I know it’s been a little while since writing, but I’ve been waiting on confirmed news from HMRC or the government.

We are still waiting to hear about the grants that self-employed people will receive, news should be forthcoming in May.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

We have received notification from HMRC that the scheme to claim for furloughed staff members will be up and running on 20th April 2020. This will be announced shortly. You will appreciate that they are short staffed and trying to work from home, as we are too. They are aware that telephone demand will outstrip their capacity to deal with calls, and have asked accountants that act for clients with their payroll to assist as much as possible. We will have the same problem if everyone tries to call us, so please use e-mail and we WILL get a reply to you.

If you are already on a fixed fee agreement with us, that includes operating your payroll for you, please follow these instructions:-

  • You should try where possible to continue to work, but only do this if you can guarantee social distancing (2 meters) and it doesn’t disadvantage you financially.
  • Write to your employee’s advising them they are being furloughed, ask the employee to agree to this. You should state what they will be paid during the furlough period, at least 80% should be paid to them.
  • Once you have agreed the date the furlough starts please e-mail matt@vincent.co.uk (Payroll manager), and advise which of your employee’s is on furlough and the sate this starts. (you may have already advised us, if you have you don’t need to repeat this). Please include your bank details in the e-mail so we can include this in your claim.

We will record this on your payroll records and we will make the claim on your behalf.  There will be a modest charge of £16 + VAT per claim, to cover our costs.

If you operate your own payroll and would like our assistance with making claims please contact me, stephen@vincent.co.uk and we will agree what help can be made available.

To recap, a document of key points relating to this scheme can be viewed and downloaded here: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme


Business Support Grants/Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund

These are the grants available to businesses operating from business properties that receive small business rate relief.

Many clients have received their grants, and many haven’t, so we spoke to Torbay Council today. They are working through the applications as fast as they can.  If you haven’t received funds yet please be patient, they are working through them (we haven’t received ours yet either), they hope to get through them all by the end of April.

If you still haven’t claimed and believe you can, the link is as follows:-



Business Support Grants

For more information about local business support grants, here are a couple of links for you:

For Teignbridge


For South Hams


Exeter City council aren’t taking applications, they are saying they will contact businesses in due course.

I hope you are all keeping fit and well.

Kind regards