Coronavirus support for businesses

The government outlined financial relief for businesses to support you during the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). From this page you can find out how to access the support, find out more about the grants and loans that may be available for your business and read the latest business related advice. You can also use this Government online business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Please visit our dedicated webpage for guidance on running your business safely and your responsibilities as an employer or employee.

Details on eligibility for each scheme can be found below which may differ depending on your businesses circumstances. 

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant - applications now open

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England. The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.

Learn more and apply online.

Omicron Discretationary Grant - applications now open

Designed for businesses that are not eligible for the hospitality and leisure grant, this discretionary grant is designed to support other types of business that have struggled because of the rise of the Omicron variant. 

Learn more and apply online.

New Government Loan Recovery Fund Launched

A new government-backed loan scheme launched on 6 April 2021 to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it. 

At Autumn Budget 2021, the Chancellor announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme would be extended until 30 June 2022.

From 1 January 2022, the following changes will come into force:

  • The scheme will only be open to small and medium sized enterprises
  • The maximum amount of finance available will be £2 million per business
  • The guarantee coverage that the government will provide to lenders will be reduced to 70%

These changes will apply to all offers made from 1 January 2022.

Further details, eligibility criteria and links to find an accredited Recovery Loans lender can be found on this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recovery-loan-scheme

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will be reintroduced in Mid-January 2022, for small and medium-sized employers - with fewer than 250 employees - to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.

Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 30th September 2021.

Please use the this link to check the Government website for full guidance and availability of the scheme.

Full guidance can be found here.

In the unfortunate position of having to make staff redundant?

If you are looking to make staff redundant or recently have had to let staff go please follow the latest advice on either the Government website, jobseekers webpage or through the local Biz Gateway.

If you have to make redundancies, Jobcentre Plus can give you and your employees support and advice through its Rapid Response Service.

Support could include:

  • helping people facing redundancy to write CVs and find jobs
  • providing general information about benefits
  • helping people to find the right training and learn new skills
  • helping with costs like travel to work expenses

Jobcentre Plus may also provide on-site support for large scale redundancies.

Acas has an online redundancy helpline.

How to get help

To find out how your business can use the Rapid Response Service, email rrs.enquiries@dwp.gov.uk and include:

  • your contact details
  • the town(s) your business is based in (including postcodes)
  • the location(s) of the redundancies

HMRC COVID-19 tax helpline (GOV.UK)

If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559.

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Last updated: Wed 19 January, 2022 @ 09:46