Prison Regimes and Services
This Framework sets out how Government will take decisions about easing coronavirus-related restrictions in prisons.
COVID-19: Probation Roadmap to Recovery
A summary of how we plan to continue to deliver probation services whilst COVID-19 remains a factor but government guidance on lockdown is gradually relaxed.
MAKE UK urges Government to provide direct support to key sectors
According to Make UK, the Government was right to focus on the immediate need to protect individuals and jobs through the Job Retention Scheme. However, moving forward into the recovery phase, Make UK now believes that a more radical approach is needed to protect the internationally competitive position of key strategic sectors – Aerospace, Automotive and Steel – and companies which were trading positively before the pandemic. This should include ensuring that companies are able to access capital to service debt incurred to survive the lockdown and be able to grow in the future.
Good news as lettings sector shows “remarkable bounce back”
It’s been three weeks since the government eased lettings and sales restrictions and Goodlord says the first day of June saw new tenancies applications soar above 2019 levels by no less than 111 per cent. Volumes of new tenancy applications have now risen by over 82 per cent compared to the activity levels seen in mid-April. Completed applications remain at 70 per cent of 2019 levels, but continue to increase week on week.
Balearic Islands prepare to reopen to International visitors on 1st July
“The property sector accounts for no less than one-fifth of this region’s entire gross domestic product. This makes our industry the second most important driver of The Balearic economy directly after tourism.” The agency reports that interest in residential property on the island of Mallorca in particular has not receded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. From the beginning of the lockdown on March 15 up until May 29 this year, Engel & Völkers Mallorca reports total sales transaction volume of 63.3 million euros. It calculates the average sale price for properties across the island at 1.8 million euros, up from 1.6 million euros in 2019.
Public health border measures to come into force next week
The rules which cover the new measures at the UK border to protect against coronavirus will be published on 3 June 2020.
FCO areas of research interest (ARI) 2020: coronavirus (COVID-19) update
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) ARI has been updated to set out FCO research areas of interest relating to the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme:
Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more. Choose a date and time
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim:
This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.
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If you’ve missed any of HMRC’s live webinars, you can catch up series of recorded webinars on HMRC’s YouTube channel – available at a time to suit you.
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As part of our offer to clients on EnterprisingYou we provide free training and personal development activities in areas that would enable them to enhance their skills and further develop their business. This is delivered by our own staff and approved partners. The current activities on offer include topics such as managing cashflow, using social media, networking and marketing but we will also try and source niche activities where possible. We are always interested in increasing what we can offer to clients, so if you are, or know, a training provider that would like to come onto our framework, please visit our partners section on the website or access the tender information page at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/manchestergrowthcompany/aspx/ProjectManage/86
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Applications Now Open for the Local Authority Discretion Fund. Businesses that had been eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support are also now eligible for the LA Discretionary Business Grant.
Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May.
Stockport Council has confirmed its criteria in consideration of awarding the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, announced as the grants Top-up fund by the Government on 1st May.
Business Support in Stockport – a centre pool of information to support business owners in Stockport:
Government – Guidance on Returning to Work safely
Government – Setting out of Road Map to recovery – 11th May 2020
Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s 60 page COVID-19 recovery strategy
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread.Stockport Council has launched a FREE job matching website to help support employers with vacancies and individuals across the Stockport borough who are looking for work. The service, Stockport Jobs Match, will help to connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with applicants who are immediately available and in need of employment. The website also helps signpost individuals to available support services and information.
Coronavirus Act 2020: status
A table setting out the status of each measure in the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Government – Financial Support
New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business
Stockport Council – Health & Mental Well-being https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus
Government – Financial Support
CBILS – A guide to whether it may be the best options for a business
Government – Financial Support
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – online claims portal open
Government – Business Support:
Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool
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Government – IT safety support:
Government Warnings Over Coronavirus Scams – Here’s How to Protect Yourself
Government – Financial Support:
HMRC has published guidance on how it will work out income and profits for the self-employed or those in a partnership who have lost profits due to coronavirus.
Government – Business Support:
Government – Business Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Government – Financial Support: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding
Government – Business Support:
Bank of England – Financial Support: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2020/march/the-covid-corporate-financing-facility
Stockport Council Grant scheme:
Gov.uk: Maintaining Educational Provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
UK Lockdown – Further businesses to close and exceptions: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF
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Health – updates from NHS
Health– Shielding the most vulnerable
Health – Dedicated helpline to support vulnerable residents in Stockport:
Support can be accessed by calling 0161 217 6046 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
Health – Dedicated health & wellbeing services:
24/7 mental health helpline & safe haven for anyone over the age of 18 in Stockport (0800 138 7276).
Health – An Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 for emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns. 0161 217 6028 – 8.30am-5pm Mon – Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm on Friday.
Health – the big white wall
The Big White Wall offers 24/7 anonymous support via a digital emotional wellbeing and mental health service, offering peer support for anyone over the age of 16, support from trained clinicians alongside a range of helpful tools and resources.
Media and Marketing:
Prolific North are publishing daily updates on their blog as to how Covid-19 is impacting on the marketing, media and technology industries
Recruitment: – DWP and Universal Credit http://news.dwp.gov.uk/dwplz/lz.aspx?p1=MQsDU1NjQ5MlM2OTA0OjNCNDJBOEZCRTJDOUJEOTc1ODQ0RTRCRDNDNzk4QUNF-&CC=&p=0
Retail: An update form British Retail Consortium
Employment: – Stockport Jobs Match
Community – Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
How businesses can offer services, funds and volunteers to civil society during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more information here.
Employment – Useful information for the Self-Employed:
News and Guidance for the self-employed:
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Can you claim back Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay in the Rebate Scheme
From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.