Workplace testing, Budget 2021 - Super-deduction,
support for Tenants and new Board of Trade research
key update from John Bridge OBE DL

Workplace Testing - register before 31 March

It is important you are aware that the 50 employee limit for workplace testing has been lifted, all businesses can now register to receive workplace testing kits, regardless of size. Regular testing will be vital to support the easing of restrictions.

Businesses can register here for tests. Please note that all businesses, including those that are currently closed, need to register by 31 March.

Local authorities will continue to offer testing for small businesses that cannot offer workplace testing.

You may find it helpful to look at this this useful FAQ Document which covers a number of FAQs on workplace testing for businesses.

From my perspective this is really good news. It has long been our view that it is critical for workplace testing to be expanded to businesses of all sizes and that this service is in place for as long as is necessary. For the government’s roadmap to work, an effective test, trace and isolate system must fit hand in glove with the vaccination programme. It is fundamental to getting businesses open again, and to keeping them open in the months ahead.

I encourage you all to sign up for free testing before the end of 31 March deadline.

Budget 2021 - Super-deduction

We have received many enquiries regarding the Super-deduction announcement in the budget and in respect of this HM Treasury have just produced a factsheet on this new Super-deduction investment incentive which can be found here.  

Further support for commercial and residential tenants

The ban on commercial evictions extended to 30 June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May to protect residential tenants.

Businesses will welcome this additional flexibility and pragmatism that an extension to the eviction ban brings in helping to weather this period of tightened restrictions.

As we look to reopen the economy, the flexibility this gives landlords and tenants to reach agreement and plan for the successful restart of their operations, will be welcomed by all businesses adversely affected through the continuing pandemic.

The governments press release can be accessed here.   

Board of Trade publishes new research - 'Global Britain, Local Jobs'

The Board of Trade  has published a new report outlining the benefits of trade to UK jobs and prosperity. The research estimates that nearly 6.5 million jobs in the UK are supported by exports and that median wages in jobs directly and indirectly supported by exports were around seven per cent higher than the national median.

The research was commissioned by the Secretary of State for International Trade and carried out by the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde. The full report can be found here.   

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