Employer guide to results for regulated qualifications: summer 2020

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has produced a guide for employers about qualification results in England this summer. UK Chambers please review and inform your members.

Claims now open for second self-employed support grant

Those eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme can now claim a second grant covering 70% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits and capped at £6,570 in total.

Businesses must make their claim for the second grant on or before 19 October 2020. UK Chambers please make sure your members are aware.

Find examples to help calculate employees’ wages

HM Revenue and Customs has provided examples to assist employers in calculating employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions when claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This resource has been recently updated with examples for September and October to assist employers in working out how much to claim for a flexibly furloughed employee. UK Chambers please share the details with your members.

Advocacy update – 18 August

Take a look at the weekly roundup from the BCC Advocacy team including a summary of BCC engagements, upcoming activities and key dates. Please contact the BCC policy team with any queries, case studies or insights ahead of future meetings.


The Small Business Leadership Programme

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is funding training for senior SME leaders to enhance their business’s resilience and recovery from the impact of Coronavirus, and develop their potential for future growth and productivity.

The Small Business Leadership Programme is free to participants and will be delivered by top business schools across England. Spread the word with your members in the UK.

‘A Good Place to Start’ campaign update – new ‘starting out’ support

‘A Good Place to Start’ aims to help jobseekers back into work, and put those businesses needing to recruit in touch with them. At the centre of the campaign are two websites, jobhelp which provides support to jobseekers, and employerhelp which provides links to business support and information, as well as help for those who need to recruit.

The new section of the jobhelp site for people starting out in their career includes advice and information on taking the first steps to finding a job, different careers opportunities and tips on applying for jobs. UK Chambers should take a look and share with your members on social media.