Latest briefings, resources and updates for our business clients

During these unprecedented times,  England and Company understand our clients will be looking to protect their business through this Coronavirus pandemic.

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We will share briefings on the latest government measures and include the details (as they emerge) and offer our reaction and advice.

These can all be found below along with a number of useful links.

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England and Company – Coronavirus Briefings

Briefing 26 – 9th July

The 5th round of Government Support under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme For those of you who are self-employed – we are aware you have been receiving emails this week regarding the above. The 5th grant is different than the previous four, as it is calculated with reference to a drop in turnover levels rather […]

Briefing 25 – 24th June

Furlough changes – 1 July 2021 If you cannot maintain your workforce because your operations have been affected by coronavirus ( Covid 19) You can furlough employees and apply for a grant to cover a portion of their usual monthly wage costs where you record them as being on furlough.  For periods starting on or […]

Budget 2021 Briefing – 5 March 2021

Following on from the Chancellor’s highly anticipated Budget of 3rd March, we would like to highlight some of the measures announced to our business and personal tax clients. The Chancellor has outlined measures for the Government’s continued support directly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, together with budget and tax measures for the coming […]

Briefing 24 – 9th February

Just a short Briefing this time – The first sections concern England and Company Payroll Bureau and New Payment Scheme for VAT deferred from last year The rest of the briefing is for the attention of VAT Registered clients working in the Construction Industry. Payroll Bureau – Polite Request To ensure the smooth running of […]

Briefing 23 – 25th January

Please note below important deadlines in respect of SEISS and Tax Returns. Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Please note that the deadline to claim the third grant is 29 January 2021 As advised in our Briefing dated 7th November 2020, the Chancellor announced two additional taxable grants payable for the three months from I […]

Briefing 22 – 21st January

Just a short Briefing to follow up on our Briefing of 7 January, in respect of “One-Off” Grants. We would like to pass on our thanks to the Wimborne BID for providing the following information: Dorset Council have now released information about Grant funding. Rate-payers for businesses forced to close can apply for the Local Restrictions […]

Briefing 21 – 7th January

In response to the latest national lockdown, HM Treasury has announced an extension of several of the support schemes for businesses affected by the pandemic. This lockdown is different to the March 2020 lockdown as some businesses which were required to close then are allowed to remain open.  We suggest that all businesses double-check against Government […]

Briefing 20 – 22nd December

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – update The Chancellor announced last week that the CJRS (Furlough) scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021. This provides businesses and employees across the UK with certainty into the New Year. The Chancellor said he would review the employer contribution element of the CJRS in January. […]

Briefing 19 – 7th December

Since our last briefing, there have been a number of announcements, so we thought we would share these with you now. Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Your local authority may be offering an Additional Restriction Grant for businesses that were required to close under the imposed Coronavirus restrictions and do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support […]

Briefing 18 – 24 November 2020

Please see below further updates. Job Support Scheme (JSS) As mentioned in an earlier briefing the Job Support Schemes (both open and closed) have now been abandoned with the extension of the Job Retention Scheme. The JSS was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1 November. Job Retention Bonus (JRB) The Job Retention Bonus (JRB) will not […]

Briefing 17 – 6th November

You will have noted that the Chancellor issued details of further support under the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) yesterday. The details are well publicised and further information can be found at the links below Full legislation will be issued on 10 November, so we will […]

Briefing 16b- 3rd November

As advised in our Briefing yesterday, please see below further details in respect of the SEISS, CIBLS and Furloughed staff. Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – Update The Government announced further support for the Self-employed yesterday afternoon. The SEISS Grant Extension provides support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for […]

Briefing 16 – 2nd November

Following the Government’s announcement on Saturday, please see below updates that we are aware of. There is more information to come, so we will send this to you in further Briefings when we receive it. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – also known as the Furlough scheme. This Scheme will now remain open until December, […]

Job Support Scheme

From 1 November 2020, two new Job Support Schemes will come into existence, effectively replacing the Job Retention Scheme which closes on 31 October 2020.  They are named the “open” Scheme and the “closed” Scheme. The “closed” Scheme is to be used only when your business has been forced to close by Government authority. We […]

Briefing 15 – 15th October

With recent announcements from Rishi Sunak on the Government’s Winter Economic Plan, which outlined new as well as extensions of existing support schemes, we thought it was time to update you all. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – CJRS This scheme is now in its final month, with the scheme now confirmed as ending on 31st October […]

Briefing 11 – 12th August

SELF-EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME (SEISS) This section of the briefing is specifically focused at out Self-Employed or Partnership member clients.  For clarity, you are not self-employed if you own shares and are a Director of a Limited company business you control. In May, those self-employed that were eligible, were able to make a grant claim […]

Briefing 10 – 17th July

As you will all no doubt know by now, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced ‘A Plan for Jobs’ last week. This announcement outlines how the Government plan to protect jobs and boost job creation. The Plan includes: Job Retention Bonus – HMRC will introduce a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for each furloughed employee who […]

Coronavirus Briefing – 24 June 2020

Please see below our latest briefing information, Flexible Furlough  We covered this in our last Briefing but as this is due to come in next week, please see further information below: From 1‌‌ July 2020, employers will have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time. Employers can decide the hours and shift [...]

Briefing 8 – 1st June

We have not been in touch for a couple of weeks.  We hope you are all well and staying safe.  Please see below for information we hope you will find useful and that will assist in navigating your way through these turbulent times. Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme More details have now been […]

Briefing 7 – 12th May

This is a Briefing specifically focused at out Self-Employed or Partnership member clients. For clarity you are not self-employed if you own shares and are a director of a Limited companybusiness you control Self-Employed Income Support SchemeIn earlier Briefings we have advised of the detail of the above scheme.You were all sent an email with […]

Briefing 6 – 7th May

Please see below our latest Briefing, which we hope you will find useful. Bounce Back Loans (Update) This Government initiative went live on Monday 4 May and you are now able to submit Applications. In our last Brief  we were unsure about the criteria that had to be met in respect of turnover before you […]


Briefing 4 update – Tuesday 14th April We have today spoken with the Head of Benefits at Dorset Council regarding the confusion that has occurred in relation to East and North Dorset businesses claiming the rates grant. We would like to thank Dorset Council for being so proactive in its endeavours to ensure that correct information is […]

Briefing 4 – 9th April

We detail below further guidance that has been received on a number of matters since our last Briefing, including the Charity provisions announced by the Chancellor last night.  As a Practice we  don’t act for Charities per se but I know many of you hold Trustee roles as private individuals so we thought this summary […]

Briefing 3 – 27th March 2020

This Briefing concentrates on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, albeit there is a small piece at the end on a filing extension now offered by Companies House.  Earlier Briefings deal, with other Business Financial Support Measures.   The weblink below is probably the best resource on Support, for full […]

Coronavirus – Latest Updates and News

Job Support Scheme

From 1 November 2020, two new Job Support Schemes will come into existence, effectively replacing the Job Retention Scheme which closes on 31 October 2020.  They are named the “open” Scheme and the “closed” Scheme. The “closed” Scheme is to be used only when your business has been forced to close by Government authority. We […]

Directors duties and wrongful trading – some practical advice

End of temporary suspension on personal liability on directors At the beginning of the pandemic the UK government temporarily removed the risk of personal liability for directors due to the  unprecedented conditions caused by the crisis, knowing it would cause major problems for directors in assessing whether their business could continue to trade and that […]

Reminder: Deferring your second self-assessment payment on account.

If your second payment on account is due to HMRC, this Friday 31st July, then you have the option to defer.   You can still make the payment by 31st July 2020 as normal if you want to do so. If you choose to defer you do not need to tell HMRC that you’re deferring your […]

Job Retention Scheme – 31st July deadline

This is a reminder to companies planning to make a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim for the period ending on or before 30 June, make sure it’s completed by 31 July, as this is the last date to make those claims. From the 1 August the Job Retention Scheme will no longer fund employers’ National Insurance and pension contributions, for furloughed […]

Coronavirus: restore your VAT direct debits

HMRC has updated its guidance to flag the steps that need to be taken by businesses which benefited from the 20 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 Coronavirus VAT deferral period. Below are the practical points to consider and actions that may need to be taken. The deferral of VAT payments because of coronavirus ends […]

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