Close form

COVID-19

Friend & Grant Chartered Accountants have been helping small and medium sized businesses in the Medway towns and North Kent for over 20 years

21st October 2020

Support for businesses placed into lockdown

The Local Restrictions Support Grant will apply if your business is placed into lockdown, but there may also be some discretionary grants available from your local council.

Read more
19th October 2020
Joint hands at wooden desk

What is the Job Support Scheme?

With the Job Retention Scheme set to finish by the end of October, what support is there for employers?

Read more
27th September 2020

Winter economy plan

On Thursday 24th September 2020 the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, made a statement in Parliament where he announced a series of measures to help jobs and businesses.

Read more
22nd September 2020
Mobile phone with QR code

Is your business ready for the NHS Test and Trace app?

Businesses are being urged to prepare for the NHS COVID-19 app by downloading QR codes before the public rollout on 24 September.

Read more
2nd September 2020
kickstart scheme

Update to the Kickstart Scheme

The application process for the Kickstart Scheme is now live, but do you know what’s involved?

Read more
19th August 2020
House renovation

Property owners can benefit from the Green Homes Grant – but what is it?

If you're looking to make energy-efficient improvements, these grants may help!

Read more
12th August 2020
Think about things differently neon sign

How prepared is your business to respond and adapt to future challenges?

Forecasting and scenario planning can help ensure you are better equipped to deal with different situations as they arise, but what is scenario planning?

Read more
10th August 2020
Man wearing apron

What is the government’s Kickstarter job scheme?

With the government building a plan for jobs, there are not only changes to apprenticeships but also a new Kickstarter job scheme.

Read more
7th August 2020
OPEN sign

VAT reduction for hospitality and tourism sectors

Businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector can now reduce their rate of VAT, but only on certain goods and services!

Read more
6th August 2020
time for change thumbnail

New business grants available to boost recovery for small and medium sized businesses

New business grants for small and medium sized businesses to access new technology and other equipment to help adapt, recover and rebuild.

Read more
4th August 2020
3 men standing in warehouse talking

Can I claim the Job Retention Bonus?

The government has released guidance on how to claim for the Job Retention Bonus – make sure you know what to do!

Read more
10th July 2020
laptop with papers of graphs

The Chancellor's "Summer Economic Update"- gimmicks or sound economic policies?

On Wednesday 8th July 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak made a speech entitled “Summer Economic Update” where he unveiled further Government supports and he unveiled the Government’s plan for jobs, which he described as the “Second phase in in the Government’s economic response to the crisis.” Gimmicks or sound economic thinking?

Read more
10th June 2020

Don't miss the deadline to claim your self-employed grant!

The deadline for the 1st round of self-employed income support scheme grants is 13 July 2020. Make sure you do not miss out on making a claim.

Read more
1st June 2020

An important update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 29 May 2020, the Chancellor announced some changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that will likely impact a lot of businesses - the "Flexible Furlough Scheme"

Read more
28th May 2020
Scientist in lab testing

What is the test and trace system?

The Government launches its test and trace service and has issued related guidance for the public and businesses in England.

Read more
28th May 2020
silhouette of man raising hands

Our 10 point plan to survive and thrive in the current environment

Everything has changed. For many businesses the coming months will be a real challenge. With the removal of lockdown and a deep recession many businesses will not survive. If you have been adversely impacted by Covid 19 here is our 10 point plan to not only survive but more importantly thrive.

Read more
28th May 2020
Man cleaning bathroom

Covid 19: What to do to reopen your business premises.

If you are considering re-opening your business premises as the lockdown provisions start to be lifted you may find there are a lot of changes that need to be made in order to comply with the government guidance.

Read more
14th May 2020
3 acorns

What is the Coronavirus Future Fund?

The Government has announced a new scheme to issue convertible loans to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Read more
13th May 2020
caution cone on laptop

Is it a good idea to claim for the Coronavirus Business Support? A word of caution…

There are a few technicalities that businesses should be aware of when they are taking advantage of any Coronavirus Business Support.

Read more
7th May 2020
2 small girls hugging

My income has gone down because of Covid-19 - Should I reinstate my child benefit claim?

Over the last few years many people have cancelled their child benefit payments because their income levels have meant they would otherwise need to pay back the benefit claimed in full through their self assessment Tax Return. However with the current crisis this may need a rethink.

Read more
6th May 2020
chairs around a table

Coronavirus - Is there any help for those not paying business rates?

The Government has announced an improvement to the grants that are currently available for small businesses.

Read more
30th April 2020
calculator

The common mistakes with furloughing

The portal went live on Monday 20th April and has proven fairly easy to use. The big problem has been the calculations, with HMRC changing the rules and issuing new guidance at 5pm on Friday 17th April!

Read more
30th April 2020
graphs

What is my breakeven turnover?

The current crisis has highlighted to many business owners how precarious business really is. Many businesses have suffered. Now is the time to start rebuilding and one of the first things to do is determine your break even point.

Read more
30th April 2020

Thinking of redundancies? Need help to protect your business from an HR perspective for the future?

One key lesson many clients will have learnt over the last few weeks is that your team is not only a great asset to your business but can also be a liability.

Read more
30th April 2020
soldier holding gun

This is war!

This is war! Not only are we battling as a nation to preserve real lives, we (as business owners) are battling to preserve our way of life - our businesses. So as a leader here are three key actions you need to take to get your team through this period.

Read more
29th April 2020
bank notes

What is the Bounce Back Loan Scheme?

Increased pressure from businesses unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS) funding has led to the government announcing a new loan scheme for those in need of smaller loans.

Read more
24th April 2020
man at computer with headphones on

The benefits of Zoom video conferencing

Zoom is a top-notch online video conferencing service provider for business users which we highly recommend from personal experience.

Read more
10th April 2020

Government to provide cash grants for frontline charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, tens of thousands of charities will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.

Read more
3rd April 2020
Man sitting down using a laptop

How can my team work productively from home?

We look at what action business owners can take to ensure their staff stay motivated, productive and mentally healthy during an extended period of working from home.

Read more
3rd April 2020
Sorry we're closed wooden sign

How can I reduce the rent on my commercial premises?

Recent events are putting considerable strain on businesses which rent leasehold premises so what options do you have? We believe that it is in the tenant and the landlord’s interest to work together to come up with a solution which in the long run will benefit both parties.

Read more
28th March 2020

Can a director be furloughed?

We examine the circumstances in which a company director can furlough themselves and take advantage of the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Read more
27th March 2020

What Measures is the Government Taking to help the Rental Sector?

The impact of Covid19 could adversely affect both tenants and landlords. We examine what help the government is giving to both of these groups of individuals.

Read more
23rd March 2020

What are the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans?

The Chancellor announced the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) in his latest Budget. This scheme opens for applications from 23 March 2020 and can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cash flow.

Read more
23rd March 2020
man holding mug in front of laptop

Coronavirus – Help for the Self-Employed

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support businesses through this period of disruption. Regrettably for most of the self-employed there is little help.

Read more
21st March 2020

What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

The Chancellor outlined a package of measures that have never been seen before in order to protect million’s of jobs and incomes in response to the coronavirus crisis. A new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be set up to help pay people’s wages.

Read more
19th March 2020
laptop, iPhone and cup

When can Employees claim for Working from Home?

Given the recent advice from our prime minster about working from home where applicable, many employees will be wondering whether they can make a tax claim for working from home.

Read more
18th March 2020
teddy bear

How can I reclaim the Coronavirus SSP?

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the budget that Statutory Sick Pay is to be paid from the first day of sickness absence, rather than the fourth day, for people who have COVID-19 or have to self-isolate, in line with official guidance.

Read more
16th March 2020
Coronavirus

How Your Business Can Survive The Coronavirus Crisis

There is no doubt we are living in unprecedented times. The coronavirus has increased uncertainty to levels that we in the UK have not seen for decades. The first thing to say however is that life goes on and to a large extent we can only deal with what is immediately in front of us....

Read more
Bryant House - Friend and Grant Chartered Acocuntants and Tax Advisors

Book Your Discovery Meeting

Are you hungry for success? If you run a small to medium size business and you want to grow your sales, increase profitability and pay less tax then you have come to the right place.