Advice and Support for Business
This page gives the latest announcements, advice and guidance from LEPs, Government, and official bodies on the support available to employers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Chancellor has delivered the government's Budget for 2021 with announcements on apprentices, business support, a new infrastructure bank, and eight new Freeports in England.
Chancellor announces £4.6bn of business support grants in lockdown
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors impacted by the lockdown can receive a one off grant of up to £9,000.
Chancellor Delivers Spending Review
Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his one year Spending Review "to fight virus, deliver promises, and invest in UK's recovery".
Government guidance for business
The government has published guidance for pubs, restaurants,, hairdressers, the visitor economy, and the culture and leisure sector as the Prime Minister further eased lockdown measures for England from 4 July.
Guidance from business sector orgs
The government has published a list of all Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations providing coronavirus related support for a wide range of specific sectors.
New Guidance for Aviation Published
The Department for Transport has published new aviation guidance, setting out measures operators should put in place to protect staff and passengers. The guidance also provides advice for passengers on how to travel safely and on how to follow social distancing measures at each stage of their journey.
The Chancellor has extended the Self-Employment scheme and set out how the government will taper support for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with employers making gradual increased contributions to the end of October.
Growth Hubs support local business
England’s 38 LEP Growth Hubs are providing practical support and guidance to the thousands of local employers and businesses across the country facing the challenges caused by the economic impact of the coronavirus.
The Prime Minister announced a ten point plan to drive a 'Green Industrial Revolution' to generate 250,000 jobs and get to net zero by 2050.
This paper is an easy reference table listing all of the current support measures available to business to help firms deal with the impact of the pandemic
The NHS Test and Trace service launched on 28 May. Anyone testing positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS.
The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has moved to protect vital rotes for supplies and people through a coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly
The Chancellor has extended the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to cover all viable SMEs.
The government has set up a website with details of all the business support schemes announced by the Chancellor.
The British Chambers of Commerce have a dedicated 'Coronavirus Hub' to advise and support business.
The CBI has a Coronavirus Hub giving up to date support, intelligence, and guidance for business.
The Public Health England website keeps a daily update on incidences of Coronavirus in UK.