Instreatham has been actively monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak here in the UK
We have been communicating directly with the government, on a local and national level. This is helping to ensure our businesses get exactly what they need.
We want to reassure you that we are continuously working in the background to maintain the value we give our members.
Some projects are still running and we’ll keep members informed of any developments with our activities.
At Instreatham BID we will continue to provide a voice for business within Streatham and continue to offer clarification and guidance to our members.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we have developed a series of virtual webinars on business support and preparation for recovery. The series is one of our support channels to help our members navigate the new business landscape created […]
As we start to prepare for the re-opening of stores it is likely that some virus control restrictions will continue to be necessary to limit transmission. The safety and wellbeing of every retailers’ staff and customers is a top priority. The […]
We have joined the #RaiseTheBar campaign in partnership with industry trade bodies across the UK including other British Business Improvement Districts, BID Foundation and ATCM, to support our BID members in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. The campaign calls on the Government to […]
The Retailer Group have compiled a useful checklist for businesses who are temporarily closing their premises to ensure their premises are secure and not incurring unnecessary costs during lock-down. The list includes suggestions such as checking and cancelling any forward orders […]
Nationwide Utilities who InStreatham have partnered with to help with all your utility solutions are now offering everyone an extra service. It has become clear that businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about paying their utility bills at this time due […]
The London Growth Hub have launched a new portal to support London-based businesses and employers manage and mitigate their exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Supported by the Mayor of London, the portal is now freely available to all London businesses and brings together […]
Government support for businesses
The government have announced broader financial support for businesses coping with the economic impact of coronavirus. This includes:
Small and medium sized businesses will now be able to reclaim up to 2 weeks of SSP paid to employees who have been off sick or self-isolating as a result of sickness absence due to COVID-19.
Who is eligible?
You are eligible for the scheme if you are an employer with less than 250 employees as at 28th February 2020.
What do I have to do?
If you have an employee who is absent due to COVID-19 issues then you will need to pay SSP from day 1 and retain records to enable you to reclaim the funds from HMRC in due course.
Do my employees need to give me a GP fit note?
No they will not need to do this to be eligible for SSP but if you do require evidence from the employee they can complete an isolation note from the NHS 111 online service or NHS website.
How to access the scheme
A rebate scheme is being developed. Further details will be provided in due course once the legalisation has passed.
Business Support Helpline
As of March 23rd our staff will work remotely and will continue to be operational during business hours, Monday to Thursday, 9:00 – 17:30. We are available to offer support through all of our channels. If you would like to book a phone consultation to discuss ways in which we can support you please email us to set this up.