Practical advice for businesses in the UK: COVID-19

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We have provided a brief summary of UK government support and advice from ICAEW to help you get the advice and assistance you need.

You can read the government’s latest advice and guidance for business on its coronavirus pages.

We will update this page constantly to keep you, your business and your customers informed of the latest information. For specific tax advice, you can also visit the tax section of the ICAEW coronavirus hub.

Advice on the coronavirus retention program
Essential information about the UK government’s key employer support program, including changes from November 1, flexible holidays, key dates, how to apply and who is not covered by CJRS. This guide also provides links to helpful resources, such as a sample complaint form, and additional support from ICAEW and HMRC.

CJRS overview
General information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, how to apply and who is excluded from the program.

Acas discharge letter template
Selection of models (including new versions covering flexible time off) for an agreement to temporarily fire an employee home because there is no work (“time off”). Free to download and use.

Legal advice on employment
Legal advice for employers during the coronavirus provided by Edwin Coe LLP.

Self-Employed Income Assistance Scheme (SEISS)
If you are self-employed or in a partnership in the UK and have lost income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant of a percentage of your business profits. This guide explains how to apply for the Self-Employed Income Assistance Scheme (SEISS), including information on eligibility, how to apply, periods covered, and changes to the scheme.

Options for the January 31 self-assessment deadline
Updated February 19, 2021
While the HMRC resists appeals for an easement on late reporting penalties for self-assessment, the ICAEW tax faculty outlines the options available to taxpayers and agents who will have difficulty filing or paying.

Recovery advice for companies
The Recovery Advice for Business program gives small businesses free access to one-on-one advice with an expert to help them weather the pandemic and prepare for a long-term recovery. The advice offered includes accounting, legal, advertising, marketing, recruiting and digital.

Leadership program for small businesses
Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and delivered by university business schools, this free online program helps SMEs improve their resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Peer networks
A free peer-to-peer virtual networking program for SMEs supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and delivered locally by the Growth Hubs network across England.


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