Businesses preparing to claim Furlough for their staff 

HMRC has confirmed that the new portal for employers to register and claim for furloughed staff will open on Monday April 20
The government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been created to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the UK economy.  The scheme is designed to help businesses keep their employees on the payroll. Visit this website: 

Businesses who have furloughed workers may apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay. 

You will need to have formally furloughed any employees you are claiming for.  For more information on furloughing your staff visit the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development website:                                                                          

HMRC will pay within 10 days of the first claim being submitted, with future claims being processed within 4-6 days. Claims can be made within 14 days before payroll is run.

Payments will be paid by BACS. 

If your business is eligible for the scheme, there are things you can do now to prepare for when the system is up and running:  
To make a claim, you will need to provide: 
• The bank account number and sort code where HMRC should pay your claim to. • The name and phone number of the person in your business for HMRC to call with any questions. • Your Self-Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number • Your employer PAYE reference number • The number of employees being furloughed. • The full name and National Insurance number for each of your furloughed employees. • If you have them, the payroll / employee number for the furloughed employees (don’t worry if you don’t have these – many small businesses don’t). • The total amount being claimed for all employees and the claim period (start and end date). 
Please note, if you use an agent who is authorised to act for you for PAYE purposes, they will be able to make a claim on your behalf, so please contact them now. Payroll Bureaus will not be able access the service due to data protection reasons, and therefore you will need to make the claim yourself. 

Further details can be found under our special CORONAVIRUS tab

Marketing Professional joins the Andover BID

Andover BID is delighted to announce that Lesley-Ann Simmonds (part owner of Photos2Print Andover) has joined the Andover BID team. Lesley-Ann has over 30 years’ experience in retail marketing, 16 years retail experience of retailing in Andover and is a specialist in Direct Marketing and integrated marketing communications.
Steve says, “we approached Lesley-Ann to join our team as we have identified an important role for a marketing expert to support the BID and Lesley-Ann not only has a great deal of retail marketing experience but also has a great knowledge of Andover and the town centre. She is aware as I am of the challenging struggles that businesses currently face today, as she and her husband Mark own a business in the town. The BID established in April last year has an ambitious business strategy to deliver over the next five years and has made an impact with many success stories already achieved. With much more to deliver, it became apparent to me that I needed the support of a professional to help. Andover is a great town and our local authority Test Valley Borough Council have made a big commitment to its future. 

BID knows the importance of taking a pro-active approach in listening to businesses and delivering the initiatives that they have told us are important. We already have a new radio scheme in place, Free town WiFi will be switched on later this month and our business Waste Charter is gaining momentum as is our support for the many independent businesses. We have a lot planned and we also support other work underway and planned for the town. One of the purpose of a BID is to be a strong and unified voice for businesses and to work closely with other stakeholders and in Andover that includes Test Valley Borough Council, Andover Town Council and the police, ensuring the town competes with its neighbours and reducing duplication. Over the past few years Andover like many town centres has seen a decline in footfall and consumer spend mainly due to out of town retail parks and the growth in internet sales. I look forward to Lesley-Ann bringing us important marketing experience and in helping me to implement the BID business strategy”.
Lesley-Ann says, “Having a retail shop in Andover, like most businesses I have seen drop in footfall and sales turnover and realise we need to regenerate the High Street and increase consumer spend in The High Street. I’m going to focus marketing on raising the awareness of what’s in Andover and generate marketing activities that will drive increased footfall into the Town Centre.  We have a great deal to shout about, an attractive town centre, easy access and we are attracting interest from new businesses enquiring about doing business here.  I’m going to be helping The Andover Indies (independent retailers) and other businesses so that we have an integrated marketing approach for us all and I’m enthusiastic about working with Steve Godwin on implementing several important marketing initiatives that we will be presented to businesses in the next few weeks.”  
Over the past few years Andover like many town centres has seen a decline in footfall and consumer spend mainly due to out of town retail parks and the growth in internet sales. Lesley-Ann’s remit with BID is to focus on increasing footfall and dwell time into Andover Town Centre and to offer support to all town centre businesses. 
Lesley-Ann can be contacted at

Andover Town Centre BID (Business Improvement District) Ltd.


Registered Office 38 Bridge St, Andover SP10 1BW

Company Number 11585111

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