HMRC gives advice to businesses that trade with the EU on making delayed import declarations.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is offering advice to traders in Great Britain on how to submit their delayed customs import declarations for non-controlled goods imported from the EU.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is offering advice to traders in Great Britain on how to submit their delayed customs import declarations for non-controlled goods imported from the EU. This week, the government department that is responsible for customs and tax processes, has written to more than 200,000 customers with top tips for how to be ready to make delayed import declarations, and how they can access further support.

For further information click here.

COP26 President-Designate addresses CEOs at Business 7 Summit, welcoming new sign-ups to Race to Zero campaign and urging others to follow their lead.

“In the fight against climate change, it is vital that we have the innovation, the influence and the energy of the private sector on our side.

And so I am really pleased to say that business has been stepping up to the plate.

Through investments and innovations, companies are developing the solutions we need to make the transition to a low-carbon future.

And momentum for real, meaningful climate action is growing across the corporate world.”

To read the full transcript click here.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been working to monitor the effect of the last year’s events on people’s personal well-being and mental health.

Two new pieces of analysis have been published today, providing early insights into self-reported depression in adults during the early 2021 lockdown, and experimental analysis of the number of depression diagnoses by GPs during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020.

To read the full article click here.

On the 29th of April, TAF, in association with Web.com, hosted a webinar to discuss how to improve your Digital Footprint. The session covered:

  • The importance of digital health
  • Coming out of Covid-19
  • How good is your website presence?
  • Do you have clear goals and how will you achieve them?
  • Creating an effective digital footprint

To view the session please click here.

Insurance Backed Guarantees and Deposit Protection

QANW’s work is firmly placed within the construction and home improvement sector, delivering Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBGs) and Deposit Protection Insurance (DPI) for contractors across a number of sectors, including glazing, roofing, renewable products, general building work, renewable energy products and many more.

Through QANW schemes, members can give consumers complete peace of mind in their home improvement investment with an IBG. Having an Insurance Backed Guarantee on any works carried out on the home means that if something goes wrong, and the original contractor has ceased trading, remedial work will be carried out at no additional cost to the homeowner.

By working closely with a number of membership bodies, competent person schemes and trade associations QANW delivers bespoke IBG schemes that deliver real value and benefits to both the organisation and its members.

Part of their work is about ensuring complete peace of mind for homeowners and educating them on the importance of requesting an IBG on any work that is done on their homes, as well as promoting best practice workmanship.

If you would like to help your members offer better protection for consumers, we can help – visit www.qanw.co.uk

As a TAF member, The Commercial Tenants Association (the CTA) is offering free consultation to any business within the TAF community that are experiencing issues with their commercial tenancy, along with FREE Affiliate Membership of the CTA.

The CTA is established to represent the interests of over 900,000 lease and license holders across the UK. It helps tenants by providing information, advice and support with all tenancy issues and to campaign for a fair and equitable market for all.

Benefits for TAF Members include:

• FREE guides on a range of tenancy and lease issues
• Access to the CTA Hub – reports, newsletters & blog
• Access to Member-only events & webinars
• Ability to Report a Tenancy Issue
• Access to Members’ Forum (from Q3 2021)
• CTA Lobbying & Campaigning on tenants’ behalf

Registration takes just a minute and is FREE. Visit the CTA website for more information.  

Employers will receive an increased incentive payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who start their employment between 1 April and 30 September 2021.

Employers can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021 via their apprenticeship service account.

For further information, click here.

After a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and restrictions on travel and gatherings, some groups of people have reported high rates of loneliness and poorer well-being in recent months.

Between October 2020 to February 2021, results from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) show 7.2% of the adult population (about 3.7 million adults) felt lonely “often” or “always”.

Mapping trends across the country shows the types of places where a higher proportion of people felt lonely, and differences in personal well-being.

We found areas with a higher concentration of younger people (aged 16-24) and areas with higher rates of unemployment tended to have higher rates of loneliness during the study period.

To read the full article, click here.

This call for evidence will support the government’s decision making on the best way to withdraw or replace these measures while preserving tenant businesses and the millions of jobs that they support. It will review measures on commercial lease evictions established by section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

If there is evidence that productive discussions between landlords and tenants are not taking place, and that this represents a substantial and ongoing threat to jobs and livelihoods, the government will not hesitate to intervene further.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 4 May 2021. For more on the call of evidence, and the consultation link, click here.

A new government-backed loan scheme was launched on Tuesday 6 April by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it.

  • Loans will include 80% government guarantee and interest rate cap.
  • The Recovery Loan Scheme will ensure businesses continue to benefit from Government-guaranteed finance throughout 2021-opened until 31 December 2021.
  • The Recovery Loan Scheme can be used as an additional loan on top of support received from the emergency schemes – such as the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – put into place last year.
  • From 6 April, businesses – ranging from coffee shops, and restaurants, to hairdressers and gyms – can access loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million. Invoice and asset finance is available from £1,000.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s statement is here. For more information on what other financial support you can get for your business, click here.