It’s relentless, isn’t it? Trying to navigate your way around the huge amount of noise generated by news sources. It’s five opinions for every announcement and it’s hard work cutting through it.

So many of our regular customers are self employed, and losing business at an unprecedented rate, Students are cancelling, the government have not made any official mandates so we can’t claim on insurance, and we’re all wondering how we’re going to financially survive.

We all saw the headlines about the £330bn of business loans being created but frankly a lot of our businesses are just too small to qualify. So now what?

Well,  there’s promises of grants to help the ‘smallest businesses’, which will be delivered by your local authorities from the beginning of April. “Small businesses that pay little or no business rates and are eligible for small business rate relief (SBBR) or rural rate relief will be contacted by their local authority – they do not need to apply. ” – but if you raised an eyebrow at that too, please make sure you check in with them. Don’t miss that lifeline opportunity if you can help it.

The beginning of April feels like quite far from here. If you have been thinking about applying for Universal Credit , have a read of this article, a lot of the team here have found it useful.

A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs. Through this, businesses may be able to agree a bespoke Time to Pay arrangement. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

The team here Academy Mews Studios would like to assure you we are keeping it our priority to clean surfaces in studios and around the building more frequently and, this week we will be installing Hand Sanitizer dispensers on each floor this week.

We regard your health and safety as paramount importance and want to help promote good practice during this time.

To minimise your chances of catching or spreading the virus, follow these simple step from the NHS

1 – Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (singing Happy Birthday to your self should help you reach the recommended minimum of 20 seconds washing required)

2 – Always wash your hands when arriving at work or return home. 

3 – Use hand sanitiser gel if available. 

4 – Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your bare hands) when you cough or sneeze.

5 – Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards. 

6 – Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. 

As this is still developing, you should continue to check and act in accordance with the Public Health guidelines for the virus which can be found here: and

Our studio cancellation policy is still the same for online bookings, which you can find here:

Members who have regular bookings, please contact and speak to Ella directly.

We are updating our blog page as it becomes relevant- our current blog focuses on how to best support your self employed friends.

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