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Avraam Associates are a firm of accountants who pride themselves on giving your business the time and effort it deserves. Blending traditional values with a modern approach, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide your business with personal, forward looking advice, based on your unique requirements. At Avraam Associates, our aim is to help you focus on important business decisions, by simplifying compliance and proactively interacting with you on day to day finance matters.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVICE & GUIDANCE

The UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) now face unprecedented challenges.

At Avraam Associates we are committed to providing our clients with guidance and support throughout this period of extreme uncertainty.

The UK Government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), announced in the Chancellor’s Budget Speech and subsequent briefings, includes measures to protect businesses from the economic impact.

These include a package of measures to support businesses including:

• a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
• deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
• a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
• a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
• small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
• grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
• the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
• a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
• the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

For the latest updates and guidelines from the Government, please visit the GOV.UK website. Here are some useful links:

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Government support for businesses

For the latest information on the measures announced by the Government to support businesses please refer to the following websites which are updated regularly:

(Updated on 24 March 2020)

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Government support for employees and the self-employed

(Updated on 26 March 2020)

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme(SEISS)

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

HMRC Tax helpline to support businesses

HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Up to 2,000 experienced call handlers are available to support businesses and individuals when needed. If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call the following helpline on 0800 0159 559.

For more information, please check the HMRC website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) – NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH PARTICIPATING LENDERS

(Updated on 23 March 2020)

In the first instance, businesses should approach their own provider – ideally via the lender’s website. They may also consider approaching other lenders if they are unable to access the finance they need.

The Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will enable businesses to apply for a loan of up to £5 million, with the Government covering up to 80% of any losses with no fees.

Businesses can access the first 12 months of that finance interest free, as Government will cover 12 months of interest payments.

Please see the link below for details of how to access the scheme:

https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/for-businesses-and-advisors/

ACAS – for more detailed advice on employer responsibilities and best practice:

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

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