Here for you
With continuing uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus in the UK, Forrester Boyd wishes to reassure all of our clients and business contacts it’s business as usual and we will continue to operate as we always do and will be accessible to you.
We are therefore available to all our clients over the phone but will be restricting face-to-face interactions, especially where our clients could be vulnerable.
Whilst we continue to follow guidance to work from home where we can, we are taking necessary steps to ensure all appropriate safeguards are in place for the safe return of our staff.
We have conducted risk assessments across all our offices and have produced a guide outlining our overall approach including interaction with each other along with our clients which you can read here.
Contact us to discuss any of your financial questions or concerns.
02/06/20 - SEISS: Details of the second grant for self-employed individuals have been announced. Find out more.
04/06/20 - Business Coronavirus Support Finder details added - see below.
To help you keep your business operating, we’ve made it easy to access the correct and most up-to-date information. Below, you’ll find information on government support for businesses and individuals and practical advice to help you to manage your business through this unusual period.
This hub will be continually updated as new information and advice becomes available, so please do keep checking back for the latest guidance.
If you have any concerns that do not appear to be covered within the information below, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to help.
Since the onset of the Coronavirus crisis the UK government has introduced a number of packages of support to help businesses.
From support to pay your employees, staff and yourself, to grants and loans plus tax deferral schemes.
This document summarises the key support available to businesses of all sizes - SMEs, the self-employed and also larger businesses.
The government has also developed a helpful online tool for businesses to find out exactly what support is available to them and to then apply for the support they need. You can access this helpful tool here:
Government Business Coronavirus Support Finder: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder
If you’re feeling unsure or confused, we can guide you through the very latest Covid-19 financial support measures relevant to your circumstances.
Get in touch and we’ll find the best member of our team to handle your enquiry.
Grimsby Office: 01472 350601
Louth Office: 01507 606111
Scunthorpe Office: 01724 863105
Skegness Office: 01754 761777
Beverley / Hull Office: 01482 889400
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Business as usual
- We are operating as normal and are following all the guidance and advice issued by the UK Government and Public Health England.
- We have reviewed our business and client management practices to ensure we can continue to service existing and new clients.
- We have long-established remote working capabilities with all colleagues fully prepared and equipped, ensuring we can still provide a full service.
- We have reviewed our key supplier arrangements to ensure the security over the provision of services critical to our business particularly IT and software.
- We are reducing/eliminating avoidable business travel where possible.
- We have five separate sites that we can operate from if we find one site in quarantine.
- Our senior management team has drawn up resource plans that will enable us to continue serving clients.
- In addition to remote and homeworking for team members, we are fortunate to have five office locations throughout Lincolnshire and the Humber, and have plans in place for sharing/transferring work should the need arise.
- Hand sanitisers, and disinfection wipes are widely available across the business for our people to use at their desks and beyond.
- All of our employees have access to well-being and health support.
- We are encouraging our people to follow best hygiene practices as recommended by the World Health Organisation.
If your organisation is affected by COVID-19 and are unable to attend your normal place of work then there may be interruptions to the smooth running of your payroll.
- Do we hold your latest out of office contact details (mobile/email) in case we need to get in touch?
- Do we hold those details for an alternative contact for your business if we can’t get hold of you?
Assuming we can remain in contact with you, we may wish to start considering ‘what if’ scenarios including:
- Do you have access to data that will allow us to process your payroll?
- Who could authorise data should the main contact be unavailable?
1) Starters and leavers
Keep us up to date with leaver information as soon as possible.
2) Hourly paid employees
If you have hourly paid staff on your payroll, we would discuss a plan for these employees at the time and work together to estimate pay.
COVID-19 represents a serious but manageable threat to the UK and we will continue to be in touch with our customers while the threat continues.
If your organisation is affected by COVID-19 and are unable to attend your normal place of work then there may be interruptions to the smooth running of your bookkeeping services or VAT returns. Please do talk to us if your business is impacted so that we can prepare and do all we can to assist you.
We are currently looking at our working practices in relation to audits and talking directly with clients about our plans. We will ensure that the virus outbreak will not undermine the high-quality of our audits and that we will continue to ensure we comply fully with the required standards.
Will you be better off by deferring your Employment Allowance claim until later in the year?
This seems to be one of the more confusing elements of the application process, so we have put this FAQ summary together to try and make things clearer.
Self-employed to receive Government income support
If you are self-employed or a member of a partnership you may be entitled to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months.