Covid-19 Business Support

Government Financial Support for Employees and the Self Employed

  • On 31 October, it was announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be extended until December 2020. The Job Support Scheme which was due to start on 1 November 2020, has been postponed until December. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month. Employees will receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Businesses will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for 5% of total employment costs.

  • The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough has ended.

  • The Self-employment Income Support Scheme Grant (SEISS) has been extended. It aims to support self-employed individuals whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.  The scheme extension provides support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.
    For more information on the scheme please visit here.

Somerset House Studios

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Caroline Williams

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Mel Brimfield

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Gareth Pugh

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Business Information Points

Our Business Information Points provide business support events and high quality information, in a welcoming environment, free of charge.

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Great Western Studios

Great Western Studios is a 60,000 sq ft facility – one of London’s best enterprise spaces and home to more than 300 creative industry practitioners.

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Westminster Enterprise Centre

The Westminster Enterprise Centre supports Westminster residents hoping to move from welfare to self employment.

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Impact Hub Westminster

From the outset, Hub Westminster has placed a great importance on its role to host people, organisations, networks and movements, across a diverse range of sectors. It has been embraced wholeheartedly by a broad range of different sectors, providing an energetic environment that encourages innovation and creative new approaches to doing business.

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Maida Hill Place

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Contact

Contact the Westminster Business Unit to get information and advice on affordable workspace, business support, employment and training, business rates, licensing, and more.

The easiest way to get in contact with us is via our web form, which can be found here.

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