COVID-19: business support

Information and guidance related to business support, including on business operations, financial support packages, and business rates.

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Official Government information

Grant funding

GOV.UK – £830 million funding boost for high streets

GOV.UK – £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

GOV.UK – Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): guidance for local authorities

GOV.UK – Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - guidance for local authorities (pdf)

GOV.UK – apply for the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

GOV.UK – COVID-19: financial support for businesses (including local authorities)

GOV.UK – guidance on business support grant funding for local authorities, and business support grant funding for businesses

GOV.UK – grant funding provided to businesses by local authorities in England

GOV.UK – coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

GOV.UK – check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

GOV.UK – apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

Business support

GOV.UK – testing guidance for employers

GOV.UK – decide if your business has been adversely affected for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

GOV.UK – business support

GOV.UK – coronavirus support for business from outside government

GOV.UK – claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

GOV.UK – reopen your business safely during coronavirus 

GOV.UK – business support finder tool 

GOV.UK – additional government resources to support your business during coronavirus disruptions

GOV.UK – working safely during coronavirus 

GOV.UK – maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

GOV.UK – check if you can claim back statutory sick pay paid to employees due to coronavirus

GOV.UK – how to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus

GOV.UK – help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus: a free webinar

GOV.UK – OPSS coronavirus guidance for business and local authorities

Job retention scheme

GOV.UK – changes to the coronavirus job retention scheme

GOV.UK – coronavirus job retention scheme: step by step guide for employers

GOV.UK –  coronavirus job retention scheme (relevant to local authorities also)


House of Commons Treasury Committee – economic impact of coronavirus: gaps in support (pdf, June 2020)

GOV.UK – statistics on coronavirus funding for business

GOV.UK – apprenticeship programme response

GOV.UK – guidance on closing certain businesses and venues

GOV.UK – advice and guidance on fraud and cyber crime

GOV.UK – offer coronavirus support from your business

GOV.UK – guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – COVID-19 roadmap taskforces

Food Standards Agency – reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hosts a number of resources for jobseekers and support for employers 

Business rates

GOV.UK – Business rates: expanded retail discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance

GOV.UK – Business rates: nursery (childcare) discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance

GOV.UK –  7/2020: coronavirus response: monitoring

GOV.UK – business rates revaluation postponed

LGA  Coronavirus: Business rates relief for the hospitality and leisure sector

Other useful information

Food Standards Agency – here to help food businesses

Information Commissioner's Office – contract tracing: protecting customer and visitor details

Information Commissioner's Office – advice service for small organisations

Visit England have launched a quality mark ‘We’re Good to Go’ to signal when a tourism and hospitality property has worked hard to follow COVID-19 guidelines and is safe to visit. 

Health and Safety Executive have created a number of resources: working safely through the coronavirus outbreak (pdf, 2020), talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (pdf, 2020) and managing risks and risk assessments at work

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS) are hosting free webinars addressing the challenges in different types of workplaces

Business in the Community is running a National Business Response Network helping frontline organisations across the UK, including local councils, respond to the needs of communities affected by COVID-19.

Arts Council England: COVID-19 advice, guidance and funding measures for individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations

CIPFA/LASAAC – statement on local authority accounting requirements 

British Chambers of Commerce – coronavirus business impact tracker