As the largest automotive cluster in the UK, with a global network, we believe we have a social responsibility to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On a daily basis we continue to work closely with BEIS, LEPs, local Councils, DIT, SMMT and other regional clusters reference business support.
We have put together a package of information from Government, the NEAA, fellow members and wider stakeholders, which can be found in the following links:
- Job Support Scheme
The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. More information is available in this factsheet and further guidance will be published shortly.
SEISS Grant Extension
The SEISS Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed. The grant will be limited to self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the SEISS and are actively continuing to trade but are facing reduced demand due to COVID-19. The scheme will last for 6 months, from November 2020 to April 2021. More information is available in factsheet and further guidance will be published in due
Safer Working guidance
Enforcement measures and further easements
Disposing of business waste (including PPE and face coverings)
The Chancellor's 'Plan for Jobs':
Job Retention Bonus: To help firms keep on furloughed workers, UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.
Kickstart Scheme: A new £2 billion scheme will also be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.
Employment and support schemes: A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships to help people looking for a job.
Creating jobs: The plan will also create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects. In addition, £5.8 billion will be spent on shovel-ready construction projects to get Britain building.
VAT: The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%.
Stamp Duty: A temporary increase to the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT (Stamp Duty) from £125,000 to £500,000 has been introduced until 31 March 2021.
Prime Minister's economy speech - The government will bring forward £5bn of capital investment projects, supporting jobs and the economic recovery, including:
£900m for a range of ‘shovel ready’ local growth projects in England over the course of this year and next, as well as £96m to accelerate investment in town centres and high streets through the Towns Fund this year. This will provide all 101 towns selected for town deals with £500k-£1m to spend on projects such as improvements to parks, high streets, and transport.
£142m for digital upgrades and maintenance to around 100 courts this year, £83m for maintenance of prisons and youth offender facilities, and £60m for temporary prison places, creating thousands of new jobs.
£560m and £200m for repairs and upgrades to schools and FE colleges respectively this year.
Over £1bn to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21. These projects will be confirmed in the Autumn, and construction on the first sites will begin from September 2021.
£100m this year for 29 projects in our road network to get Britain moving, from bridge repairs in Sandwell to boosting the quality of the A15 in the Humber region. Plus £10m for development work to unblock the Manchester rail bottleneck, which will begin this year.
£1.5bn this year for hospital maintenance, eradicating mental health dormitories, enabling hospital building, and improving A&E capacity. This will improve patient care, make sure NHS hospitals can deliver world-leading services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.
- Working safely guidance tool
- Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
- NE LEP Job Vacancies (COVID-19 Economic Response)
- Important information on the Border Announcement
- Recovery roundtables
- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
- Responding to coronavirus (Covid-19)
- UK tariffs from 1 January 2021
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Extended
- How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Update Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Future Fund launch
- Fast Start Competition
- Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
- Holiday entitlement and pay
- Safer Transport Toolkit
- Find coronavirus financial support for your business
- DfE Skills Toolkit
- NEAA Furlough FAQ
- Force Majeure and Frustration Datasheet
- Tax Helpline to Support Businesses Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- North East Growth Hub COVID-19 Toolkit
- Export Insurance Policy
- Coronavirus: Driver CPC Requirement Temporary Changes
- Ben COVID-19 Support
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has opened a Business Support Helpline, on 0300 4563565
For anyone having difficulty paying tax bills there is a Time to Pay scheme run by HMRC and businesses are encouraged to contact them sooner rather than later on 0800 0159559