#1 consideration before anything else… Stay healthy and make sure your loved ones are too!!
#2 We’re here to help!
We are in unprecedented times at the moment with the constantly changing Coronovirus situation. We will use this page to post our latest updates and information that may be important for your business.
Health and well-being are the most important things right now and so we have made the decision that our team will be working remotely from Wednesday 18th March for the foreseeable future. However, with the wonder of technology we can assure you that our services will continue as normal, all of our client work will still be done, and all deadlines will be met. There may be a few bumps in the road, and different ways of achieving things, but, we will make sure things get done as they should be.
We will pop into the office, may be twice a week, to check the post so feel free to drop paperwork through the door if necessary. However, where possible we would encourage clients to scan it in via their portal. The portal is a safe and secure way of exchanging documents and is also efficient for you to sign official documents to be submitted.
We will be checking our voicemail daily, however, the best way to keep in contact with us will be via e-mail. If you have a question or would like information just drop an e-mail to your usual Cedar + Co. contact or to email@example.com and someone will give you a call back or answer via e-mail. We cannot guarantee a response from any message left on the answer machine, so, please email.
These measures are being put into place to protect you and our team. If you need anything let us know. Our business depends on your business and we must all pull together during the next few weeks.
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New Lockdown Measures… here’s what we know so far!
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England to prevent a “medical and moral disaster” for the NHS. Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will close for four weeks from Thursday 4 November, he said. Schools, colleges and universities will stay open. Here’s what we know so far and how your business might be effected…
Financial Support Increases for Businesses and Workers
Yesterday the Government announced it will increase the amounts and reach of its winter support schemes. The Chancellor said he would be increasing financial support through the existing Job Support and self-employed schemes. He will also expand business grants to support companies in high-alert level areas. Here’s what you need to know.
What is the Job Support Scheme and will it work for me?
This scheme replaces the furlough scheme which ends on the 31st October. The new scheme aims to protect ‘viable jobs’ in businesses which are ‘facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce’. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.
What is the Job Retention Bonus?
The Job Retention Bonus is a £1,000 one-off taxable payment to you (the employer), for each eligible employee that you furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021.
You will be able to claim the bonus between 15 February 2021 and 31 March 2021. Click on the button below to find out if you are eligible.
What is the Kickstart Scheme?
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.
Second grant for the Self Employed support scheme
The second and final Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant went live today (August 17). This grant is worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. You must make your claim on or before 19 October 2020.
New grants to boost recovery of small businesses
Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding. Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 – £5,000. The grants will help them purchase new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track.
What does the new flexible furlough scheme look like?
As you may or may not be are aware, on Friday 12 June the government detailed the changes being made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). However, there is still a lot of confusion about how much employees can work and how much employers will have to pay.
Help for the Self Employed
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced measures to support the self-employed and partnerships.
The scheme is called the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme (CSEISS).
If you have suffered a loss in income, a taxable grant will be paid to the self-employed or partnerships, worth 80% of profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is open to Small Businesses
Updated information regarding the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Click below to find out more.
Statutory Sick Pay
Legislation will allow SME’S and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. Click below for more information regarding eligibility and what happens if you are not eligible. Click here for more information about the Sick Pay Rebate Scheme launched on the 26th May
What our clients are saying…
“We have just (during lockdown!) moved accountants to Cedar + Co. It might seem a strange time to change accountants but the advice support and updates they have given us has been brilliant in helping us mange the situation, they’ve been on hand to guide us through this process every step of the way. When I met with Neil I was really comfortable with him and felt that we could have a great working relationship. As soon as we were on board, I had a zoom meeting with Neil to discuss, not only our business plans, but also my personal goals as well. The meeting was very focussed and Neil gave his thoughts and voiced his opinions, which I found refreshing and very informative. It is really nice to have this support and input, it will be invaluable, not only to my business, but personally as well moving forward. I can’t recommend Neil and the team at Cedar + Co. enough.”
– Lee Waterhouse, WDA Automotive Marketing
“Neil and the team at Cedar, are so much more than accountants. They are like having a boardroom full of advisory knowledge and help whenever you need it, cutting thru all the uncertainties and questions around corvid – 19 and furlough and helping us prepare to apply for any financial help we can get”
– Ali Nadin, Nourish at No.44
“I would personally like to thank you and Cedar + Co. as a company for your support through this time, especially the daily communication and furlough support for which you didn’t charge us! It can’t be easy for you and you can’t be expected to have all the answers but I feel you have been brilliant. We are all in this together and it’s teaching us lessons in human kindness – thank you!”
– Ann Hughes, Alvaston Glass Ltd
“Thank you for submitting the furlough claim on our behalf. I really appreciate this; it is another example of the excellent service that Cedar + Co. have provided throughout this crisis. Your regular updates and constant support has been fabulous. I will be telling anyone who listens what a fine job you have all been doing!”
– Gary Loveridge, Director, Cavendish Management Development Limited
I would like to give all the team at Cedar And Co a big thank you for all your help through this difficult time, I would like to give a special thanks to Helen who had helped me thorough the payroll and sorting out all the furlough with HMRC. I know she is really busy but never hesitates to give me help and advice if I need it
– Michelle Hazeldine, Dovedale Damp