Support for Business

We want to be able to support our local businesses as much as possible throughout the pandemic – and beyond. On this page, you can find about guidance and what support is on offer for businesses.

For general business support, please visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

The team can be contacted at businesssupport@wakefield.gov.uk or by calling 01924 306630

As we continue through Step 4 of the Government’s Roadmap, advice will continue to be updated. Please see the relevant link below for your sector:

Hospitality

Restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance - GOV.UK

Retail and Close Contact

Shops, branches, and close contact services - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance - GOV.UK

Eventas and Attractions

Events and attractions - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance - GOV.UK

Hotels and Guest Accommodation

Hotels and guest accommodation - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance - GOV.UK

Office, Factories and Labs

Offices, factories and labs - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance - GOV.UK

Construction and Outdoor Work

Offices, factories and labs - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance - GOV.UK

Financial Support for businesses and employees

The Government grant schemes have ended. If you require financial support, you can check what is available here: Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK

Self-employment income support

Self-employed individuals can receive critical financial support in the form of grants related to trading profit.

The scheme has been extended to cover two additional periods and eligibility has now been widened.

Your trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and at least equal to your non-trading income. You must also have traded in both tax years:

2020 to 2021

May to September 2021

The amount of this grant will be determined by how much your turnover has been reduced in the year April 2020 to April 2021.

The fifth grant will be worth:

80% of 3 months' average trading profits, capped at £7,500, for those with a turnover reduction of 30% or more

30% of 3 months' average trading profits, capped at £2,850, for those with a turnover reduction of less than 30%

For more information, head here.

The Job Retention Scheme

The Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

From 1 August 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

For claims from 1st July 2021, employers must top up employees’ wages to make sure they receive 80% of their wages (up to £2,500) for the hours they are on furlough. The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

  • There is also support available to help you with money, housing and jobs during coronavirus here.
  • Visit the Support Finder on the Government website to find out what financial help is available to you

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

If you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020, you are under a legal obligation to do so.

You could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you live in England and meet certain criteria.

Visit the Government website to find out if you are eligible here.

To find out what you should do if an employee has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance. This page will be able to give you information on self-isolation, sick pay and financial support.

Summer loving – a campaign to promote local business

We are running a campaign this summer to promote all of the wonderful services, shops, attractions, restaurants and entertainment venues we have in the Wakefield district. It is an opportunity for businesses to showcase their offer to the public. Businesses can promote their upcoming events, their products or services and we will feature them on our channels.

Those taking part will be able to have photographs taken of their business and there will also be an option to appear in a promotional video that will promote different businesses and spaces in the District.

If you own a business in the Wakefield district and we like to participate to showcase your business offer, please get in touch by contacting covid19communications@wakefield.gov.uk.

COVID-19 materials for businesses

We have a range of helpful COVID-19 communication resources available for you to use and put up in your premises.

By displaying the materials, you'll be able to help your customers to remember to follow hands, face, space guidance to protect themselves and their local community.

Our products:

  • Social distancing stickers for outdoor seating
  • Social distancing poster for window fronts
  • Beer mats
  • Bunting
  • Standing feather banners
  • Vinyl banners (3300 x 850mm)
  • Face mask posters
  • Disability posters
  • Maximum capacity posters

Arranging delivery for larger materials

If you would like to display the large vinyl banners, feather banners or bunting, please email info@wakefieldfirst.com to enquire and arrange delivery.

Please name the subject of your email 'COVID-19 signage request' for your email to be forwarded to the correct person. 

Downloadable assets

We have a range of posters for businesses that can be downloaded and printed

Collection points

You can collect the smaller items from your local library. Please remember to check opening times before visiting.

You can find your local library here.

Going into workTo help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home should try to.

People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Weddings and funerals

From 21 June, there is no longer a maximum number cap for attendees set out in law for:

  • wedding or civil partnership ceremonies and receptions
  • funerals
  • wakes or commemorative events for the deceased

Instead, the number of attendees will be determined by how many people the venue or outdoor space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

You can find out more by visiting: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-safely-plan-a-wedding-or-civil-partnership-or-funeral-wake-or-commemoration

Funerals

At Pontefract and Wakefield Crematoria, we have increased the setting capacity to the limits below:

  • Pontefract Crematorium. 100 seats – 85 in main chapel; 15 on balcony. Due to limited ventilation in the waiting room this will remain closed.
  • Wakefield Crematorium. 87 seats – 80 in main chapel; 7 in the waiting room.

We have limited capacity within both Crematoria buildings to seating only, with no standing in the chapels, waiting areas or foyer, so the above numbers are the maximum number of people we will allow into the respective buildings for a service. We will still allow people to gather outside and continue to put the outside speakers on but would be grateful if you could advise your families of the specific seating capacity. Chairs will be interlocked as before the pandemic and we would request they are not moved during a service.

With rising levels of infection, the following risk control measures will remain in place to ensure the safety of both mourners and staff:

  • Windows will remain open where possible in the Chapels to ensure sufficient ventilation.
  • The entrance and Chapel doors will remain open to allow additional ventilation.
  • We request all attendees continue to wear a face covering whilst inside the buildings. We would also request all Funeral Directors and Celebrants continue to wear a face covering.
  • We continue to provide sanitising stations as mourners enter the buildings, and would encourage all attendees to use them.
  • We have amended our cleaning regime between services to reflect the additional seating; but please note we will only have a limited ten minute period between services to sanitise and would be grateful if you could ensure services remain on time and do not overrun.
  • We have removed the barrier around the catafalque.
  • No hymn books will be available for use.
  • To ensure the safety of staff, the front offices at both Crematoria will remain closed for access and we ask that nobody other than staff enter these rooms. Staff will be available for Funeral Directors to confirm their service arrangements prior to the service commencing and for the collection of cremated remains but we ask that people do not directly enter these offices.
  • Families must notify us if they know of anyone attending who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been asked to self- isolate so that we can put in place appropriate arrangements.
  • We will no longer be collecting contact details for track and trace.

The Chapel of Remembrance at each Crematorium has reopened, with a restriction of one group bubble in the building at any one time. The Chapel will be cleaned on a regular basis.

Burials

There are no restrictions to the number of mourners attending a burial in one of our cemeteries as long as current social distancing rules are followed.

This will be revaluated following any changes to the guidelines on social distancing.

Getting further support

For more information about help and financial support available, please visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

The team can be contacted at businesssupport@wakefield.gov.uk or by calling 01924 306630

If you would like help regarding a specific business in Wakefield on interpreting the guidelines and how you can best fit them into your workplace please email food@wakefield.gov.uk (including for non-food related businesses) or call us on 0345 8 506 506 and ask to speak with someone from Environmental Health.

The Government has a range of videos and free webinars available for you to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19 .

Useful downloads

COVID-19 communication materials for your business:  www.wakefield.gov.uk/Pages/about-the-council/wakefield-council-covid-19-resource-centre.aspx

Please note the following guidance is subject to change and you must always check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest advice.

Useful links

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

A wider but more simplified suite of COVID--secure guidelines for workplace settings:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues to reflect changes in these rules:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close

Financial support finder on the Government website: www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder