In light of the current situation regarding the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), please find below links to current information that you may find useful for your business and continuity. The following information has recently been provided by the Welsh Government:
The Welsh Government has announced a package of support worth more than £1.4bn for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak.
Shops, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £500,000 or less will receive 100% business rates relief.
Businesses that qualify for this support will not need to do anything to apply for this scheme. This will be administered through the Business Rates system. You do not need to contact your Local Authority about this, you will receive information in due course.
Expanding on this support, a new package will provide, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales with one year business rates relief in 2020/2021 and a grant of £25,000 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.
It also provides a £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief with a rateable value of £12,000 or less. This can be applied for via the PCC’s website (link below).
If you have read the above and feel you are eligible you can apply for a Welsh Government Grant
Click here to Apply for a Welsh Government business grant for support during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Please note: All applications will be checked and verified to avoid fraudulent claims.
The Welsh Government is exploring ways of supporting businesses who do not qualify for this scheme, details of this support will be added to the Business Wales website once confirmed.
For businesses located in Pembrokeshire that get rate relief, bills will be amended by Pembrokeshire County County and re-issued shortly.
The Government is also looking into how it can process grants for any businesses that fall outside of this category and hope to be able to inform you on this as soon as possible. In the meantime, many banks are offering zero interest overdraft and loan facilities in the knowledge that funding from Government is forthcoming. We suggest therefore that you contact your bank for immediate support. .
Pembrokeshire County Council can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still not sure what help you can get read the PCC’s FAQ here: Corona Virus FAQ
General guidance is available on the UK Government Website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-wales
Further and complementary advice can also be found on the Business Wales Website: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice https://businesswales.gov.wales/news-and-blogs/news/emergency-support-businesses-hit-coronavirus
In terms of Department for Work and Pensions support for employers, here is a useful link (via GOV.UK): https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses?utm_source=37472ed5-c0b4-4625-8801-549259dc908d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
Visit Wales also provide some specific advice for tourism businesses regarding the situation. This can be found by following: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWALES/bulletins/280805d
We should all help protect ourselves and our communities by following Public Health Wales advice https://phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus
HMRC has issued a helpline for businesses concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19. Access this dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559
Information can be found by following https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
If you are a business in Pembrokeshire renting one of the Council’s properties and are struggling to pay your rent please get in touch with the Council’s Property Team via email@example.com or via 01437 775874