CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

With the UK situation changing daily we can help keep the public informed about your business. Please see the attached note to see how we can support you get your message out to our social media followers at Enjoy Wolverhampton.

Latest advice from the Government, City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton BID Click here

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LATEST UPDATES:

26th May 2020:

The Government have provided updated guidance for retailers and provided a list of those ‘non-essential’ retailers who are able to open for business on the 15th June. Click here for the full guidance.

14th May 2020: 

City of Wolverhampton Council launch new ‘Wolves In Business’ portal. The portal provides a single place for business support, information and guidance click here.

11th May 2020

The Government have released specific guidance on working safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. Guidance has been produced for different business sectors including, but not limited to: 

  • Shops and Branches 
  • Offices and Contact Centres 
  • Restaurants offering Takeaway or Delivery 

For the government's full guidance relevant for your business sector visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

6th May 2020:

UPDATE FROM BOOTS AT DUDLEY STREET, WOLVERHAMPTON.
Boots – Dudley Street Branch is trading as normal from 6th May 2020

22nd April 2020:

Click here for the Governments step by step guide to Claiming for your Furloughed Employees through the  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

18th April 2020:

Boost your Business Presence on Facebook -Click here for a simple step by step guide to getting your business on Facebook – increase awareness of your business, build your audience and connect with your customers whilst staying at home.

Save Money on Bills and Utilities -See if we can find your business savings on energy bills, mobile, landline and broadband contracts plus merchants fees and transaction fees – Click here for more information on our Free Saving Scheme.


1st April 2020:
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Wolverhampton BID have received some insights from Chartered Accountants Daw White Murrall on the latest Government guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, please see below the link for the guidance in full.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme?fbclid=IwAR2NWEXlJKh20ZuSY33S6As-nsnwiKOc0DZmswS4Aby9xCg9aAMVFIdW5gg#employees-you-can-claim-for

We recommend you read the guidance in full following the link above, but below are some key points;

1. Employers can claim 80% of furloughed employees usual wages costs up to £2,500 per month (this is “regular” wages excluding fees, commission and bonuses)

2. Minimum length of furloughing is three weeks (this would suggest if off for less than this no claim is available)

3. Employers NI and Employers pension contributions on the 80% WILL also be covered by the scheme

4. It is applicable to employees on the payroll as at 28 February 2020 (and under RTI submission HMRC know this already)

5. To be eligible you must write to the employees to notify them they are on furlough leave and no work can be undertaken by them during the absence period – retention of this communication is required

6. If employees are on reduced hours/ short time working they will not be eligible

7. The claim is based on the regular wages, therefore basic pay. Further details are included in the guidance

8. This information can apply to directors of small businesses

9. It covers employees made redundant as a result of COVID-19 since 28th February 2020 provided they are rehired by their previous employer

The government’s portal is not yet ready but the scheme is expected to be operational by the end of April.

Keep checking the government website for further advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

With thanks to Daw White Murrall Chartered Accountants