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21 April 2020 - Update #11

This is our latest email bulletin relating to the COVID-19 outbreak - for all the latest information about our services, how we can help you and links to national and local updates, please visit our dedicated webpage. The page also includes links to our previous coronavirus bulletins.  

New COVID-19 Business Resilience Survey  

Thank you to everyone who completed our coronavirus business impact survey, your feedback is invaluable.     

On behalf of The BID Foundation, we’re now sharing a national survey, which has been created by Manchester Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Government's High Street Task Force and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The findings of the survey will be shared directly with national Government to assist them in planning their support packages, so once again your participation would be greatly appreciated. The deadline to complete this one is tomorrow (22 April) – click below to have your say. 

Reminder – Job Retention Scheme Launched Yesterday

The online claim service for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened yesterday, with 140,000 claims made by 4pm. Employers can claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee. Our previous bulletin contains full details on applying and the latest updates on extensions to both eligibility and the scheme’s duration, but for convenience we’ve repeated some key application details below. 

Before you make a claim, you will need:

  • to be registered for PAYE online
  • your UK bank account number and sort code
  • your employer PAYE scheme reference number
  • the number of employees being furloughed
  • each employee’s National Insurance number
  • each employee’s payroll or employee number
  • the start date and end date of the claim
  • the full amount you’re claiming for including employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum pension contributions
  • your phone number

You also need to provide either:

  • your Corporation Tax unique taxpayer reference
  • your Self Assessment unique taxpayer reference
  • your company registration number

You can work out how much you can claim for using the online calculator here. Click below to get started on your claim. 

Government Updates

  • The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, has directly addressed the local Government workforce, thanking the 'unsung heroes' for their continuous dedication to keeping the country moving during this time. Here at the BID, we certainly echo that sentiment with regards to our colleagues at the Council, who we know are working tirelessly to support individuals and businesses.You can read the full letter here. 

  • If you are unsure of what specific financial support may be available for your business then you can use the Government’s support finder tool to check which schemes you can apply for here.

Local and National Government Links
  • For Government guidance for businesses, employers and employees go here.
  • Sign up for the Government’s specific business support email bulletins here.
  • Sign up for general Government coronavirus email updates here.
  • View the Council's latest coronavirus information here.
  • Sign up for the Council's business e-newsletter here.
  • Find out how your or your business can help support others during COVID-19 here.  
  • Read changes to help prevent businesses from getting struck off Companies House here.

Other Useful Links

  • Ocean Outdoor have launched a £10m advertising fund for SMEs - apply here.
  • Claim your free business advert across Newquest's Hampshire titles here.
  • Register your business for a free listing on the Wave 105 online business directory here.
  • Solent LEP are hosting free webinars to help businesses in the short and long term - view calendar here.
  • See the Business South FAQ page on furloughing employees and the job retention scheme here.
  • Cyber Crime is particularly prevalent during this time, view joint advisory from the National Cyber Security Centre and CISA to help protect your business here.
  • View and download the Business Survival Guide 2020 by Enterprise Business South here.

Our Contact Information  

You can reach the BID team via If you have any queries at all, or if you think we might be able to help you with something specific, please do not hesitate to contact us.