Business Support

The BID provides a strong collective voice for over 1,000 businesses in York city centre and supports projects that invest in the development and promotion of the BID area and businesses. We explore well-suited options that provide cost-saving and efficient services for the BID area and strategies that promote and market York as a retail and leisure experience.

Coronavirus Business Support

LATEST UPDATES 12/04/2020: Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October Chancellor Rishi Sunak today annunced that the UK furlough scheme will be extended to October, and the Government will continue to offer 80% of employee monthly salaries up to a value of £2,500. For further information go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october    04/05/2020: Bounce Back Loans Today the Bounce Back Loan scheme opens for applications targeting small and micro businesses affected by the Coronavirus. The scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.   Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan. The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders. Read more here: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-schemes/bounce-back-loans/   20/04/2020: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Launches Today the Government has launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which offers a grant to cover 80% of furloughed employee monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month. To find out how to make a claim follow the link https://bit.ly/2VnSpiT   Be sure to have read the guidance and have prepared all the necessary information before attempting to make a claim. To watch the video guidance, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btea4KIDFPU   09/04/2020: City of York Council Support Fund for Small & Micro Businesses The CYC micro business grants scheme will deliver grants of up to £1000 into 1000 self-employed, micro and small businesses who need it most. This fund is intended for businesses who are not eligible for other grants. Applications can be made through https://www.york.gov.uk/COVIDMicroGrant    --------------------------------------------------------

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Business Savings Advice

Please note, due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, our Business Savings Advice service is temporarely closed. This means we cannot take booking for new appointmnets at this time, however, businesses with an existing account can still progress with an open enquiry. To speak to a member of the team call 01444 416529 or email info@meercatassociates.com and speak to one of our friendly consultants.  

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