Other information and advice

Returning to work toolkit

In light of businesses reopening after lockdown we wanted to share this useful toolkit for returning to working safely.
The government has issued guidance to help businesses in the UK to get back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible.

Returning to work safely

Businesses around the Borough are now starting to open again with the safety of their staff and customers still of vital importance.

Here are some useful links available to companies that are starting to operate again;

Self-employment income support scheme
Coronavirus resource database
New guidance for safe return to work
Working safely during coronavirus

Businesses MUST cancel direct debit for VAT if deferring 

Please be advised that you must cancel your direct debit for your VAT if you intend to defer.  
You can find out more information about the deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus here. 

If you choose to defer your VAT payment as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must pay the VAT due on or before 31 March 2021. 
You do not need to tell HMRC that you are deferring your VAT payment. If you normally pay by direct debit you should contact your bank to cancel your direct debit as soon as you can, or you can cancel online if you’re registered for online banking. 

Advice for businesses 

Platform 4 Business Advice is a free service provided by the Borough Council’s Eastleigh Business Centre, based at Wessex House, to help companies with advice and information. Borough businesses may find it particularly helpful during this current period of uncertainty. 
Increasing numbers of local companies have been usingPlatform 4 Business Advice .  
Launched last summer, Platform 4 is a one-stop service supporting newly formed or established companies. Business people contacting the service will be able to chat live with a business advisor between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside business hours, users can post an enquiry that will be dealt with on the next working day. 
Key features of Platform 4 include: access to Companies House and HMRC documentation, support for start-ups, downloadable business guides and templates, events information, and the latest business news. Users can also join discussion groups or even set up their own networks. 

Businesses can register here. When registering users can also opt in to receive information from the Council about business support services, events, consultations, news and legislation.

Useful links for businesses 

Guidance on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 4 July 2020 – This is a list of what can re-open from 4 July and what cannot open yet.

Guidance for keeping workers and customers safe in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway service 

Guidance for keeping workers and clients safe in close contact services

Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows. (The visitor economy)


Solent LEP Webinar;
Responding to the changing landscape - 14 July, 11am

Department for International Trade;
Throughout July the DIT have a range of webinars to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, find out more here.