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HMRC announce coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th May 2020
HMRC have announced that the coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on 26 May. UK Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to use the scheme to claim coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of employers.If you’re an employer, you’ll be able to avail of the scheme if:  you had few...
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HackBack aims to solve SME COVID-19 issues

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th April 2020
Remote hackathon #HackBack is aiming to address the issues the small and medium businesses will face in the coming Covid19 recovery. With the successful completion of Ireland’s first fully remote, international hackathon event, What The Hack announces their second remote event, #HackBack, taking place over the 2 days of May 30 & 31. Founded by Sophie Benoit and Caitlin Hafer, the Dublin...
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BYP Network sets up £10,000 coronavirus fund for black key workers

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th April 2020
Fund launched to support key workers in the black community. BYP Network has established a £10,000 fund to help households with families who are risking their lives to work due to financial insecurities.  This fund will primarily seek to support key workers in the black community who are immunocompromised, chronically ill, asthmatic, elderly, or posing a risk to others within th...
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EUvsVirus Pan-European Hackathon to address COVID-19 challenges

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th April 2020
The lowdown on EUvsVirus, the pan-european hackathon that's aiming to tackle some of the key challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic Over the last few weeks we have seen many examples of creativity, innovation and collaboration from both individuals and organisations who have all risen to the challenges presented by the COVID-19. And we are set to see a lot more, thanks to the pan-European hackatho...
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Accounting firms voice concerns with coronavirus grant schemes for SMEs

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th April 2020
Countingup, a VC backed startup building one financial hub for 1m small businesses, and nearly 250 accountancy firms have written to the UK Government to appeal for gaps in coronavirus support for small businesses to be bridged. it's fair to say we've been reporting on concerns about the level of some support that the UK government is offering to the UK startup and small business community. ...
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Covid-19 responses in NI and Ireland championed in latest Startacus roundup

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th April 2020
Startacus' latest roundup of Northern Irish tech and startup news, powered by RealTime Recruitment, highlights some of the key brilliant covid-19 focused initiatives and responses that are being, or have been developed across the island-of Ireland.  Coronavirus / covid-19, has understandably dominated our thoughts, work and home lives over the last month or two. In Startacus' latest tech ne...
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Selfie Salon wants you to embrace self grooming and raise money

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th April 2020
Selfie Salon wants you to join the #selfiesalon movement to #stayhomesavelives by showing your support in taking a before-and-after beauty self-grooming picture and sharing across social!  With COVID-19 self-isolation now into week 3 and week 4 (for many of us), many are starting to notice overgrown hair, dark roots creeping, eyebrows sprouting, and so on...Step forward Selfie Salon, an init...
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5 Tips for Service Businesses in the Wake of Coronavirus

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th April 2020
Most business owners had big goals for 2020 before coronavirus happened and turned things upside down. The world pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s lives and the economy. Many businesses have had to close down or minimise operations in efforts to slow down the spread. Hopefully, with such efforts, the curve will flatten, and it will be business as usual again in a few months. But unt...
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Keep Your Distance app to help with social distancing

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th April 2020
A UK-based social enterprise Lanterne, has developed, and is soon to launch, Keep Your Distance, a free app that will help us observe ‘social distancing’ more effectively in our collective effort to break the transmission rate of the coronavirus. With a mission to improve global public safety and reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Lanterne’s Keep Your Distance platform&n...
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Coronavirus & furloughing employees: What UK SMEs need to know

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd April 2020
Coronavirus & furloughing employees. Nichola Hailes, from integrated payroll and HR management software Payfit looks to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the job retention scheme and what UK SMEs need to know.  "Following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, many employers have begun furloughing their e...
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