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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

Released On 4th May 2020

Welcome to the latest update from Yeovil Chamber.

From Monday 4th May, HMRC will start contacting around 3.5m customers who may be eligible for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), to explain the process and help them get ready to make a claim. SEISS opens on 13th May - ahead of the original timetable.  Click on the
SEISS link for full details of eligibility, and how to apply

For all other HM Government support, please visit the main GOV.uk landing page for links to information on ALL Government support for businesses, employers, and the self-employed, during the pandemic, along with helpline numbers and contact points.

For local guidance, please also visit the following links, for guidance and support from South Somerset District Council:


South Somerset District Council COVID-19 Guidance for Employers & Businesses

Somerset Local Authorities Joint Statement for Businesses


Additional (centralised sourced) and business-focused guidance can be obtained from the British Chambers of Commerce and the Heart of the South West LEP

All of the above links are updated daily, at source.  Yeovil Chamber will continue to update Chamber members as and when new information and support is announced.

Please note that Yeovil Chamber does not currently have the resource to give advice, coordinate applications or act on your behalf.  Any questions regarding individual circumstances should be directed through the official links.  However; Yeovil Chamber is maintaining regular dialogue with key local government officers and other strategic stakeholders, and we will pass on anything of relevance from these sources.  If you have any general questions regarding the overall business situation in and around Yeovil, or have any local business news of relevance please contact our President, David Woan at president@yeovilchamber.org or 07900491211.

It is vitally important during this ongoing and extremely challenging situation to ONLY TAKE ADVICE FROM CENTRALISED SOURCES, such as GOV.uk and HMRC.  Advice originating from non-centralised sources is well-intended, but can be misinterpreted, and in certain cases present additional risk to yourself and others.  Please take care when accessing or acting on non-governmental advice and offers of support, and STAY SAFE!

Health Advice from Public Health England.

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