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This is an ongoing and fast-moving situation and further updates will be provided by Welsh Gymnastics in line with Welsh and UK Government advice and guidance.  

 

Further to the UK Government’s advice, Welsh Gymnastics, British Gymnastics and Scottish Gymnastics now ask for all gymnastics clubs and providers within the UK to follow the directive and temporarily close their physical premises as soon as they reasonably can, to ensure social contact across the UK is minimised as much as possible.

The Government issued a mandate for venues including gyms, leisure centres, clubs, cafes, pubs and restaurants to close from Friday 20 March. The Government also announced an extensive package of further financial support to minimise the financial distress this UK wide directive will have on everyone concerned.

We will all ensure in the coming days that we understand the financial support that you can access. We’d urge our clubs to continue to monitor communications as we share with you further updates on our news section and via British Gymnastics' dedicated Club Support page.   

Please bear with us over the next few days while we work through your questions and gather the information we need to support you early this week.

Rest assured that Welsh Gymnastics will continue to work closely with British Gymnastics and the home nation governing bodies and will be focused on helping you through these uncertain times.

 

 

Who can I talk to? 
Who can I talk to? 
  1. Talk to your insurance provider and check your policy wording.
  2. Talk to Business Wales. The Business Wales helpline number is 03000 6 03000. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 08:30am to 05:30pm.
  3. Talk to your landlord or facility provider to discuss your situation
  4. Look online for local authority grants https://businesswales.gov.wales/covid-19-grants 
  5. Talk to HMRC, they have set up a helpline specifically for self-employed people and businesses struggling due to COVID-19. Call 0800 0159559
  6. Talk to DAS Law for any legal advice 0117 933 0617.
  7. Talk to Agility UK for any Health and Safety guidance 01527 571615

Talk to a member of the Welsh Gymnastics team, we are here to listen and advise as best as possible in this constantly changing situation. We will update you when we receive further advice or guidance as we work together to minimise the

Government support for businesses

Business Wales

Business Wales is a free service that provides impartial, independent support and advice to people starting, running and growing a business in Wales. With regional centres across Wales, we offer a mixture of online and face-to-face support, as well as training workshops and individual advice.

Regional Business Wales Centres

From developing business plans, to securing finance and taking on additional staff, our advisory teams can provide a wide range of support services to help your business grow and maximise its potential. Contact your regional Business Wales centre and find out how we can support you in your local area.

Social Business Wales

Covid-19: Support for your social business

The world is a worrying place at the moment. People are facing a time of unprecedented uncertainty. As well as thinking about the health of their families and colleagues, they are also considering how best to support their local communities and user groups (many of whom are vulnerable), and think about how their social enterprise might fare if income dries up or staff become ill.

This is a time when social enterprises can really step up and come into their own. We’ve recently seen the amazing way that social enterprises have supported local communities affected by flooding, and now we’re seeing organisations offer help and support during the pandemic in all sorts of ways.

Social Business Wales and its team of expert advisors are on hand to provide help with enquiries about cash flow, HR, digital platforms, marketing and communications and a range of other areas which might need re-thinking in light of the current situation. We can provide advice via telephone or through video conferencing – just phone us on 0300 111 5050 or email sbwenquiries@wales.coop if you need our support. Events are moving very fast, and we are working as a team to develop specific tools that will be accessible in the coming days and weeks on this webpage

Business Rate Relief

This section will explain the Business Rates Relief available to businesses as a result of the Coronovirus outbreak, this is in addition to the Small Business Rates relief which is already in place across Wales.

The Welsh Government has announced a package of support worth more than £1.4bn for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak, this funding includes Rate Relief and a grant scheme, details of the grant can be found in the financial support section.

The new package includes a year-long business rates holiday for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales

Local Authorities will be looking to automatically award the business rates holiday to all eligible parties as soon as possible, and you will receive a new bill when the award has been made.

Guidance on eligibility for the relief can be found here.

As this will be automatically awarded we’d appreciate your patience in not following-up by phone. We very much appreciate the major challenges being faced by businesses, and staff will make every effort to get details to you as soon as possible.

Rate Relief for Premises over £500,000

The Welsh Government has decided to make one adjustment to the Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) Relief for the hospitality, retail and leisure sector announced last week: to not extend the 100% relief to the small proportion of properties with a rateable value of £500,000 and above.

This will affect fewer than 200 properties across Wales but will release approximately £117 million to kick-start the economic crisis fund. We will be writing to all of the businesses affected and making clear that they will be eligible to apply for discretionary funding to offset some of the costs of NDR if they have a strong case for this.

Further information on Non-Domestic Rates and the support provided by the Welsh Government can be found at the following link: https://businesswales.gov.wales/business-rates-relief-in-wales

Support for Employees

Statutory Sick Pay Support

The UK Government is bringing forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to coronavirus. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

  • this refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19 
  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020
  • employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note
  • the eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to those staying at home comes into force
  • the government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis, all UK businesses are eligible.

To access the scheme businesses will need to:

  • designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change - changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation
  • submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal, this portal is not yet in place and we will publish details as soon as they are available (HMRC will set out further details on the information required)

HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers.

Staying at home

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the stay at home guidance for more information.

Claiming benefits

Whether you are currently in or out of work, if you are on a low income and affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, you will be able to access the full range of the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

From 6 April we are increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for 1 year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating. This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants.

If you have COVID-19 or are staying at home

You are now able to claim Universal Credit, and if required can access advance payments upfront without needing to attend a jobcentre.

 

Support for self employed

The UK Government has announced a package of support for the Self Employed impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, bringing support to the same level as that for employees.

The new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, means those eligible will receive a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years. This covers 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment.

Individuals will apply directly to HMRC for the taxable grant, using a simple online form, with the cash being paid directly into people’s bank account.

The scheme will be open to those with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19 or an average trading profit of less than £50,000 from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

To qualify, more than half of their income in these periods must come from self-employment.
To minimise fraud, only those who are already in self-employment and meet the above conditions will be eligible to apply. HMRC will identify eligible taxpayers and contact them directly with guidance on how to apply.

The income support scheme, which is being designed by HMRC from scratch, will cover the three months to May. Grants will be paid in a single lump sum instalment covering all 3 months, and will start to be paid at the beginning of June.

Individuals should not contact HMRC now. HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.

Those who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company are not covered by the scheme but will be covered for their salary by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme if they are operating PAYE schemes.

Before grant payments are made, the self-employed will still be able to access other available government support for those affected by coronavirus including more generous universal credit and business continuity loans where they have a business bank account.

For further information on the Self Employment Support Scheme follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Financial Support and Grants

Welsh Government Business Grants

The Welsh Government has announced a £1.4bn support package for all businesses listed on the business rates register, covering Business Rate Relief and Business Grants

The Business Grant has 2 different components.

Grant 1 : For retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales, a grant of £25,000 will be offered for businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

Grant 2 : For all other sectors the Welsh Government package also provides a £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

Local authorities are administering these two grants in Wales. To enable quick and efficient payments, you will need to confirm some details with your local authority.

 

For more information click here. Please do not try to call your local authority. The information you need will be available on-line.

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis, all UK businesses are eligible.

To access the scheme businesses will need to:

  • designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change - changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation
  • submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal, this portal is not yet in place and we will publish details as soon as they are available (HMRC will set out further details on the information required)

HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers.

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, covering a variety of different products such as loans, overdraft, invoice finance and asset finance, delivered by the British Business Bank, has launched on the 23 March to support primarily small and medium sized businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. The government will not charge businesses or banks for this guarantee, and the Scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value. Businesses can access the first 12 months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first 12 months of interest payments. 

Further details can be found at: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

Protection for business who miss rent payments

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction, the UK government has announced. These measures will mean no business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next 3 months. Please visit the GOV.UK  website for further information

Statutory Sick Pay Support

The UK Government is bringing forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to coronavirus. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows:

  • this refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19 
  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020
  • employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
  • employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note
  • the eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to those staying at home comes into force
  • the government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible
Development Bank of Wales

The Development Bank of Wales has loan and equity funding available immediately to Welsh businesses. The Welsh Government is working closely with the Development Bank of Wales to consider additional support to help businesses through the Covid-19 impact. 

For further information please visit the Development Bank of Wales website or call 0800 587 4140.

For further support and business advice please contact Business Wales on 03000 6 03000.

Social Investment Cymru

This WCVA project is offering fast track emergency loans to help voluntary organisations through the worst of the impacts, while those with existing loans are being given the option to defer payments for a time.

Loans will be tailored to each applicant’s individual needs in terms of amount, term and repayment profile. They start with a blank piece of paper – what do you need? What best suits you in terms of repayments?

We recognise that speed of decision making and speed of availability of funds are paramount so that organisation can react quickly as events unfold. We are therefore reducing the applications process to its bare minimum this will mean that the majority of organisations will see money in their bank accounts within 7 days of submitting a completed application subject to prompt signature of documentation.

Eligibility Criteria are:

  • Incorporated social enterprise or charity based in Wales
  • Demonstrate effect on cash flow from flooding or Coronavirus
  • Need to replace assets damaged in flooding

Money can be used for:

  • Support for cash flow
  • Purchase of replace assets
  • Bridging of receipt of insurance claims

Existing loan holders

If you are an existing borrower you may not need any additional money at this point but he effect on your cash flow might be such that covering your monthly loan repayments could stretch things beyond where you may feel comfortable IN such case we will be happy to receive a request to suspend loan repayment for an agreed period.

Get in touch

If you’d like to apply for an Emergency fast-track loan or amend your existing loan repayments, please contact the SIC team on sic@wvca.cymru or 0300 111 0124