Self-employed business owners and sole traders are being warned against rushing to apply for the second round of Government coronavirus relief funding unless they are confident they qualify.
Accountants at Swindon-based professional services company, Optimum, said thousands of self-employed people have already benefitted from the first tranche of the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS). The second round of funding opens for applications from August 17, but is aimed only at those who have been adversely affected by Coronavirus since July 14.
Optimum opens doors for Swindon food bank donations
Staff at accountancy and law firm Optimum are hoping to beat last year’s record, by collecting even more donations for Swindon’s food bank.
And to help boost the haul still further, the firm, based in Swindon, is encouraging clients and visitors to pop items into their reception.
Last year, the team collected enough to fill eight large crates for Swindon Food Collective, and already donations are coming in.
“As a team, we are great at coming together to do our bit to help the community,” said Tracey Heath, practice manager.
“We always have a main charity we support throughout the year and we like to help others along the way. This year and next year, we are raising funds for Youth Adventure Trust and have already raised more than £2,500.”
At this time of year, Swindon Food Collective in particular wants Christmas items, including mince pies, Christmas puddings and cakes, boxed chocolates and biscuits, gravy granules and boxes of stuffing, Christmas crackers and children’s toiletries. Everyday items, like tinned meat, fruit or fish, toiletries, pet food, cereal and cleaning products are also needed.
Donations should be dropped in by December 2, to Optimum’s headquarters at Vicarage Court, 160 Ermin Street, Stratton, Swindon, SN3 4NE.
Pictured: Karen Gleed (left) and Amy Mathews of Optimum with goods donated to Swindon’s food bank