Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

 

During the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, the British Exporters Association remains committed to supporting its members and the wider exporting community.   The BExA office continues to operate as normal via remote working and our Member Helpline will be available as usual so there should be no reduction in service.     

For the latest information and advice, we would encourage all members, UK employers and business owners to visit the official guidance for employers and businesses.  Businesses should check for daily updates and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

The Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. The Business Support website helps you find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your business. This website will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Schemes introduced to provide support for businesses and employees affected by COVID-19 include: 

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  - HMRC have produced step by step guidance on how to make a claim and there is also a calculator to help you work out your claim.
  • deferring Income Tax payments
  • a Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for SMEs with fewer than 250 employees
  • Business Rates Relief for retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • Support for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions eg Additional Restrictions Grant, Local Restrictions Support Grant 
  • VAT deferral payment scheme 
  • the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme 
  • the Recovery Loan Scheme to help businesses of any size access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period.  The scheme is open until 31 December 2021, subject to review. 

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ABOVE SCHEMES, AND TO ACCESS ALL THE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SUPPORT INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE . 

 

IN ADDITION, A NEW 'BUSINESS SUPPORT FINDER' TOOL HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO HELP BUSINESSES AND SELF-EMPLOYED PEOPLE ACROSS THE UK TO QUICKLY AND EASILY DETERMINE WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO THEM DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. 

 

Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is also available.

The government's Business Support Helpline is also available to answer business questions over the phone, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm.  The FREEPHONE number to call is 0800 998 1098.  (Devolved Administrations have their own equivalent services in place - the Business Support Scotland helpline is 0300 303 0660Business Wales helpline is 0330 060 300 and the Invest Northern Ireland helpline is 0800 181 4422). 

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.

 

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Guidance for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by coronavirus can be found here.   

 

COMPANIES HOUSE

Companies House have announced that businesses will be given additional time to file accounts to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.  Full guidance on applying for an extension can be found here.  In addition, changes announced on 16 April will help businesses avoid being struck off the Companies House register as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak -  find out more here.

 

HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS

To assist businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HMRC have temporarily changed customs policy and authorisations.   Additional information on moving goods and clearing customs can be found here.  These changes are made on an exceptional basis, and guidance will be updated when this change ends.

 

TRAVEL ADVICE

Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found here.

 

NHS ADVICE

Latest advice from the NHS on Covid-19 and guidance on self-isolation and treating symptoms.  

 

Updated 12 April 2021