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Preparing for a return to the workplace

The health and wellbeing of employees has never been more important than at this current time.

At tomorrow’s Bitesize HR event we focus on mental health in the workplace.

Jacqui Kemp, Director of Your People Potential, will explain some of the things that employers need to do internally to manage the return to work while Steph Gordon, Director of EBCam Ltd, will identify what employers can outsource to others to support their people.

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Register your place here.  

Results for Chamber Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker 11

It is clear that firms are going to be vulnerable as the government schemes approach their end.

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Tracker reveal that business conditions improved only moderately in the weeks since the UK economy suffered an historic contraction in Q2 2020, with firms still reporting high levels of reliance on government support schemes to help stem cashflow issues.

- 38 per cent of firms reported improved revenue from UK customers
- More than 1 in 3 of businesses say they have three months or less worth of cash in reserve
- Chambers continue to call for significant interventions to protect businesses and jobs.

Full details of the press release can be accessed here.  

While some firms are seeing improvements in trading conditions, the indications are that we are still very much in the eye of the storm, with the possibility of further turbulence ahead.

As the government’s emergency measures begin to wind down over the coming weeks, and with the prospect of further local lockdowns still very real, businesses across the UK are going to need further support to weather uncertainty over the coming months.

Reducing the jobs tax by taking steps to reduce the burden of employers’ National Insurance contributions, big new incentives for business investment, and targeted support to help businesses placed under local lockdowns all need to be put in place now. Ministers must not wait until the economic storm is once again at fever pitch before they act.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claim service is now open

If you’re eligible for the second and final grant, and your business has been adversely affected  on or after 14 July 2020, you can make a claim  on or before 19 October 2020. 

You can claim for the second grant even if you did not make a claim for the first grant. If you have different circumstances it can affect your eligibility. If you're self-employed or member of a partnership, find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme. Please see here to understand how HMRC works out trading and non-trading income for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

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