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LAPADA Coronavirus Advice & Support - antiques shops to re-open early June

LAPADA bring the latest exciting news that antiques shops and galleries are included in the next phase of the Government's approved high street re-opening schedule - where suitable social distancing can be ensured. The post also brings together current vital information every business needs to read. Links to all the recent webinars also included below.

Editor's note: LAPADA has been central to the support system for the antiques industry during the Corona Crisis and membership of this essential trade body is wholeheartedly recommended by ANF!



 

Antiques News & Fairs - Invitation: The launch of LAPADA Leaders webinar series with Dr Tristram Hunt

 




Dear Member,

Following the good news we received on Tuesday from DCMS that art and antiques dealers' premises will be included amongst businesses able to open on the 1st of June (assuming the controls on the virus' progress are tracking well), I look forward with you to this step towards a gradual return to normality. DCMS has been very engaged and responsive to the feedback that LAPADA, BAMF and other trade voices have given on our regular meetings and communications, and we are pleased to have achieved this result: thank you again to all who sent me detailed examples of your individual experiences along the way. We are also glad to think that those of you who buy or sell at auction can expect these to recommence earlier than anticipated, again thanks to these discussions with DCMS.

Of course, 2-metre social distancing and hygiene measures will need to be met as you return to your premises. The 'Safer Workplace Guidance', below, should help you prepare for this, including the inevitable but necessary risk-assessment - although those of you who are sole traders or have fewer than 5 workers will be glad to hear that you will not be required to write this down! Do please read and follow the government guidance, and display this notice confirming your compliance with it somewhere on your premises. You may have been wondering about procuring face masks: the guidance makes it clear that these are not required, and which measures are indeed necessary. Do please let me know if you find anything in the guidance unclear.

Beyond that lies our weekly round-up of other developments and links to LAPADA's popular webinars to help your businesses. As ever, any feedback, suggestions or thoughts you may have for us are very welcome, and I hope that we can enter this next stage together.

With best wishes,
Freya & the LAPADA Team
 
 


 

Safer Workplace Guidance

As you start planning to re-open your doors under new restrictions, refer to the government guidance relevant to your business:
* shops - your gallery
* other people's homes - visiting or delivering to clients
* warehouses
* vehicles - art and antiques transporters
* offices - applicable to some LAPADA Approved Service Providers

(For reference, the full guidance which includes three further areas, can be found here.)



Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus are now able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant, worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, up to a total maximum of £7,500 (i.e. covering 3 months' profits), paid in a single instalment. You can check if you are eligible for the scheme here.

Eligible individuals can then make their claim on a specified date between 13-18 May (based on your Unique Tax Reference number): you can check your date on HMRC’s online checker at any time. You will not be able to apply before your claim date but you can make a claim after that day.

The claims process is meant to be very simple,  and you will be told straight away whether your grant claim has been approved. If it has, the money will be paid into your bank account within  six working days  of the approval. 

There is also further guidance available on ‘How HMRC works out trading profits and non-trading income for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’ and ‘How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’ (including if you are a member of a partnership).



Furlough Scheme Extended
 
There will be no changes to the scheme until the end of July: you can continue to claim at the current rate for employees who are not working. From August until the end of October the scheme will continue, but with key changes. There will be more flexibility, allowing you to bring staff back part-time. However, employers will be expected to make a contribution towards the 80% of wages (capped at £2,500pm) that staff will continue to receive. More specific details and information around implementation will be made available by the end of this month.

Holiday Entitlement & Pay; Statuary Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
 
Holiday entitlement and pay: this guidance outlines how these will operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations towards both workers who are furloughed and those who continue to work.

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will allow businesses with fewer than 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Statutory Sick Pay to their employees. HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. Details about when the  Scheme can be accessed will be announced as soon as possible.

Export Licensing

Arts Council England proposes to reopen the ELU shortly, and the exact date will be announced on its website as soon as possible. In the meantime, however, it is trialling a remote licensing system. Should the Unit be forced to reclose, this temporary solution could be reintroduced.

Government Webinars

Recorded webinars are available to help businesses:
* for topics that cover support from HMRC
* for small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax

LAPADA Webinars

We are gratified to see members sticking with us for our weekly webinars, and hope you have found them helpful.

This week's edition, with Micha Weidmann of MWS, took us through a worked example of Writing and Designing Compelling Newsletters to engage with your clients. Though perhaps more important than ever in the current circumstances, this important part of your marketing arsenal rewards investment at any time: view the recorded webinar here.

Recordings of previous webinars are available below:

* The PR Power Hour: Top Tips for Communicating in Challenging Times
* Instagram
* Facebook
* YouTube and Pinterest
* Twitter, LinkedIn
* SEO, and Quora and Medium
* HR advice for employers affected by COVID-19
* AML compliance for the art market





News & Fairs Previews

LAPADA Coronavirus Advice & Support - antiques shops to re-open early June

LAPADA bring the latest exciting news that antiques shops and galleries are included in the next phase of the Government's approved high street re-opening schedule - where suitable social distancing can be ensured. The post also brings together current vital information every business needs to read. Links to all the recent webinars also included below.

Editor's note: LAPADA has been central to the support system for the antiques industry during the Corona Crisis and membership of this essential trade body is wholeheartedly recommended by ANF!



 

Antiques News & Fairs - Invitation: The launch of LAPADA Leaders webinar series with Dr Tristram Hunt

 




Dear Member,

Following the good news we received on Tuesday from DCMS that art and antiques dealers' premises will be included amongst businesses able to open on the 1st of June (assuming the controls on the virus' progress are tracking well), I look forward with you to this step towards a gradual return to normality. DCMS has been very engaged and responsive to the feedback that LAPADA, BAMF and other trade voices have given on our regular meetings and communications, and we are pleased to have achieved this result: thank you again to all who sent me detailed examples of your individual experiences along the way. We are also glad to think that those of you who buy or sell at auction can expect these to recommence earlier than anticipated, again thanks to these discussions with DCMS.

Of course, 2-metre social distancing and hygiene measures will need to be met as you return to your premises. The 'Safer Workplace Guidance', below, should help you prepare for this, including the inevitable but necessary risk-assessment - although those of you who are sole traders or have fewer than 5 workers will be glad to hear that you will not be required to write this down! Do please read and follow the government guidance, and display this notice confirming your compliance with it somewhere on your premises. You may have been wondering about procuring face masks: the guidance makes it clear that these are not required, and which measures are indeed necessary. Do please let me know if you find anything in the guidance unclear.

Beyond that lies our weekly round-up of other developments and links to LAPADA's popular webinars to help your businesses. As ever, any feedback, suggestions or thoughts you may have for us are very welcome, and I hope that we can enter this next stage together.

With best wishes,
Freya & the LAPADA Team
 
 


 

Safer Workplace Guidance

As you start planning to re-open your doors under new restrictions, refer to the government guidance relevant to your business:
* shops - your gallery
* other people's homes - visiting or delivering to clients
* warehouses
* vehicles - art and antiques transporters
* offices - applicable to some LAPADA Approved Service Providers

(For reference, the full guidance which includes three further areas, can be found here.)



Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus are now able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant, worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, up to a total maximum of £7,500 (i.e. covering 3 months' profits), paid in a single instalment. You can check if you are eligible for the scheme here.

Eligible individuals can then make their claim on a specified date between 13-18 May (based on your Unique Tax Reference number): you can check your date on HMRC’s online checker at any time. You will not be able to apply before your claim date but you can make a claim after that day.

The claims process is meant to be very simple,  and you will be told straight away whether your grant claim has been approved. If it has, the money will be paid into your bank account within  six working days  of the approval. 

There is also further guidance available on ‘How HMRC works out trading profits and non-trading income for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’ and ‘How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’ (including if you are a member of a partnership).



Furlough Scheme Extended
 
There will be no changes to the scheme until the end of July: you can continue to claim at the current rate for employees who are not working. From August until the end of October the scheme will continue, but with key changes. There will be more flexibility, allowing you to bring staff back part-time. However, employers will be expected to make a contribution towards the 80% of wages (capped at £2,500pm) that staff will continue to receive. More specific details and information around implementation will be made available by the end of this month.

Holiday Entitlement & Pay; Statuary Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
 
Holiday entitlement and pay: this guidance outlines how these will operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations towards both workers who are furloughed and those who continue to work.

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will allow businesses with fewer than 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Statutory Sick Pay to their employees. HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. Details about when the  Scheme can be accessed will be announced as soon as possible.

Export Licensing

Arts Council England proposes to reopen the ELU shortly, and the exact date will be announced on its website as soon as possible. In the meantime, however, it is trialling a remote licensing system. Should the Unit be forced to reclose, this temporary solution could be reintroduced.

Government Webinars

Recorded webinars are available to help businesses:
* for topics that cover support from HMRC
* for small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax

LAPADA Webinars

We are gratified to see members sticking with us for our weekly webinars, and hope you have found them helpful.

This week's edition, with Micha Weidmann of MWS, took us through a worked example of Writing and Designing Compelling Newsletters to engage with your clients. Though perhaps more important than ever in the current circumstances, this important part of your marketing arsenal rewards investment at any time: view the recorded webinar here.

Recordings of previous webinars are available below:

* The PR Power Hour: Top Tips for Communicating in Challenging Times
* Instagram
* Facebook
* YouTube and Pinterest
* Twitter, LinkedIn
* SEO, and Quora and Medium
* HR advice for employers affected by COVID-19
* AML compliance for the art market