COVID-19: Important Information

Your first priority is keeping you, your teams, families and loved ones safe

A note from Thomas Szczepanski

It is with a great deal of regret we have witnessed the unfolding events of COVID-19 and the affects on British businesses, and those of our European neighbours.

We are committed to helping the stop of COVID-19, and in doing so assisting our medical services who will be severely challenged over the coming weeks and months. Personally speaking, my wife is a specialist physiotherapist in respirative care at Northern General Hospital, she will be on the frontline of providing care to those critically in need, so we’re aware of the difficult fight ahead of us and the need to comply with what the government asks us to do. To assist with this, we have made the difficult decision to all work from home from the forseeable future. 

We would like to assure all our clients we are fully open for business still and committed to upholding the same level of support & assistance from us you have come to expect, going the extra mile to help support your business during these hours of need. Should you need us we remain available by all the usual communications methods, just not face to face in the office. If you have paperwork to drop off, please ring us and we have lots of ideas to avoid you having to come to the office and potentially expose yourself in doing so.

We would just like to stress how important it is that you keep in touch with us with any questions you have about what support is available, no business is more deserving of assistance than any other if it needs it, and we’re here to make sure you get what you need and can get.

Government support for you and your business

First and foremost we recommend checking the consistently updated government web page:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

We’re in a rapidly changing situation and although we will commit to keeping this page as up to-date as possible this is not always possible and the above link should have all the key information you need.

We’ve current got three documents to help you understand what is currently available for your business, how to apply and when you might get the support you need:

COVID-19 Government Support Summary 1 & 2 (for full live details, please refer to the above Government website)

COVID-19 Self Employment Income Support Scheme Update – 27th March 2020

We recommend you read the summary first to get an overview of what is currently available and then the details for the bits that are pertinent to your business.

In addition, if you’d prefer to view a video summary then please click here (please note this doesn’t include information about the self employment income support scheme currently).

This is all current as of 9th April 2020 but as the position continues to change we will try to keep this up to date as possible as we find out more. With this in mind, if you’d like to view a summary of the daily developments we recommend this summary blog here.

Our support

We want you to know we are here to offer support and guidance over the next few months, and we will of course work to ensure your accounts, VAT, payroll and tax returns continue to be done in a timely manner. If you need anything, let us know. Our business depends on your business and we must all pull together during the next few months.

Firstly, please read our specific ‘Protect, Plan & Prosper – Your Coronavirus Business Survival Guide’ page

We’ve put together three resources you can use that might help.

The first is what we call a ‘Tough Times Business Checklist’ which applies to any time of recession and uncertainty, and illustrates what kind of steps your business can take to improve your performance.

Secondly we’ve got a ‘Meeting Guide‘ to use when meeting staff to chart your way through the implications of COVID-19.

We also have written a blog with a free template to use for basic cash flow forecasting for your businessso you can check if you have an impending cash flow issue to be aware of

Finally we’ve got the ‘Small Business Emergency Action Plan‘ which is what you need to do if you’re expecting a serious issue with sales in the coming months.

Remember, your main purpose is to protect the health of yourself, employees and customers, and then reduce the risk of the financial impact to your business, the sooner you take action the sooner you can do all of these things.

The number one take away we want you to have is to talk to us – we are all in this together.