We are deeply concerned about the plight of the smaller businesses across the UK including the c. 3m self-employed directors of limited companies, who are not eligible for the government’s existing grants, and have therefore been excluded from the financial support measures during COVID-19. self-employed director

And this is one of the reasons that we are working ‘behind the scenes’ to try and influence the government to look at introducing more support for SMEs.

To provide some practical input to support the government and to try and help the ‘excluded’ to get support, the UK200Group, of which Robson Laidler is a member, produced a document outlining a practical and fair set of measures for the government’s consideration. We call this the Business Owners Support Scheme (BOSS). Download here: UK200GroupBusinessOwnersSupportScheme_September2020_Final

News in recent days suggests that the government is considering additional support. Clearly this news is very welcome but no guarantee that additional support will be forthcoming.

Ever focused on how we can help, we have written to other local business groups and our local MPs, Nick Brown our The Right Honourable Kevan Jones to try and get the government to look at extending support along the lines of our proposed schemes.

We urge all small businesses owners to focus on the practical things they can and should be doing right now.

We have produced a handy and practical checklist of The 5 Key things that SMEs should do in January.  You can download your copy of the checklist here:

5 things SMEs should do (Jan 21)


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These continue to be challenging times. We want you to know that we are here, ready and able to help.