Message from our Chief Executive
During these uncertain and worrying times we want our members to know that we are here for you and are determined to provide the most up to date information and support via our website, social media channels, weekly COVID-19 conference calls and direct communication with our team members.
I am proud of the fact that we have already made headway on our campaigning and lobbying towards government in support of business rates as well as other key asks. We are engaging daily and partnering with wider West End and National bodies to ensure we bring our suggestions and solutions forward in how we can manage and come out of this stronger together.
On behalf of all of us here we wish you all the best and hope that you, your family and friends stay safe.
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Key Government Advice
For the most up-to-date and reliable information, please follow the links below for the latest Government updates and advice:
General Business Support & Guidance
Government Business Support Website
Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.
Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.
Coronavirus Business Grants
Our local authority, Westminster City Council, is administering two non-discretionary grant schemes and to make payments to businesses from two funding envelopes on a discretionary basis.
To find out if your business is eligible and to apply, click here.
Working Safely During Coronavirus
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Government has published 14 guides covering a range of different types of work. To access the guidance, click here.
Furlough Scheme Extension
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2020. If you’ve put an employee on furlough, you can claim for some of your employee’s wages for a longer period. Claims for furlough days in December 2020 must be made by 14 January 2021. View the latest updates on the UK Government website.
HMRC Business Support Helpline
The Government has opened a new HMRC Business Support Helpline: 0800 024 1222
Sector Specific Support & Guidance
The guidance has been updated with some information for Step 3 (no earlier than 17 May) of the roadmap and contains steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus. Business should make sure that they are familiar with the UK government guidance to ensure that they make their business safe during coronavirus.
We’ve had a number of queries come through from members with regards to operations, lobbying and general communications. We will continue to update this section on a regular basis.
Both our City Inspectors and security team continue to patrol the area and we are also working closely with the Met Police. This will enable the team to ensure the continued safety and security of employees where businesses are operating with a skeleton staff and to monitor buildings that have been temporarily closed. If you have any particular security concerns, please contact Robin Hibbert, Director of Company Operations Robin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Local authorities have been tasked with administering two non-discretionary grant schemes and to make payments to businesses from two funding envelopes on a discretionary basis. You may therefore visit the Westminster City Council site to check if your business is eligible and to apply.