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Covid19 update

Covid19 update

On March 18, 2020, Posted by , In Blog,News, With Comments Off on Covid19 update

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This information was  sent to us by accounting firm, Brian Paul Ltd:

The Chancellor yesterday announced help for the self employed. Points to note regarding the self employed scheme

To be eligible for the scheme you must meet all the criteria below:

  • Be self-employed or a member of partnership;
  • Have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19;
  • File a tax return for 2018-19 as self-employed or a member of a trading partnership. Those who have not yet filed for 2018-19 will have an additional 4 weeks from this announcement to do so;
  • Have traded in 2019-20; be currently trading at the point of application (or would be except for COVID 19) and intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
  • Have trading profits of less than £50,000 and more than half of your total income come from self-employment. This can be with reference to at least one of the following conditions:
  • Your trading profits and total income in 2018/19
  • Your average trading profits and total income across up to the three years between 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19.

 The scheme would not appear to include directors of their own companies who can instead supposedly access the job retention scheme. The only doubt is if you are a one man band how can you do no work for the company.  Instead you should look at self assessment deferral, Vat deferral and time to pay arrangements. Also don’t forget your bank and negotiating payment holidays on your mortgage or with suppliers.

Regarding the self employed scheme, the official government website has more details and will contact you directly.

Another useful resource – Remi Harris, of Remi Harris Consulting and Young Guns Network, has developed an App for the creative sector – Creative and Freelance ToolKit for C-19 UK

27.03.2020 – CULTURE AT RISK

Creative businesses

The current crisis has a profound impact on all sectors of the economy, with retail, hospitality, travel and the creative industries hit particularly hard.  A third of the creative sector workforce is self-employed, and 95% of all creative businesses are SMEs or micro-SMEs, making it particularly vulnerable.

If your space of business is at risk – artist studios and creative production space and also freelancers and self-employed, you can email the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk office on

26.03.2020 – Update on RENT

Dear all artists and creative companies,

These are difficult times for us all and with the landscape changing everyday, it is difficult to keep with what support is in place and when it becomes effective.  We at Collage Arts are tracking all of this on your behalf and also asking key questions from the Local Authority and the Owners of the buildings that we occupy.  We will keep you updated on all developments that affect you and your business as and when they are announced, please make sure you are getting our notices via Mail Chimp. Please make sure these notices are not going into your junk mail.

Further updates from Collage Arts are also available on this page – – currently being updated every day.

It is important that you DO NOT STOP your rent payments to Collage Arts as we still are having to make payments to the Owners of the buildings.  As soon as and if this situation changes. we will inform you all and also payback any rent if the rent hoilday we are negotiating is back dated.  We are also tracking the Business Support and Grants announced for Businesses and again will update you on all developments.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us. The office freephone number is on ansaphone and being checked everyday – 0800 0092 970.  Otherwise drop us an email, which are also being checked daily.  For emergencies, contact the emergency mobile number.

Be Safe, Stay Well
Manoj Ambasna


26.03.2020 – Update on ARTSPACE 3 – 

Dear All artists in Artspace 3 (Cumberland Road N22 7BU),

The discussion regarding Rent has clarified one issue. The building is not closed!  We were given the wrong information by officers.  So you are allowed to access the building, but please take on-board the advice from the government about social distancing .  ATTACHED is the most recent advice from Haringey Council to Community Organisations which includes information on Council buildings.

When and if we get any more information we shall share that with you immediately.

Please make sure you are getting our regular notices via mail chimp and check our web site For all updates.

Stay safe, stay well

Manoj Ambasna, Collage Arts 


27.03.2020 An app with a collection of resources – Creative and Freelancer Toolkit for c19 

26.03.2020 – Useful Links on grants available 

25.03.2020 – Useful Links on the support being made available for creative industries 

Support for Artists through Arts Council England    

Support for Film and TV Sector Workers 

For musicians, one stop resource –

Support for Musicians through PRS for Music 

Support for Musicians through Help Musicians UK

Support for Social Enterprises 

Support for Third Sector  

Support from Government to support businesses

For businesses, one stop government resource –

New announcement for Self Employed people will be made by the Government tomorrow (26.03.2020)


24.03.2020 Notice from Haringey Council received today:

Following the government directives yesterday, I write to inform you that 40 Cumberland Road will be closed. You may have received notification to this effect but if you have not, please consider this the advice.

I appreciate the effect this will have on your business but ask you to please bear with us for now till we get this pandemic under control.

Please take care and stay safe.

Strategic Property Unit, Housing, Regeneration and Planning.

Haringey Council, River Park House 6th floor (North), London. N22 8HQ



Dear artists and creative companies,
In light of all the announcements made for Business support by the Government during the Covid 19 outbreak, below is a reminder of the ones that apply to you.

Please make sure you follow up as they fit your business, these schemes are in place to support you in paying your staff and other outgoings like rent.

Please follow up the link below and make sure you are covered.

1) The 80% job retention workers scheme – not available yet as they don’t have the mechanisms in place yet but will be available soon.
HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers. If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.

2) The business interruption loan is in place now and has many banking providers you can go to.

How to access the scheme
The scheme is now open for applications. To apply, you should talk to your bank or one of the 40 accredited finance providers (not the British Business Bank) as soon as possible, to discuss your business plan. You can find out the latest on the best ways to contact them via their websites.

All major banks are offering this scheme. If you have an existing loan with monthly repayments you may want to ask for a repayment holiday to help with cash flow.

The full rules of the scheme and the list of accredited lenders are available on the British Business Bank website.

3) Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates
The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

You are eligible if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR
  • you are a business that occupies property

How to access the scheme
You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.
Guidance for local authorities on the scheme will be provided shortly.
Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.

For more information, go to the official government website:

Finally, there will be more measures announced for freelancers in the coming days and we will keep you updated on this.

Stay Safe – Stay Well

Kind regards
Collage Artists Team

17.03,2020 – UPDATE FOR ARTISTS within the Collage Artspaces from Manoj Ambasna, Executive Director, 17 March 2020 – 

Dear Artists in all Collage Artspaces,

From the advice given to everyone by the Prime Minister yesterday of avoiding all unnecessary contact and travel.

The Collage Arts offices will be closed for the next 14 days from today, 17 March 2020.

While the offices are closed only the emergency number will be available and only for real emergencies, all calls for non-emergency issues will be ignored.

We advise all of you to follow the advice being given and updated daily by the government and its health advisors.

We will update you all as and when any significant changes are advised so please look at this page (  on a regular basis.

Stay safe, stay well.

The Collage Arts Team.