COVID-19: THE LATEST
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The transition period came to an end on December 31 2020. If you are a UK business which trades with Europe, you will need to change your procedures and complete additional paperwork. See FSB's transition hub for further advice.
The EU formally ratified the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) this week. As the EU had provisionally applied the TCA since 1 January, the ratification will not cause any practical changes to current UK-EU trade.
NEWS & ADVICE
Fourth round of SEISS grants open
The fourth round of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open for claims. Check your eligibility and make your claim here. The deadline for the fourth grant is 1 June 2021.
Access to cash pilots launched
More than 80 Community Access to Cash Pilots (CACP) are now live across the UK, trialling new ways to protect access to cash. Shared banking hubs, enhanced Post Office services, super ATMs and cashback without purchase in shops are all being trialled. FSB's Martin McTague, who sits on the CACP board, welcomed the development, but warned that small firms cannot be expected to operate as cash points without any financial incentives.
Help to Grow
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is conducting research into small business requirements and priorities in order to further shape the Help to Grow initiative. Please register by Tuesday 4 May.
We've worked with the British Services Association (BSA) on a new supply chain guide for businesses. The intervention comes at a critical moment, with lockdowns exacerbating an already debilitating late payment crisis across the UK. The document highlights some of the challenges faced by smaller firms, identifying routes to collaborative working across areas such as prompt payment, alignment of objectives and relationship building.
Employment and tax specialist Rebecca Seely-Harris has created an FSB guide to off-payroll working.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar
HMRC is hosting a live Coronavirus Job retention Scheme webinar on Wednesday 5 May. The event includes information about who can claim under the scheme and how to do it. Click here to register.
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