Lockdown 2 Update (Kind Of)

As promised we thought we would get another newsletter out following the weekend’s announcement.

There are a lot of rumours circulating though including uplifts in the claims that can be made by the self-employed, proposed extension of applications for the bounce back loans and CBILs loans to 31 January 2021 AND also allegedly a second opportunity to go and get an uplift in any bounce back loans you had previously accessed if you never utilised your full allocation first time round.

There is so much information circulating online at the minute and a lot in the small print that has either been missed or yet to be finalised.

We will provide you all with a more comprehensive and clearer update once everything has been signed off in Parliament which none of it has yet but this may not come until the end of this week or early next hence us providing this update now and hopefully some positive news in the pipeline for some extra support.

As ever we as a team are here for you and if you want to reach out and chat please feel free to call your client account manager.

Government And Internal Support – CBILs loan, Kickstart Scheme

CBILs update

Further clarification has now filtered down from the Government and whilst the deadline for final approvals for anybody after a CBILs loan has now been pushed back to 30 November 2020, we are now being told that applications must still be in by 30 September to allow for time for them being approved.

If you are still interested in a CBILs loan and haven’t yet accessed one we subsequently need to act fast and get this sorted within the next few weeks.  We are already doing this with a few clients so please get in touch ASAP if you want to take one final closer look.

Again, don’t forget, for those with a CBILs already who want to flip this to a BBL to benefit from the lower rate of interest and who can comfortably survive on the reduced amount of borrowing, should really start taking action this month also.

Employment Support – Government Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

Now for the small print; you must be creating more than 30 jobs in order to apply – not quite the headline of the initial scheme!

We are also led to believe you would have limited control over the people chosen if you were to partner with other organisations.

The link with more detailed guidance can be found here.

Banking partnership

We officially announced our partnership with Starling Bank in our last newsletter and wanted to start by emphasizing just some of the benefits again:

* No monthly account fees
* Speedy set up
* They are taking on new customers today
* 24/7 customer support
* Real-time alerts and categorised transactions

If you are looking to move why not get in touch with us or if you want to apply direct why not click here.

If you are still unsure, why not get in touch and register for our webinar that we are running with Starling on Thursday 24 September at Midday that will last 45 minutes and include an opportunity to ask any questions?

Register your interest by e-mailing enquiries@gtaccountants.com

Service Update

Following on from our newsletter of 20 August we have gradually commenced the process of moving across batches of clients to our improved payroll service offering which just to stress is of no additional cost and is still paid through ourself.

We are managing this month by month but the feedback has been great so far and you will be notified in advance but any initial concerns or queries please get in touch.

Price freeze
Again as advised previously, for those who haven’t yet contacted us otherwise, we will be freezing prices until at least 31 March 2021 for the same packages clients are on today.

As mentioned we are having to make two very small changes to our support for those taking advantage that came into play as of 1 September 2020:

  1. We will be withdrawing our confirmation statement service as it is a simple task that takes no longer than 15 minutes.  Instead, you can now do this directly through the Companies House website through this link or alternatively you can use an excellent platform called Inform Direct where there already wizards and guides to walk you through the submission that can be found here.
  2. We will provide you with the blank templates for the year end paperwork with face to face meetings not likely to be happening any time soon or on a large scale.  Please also note for those using Xero there are already some templates built into the software for you such as with respect to dividends and dividend counterfoils.

As emphasized previously, these changes will support us in holding our prices but also allow us to continue to invest in better supporting you as clients in areas of greater value such as the free creditors services offering that this month resulted in a client getting nearly £3k which had previously been considered as written off.

If anybody wants to discuss any of the above though please do get in touch.

Protection Screens

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One of our amazing clients has been going up and down the country putting in place protection screens for such a variety of businesses we wanted to today share this for anybody who might be interested.

This has ranged from businesses in the hospitality trade, to large and smaller offices within the public sector.

If this of interest then please call Northern Installer’s on 0191 447 1780 or e-mail them at sales@northerninstallers.com.


Bounce Bank Loan Update: Webinars

Continuing on from our newsletter earlier this week we just wanted highlight a few things that have been picked up since:

  • There has been further guidance issued which can be found here
  • The record time between application and receipt of funds has been 7 hours so there is the opportunity to access this money very quickly
  • Although the application process is very straight-forward, unless you are 100% confident in the figure you need and why, then please do not apply without first speaking with us
  • If you have not yet applied, we strongly suggest you consider this as this is a great opportunity to use this funding if you have a justifiable reason for doing so, so please do not ignore this
  • We have heard on the grape vine; though this may be incorrect, that this loan will disappear before the CBILS loan, so don’t delay too long, though we don’t have any fixed timescales just yet
  • For those that have accessed the larger CBILS loan; thus taking more than the £50k limit, we are seeking guidance from the banks as to whether a repayment could be made by an imposed bank deadline to bring this debt to £50k or less then switch this across to the bounce bank loan scheme thus benefiting from the lower rate of interest.  We wouldn’t suggest you do anything reference this yet though so don’t start contacting your bank reference switching as we are still unsure as to what the future months hold.

In short, don’t ignore this and speak with us if you want some guidance and assistance.

With everything that has been going on; and if you are still unsure as to what support you can get access to, why not try this Government link that can be accessed here to self-assess what you might have missed and can get access to.

Self-assessment grant eligilibility

First of all, the portal is still not live and we have no further information regarding this other than are told that this should be live by the middle of this month.

There is an eligibility status check that you can use though that can be accessed here and you can set up your personal government gateways at the same time if you do not have one already.


As promised, we have lined up a fantastic range of speakers that perfectly dovetail the support that we have already provided to help you ‘Strike-back’ when this time passes and not just make a difference now but make an ever lasting impression and actually come back stronger.

For next week we have the following webinars for you to book onto:

Strike Back Strategy Session – Survive and Thrive with Steven Briginshaw
Tuesday 12 May, 11AM (book here)

Are you in the thick of this lock-down and have a number of things you want to do but not sure what to do, when by and what the impact of these decisions would be?  If so, this is the webinar for you.

In this session we will be focusing on how you take the necessary actions and are held accountable for this spare time you have to not just know your numbers, but improve your numbers, your business and ultimately you personally.

You should have already seen the information we have shared about the Clarity software but if you want to watch our webinar on this click here.

Your Marketing Bounce Back with Ford Henderson
Wednesday 13 May, 10.30AM (book here)

Are you struggling with marketing your business in the current climate and even uncertain as to whether it is ethical that you do market your business?

In this session we will be looking at how you can shake up your marketing and you know how I have already mentioned that you should take your business, turn it upside down and put it back together again, well this adds onto this how you then know what your marketing plan will look like to get the financial return for the changes you’ve made.

We’ve known Ford for some time and worked alongside him but if you want to know a little bit more information about him and his business, you can access his website here.

Leading Your Team To Strike Back with Alison Reynolds
Thursday 14 May, 11AM (book here)

If you have furloughed your team; have you considered how their morale will be when they return to work?  If you haven’t furloughed your team have you considered how they might be feeling right now; whether they are working remotely are not?

More than ever you are going to need your team around you; pulling in the right direction, when lock down is lifted and Alison will go through not just what should be done now but what should be done moving forward also.

For a little bit more information about Alison and her business; aside from the fact she is amazing and has worked with our team, you can access her website here.

There are more amazing webinars to follow over the remainder of this month so keep an eye on these newsletters.

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