Antiques News & Fairs
all about antiques design & fairs since 1998
ANTIQUES NEWS & FAIRS - a one stop resource from the world of antiques, art and design, with a top ranked antiques fairs calendar and previews of upcoming antiques and art fairs.

ANF News

LAPADA Coronavirus advice and support

logo-x2

 

A message from CEO of LAPADA Freya Simms:

In what can only be described as a tumultuous week with a second UK wide lockdown and a protracted US election, the chancellor has spoken as to what financial support the treasury will be offering businesses during this period.

The furlough scheme has yet again been extended, this time until the end of March under the same terms (80% salary). Further support for the self-employed has been announced as well as extensions on existing loans, and a cash grant for businesses currently unable to trade. As always, please do see below for any grants and schemes for which you may prove eligible. We will keep you up to date as and when we hear more and please see here for the latest updates.

We are once again running our 3 months for the price of 2 offer on our LAPADA website which in the last few months has seen a whole new look, the introduction of the 'Buy it Now' button to allow the immediate sale of items under £5,000 and an improved mobile website. Do please email us if you would like more information or to join the LAPADA website subscription.

Remember that you can find the information given in these emails in the members' Knowledge Bank, but please get in touch with the office team if we may be able to help, whether in direct relation to coronavirus business support or to discuss getting the most out of your LAPADA membership in general.

We know that conditions are particularly tough out there so if you would like us to support any online initiatives you are doing then please drop us a line at lapada@lapada.org. Or indeed if you need help getting your stock online, we are happy to give you advice.

With best wishes,
Freya and your LAPADA team.

 

______________________________________________

 

Updated Support Schemes


Today, Rishi Sunak has presented his latest tranche of financial support (bearing striking resemblance to that which was put in place in March) with the second extension of the furlough scheme, further support for the self-employed and extended loan schemes.


Furlough Scheme

The furlough scheme has been further updated since the announcement of a second lockdown and will now run until the end of March. This will be guaranteed support of 80% of an employees salary until January when the percentage of support will be reassessed. For more information please see here.


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant

The Self-Employment Income Support Grant is being extended with an initial taxable grant covering November to the end of January for those who are continuing to actively trade but face reduced demand due to coronavirus. This will now be worth 80% of average monthly profits, up to a total of £7500.

This will be followed by an additional second grant covering the period from February 2021 to the end of April. This may be adjusted to respond to changing circumstances over the period.

For more information, please see here.

Grants for Closed Businesses

The government has announced cash grants of up to £3,000 per month for businesses which are closed. To apply, please see here.

If you are unsure which for grants you may be eligible, do please use the government's 'Coronavirus Support Finder' which is available here.

 

______________________________________________

 

New regulations

As we are all aware, England went into a national lockdown on the 5th November with all non-essential businesses closing until the 2nd December.

The key relevant issues are:

  • Stay at home - including for work purposes unless you cannot work from home.
  • Businesses and venues - non-essential business have been ordered to close by the government. These include museums and galleries. Pubs, restaurants and bars must close but can provide takeaway and delivery services (excluding alcohol).
  • Financial support - The furlough scheme is being reintroduced with 80% paid up to £2500 a month and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain flexible.

Full updates on the new changes can be found here. We will of course keep you up to date on any changes made.

--------------------------------------------------

Wales comes out of its two week circuit breaker on the 9th November, after which two households will be able to form a bubble. Only people within your bubble will be able to meet inside in your house. You are allowed to have up to 15 people meeting indoors in an organised activity, with up to 30 people being able to meet outside provided social distancing measures are in place. All businesses previously shut as a part of the circuit break will be allowed to reopen (there are ongoing discussions with the hospitality sector due to the English lockdown). Please see here for updates from the Welsh Government.

--------------------------------------------------

Scotland has just introduced another two tiers to their system, please see here for a list of what each tier means. Dundee is joining the majority of the central belt of Scotland in tier 3 and Nicola Sturgeon has declared today that in order to take advantage of the furlough scheme, Scotland may follow England into a national lockdown. As of today the Scottish government have introduced a new postcode search engine which can be found here.

--------------------------------------------------

Arlene Foster has today confirmed that Northern Ireland will come out of its circuit breaker on the 13th November. Please see here for covid-19 regulations in Northern Ireland.

______________________________________________

 

Tax cuts and Deferrals

Bounce Back Loans
The length of the bounce back loan is being extended from six years to ten, cutting monthly repayments by nearly half through the introduction of ‘Pay as you Grow’. Businesses who are struggling will now be able to choose to make interest only payments or suspend repayments for us to 6 months. Pay as you Grow will not affect your credit rating.

For more information, or to apply, please see here.

Other loan schemes

The government is extending the deadline of all loan schemes until the end of November. This includes the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and the Future Fund. The length of Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans has been increased from a maximum of six years to up to ten years.

The New Payment Scheme has been introduced in order to support businesses who have deferred tax bills. These businesses may now spread that VAT bill over 11 smaller interest-free payments over the 2021-2022 financial year.

Any self-assessed income taxpayers who need extra help, can apply for and benefit from an additional 12-month extension from HMRC as part of the ‘Time to Pay’ scheme, ensuring that payments deferred from July 2020 and payments upcoming in January 2021, need not be paid until January 2022.

There will be a temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sector until the end of March 2021. Therefore VAT will remain at 5% for those sectors.

For more information, please see here.

______________________________________________

 

Coronavirus Support Updates

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: as the Scheme moves through its monthly adaptations before ending at the end of October, the explanatory webpages have been updated. It is also clarified that, should a furloughed employee be made redundant, they are entitled to receive redundancy pay based on their normal wage, not the reduced furlough rate. Register for a webinar on the extension of the scheme and flexible furloughing (various dates available).

Job Retention Bonus: read more here about the eligibility requirements for claiming the taxable one-off payment of £1,000 for each eligible employee who, having been previously furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme, has remained continuously employed by you up until 31 January 2021, and how to ensure that your paperwork will be in order to make the claim then. Full guidance will be published at the end of September.

Statuary Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: register for a webinar (various dates available).

Guide for Employers: Employees Self-Isolating After Returning to UK:
A person's employment rights will depend on their employment status and specific circumstances. Find guidance on returning to the UK. In summary:

  • Where possible, people should work from home during their self-isolation period. Employees should talk to their employer about working from home before they travel.
  • Employees can agree with their employer to take unpaid leave to cover the period of their self-isolation, providing they have leave remaining.
  • Employers can also tell employees to take leave as long as you give them enough notice. Find out about notice periods.
  • Employees may be able to take unpaid leave if they're forced to travel to deal with an emergency involving a family member or dependent. Find out about time off for family and dependants.
  • If an employee is out of the country when a quarantine is announced, they should talk to their employer as soon as possible to discuss options.
    Further information can be found here.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme:

  • First Grant (closed): the guidance has been updated for those who have made a claim in error, have been overpaid or would like to make a voluntary repayment.
  • Second Grant now open: if you're eligible for a second and final grant, and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you can make a claim on or before October 2020. You can claim for the second grant even if you did not make a claim for the first grant. If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership, find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility. Please see here to understand how HMRC works out trading and non-trading income for the Scheme. You can also register for a webinar on the Scheme (various dates available).

______________________________________________

 

Government Webinars

Recorded webinars are available to help businesses:

Links to the same pages are also available here, in a format which you may find easier to navigate, and with registration links to any new webinars as they arise included.

 

______________________________________________

 

LAPADA Webinars

Recordings of previous webinars are available below:

* The PR Power Hour: Top Tips for Communicating in Challenging Times
* Writing and Designing Compelling Newsletters
* Instagram
* Facebook
* YouTube and Pinterest
* Twitter, LinkedIn
* SEO, and Quora and Medium
* Tips for Photographing your Stock
* HR advice for employers affected by COVID-19
* AML compliance for the art market


______________________________________________

 

LAPADA Leaders

Raising the profile of our Association and providing inspiration for members from other players in our industry, the series has seen Freya Simms in conversation with captains of culture. Links to the recordings are available below:

Tristram Hunt, Director, V&A discusses how the crisis can revolutionise and democratise cultural experiences and what cultural organisations can learn from the pandemic lockdown. Tristram talks about the role of public arts and culture in the post-coronavirus age as well as his future plans for the V&A.

Design icons Kelly Hoppen and Katharine Pooley discuss the impact of the crisis on design trends and how it will affect the way we live and experience our homes.

Former NPG Director and National Trust trustee, Sandy Nairne and The Foundling Museum’s Caro Howell discuss the practicalities for museums as they look to reopen and what creative strategies will be employed to engage new audiences.

Goodwood House Curator James Peill and Head of Collections for Buccleuch Estates Scott Macdonald discuss country house curation and how in a world crisis the buildings and their collections are a monument to permanency.

Jacqueline Duncan OBE, Country Life Editor Giles Kime and co-founders of Tollgard Design Group, Staffan and Monique Tollgard to celebrate 60 years of the Inchbald School of Design. They discuss the legacy of the school, the evolution of the interior design profession globally over the past half century and their predictions for the future of interior design in a post-Covid world.





News & Fairs Previews

LAPADA Coronavirus advice and support

logo-x2

 

A message from CEO of LAPADA Freya Simms:

In what can only be described as a tumultuous week with a second UK wide lockdown and a protracted US election, the chancellor has spoken as to what financial support the treasury will be offering businesses during this period.

The furlough scheme has yet again been extended, this time until the end of March under the same terms (80% salary). Further support for the self-employed has been announced as well as extensions on existing loans, and a cash grant for businesses currently unable to trade. As always, please do see below for any grants and schemes for which you may prove eligible. We will keep you up to date as and when we hear more and please see here for the latest updates.

We are once again running our 3 months for the price of 2 offer on our LAPADA website which in the last few months has seen a whole new look, the introduction of the 'Buy it Now' button to allow the immediate sale of items under £5,000 and an improved mobile website. Do please email us if you would like more information or to join the LAPADA website subscription.

Remember that you can find the information given in these emails in the members' Knowledge Bank, but please get in touch with the office team if we may be able to help, whether in direct relation to coronavirus business support or to discuss getting the most out of your LAPADA membership in general.

We know that conditions are particularly tough out there so if you would like us to support any online initiatives you are doing then please drop us a line at lapada@lapada.org. Or indeed if you need help getting your stock online, we are happy to give you advice.

With best wishes,
Freya and your LAPADA team.

 

______________________________________________

 

Updated Support Schemes


Today, Rishi Sunak has presented his latest tranche of financial support (bearing striking resemblance to that which was put in place in March) with the second extension of the furlough scheme, further support for the self-employed and extended loan schemes.


Furlough Scheme

The furlough scheme has been further updated since the announcement of a second lockdown and will now run until the end of March. This will be guaranteed support of 80% of an employees salary until January when the percentage of support will be reassessed. For more information please see here.


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant

The Self-Employment Income Support Grant is being extended with an initial taxable grant covering November to the end of January for those who are continuing to actively trade but face reduced demand due to coronavirus. This will now be worth 80% of average monthly profits, up to a total of £7500.

This will be followed by an additional second grant covering the period from February 2021 to the end of April. This may be adjusted to respond to changing circumstances over the period.

For more information, please see here.

Grants for Closed Businesses

The government has announced cash grants of up to £3,000 per month for businesses which are closed. To apply, please see here.

If you are unsure which for grants you may be eligible, do please use the government's 'Coronavirus Support Finder' which is available here.

 

______________________________________________

 

New regulations

As we are all aware, England went into a national lockdown on the 5th November with all non-essential businesses closing until the 2nd December.

The key relevant issues are:

  • Stay at home - including for work purposes unless you cannot work from home.
  • Businesses and venues - non-essential business have been ordered to close by the government. These include museums and galleries. Pubs, restaurants and bars must close but can provide takeaway and delivery services (excluding alcohol).
  • Financial support - The furlough scheme is being reintroduced with 80% paid up to £2500 a month and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain flexible.

Full updates on the new changes can be found here. We will of course keep you up to date on any changes made.

--------------------------------------------------

Wales comes out of its two week circuit breaker on the 9th November, after which two households will be able to form a bubble. Only people within your bubble will be able to meet inside in your house. You are allowed to have up to 15 people meeting indoors in an organised activity, with up to 30 people being able to meet outside provided social distancing measures are in place. All businesses previously shut as a part of the circuit break will be allowed to reopen (there are ongoing discussions with the hospitality sector due to the English lockdown). Please see here for updates from the Welsh Government.

--------------------------------------------------

Scotland has just introduced another two tiers to their system, please see here for a list of what each tier means. Dundee is joining the majority of the central belt of Scotland in tier 3 and Nicola Sturgeon has declared today that in order to take advantage of the furlough scheme, Scotland may follow England into a national lockdown. As of today the Scottish government have introduced a new postcode search engine which can be found here.

--------------------------------------------------

Arlene Foster has today confirmed that Northern Ireland will come out of its circuit breaker on the 13th November. Please see here for covid-19 regulations in Northern Ireland.

______________________________________________

 

Tax cuts and Deferrals

Bounce Back Loans
The length of the bounce back loan is being extended from six years to ten, cutting monthly repayments by nearly half through the introduction of ‘Pay as you Grow’. Businesses who are struggling will now be able to choose to make interest only payments or suspend repayments for us to 6 months. Pay as you Grow will not affect your credit rating.

For more information, or to apply, please see here.

Other loan schemes

The government is extending the deadline of all loan schemes until the end of November. This includes the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and the Future Fund. The length of Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans has been increased from a maximum of six years to up to ten years.

The New Payment Scheme has been introduced in order to support businesses who have deferred tax bills. These businesses may now spread that VAT bill over 11 smaller interest-free payments over the 2021-2022 financial year.

Any self-assessed income taxpayers who need extra help, can apply for and benefit from an additional 12-month extension from HMRC as part of the ‘Time to Pay’ scheme, ensuring that payments deferred from July 2020 and payments upcoming in January 2021, need not be paid until January 2022.

There will be a temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sector until the end of March 2021. Therefore VAT will remain at 5% for those sectors.

For more information, please see here.

______________________________________________

 

Coronavirus Support Updates

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: as the Scheme moves through its monthly adaptations before ending at the end of October, the explanatory webpages have been updated. It is also clarified that, should a furloughed employee be made redundant, they are entitled to receive redundancy pay based on their normal wage, not the reduced furlough rate. Register for a webinar on the extension of the scheme and flexible furloughing (various dates available).

Job Retention Bonus: read more here about the eligibility requirements for claiming the taxable one-off payment of £1,000 for each eligible employee who, having been previously furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme, has remained continuously employed by you up until 31 January 2021, and how to ensure that your paperwork will be in order to make the claim then. Full guidance will be published at the end of September.

Statuary Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: register for a webinar (various dates available).

Guide for Employers: Employees Self-Isolating After Returning to UK:
A person's employment rights will depend on their employment status and specific circumstances. Find guidance on returning to the UK. In summary:

  • Where possible, people should work from home during their self-isolation period. Employees should talk to their employer about working from home before they travel.
  • Employees can agree with their employer to take unpaid leave to cover the period of their self-isolation, providing they have leave remaining.
  • Employers can also tell employees to take leave as long as you give them enough notice. Find out about notice periods.
  • Employees may be able to take unpaid leave if they're forced to travel to deal with an emergency involving a family member or dependent. Find out about time off for family and dependants.
  • If an employee is out of the country when a quarantine is announced, they should talk to their employer as soon as possible to discuss options.
    Further information can be found here.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme:

  • First Grant (closed): the guidance has been updated for those who have made a claim in error, have been overpaid or would like to make a voluntary repayment.
  • Second Grant now open: if you're eligible for a second and final grant, and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you can make a claim on or before October 2020. You can claim for the second grant even if you did not make a claim for the first grant. If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership, find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility. Please see here to understand how HMRC works out trading and non-trading income for the Scheme. You can also register for a webinar on the Scheme (various dates available).

______________________________________________

 

Government Webinars

Recorded webinars are available to help businesses:

Links to the same pages are also available here, in a format which you may find easier to navigate, and with registration links to any new webinars as they arise included.

 

______________________________________________

 

LAPADA Webinars

Recordings of previous webinars are available below:

* The PR Power Hour: Top Tips for Communicating in Challenging Times
* Writing and Designing Compelling Newsletters
* Instagram
* Facebook
* YouTube and Pinterest
* Twitter, LinkedIn
* SEO, and Quora and Medium
* Tips for Photographing your Stock
* HR advice for employers affected by COVID-19
* AML compliance for the art market


______________________________________________

 

LAPADA Leaders

Raising the profile of our Association and providing inspiration for members from other players in our industry, the series has seen Freya Simms in conversation with captains of culture. Links to the recordings are available below:

Tristram Hunt, Director, V&A discusses how the crisis can revolutionise and democratise cultural experiences and what cultural organisations can learn from the pandemic lockdown. Tristram talks about the role of public arts and culture in the post-coronavirus age as well as his future plans for the V&A.

Design icons Kelly Hoppen and Katharine Pooley discuss the impact of the crisis on design trends and how it will affect the way we live and experience our homes.

Former NPG Director and National Trust trustee, Sandy Nairne and The Foundling Museum’s Caro Howell discuss the practicalities for museums as they look to reopen and what creative strategies will be employed to engage new audiences.

Goodwood House Curator James Peill and Head of Collections for Buccleuch Estates Scott Macdonald discuss country house curation and how in a world crisis the buildings and their collections are a monument to permanency.

Jacqueline Duncan OBE, Country Life Editor Giles Kime and co-founders of Tollgard Design Group, Staffan and Monique Tollgard to celebrate 60 years of the Inchbald School of Design. They discuss the legacy of the school, the evolution of the interior design profession globally over the past half century and their predictions for the future of interior design in a post-Covid world.