Beware of Scammers

Please be aware of texts or emails claiming to be from HMRC. 

The Metropolitan Police has warned of scammers sending texts claiming to be from HMRC. Unless 100% verified, do not click on links that are included in a text or email.

Information

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 presents challenging times for businesses. We've compiled the information below which includes useful links, contact details and updates you may find helpful.

Take advantage of the online tools we provide such as Xero and Receipt Bank or any of the other online apps that you use - they will be invaluable in the coming weeks. Equally, budgeting and cashflow is of vital importance for businesses.

We will update this page as more information becomes available but please contact us if you need further advice.

Government resources

Guidance for businesses -  www.GOV.UK

There is useful information from the Government on this link 
COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Guidance issued in respect of the rates “holiday” which includes definitions of what is or is not considered to be a retail, hospitality and leisure business:

Business Rates - Extended Retail Discount Guidance

The guidance also includes examples as to how the reduction in rates will be calculated; but as we had no idea what an “Hereditament” was, here is another link to save you time: 

Hereditament - Wikipedia definition


HMRC

HMRC have set up a dedicated helpline to support businesses who have concerns about paying their tax due to Coronavirus.  

0800 0159 559
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
(Not be available on Bank Holidays)

Finance

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (“CBILS”) - information on the British Business Bank website:

British Business Bank - Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme - CBILS

Staffing

There is some Government guidance on this here: Layoffs and short time working

As a client of Rowdens you can access the Croner Taxwise Business Support Helpline which offers telephone Employment advice and support.  
The number to call is 0844 561 8155 (a slightly premium rate number)
Advise them you are a client of Rowdens and that the scheme number is 80969.

Technology

Now is the time to consider using the internet to hold meetings using platforms such as:

Zoom and 
Microsoft Teams

Pubs & restaurants

Pubs and restaurants can now offer a take away service:

Permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways

Need more advice?

Please contact us if we can help in any way and follow us on our Rowdens Facebook page and on LinkedIn.