Self-employed, freelancers, techies … sources of help

IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed – is the voice of the UK’s self-employed population, who make up one in seven people working today. IPSE is at the forefront of efforts to get the Chancellor to recognise the desperate needs of freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors. To see what they are doing and their advice for freelancers and the self-employed, go to this page.

Tech Nation, the growth platform for tech companies and leaders, is supporting the tech community, particularly from a business perspective. From their latest email:

“For the details of individual policies from Government, I recommend you regularly visit the Government’s Coronavirus webpage. For details of specific financial support – with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme eligibility and details – visit the dedicated pages of the British Business Bank. The Chancellor has made an announcement regarding paying a percentage of people’s wages, capped to a certain amount. For more information, check the Government’s’s page for employers. In the meantime, if you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated tax helpline on 0800 0159 559. The UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy also has a business support helpline: 0300 456 3565.

Business West has been ramping up their support. From their latest email:

“Among the first actions has been to establish an information and guidance platform on our Business West website as a major portal for organisations across the area we serve. Our priorities will be to share practical advice and support, answer your queries where we can, signpost you where we can’t and understand the specific issues impacting on your business, so we can feedback quickly to politicians and officials at a national, city region and local level. We’re digesting the daily government announcements and we welcomed the support package for businesses, but we now urgently need clear and unambiguous detail about how all businesses can access the financial support and the conditions that will apply to them.  We will update via you our Trading Through Coronavirus hub so keep an eye on that. Whilst access to finance is key, other issues requiring urgent practical advice include business continuity and recovery, HR advice, insurance, IT solutions and staff health and wellbeing. We can’t promise we will have all the answers, but let me emphasise that our team is here to help you in whatever practical way we can.”