Advice for reopening businesses and more business news


Advice for reopening businesses

Businesses that are permitted to reopen but need advice on making their workplace safe for customers and staff can find help on the Havant Borough Council website.

Please remember that some businesses should remain closed.


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Need to manage queues outside your business?

Hampshire County Council (HCC) has issued guidance on signage and street markings to help manage queues.

Find out more on the HCC website.

Are you #openforbusiness?

On Monday 15 June, many retailers across the country began reopening, and the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is keen to help welcome back shoppers and celebrate the hard work businesses and retail workers are putting in to ensure their workplaces are safe.

If you’re open for business…

  1. Take a photo in front of an ‘open’ sign at your shop or business
  2. Post on your social media channels using #openforbusiness
  3. Tag the relevant BEIS account

The accounts to tag are:

  • Instagram: @beisgovuk
  • Twitter: @beisgovuk
  • Facebook: @industrialstrategygovuk

BEIS is also looking for short self-shot videos of ‘a day in the life’ of staff in reopening businesses, so they can show the extra measures businesses are taking to keep employees and customers safe. If you think you, or a staff member would be interested in working with them on a video like this, please get in touch with

Discretionary Grants update

The applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant closed at 6pm on Thursday 11 June.

The council has received a total of 106 applications to the fund. They are now being assessed to ensure that they meet the criteria.

We are aiming to make the awards by the end of June.

Changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 July

From Wednesday 1 July, employers will be able to bring employees back to work that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked.

When claiming the grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims can be found on the GOV.UK website.

HMRC phishing scam

We have been alerted to a phishing scam designed to steal personal and financial details from self-employed workers using the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Victims are informed via SMS that they may be eligible for a tax refund and are redirected to a website that looks like the official HMRC site but is designed to gather personal and financial information.

HRMC will never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask that personal or payment information be disclosed by email or text message.

The National Cyber Security Centre has further information on dealing with, and reporting, suspicious messages of this kind.

Self-employed new parents can claim support grant

The government has announced that self-employed parents whose trading profits dipped in 2018/19 because they took time out to have children will be able to claim for a payment under the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS).

Parents who took time out of trading to care for their children within the first 12 months of birth or adoptive placement will now be able to use either their 2017-18 or both their 2016-17 and 2017-18 self-assessment returns as the basis for their eligibility for the SEISS.

Further details of the change for self-employed parents will be set out by the start of July in published guidance.

See the announcement on the GOV.UK website.

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