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23 June 2020

Over 120,000 Dorset jobs supported by national schemes

UK Government supports the wages of 123,300 jobs across Dorset

HMRC has reported to Dorset LEP that since the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), over 123,000 jobs in Dorset have been supported.

In March, Dorset LEP allocated additional resource to Dorset Gateway, Dorset LEP's business growth hub, to manage increased enquiries and ensure local businesses were aware of these two schemes, as well as all other government and local funding support that has been made available throughout the coronavirus pandemic. .

Delivered in partnership with Dorset Chamber, Dorset Gateway provides signposting to a range of advice and support, key account management and a free specialist bid-writing service – all of which are fully-funded to help support Dorset’s businesses. Dorset Gateway has signposted businesses to local and national support, seconded existing staff to new and temporary roles, helped businesses apply for government grant funding, and conducted a COVID-19 Business Impact Survey for Dorset which has informed government COVID-19 schemes that have helped specific challenges  Dorset businesses have been facing.

As of 31 May, 93,100 jobs were recorded as furloughed by businesses across the  county since the CJRS was launched in April. This scheme, which will now run until the end of October, has helped local employers affected by coronavirus retain their employees.

HMRC have also shared that the roll out of the SEISS in May has financially supported 30,200 self-employed individuals in Dorset affected by the coronavirus outbreak. In May, the Chancellor announced an extension of the scheme, with those eligible  being able to claim a second and final grant in August of up to £6,750.

In May, Dorset Gateway teamed up with Crowdfunder and Enterprise Nation to launch  Crowdfund Dorset Business, which provides match funding of up to £5,000 for the self-employed and for small businesses to help them keep trading and bounce-back from the effects of COVID-19.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “The UK Government is doing everything we can to protect jobs and businesses in Dorset and across the UK during the crisis. Our unprecedented job retention and self-employment support schemes have supported the livelihoods of millions and will help ensure our recovery is as swift as possible.”  

Finn Morgan, Dorset Gateway Manager, concludes: “While it has been a hugely difficult time for local businesses, their employees, and the region’s large number of self-employed businesses, we are reassured that so many have taken advantage of the CJRS and SEISS schemes, as well as other national and local support measures.

“Business conditions continue to be extremely challenging and we continue to work closely with local and national organisations to support businesses in Dorset, across the county, to bounce-back from the unparalleled economic impact of coronavirus.

“We’ve seen a number of Dorset businesses showing great resilience during the crisis with many finding new ways of working, and many more benefitting from the support of the local community staying and shopping locally.”

The latest COVID-19 Guidance for businesses and the self-employed can be found on the Dorset LEP website.

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Notes for editors:

Dorset LEP

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is a business led private and public sector partnership, promoting local economic growth and prosperity. Dorset LEP deliver projects that support and develop infrastructure, housing, skills, enterprise and business growth to achieve long-term economic benefit for all in Dorset. For more information about all Dorset LEP projects, visit http://www.dorsetlep.co.uk/projects

Dorset Gateway

Delivered by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Dorset Gateway is part of the national Growth Hub network, providing an informed and bespoke service, free to any Dorset-based businesses looking for help to source appropriate available solutions for growth and development.

In partnership with Dorset Chamber, Dorset Gateway offers free and impartial business advice, signposting to other support and funding opportunities to help businesses grow. As the central information and support hub for all businesses in the county, Dorset Gateway also provides access to a range of business engagement and innovation networks, and a fully funded bid-writing support service for businesses across Dorset.

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Dorset Gateway LinkedIn: @Dorset Gateway

HMG

  1. A breakdown* of claims is below and here’s a link to the statistics on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-coronavirus-covid-19-statistics

South West - Claims by Local Authority area

CJRS

Number of Employments Furloughed

South West

654,800

Bath and North East Somerset UA

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole UA

Bristol, City of (UA)

Cornwall UA and Isles of Scilly UA

Dorset UA

North Somerset UA

Plymouth UA

South Gloucestershire UA

Swindon UA

Torbay UA

Wiltshire UA

 

Devon County

East Devon

Exeter

Mid Devon

North Devon

South Hams

Teignbridge

Torridge

West Devon

 

Gloucestershire County

Cheltenham

Cotswold

Forest of Dean

Gloucester

Stroud

Tewkesbury

 

Somerset County

Mendip

Sedgemoor

Somerset West and Taunton

South Somerset

22,100

50,000

 

52,400

68,500

43,100

25,300

30,400

32,800

28,000

16,500

54,600

 

90,600

16,300

13,800

9,100

12,100

9,900

16,200

7,700

5,600

 

76,300

14,500

11,200

10,000

16,300

13,600

10,700

 

64,400

15,100

13,300

17,100

18,900

 

SEISS

Number of Claims Made

£ Value of Claims Made

South West

224,000

665,000,000

Bath and North East Somerset UA

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole UA

Bristol, City of (UA)

Cornwall UA

Dorset UA

Isles of Scilly UA

North Somerset UA

Plymouth UA

South Gloucestershire UA

Swindon UA

Torbay UA

Wiltshire UA

 

Devon County

East Devon

Exeter

Mid Devon

North Devon

South Hams

Teignbridge

Torridge

West Devon

 

Gloucestershire County

Cheltenham

Cotswold

Forest of Dean

Gloucester

Stroud

Tewkesbury

 

Somerset County

Mendip

Sedgemoor

Somerset West and Taunton

South Somerset

6,700

15,000

 

17,400

29,000

15,200

200

7,600

8,200

9,800

7,200

5,900

17,300

 

37,600

6,400

4,000

4,000

5,200

5,100

6,100

3,800

3,000

 

23,900

4,000

3,800

3,700

4,000

5,100

3,300

 

23,100

5,600

4,800

6,300

6,500

 

20,400,000

45,300,000

 

50,400,000

81,300,000

45,200,000

800,000

23,600,000

22,800,000

31,600,000

22,600,000

16,900,000

53,800,000

 

109,600,000

19,200,000

12,200,000

12,000,000

15,000,000

14,500,000

17,700,000

10,600,000

8,400,000

 

72,300,000

11,900,000

12,100,000

10,900,000

12,000,000

15,400,000

10,000,000

 

68,800,000

16,400,000

14,900,000

18,400,000

19,000,000

*For the CJRS, regional data is only available for the number of employments furloughed. This is because UK PAYE data is based on the location of the employers’ PAYE scheme address, usually their payroll department or headquarters, which may not be in the same region as the furloughed employee lives. For the CJRS the number of employers furloughing staff and the amount claimed is based upon the employers’ PAYE scheme address, so it would be misleading to publish this information regionally.

  1. The number of jobs furloughed under the CJRS is calculated as the sum of the maximum number of employees furloughed by any PAYE scheme across all claims by that scheme.
  2. The number of employers who have furloughed staff is calculated by the number of CJRS claims received for PAYE schemes registered with HMRC (with an employer reference).
  3. More information about the CJRS can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
  4. More information about the SEISS can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
  5. Data provided in this news release is to midnight on 31 May 2020. New information was published on 9 June 2020 showing the total number of claims by scheme and value of claims made by midnight on 7 June 2020.

 

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