The team at VisitDerby are very keen to help our businesses and visitors during this very difficult situation created by the Coronavirus Pandemic. We will continue to monitor and update information on this page. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at email@example.com
Information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge but may not be exhaustive. Last updated 10 September 2020.
We are continuing to review the latest guidance from the Government and will provide further updates as soon as we can. We urge all visitors to follow Public Health England guidance regarding Coronavirus.
Latest updates for businesses affected by COVID-19
Further to the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday (9 Sep) outlining the new rule of six in England, the official Government guidance for working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated. Additional specialised advice has also been updated, including the Visitor Economy guidance and guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.
See all COVID1-19 updates and guidance for businesses
From 24 July in England, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport (Exemptions include young children, people with breathing difficulties and people living with a disability).
Eat Out to Help Scheme
You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.
You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:
all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
to claim the money back from the government
There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.
Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.
Registration will close on 31 August.
Find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
The latest announcements from Visit England:
We are pleased to share the latest official updates on COVID-19.
We are pleased to share with you the latest updates for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic:
£20 million fund announced to support small and medium businesses in England
The Government has announced a £20 million fund to support the recovery of small and medium-sized businesses in England.
Businesses will be eligible to receive grants between £1,000 - £5,000 to help them access technology, equipment or professional advice as they plan for recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The support will be fully funded by the Government from the England European Regional Development Fund and distributed through Growth Hubs, embedded in local areas across England.
Activities supported through the funding can include:
- One-to-many events providing guidance to respond to coronavirus.
- Grants (£1,000 - £5,000) to help businesses access specialist professional advice such as HR, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital, and to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify.
Share Government guidance with customers on planning a holiday in England
Businesses are asked to help raise awareness of the Government's guidance for tourists who fall ill whilst on holiday in England by directing your customers to the advice displayed on the VisitEngland website.
Dedicated copy for businesses to use to communicate with their customers is available on our website. You can include the information as part of the customer booking confirmation and adopt the messaging on your marketing channels – to help protect your staff and customers.
Eat Out to Help Out
If your business is taking part in the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme this August, you can start to claim back reimbursements from 7 August until 30 September.
If you want to include your business in the scheme you can register on the Eat Out to Help Out site.
Other Government updates
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the re-opening plans for a number of tourism businesses in England from 4 July, the visitor economy guidance has been published.
The guidance is aimed at business owners, operators and workers in the following areas:
- Hotels and other guest accommodation (including self-catering accommodation, B&Bs, hostels, camping, holiday homes, caravan parks, boats and other types of accommodation including short-term letting). This guidance should be read in conjunction with the working safely in hotels and other accommodation guidance.
- Indoor and outdoor attractions (e.g. arcades, walking tours, theme parks, family entertainment centres, static funfairs, zoos and aquariums). The events and entertainment guidance may also be useful for attractions that move around (e.g. roving funfairs) to be published shortly.
- Business events and consumer shows (e.g. events taking place in meetings, conference, convention and exhibition centres). Business conferences, events, exhibitions and trade fairs are not currently allowed to take place in England.
The guidance should also be read in conjunction with the working safely guidance, the safer travel guidance and other available sector guidance.
New social distancing guidance, a list of businesses that can open from 4 July and updated guidance for restaurants, pubs and bars has also been made available.
We're Good to Go industry standard
VisitEngland has announced a new industry standard and supporting consumer mark for tourism to provide a 'ring of confidence' for businesses, attractions and destinations, as well as provide reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place and that as an industry we are good to go. The We're Good to Go scheme has been introduced and Visit Derby are encouraging as many businesses in the city as possible to sign up to the scheme. You can find out more on our We're Good to Go page.
The Prime Minister has announced the re-opening plans for a number of tourism businesses in England from 4 July, providing the conditions laid out in the Government’s roadmap are met.
In the announcement, it was outlined that from 4 July in England:
- The two metre social distancing rule will be relaxed to one metre plus. Where it is possible to remain two metres you should continue to do so, but where this is not possible it should be a ‘one metre plus’ policy. New guidance will be published to support businesses – including changing office layouts, protective screens, closing non-essential communal areas etc.
- Restaurants and pubs can open. Indoor hospitality is limited to table services and contact details will need to be collected from customers.
- People will be free to stay in self-contained accommodation including hotels, B&Bs and campsites – so long as shared facilities can be kept clean.
- Tourist attractions will be able to reopen if they can do so safely, outside gyms and playgrounds can also open.
- Places of worship will be able to reopen, weddings can take place with up to 30 guests.
- Close proximity venues such as nightclubs, soft play, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will remain closed. Taskforces will be established to help them become COVID secure.
- Indoor facilities for sports will remain closed, and close contact sports should only happen with people from the same household.
- Two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting (inside or outside), they do not have to be the same household each time. They are not recommending multiple households meet indoors.
- Outside, the guidance remains that people from several households of up to six, or two households can meet regardless of size.
Guidelines will be published for these reopening sectors. We will share these as soon as they are available.
We wanted to share two significant updates for the tourism industry made by the Government last night, one regarding the resumption of the easement of restrictions from 15 August, the other regarding the introduction of 14-day quarantine for people travelling from a number of markets, including France and the Netherlands, from 04.00 BST on Saturday 15 August.
Some of the remaining aspects of England’s culture, sport, leisure and business sectors will be permitted to reopen from Saturday in England – except for specific areas where local restrictions are in place, as follows:
• Indoor theatres, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences under updated performing arts guidance published by the Government.
• Wedding receptions in the form of a sit-down meal in a COVID-secure location for up to 30 guests will now be permitted.
• A number of pilots will now be able to take place at event venues across the country to help plan how best to restart indoor business events and implement social distancing practices. Business events and conferences will be permitted to resume from 1 October provided rates of infection remain at current levels.
• Indoor play and indoor soft play, bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos will be permitted to reopen.
• Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services – including front of the face treatments such as eyebrow threading, eyelash treatments and facials – from August 15 under new guidance.
• The piloting of a small number of sporting events to test the safe return of spectators will resume from August 15 with a view to reopening competition venues for sports fans, with social distancing measures in place from 1 October. This will commence with the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre during 15-16 August, with a full pilot programme to follow.
At the same time, the Government has announced a series of tough new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions, including significantly increasing fines in the coming weeks for repeatedly not wearing face coverings where mandated.
All staff offering close contact services, including hairdressers, are now required to wear a face mask (type 2 surgical), in addition to a clear visor that covers the face
Please visit our travel page for the latest information on travelling to Derby.
Travel Advice & Updates
- If you have had to cancel a trip to Derby, please refer to your transport, hotel or booking provider to understand your options.
- If you have pre-booked tickets for an event which has been cancelled or postponed please contact the individual attractions or venues for advice. If you have booked tickets via the Derby Sales and Information Centre, you will be contacted by our staff to explain your options.
- 8 June 2020 - Derby Bus Station reopens - Due to the expected demand, Derby Bus Station is set to reopen on a phased approach from Monday 8th June, as operators increase the number of services across the city and begin to return to normal timetables. Read the full details on our Newsroom.
With the enforcement of government restrictions limiting all travel to that of an essential nature. All visitors, businesses and residents are urged to read the government's guidance on travel during the Coronavirus pandemic here.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of the public and our staff has been the priority of Derby City Council. It is with regret that we are now announcing that all outdoor events, and events at Derby Arena and other venues, will not be running until at least the end of August.
In the meantime we will work to put measures in place to ensure that events are run safely for the public and staff members, ready for when we are able to start hosting them again.
Where changes are made to ticketed events, we will contact customers direct. There is no need for anyone who has booked tickets to contact us. Our Sales and Information Centre in Full Street, Derby remains closed which means we cannot deal with people face-to-face or take telephone calls. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are working with event organisers to postpone as many events as possible, and to reschedule new dates. The latest information will be updated below. The list of affected events is not exhaustive but includes:
City Centre Events
Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon, 7 June – postponed to 29 November 2020
Derby Roundhouse Tour, 27 June – cancelled
Head High’s Fundamental Event, Market Place, 11 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date for 2021
Sunrise City 5K, 17 July – postponed to 16 July 2021
Caribbean Carnival, 19 July, parade from city centre to Osmaston Park – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
The Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season at Markeaton Park Craft Village – all events cancelled. This applies to:
- 1 to 4 July: Oddsocks Productions in The Comedy of Errors
- 15 to 18 July: Lost Boys present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Unabridged)
- 25 to 29 July: Babbling Vagabonds in Here Be Dragons!
- 30 July: Cinema - Bohemian Rhapsody
- 31 July: Cinema - The Full Monty
- 1 August: Cinema - Rocketman
- 2 Aug: Cinema - A Star Is Born
Other Park Events – all regular activities, plus:
All Parkruns at Markeaton and Alvaston Parks, and Junior Parkrun at Markeaton Park - cancelled
Derwent Valley Orienteering event, 30 May - cancelled
Wacky Wig Walk, Markeaton Park, 17 May - cancelled
Derby Summer Series 5K, Darley Park, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July, 18 August – cancelled and liaising with event organiser to confirm new dates
BMX Regional Race 2020, Alvaston Park, 31 May - cancelled
Big Lunch, Stockbrook Street Recreation Ground, 7 June – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
The Big One, Chaddesden Park, 7 June – cancelled
Fake Festivals, Markeaton Park, 20 June – postponed to 19 June 2021
Oakfest, Oakwood Park, 28 June – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Race For Life and Pretty Muddy, Markeaton Park, 27 and 28 June - postponed to 10 and 11 October 2020
Colin Potter Memorial 10K Race, Darley Abbey Park and Fields, 3 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Community Fun Day, Osmaston Park, 4 July – postponed to 3 July 2021
The Derby Retro, New and Classic Car Show, Markeaton Park, 5 July – cancelled
Pond dipping at Markeaton Park, 5 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Community Fun Day, Sinfin Moor Park, 11 July – postponed to 10 July 2021
Festival of Music and Flowers, Markeaton Park, 18 and 19 July – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Alvaston Park Family Fun Day, 19 July – cancelled, 2021 date to be confirmed
Superhero Picnic in the Park events
- 28 July: Markeaton Park - cancelled
- 29 July: Chaddesden Park - cancelled
- 30 July: Darley Park – cancelled
Hydrangea Derby Open Day, Darley Park Walled Garden, 9 August – cancelled and liaising with the event organiser to confirm a new date
Indoor Market, 2 May – cancelled
Mum 2 Mum Market, 13 June – cancelled
British Cheerleading, 19 to 20 June – cancelled
The Big Bang Fair Midlands, 27 June – cancelled
National Youth Omnium, 25 to 26 July - cancelled
Derby LIVE ticketed events
Rescheduled events – tickets on sale:
The Ladyboys of Bangkok – rescheduled to 25 September to 4 October 2020 at Bass’ Recreation Ground
Whitney, Queen of the Night – rescheduled to 3 June 2021 at Derby Arena
Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour – rescheduled to Sat 21 November 2020 at Derby Arena
The Dreamboys - rescheduled to 14 January 2021 at Derby Arena
The Magic of Motown – rescheduled to Sat 26 June 2021 at Derby Arena
Queen Machine Symphonic - rescheduled to Wed 13 Oct 2021 at Derby Arena
Dog Lovers Festival - rescheduled to 6-8 August 2021 at Elvaston Castle
Derby LIVE also acts as the ticket agent for a number of other shows throughout the county. We will update our listings when organisers inform us about changes to their shows.
As guidance and updates are constantly changing we will endeavour to keep this list up to date as much as possible. If you have any information you can provide us regarding an event, please email us at email@example.com.
As of 1 June 2020 some shops have begun to reopen with more retail outlets reopened from Monday 15 June.
We have liaised with local businesses to provide the most up-to-date information on our website listings.
You can find out what shops are open on our dedicated Shopping in Derby during Covid-19 page. Please remember to practice social distancing at all times when shopping in Derby.
Parks & Open Spaces
With the relaxation of lockdown permitting further use of outdoor spaces and our ability to meet with up to six people outside, we have expanded our list of available parks and open spaces in Derby.
Check out our dedicated Parks & Open Spaces page for further information. Please remember to follow Government guidelines and practice social distancing at all times when using our open spaces.
We've also compiled a list of Outdoor Sports in Derby to help you remain active during lockdown.
Advice and support for businesses
We have included the following updates and information from Visit Britain and Visit England for businesses to consult at this time.
Access information about financial schemes and support on the Government's Coronavirus Business Support website
New 'top up' grant scheme is now open. Derby City Council is now inviting applications for a new ‘top up’ grant scheme to support small businesses and charities struggling to meet their on-going fixed property related costs during COVID-19. The scheme opened on Friday 29th May and is open until Friday 19th June. Read the full details on their Newsrooom
- The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) is now open for applications.
- Visit the Business Advice Hub to access information for businesses affected by COVID-19 including advice, guidance and key links to financial support.
- Businesses can claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme allows all UK employers to claim for wage costs for at least 3 months from 1 March 2020. Guidance is now available on GOV.UK.
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been expanded to cover all viable firms. All firms with a turnover of more than £45 million will now be able to apply for up to £25 million of finance, and up to £50 million for firms with a turnover of more than £250 million.
The Government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of October to reflect continuing social distancing measures
On 11 May, a revised version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme step-by-step guidance was published on how to apply for support.
- Further guidance on the deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus has been published.
- HMRC has produced guidance to help employers find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus.
- Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19, workers will be able to carry it over into the next two leave years.
- Measures to support self-employed people are now available. Further information on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme has been published along with a frequently asked questions page.
- A HMRC helpline has been launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus to get practical help and advice. The new number is 0800 024 1222.
- Guidance for food businesses has been added to GOV.UK, the guidance includes need to know information about coronavirus and food, food hygiene guidance, managing employee sickness and maintaining social distancing in specific food business settings.
- Business Rates: expanded retail discount guidance has been updated removing exclusions for this relief so that retail, leisure, and hospitality properties that have been forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 restriction measures will now be eligible for the relief
- Businesses can now apply for a three-month extension to file accounts with Companies House and avoid late penalties if you have been affected by coronavirus.
- Updates to the Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally, including a business support helpline
- Guidance: Further businesses and premises to close which confirms that accommodation businesses should close unless they are providing for key workers or are a permanent residence. Businesses offering delivery and take away food can still operate.
- Guidance for employees, employers and businesses including information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses
- Guidance for businesses including information on Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme
- Information about the Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- How to access financial support if your business has been affected by COVID-19
- Sick notes: An online sick note system has been launched for coronavirus absences
- Support for businesses paying sick pay to employees
- Support for businesses paying business rates
- Support for businesses paying little or no business rates
- Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Support for larger firms through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility. Information for businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also been added.
- Support for businesses paying tax: Time to Pay service
- Support for businesses on Insurance
- The Department for Transport guidance for staff in the transport sector much of which seems transferable to the tourism sector.
- The World Health Organisation interim guidance for organisers of mass-gatherings
Please read the latest advice from Visit England below (updated 15 June)
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has recently announced changes to the UK-wide Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, with eligible individuals able to claim a second and final grant in August. The eligibility criteria remains the same as for the first grant and individuals will need to confirm that their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
The grant will be worth 70% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. This is in line with changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (see below) as the economy reopens.
The first SEISS grant, which opened for applications on 13 May, will close to new applications on 13 July. Eligible individuals will be able to make their claim for the first grant any time until this date, and those eligible will have the money paid into their bank account within six working days of completing a claim.
Further guidance on the second grant will be published later this month.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back part time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work.
From August 2020, the level of the grant will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work:
- In June and July, the Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions for the hours the employee doesn’t work. Employers will have to pay employees for the hours they work.
- In August, the Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 and employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions for the hours the employee does not work - 5% of average gross employment costs of those currently furloughed.
- In September, the Government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,190 for the hours the employee does not work. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.
- In October, the Government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee does not work. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.
The cap will be proportional to the hours not worked. To enable the introduction of flexible furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. The number of employees an employer can claim for in any claim period cannot exceed the maximum number they have claimed for under any previous claim under the current CJRS.
The scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June, with the last three-week furloughs before that point commencing on 10 June for new entrants.
From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for the hours not worked. Employers will need to agree any flexible furlough arrangements with employees, and when claiming the CJRS grant will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme now live
Employers with fewer than 250 employees can now claim for up to two weeks of coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). In order to file a claim, businesses must be registered with PAYE Online and must have already paid employees’ SSP. Forms are now open for employers to check whether they are eligible and file a claim online.
Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers has been published. The test and trace service launched across England on Thursday 28 May and the new guidance means that anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days even if they have no symptoms. This guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.
To find out more about the support available to small businesses visit our Business Advice Hub.
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) maximum loan size increased
The Government has extended the maximum loan size available through CLBILS from £50 million to £200 million. The change is to help larger firms who do not qualify for the Bank of England’s COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF). The expanded loans will be available from 26 May. Companies that receive help through CLBILS and the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Fund will be asked to agree to not pay dividends and to exercise restraint on senior pay.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opens for claims on 26 May
Small and medium-sized employers will be able to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees through an online portal from 26 May. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.
Repayments will be at the relevant rate of SSP that has been paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020. Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of employers. Guidance on making a claim is available on Gov.UK.
Discretionary Grants Fund open to small and micro businesses in England
Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are based in England and not eligible for other Government grant schemes can now apply through their local council for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. Grants of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000 may be given. Councils have been asked to prioritise businesses including bed and breakfasts paying council tax instead of business rates.
Find out how to apply
Other Government updates
HMRC Business support videos available
HMRC has published videos for businesses to understand the support available to them. Topics covered include: coronavirus job retention scheme, self-employment and income support scheme, statutory sick pay rebate scheme, helping employers support employees.
Find videos here.
Two new business event initiatives launched
The Business Events Growth Programme 2020/21 has opened for applications.
Applications are welcome from various types of organisations, including but not limited to event organisers, convention bureaus/destination management organisations, universities or associations.
Further information, including types of event support, current criteria and how to apply for financial support, is available online.
Meanwhile, VisitBritain has announced that its flagship annual Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) event, MeetGB, will this year be run as a virtual educational event on the 17 and 23 June 2020.
MeetGB Virtual, in partnership with MeetEngland, VisitScotland Business Events, Meet in Wales, Tourism Northern Ireland and London Convention Bureau, will see international buyers from around the world connect online to discover the diverse business event opportunities from across the UK.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until October
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced that the Job Retention Scheme would be extended until October. Until the end of July there will be no changes; however, from August to October there will be more flexibility to enable people to return to work part-time. More specific details around the changes will be made available by the end of May.
On 11 May, a revised version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme step-by-step guidance was published on how to apply for support.
UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the Government published a recovery roadmap yesterday. The document outlines a re-opening timetable with July 4 being the earliest date for the hospitality sector, including accommodations and attractions, to start opening their premises to customers.
The tourism sector reopening forms the third stage of a tentative timetable to ease the country out of lockdown, following earlier stages which include starting to return children to schools, the re-opening of retail and some relaxing of rules around exercise. The ambition of the third step is to open some of the remaining businesses and premises that were required to close, including food service providers, pubs, accommodation providers, public places and leisure facilities such as cinemas. However, this is dependent on whether the appropriate social distancing guidelines can be adhered to and the Government’s five tests:
- Protecting the NHS
- A falling death rate
- R less than one
- Testing and PPE in place
- No risk of a second peak being met.
In order to keep overall levels of infection down the Government has set out new restrictions around international travel (see page 29), in line with many other countries.
A series of measures and restrictions will be introduced at the UK border:
- The Government will require all international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information.
- All international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions will be required to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days on arrival into the UK.
- Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.
All journeys within the Common Travel Area will also be exempt from these measures.
These international travel measures will be introduced shortly. Further details and guidance will be set out shortly.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens for applications on 13 May
The scheme will allow those who are self-employed to claim a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be extended. Check if you are eligible to claim.
To make a claim you will need:
- Self-Assessment UTR (unique taxpayer reference)
- National Insurance number
- Government Gateway user ID and password
- Bank account number and sort code that you want the Government to pay the grant into (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted)
When claiming, you will have to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
Guidance for employers
New guidance for employers has been made available for construction and other outdoor work, factories, plants and warehouses, homes, labs and research facilities, office and contact centres, restaurants offering takeaway or delivery, shops and branches and vehicles to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.
Industry bodies have been contributing to industry-specific guidance, which is awaiting sign off and will be available over the coming weeks.
HMRC Business Webinars
HMRC are continuing to run business webinars on the following topics:
Other Government updates
New guidance on safe travel has been published by the Department for Transport; this includes specific sections for each type of transport.
Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak has been published.
Revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021, to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by impacts of COVID-19.
Safer transport guidance for operators has been published. The guide will help businesses, agencies and others understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport.
COVID-19 Business Support Grants FAQ
What is the purpose of this funding?
This funding is being made available to help small, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19.
How much funding is available?
Small Business Grant Fund
Small businesses, who as of 11 March had a rateable value of up to £15,000 and were eligible for small business rates relief will be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
Businesses within the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, who on the 11th March had a rateable value of up to £15,000 will potentially be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Businesses within the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, who on the 11th March had a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 will potentially be eligible for a grant of £25,000.
How are you making businesses aware of the award?
We have identified all of the businesses that we believe may qualify for a grant and are writing directly them. Where we hold a correspondence address that is different to the property address, for which the grant may be payable, we will send the letter to the correspondence address.
We are also sending out communications via the other usual channels including, newsroom, twitter and facebook
I haven’t received a letter can I still get a grant?
Just because you don’t receive a letter doesn’t mean you can’t receive the grant.
What do I need to do to get the grant?
The Council have put a place which is designed to be simple and collect the information necessary to make payments, securely, as soon as possible. The process is set out in the letter & is;
Go to the following website myaccount.derby.gov.uk. This will take you to Derby City Council’s on-line account where you will need to create an account. You will need your phone number and email address to create your account and creating an account should only take you a few minutes to complete. You will need to create a new account to continue with this process. (even if you already have an on-line account with the Council).
Once you have created an account you will be taken to the myaccount home page. Here you will see a banner inviting you to complete the COVID-19 Business Support Grant data capture form.
After completing the form and the eligibility declaration please click ‘Submit'. You may then exit and there is no further action required.
We will then email you to confirm that your form was submitted successfully, the email will also contain your case reference number.
How will I receive my grant?
Part of the data capture will include collecting bank account details. As soon as any relevant checks have been completed we will pay your money into your nominated bank account as soon as possible
How will I know the payment has been made?
We will email or write to you to let you know that the payment has been made.
There is no telephone number on the letter who do I contact?
The process has been designed so that every business can give us the necessary details without having to contact us. However, if you do have to contact us please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org . This email address is also on the letters
I have more than one business; can I receive more than one grant? e.g. Can a hairdresser with three shops, each with less than a £15k rateable value, claim three £10k grants?)
Businesses can only get one grant under the Small Business Grant Scheme.
Businesses eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme can claim one grant per eligible property.
I am a small business receiving small business rate relief and I am in the retail sector; can I receive a grant under both schemes?
No, you can only receive one grant. If you receive a grant under the small business grant scheme you will not be entitled to one under the retail, hospitality and leisure scheme.
Can I decline the grant if I want?
Yes, you may decline the grant. If you want to do this please email email@example.com saying which business you are & giving your business rates account reference number.
How should Local Authorities deal with businesses who, now a grant is possible, are advising them that they have been in occupation of a property for some time?
Any changes to the rating list after 11 March 2020, including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the ratings list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 11 March 2020.
The eligible business is the ratepayer in Local Authority records for 11 March. However, Local Authorities have the discretion to depart from this if they know that record was incorrect.
Do state aid rules apply?
YES. The Small Business Grant and the Retails, Hospitality & Leisure Grant are both classed as state aid.
Should a business receive a grant which they do not think they are entitled to because it breaks state aid rules they must contact the Council immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org
Derby City Council 'Top Up' Grant for Small Businesses and Chairities
DCC is now inviting applications for a new ‘top up’ grant scheme to support small businesses and charities struggling to meet their on-going fixed property related costs during COVID-19.
The scheme opened on Friday 29th May and is open until Friday 19th June
Read the full details on our Newsroom
Derby Employment Hub
Derby Employment Hub may be able to support your employees find alternative employment.
The Derby Employment Hub is a new programme in the City, established to provide a personalised support service to empower individuals with the skills, motivation, confidence and training to progress into work. Our support includes: CV writing, mock interviews, targeted job search, job and apprenticeship applications, work experience, work rehearsals etc. During this lock down period, we are supporting individuals through emails, telephone and other online communication tools including Skype, Zoom etc.
Please contact us at DerbyEmploymentHub@derby.gov.uk, call 01332 640990 or text 07917 551 621
You can find out more about the Derby Employment Hub by reading the leaflet below
We have included a list of useful links of support networks that businesses can consult to discover more information regarding funding options and ways of accessing help.
Funding advice from Derby City Council
Advice for cultural businesses from Arts Council England
Financial support info from D2N2
Information from the Business Growth Hub
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