A message from the directors of Waltons Clark Whitehill

Firstly, and most importantly, we want to wish you and your family are keeping well after what has been a turbulent couple of months.

There has been so much going on in relation to the business world during that time, and if you are registered with us, you will have received many messages from our firm to help guide you.  We've added a COVID-19 UPDATEs page to our website which continues to be updated regularly, as we update our clients both directly and via various e-shots.  You can also follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and register on our website to receive information straight to your inbox. 


In line with most other businesses in the UK, we closed our offices to visitors and our team on Monday 23 March, and since then our team has been working from home.  This will continue for the foreseeable future.  Behind the scenes we are making plans on how we will operate when we return to the office over the coming months and will be guided by official Government advice.  The current Government’s advice remains to stay, and work, at home where job roles allow – “office work” clearly being in the work at home category.

Getting in touch

We have IT systems in place that allow us to securely work from home for as long as is required. You can contact us in the usual way by email, and if you are in any doubt who to speak to, please get in touch with your usual client director (email addresses below).  Whilst we are receiving post, it is re-directed, and therefore should you need to handover any large items of paperwork to us, please get in touch by email  first so we can make arrangements.  Our usual telephone number is re-directed if needed, but as above, emailing your usual team member will be easier, who can arrange to speak to you.

Moving forward

It has been very challenging time for our teams as we’re sure you have found the same.  There have been bumps along the way but like you, we are finding our way through the weeks ahead.  We have been particularly busy advising clients with the various grant schemes, loan applications, and advising where we can on other Covid related matters, whilst getting on with the usual accounts, audit and tax work.  Rest assured, we are always there to speak to when you need us and our firm stands alongside you all for the coming months and years.  Please do get in touch with us in the meantime if you need us.

With our very best wishes, take care and stay safe, from all the Directors at Waltons Clark Whitehill.


Heather O'Driscoll (

Graeme Surtees (

Paul Harrison (

George Hardey (


From Friday 20 March the Chancellor set out a package of measures to support public services, people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

The package of measures to support businesses includes:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Including Frequently Asked Questions)
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Help to Claim
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Rules
How to claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Some key items in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - Updated 22 April 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Chancellor Extends Scheme to
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Flexible Furloughing and Important Dates

View details

Self-employed Income Support Scheme
HMRC update their guidance on the SEISS scheme
SEISS scheme opens earlier than expected
SEISS scheme - Opening a Government Gateway account
SEISS scheme - Information required in preparation for Claim
SEISS scheme - Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates
Cash Grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates
Small business discretionary grant payments - Top-up to local business grant funds scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Update

R&D Tax Credits and CBILS

A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans

Business News Update: Government announces "Bounce Back" loans
Bounce Back Loan Scheme Update
Apply for a Business Bounce Back Loan
Bounce Back Loan - Frequently Asked Questions

Charities - A Message from Heather
Charities - A further update from Heather - Government to provide cash grants for frontline Charities
Charities - Covid-19 - New guidance published for Trustees by the Charity Commission


On a personal note: People with mortgages should consider applying for the three month’s mortgage payment holiday.

Managing through COVID-19 and the "New Normal"

Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

A Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs

HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Business News Updates

Small Business Emergency Action Plan includes six months cash flow template and a simple twelve months cash flow forecast)

Companies to Receive 3-month expension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Business Insurance

We will keep you informed about the details of each of these packages and how to apply.

Be safe and stay strong!