AudioUK is working hard to ensure its members have the resources they need to negotiate the pandemic while continuing to produce high-quality podcasts, radio, audiobooks and much more.
You can read about our general efforts in the news story here.
Below we have provided links to current key resources from government and elsewhere – note government advice and support is subject to regular change – while we will work to keep information up-to-date, do follow links to check the latest government advice and support..
Audio Sector COVID-19 Production Guidelines
AudioUK is a member of the Government DCMS Working Group for Broadcasting, Film and Production. We have been drawing up guidelines to address specific concerns those running audio production companies might have on how to resume a wider range of production safely. These have now been published and are available here.
General Business and Income Support
A full up-to-date list of the Government’s overall business support is here.
Business financial packages are here.
HMRC webinars. A set of recorded webinars are available from HMRC here.
You can find a rolling list of new developments at this (non-government) site here, but please remember to double-check against official government advice before acting on this information.
Time to Pay tax service. This provides support to any business or individual with tax affairs if you may be unable to pay an upcoming tax liability. Arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities. If you have missed a tax payment or are concerned you might miss your next payment due to COVID-19, you can call HMRC’s dedicated helpline: 0800 0159 559.
Business support around the UK
Note that some of the support below applies only to companies operating in England.
You can find Government business support helplines to help you for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales here.
Information on Scotland Business Support can be found here.
You can also seek advice via Business Gateway.
Welsh Government Coronavirus business support pages are here.
Business Wales has information on the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) and the Non Domestic Rates Grant (NDR) here.
Northern Ireland Business Support information can be found here.
Northern Ireland Executive recovery plan
Specific Business Support
Government Support Finder
The Government has created a tool to help businesses easily access the financial support for which they are eligible during the pandemic. You will be sked to complete a short form which will enable you to be pointed to the right support. This can be found here.
Please note this information was correct at time of writing but do refer back to the main government page on business support for the most up-to-date information.
Small Business Grant Fund. The Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) supports small and rural businesses in England with their business costs during coronavirus.
Discretionary Grants Scheme. Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme.
Job Retention Scheme (JRS). The final date by which an employer needed to agree with their employee and ensure they place them on furlough is 10 June. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June. Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims will be published on 12 June. Find out more information on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. If you’re an employer, you can go here to find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19
Back Bounce Loans Scheme (BBLS). The Bounce Back Loan Scheme enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. It helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.
Support for Individuals
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be able to use this scheme to claim a grant. The scheme currently allows you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total. If you want to claim the first grant you must make your claim on or before 13 July 2020. You can check if you’re eligible here. https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/self-employment-support
Audio & Radio Emergency Fund. This scheme, set up by AudioUK, Radio Academy, BBC and others, give grants of up to £1,000 to individuals who need extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as those in hardship who are receiving no government assistance; people who need help with radio or audio development projects, or those who need new equipment or software.:
Links to other information / support
BBC safety advice: https://www.bbc.co.uk/safety/resources/safetynews/whatsnew/Coronavirus
Audiotrain webinars: https://www.audiouk.org.uk/audiotrain/
Other information for the wider creative industries: https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/covid-19-guidance-sector