Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses

On the eve of the Chancellor’s summer economic update in Parliament, new figures reveal today that the number of Bounce Back loans approved for small firms to help them survive the Coronavirus pandemic has passed the one million milestone (see article here).


In My View - Lockdown Restrictions Relaxing

In these unusual times we are all missing things that we very recently took for granted about the British summer. I know for a lot of people the tennis at Wimbledon marks the start of summer, often with the usual mixed weather, and that has been a big loss.

Flexible Furlough Scheme Starts Today

Businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time from today (1 July) as part of the government’s plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy.

Read more here

In My View - New Rules Will Help Local Businesses

I have been in Westminster this week as we are voting physically where possible whilst trying to keep to the social distancing rules. We are a great nation of queuers but perhaps never more so than now.

Updated Coronavirus Guidelines FAQs

Further to revision of the restrictions, the Government have released a useful set of FAQs which you can read here. 

There are also details of important changes in effect from 4th July.

In My View - Let's Support Our Local Shops

I was in Yeovil town centre on Monday to see how shops were getting on with reopening and was so impressed with the positive and practical measures local businesses are taking to get back on their feet.