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Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

Date: 22nd April 2020

Grant Funding Scheme Comes into Operation

The Grants Scheme comes into operation today, with a new version of the guidance to businesses being produced. As part of the Scheme’s launch, the Government has announced that it made a payment of £3.4 billion to local authorities last week so that funding is immediately available for eligible businesses.

Date: 2nd April 2020

TMI Hot Topic 2020 Postponed Indefinitely

Given the current ongoing situation with COVID 19 and government advice not to hold gatherings, you will not be surprised to learn that the annual Hot Topic, scheduled to take place in Newark in May, has been postponed indefinitely.  We like to say thank you to those of you who have already shown an interest in the event; for those who have paid for tickets, such payments will be returned to you.  It goes without saying that our thanks also go to all of those who had committed to speak, host or sponsor and Nell Barrington and our Exec Members for all advance efforts in delivering Hot Topic.

Date: 20th March 2020

COVID-19: support for businesses

The DBEIS and Public Health England have issued an update on the support available to businesses and the mechanisms for delivery. It provides more details but not complete clarity on which businesses are eligible which we are still seeking answers on.  

Date: 19th March 2020

Plymouths ambitious plans to become carbon neutral ocean playground

Plymouth’s new Visitor Plan for 2020 - 2030 has set out a number of ambitious goals for the city, including becoming one of the UK’s first carbon neutral destinations. As part of the city’s overall goal of becoming greener, the vision is for Plymouth to be a carbon neutral destination by 2030, with improved transport infrastructure that will make it easier for visitors to travel by train or ferry.

Date: 9th March 2020

OECD Consultation into Tax reporting Rules for the Gig Economy

The OECD is consulting on proposals for new tax reporting rules for sharing/gig economy platforms. This may have implications for AirBnB, as until now it has been easy for hosts to avoid tax on their income.  That may be about to change.  This is quite a short consultation, it closes on Friday the 20th March, so submissions need to completed quite quickly.

Date: 9th March 2020