Coronavirus has ensured that globally we are facing a generation-defining pandemic, which will prove to be one of the most difficult times for individuals and businesses. As we go to print, things are changing by the hour but one thing that we can be certain of is that local businesses will need our support to survive the crisis. The Chancellor has set out a package of measures to support public services, people and business through disruption caused by COVID-19.
Measures to support businesses include:
• Business rate reliefs for certain business rate payers including a business rates retail holiday and additional grant funding
• Additional funding for local authorities in the form of one-off grants to support small businesses who pay little or no business rates
• Legislation for businesses paying sick pay to employees affected by COVID-19
• A Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
• Support with tax affairs
• Guidance regarding insurance
At the time of writing, further measures from the chancellor were expected to support other businesses, staff and freelancers.
Businesses can find the latest information via the Gov.uk website and the council has set up a web page for businesses that will be updated with the latest information:
https://richmond.gov.uk/services/business/ services_for_business/covid19_support_for_ businesses
As residents of Richmond, we are fortunate to have some lovely areas to go shopping in – Teddington High St, Twickenham including Church Street and Richmond – there are also many independent shops in-between.
In the coming months many of these businesses will be relying on local residents to shop locally to help lessen the financial burden. Many of these businesses already encourage residents to shop locally via the Richmond Card Business Offers, you can find out more about the Easter Specials businesses have for residents at the Richmond Card webpages: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/offers
It is not only the retail sector that need your support, many of the attractions and places of interest in the borough have been hit hard with their usual events having to be cancelled. As life begins to get back to normal, these events will be listed on the Visit Richmond website: https://www.visitrichmond.co.uk/