Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme

The Department for Transport in England introduces the Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme to encourage the public to cycle. The scheme was announced on 22 June 2020 with the objective to reduce the number of short journeys by cars and as an alternative to public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cycling is more environmental friendly

Cycling is more friendly to our environment because of no harmful gasses emission to the air comparing to using cars. In addition, it is more cost-effective for you if it is a short journey.

The London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced and implemented in April 2019 within the same area as the Congestion Charge zone.

Cars and vehicles do not meet the Ultra Low Emission Zone standards must pay a ULEZ charge in addition to paying the Congestion Charge.

For example, if your car does not meet the ULEZ standards and you drive from Pimlico (postcode: SW1V 4PY) into the Congestion Zone, say, to Regent Street London (W1B 5TD) to shop for a day. You will have to pay the Transport for London, £15 for Congestion Charge and £12.50 for ULEZ charge. Total of £27.50 for the day. If you forgot to pay you would receive a more expensive penalty charge.

The journey from Pimlico to Regent Street is a relatively short journey. If you cycle to Regent Street instead of taking your car, you save the £27.50, the fuel and also parking fee. so, why not cycle?

Bike repair voucher up to £50

You can use streets bikes or your own bike for your short distance trips. The Fix your Bike Voucher is for use to repair your own bike. The voucher is to be used toward the cost of repairing your bike, up to £50 per bike. You must be 18 years old and above.

This voucher can only be used at the bike repair shops that participate in the Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme. You can find them nationwide in the Energy Saving Trust website here.

Here are some of the participating bike repair shops close to Regent Street in London where our office is based.

1Camden Cycles Limited
241 Eversholt Street
Camden Town London
Postcode: NW1 1BE

Phone: 020 7388 7899
2Evans Cycles West End
62 Mortimer Street,
London
Postcode: W1W7RR

Phone: 020 7637 1940
3Cloud 9 Cycles
38 Store St
Bloomsbury
London
Postcode: WC1E 7DB

Phone: 0203 20 50 190
4Decathlon High Street Kensington
146-158 Kensington High St,
Kensington London
Postcode: W8 7RL

Phone: 07483 051426
Source: Energy Saving Trust – Department for Transport UK

Calling Bike repairer in England to register for the Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme

If you are a bike repairer, you can register to participate in the scheme with the Energy Saving Trust (Department for Transport) here.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK businesses during COVID-19 pandemic. They automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This will help your company to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

Concurrently, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Similarly, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

You are encouraged to file your company documents to Companies House digitally. You can use the web filing service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Businesses and venues can reopen from 13 July 2020

The UK government announced today (9 July 2020) more Businesses and venues can reopen from 13 July 2020 in England. The following businesses and venues can reopen from Monday, 13 July 2020.

  • Spas
  • Nail bars and salons and beauty salons
  • Tanning booths and salons
  • Massage parlours
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Body and skin piercing services

These are close contact services, therefore, the Government strongly advised to follow the following guidance:

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK businesses during COVID-19 pandemic. They will automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This will help you to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time during this pandemic. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

On the same note, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Likewise, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

During this pandemic, you are encouraged to submit your documents online to Companies House. You can use the webfiling service to file the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Manage situations before they become crisis

Today, Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency made a speech on manage situations before they become crisis. In his speech, he shared how the environmental agency handles situations and he hopes we will find lessons he learnt useful in our own world.

Top tips for managing situations

As I said, much of what I have learnt about incident management during my career has come as much from making mistakes as it has from getting it right. So I offer the following

Sir James Bevan
  • Lead
  • Move fast
  • Get on the ground
  • Have a strategy
  • Win the air war
  • Manage upwards
  • Stay well
  • Be ready beforehand
  • Learn the lessons afterwards

Sir James Bevan shared how he, as the leader of the Environmental Agency handles the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak together with working with professional partners in the 38 Local Resilience Forums across England.

I like his principle on dealing with humans. – Be kind.

You may read the full speech here.

Manage situations before they become crisis is vital during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak especially businesses start to reopen gradually. It is vital to minimise the risks of spreading the virus between humans.

For examples, we must maintain social distancing, encourage to use a contactless approach where possible.

We live and we learn and we can learn from each other to be better.

Companies House encourages a contactless approach

Companies House handles 4.3 million companies records. During this COVID-19 outbreak, they encourage their customers to submit documents online.

You can submit the following documents using the Companies House webfiling service.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

If you are unable to submit your company accounts due to this COVID-19 outbreak, not to worry. Recently, Companies House announced they will automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

If you require help with your company’s filings, Our accountants can help you.

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