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On Monday, 6 December Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) hosted the first of two festive networking events at the Queens Hotel. The morning saw a variety of Professional Services businesses within the Cheltenham BID zone get a chance to network with other local businesses whilst enjoying some light refreshments in the beautiful Queens Hotel. After the networking session, our BID businesses were invited to join us for a skating session on Cheltenham’s all-weather ice rink located in Imperial Gardens, Montpellier.  

Lisa Hudson joined us from The Workplace – a co-working space which has recently opened a second site at Star Lodge in Montpellier. She had this to say about the event: “I really enjoyed attending the Cheltenham BID event at the Queens Hotel. Having the opportunity to meet other people from a variety of different businesses was interesting and informative. Sometimes the links needed between businesses can be small but have the potential to help support and attract new clients. Skating after a light lunch was a refreshing way to spend Monday lunchtime.”  

Our second event is this coming Monday, 13 December and we hope to see many more of our BID businesses there. In addition to networking and ice skating, there will also be a prize draw for all attendees to win either a £25 Cheltenham Gift Card or £25 worth of vouchers to spend at Cheltenham Christmas Market.  

HMRC has confirmed that the new portal for employers to register and claim for furloughed staff will open on Monday April 20.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been created by the government to support businesses and protect the UK economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The scheme is designed to help businesses keep their employees on the payroll.

Businesses who have furloughed workers may apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay.

You will need to have formally furloughed any employees you are claiming for.  For more information on furloughing your staff visit the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development here and the Government website here.

HMRC will pay within 10 days of the first claim being submitted, with future claims being processed within 4-6 days. Claims can be made within 14 days before payroll is run.

Payments will be paid by BACS.

If your business is eligible for the scheme, there are things you can do now to prepare for when the system is up and running later this month. 

To make a claim, you will need to provide:

Please note, if you use an agent who is authorised to act for you for PAYE purposes, they will be able to make a claim on your behalf, so please contact them now.

File only agents, including Payroll Bureaus, will not be able access the service due to data protection reasons, and therefore you will need to make the claim yourself.

For the latest updates and advice, please visit GOV.UK.