News and updates
This page provides a round-up of the latest news, developments and support available for businesses and the self-employed during the coronavirus pandemic.
News and updates
Press releases and articles
- £20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus (3 August 2020)
Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched.
- Eat Out to Help Out launches today (3 August 2020)
Diners across the UK will see their restaurant bills slashed by as much as 50% from today as the government’s landmark Eat Out to Help Out scheme officially opens for business (Monday 3 August).
- Prime Minister statement on coronavirus (31 July 2020)
The Prime Minister has announced that the easing of some coronavirus restrictions in England has been postponed.
- Further details of the Job Retention Business announced (31 July 2020)
Further details of how jobs will be protected through the government’s new Job Retention Bonus were unveiled by HMRC today.
- New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy pay (30 July 2020)
Government brings in law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate.
- More businesses set to benefit from government loan scheme (30 July 2020)
Changes to state aid rules as a result of UK Government and industry lobbying mean that more small businesses can now benefit from loans of up to £5 million under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
- £20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses (30 July 2020)
Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track.
- Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs (23 July 2020)
Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus.
- Prime Minister delivers statement on coronavirus (17 July 2020)
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delivered a statement on plans to further ease coronavirus restrictions in England.
- Audiences back in theatres from 1 August (17 July 2020)
Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country from 1 August .
- Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July (14 July 2020)
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.
- £11 billion boost for taxpayers facing difficulty due to coronavirus (14 July 2020)
Anyone who has difficulty paying their second 2019 to 2020 Self Assessment payment on account can take advantage of automatically deferring the payment until 31 January 2021, HMRC is reminding taxpayers.
- HMRC invites hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out (13 July 2020)
Registrations for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme start today.
- Performing arts given green light to resume outdoors on 11 July (9 July 2020)
Outdoor performances with social distancing can resume from 11 July.
- Government announces gyms and pools to reopen safely (9 July 2020)
Outdoor pools can reopen to the public from 11 July followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July.