Last updated, 4th August 2020
As a business owner or employee, it can be difficult to know where to turn for support in these challenging times. Here, on the Workspace COVID-19 support hub, you can find the most up-to-date support available to you – all in one place.
We have compiled a list of the most current official resources to help business owners and employees during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We aim to continuously update this hub in-line with the latest news, current advice and guidance to help you explore your business options during the months ahead.
The Mayor of London has introduced a £1m Back to Business Fund. This will offer up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform. Applications open on Monday 10th August and you can register your interest and find out more here.
UK furlough scheme extended until end of October: The chancellor announced 12th May 2020 that the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until then end of October 2020.
UK government releases guidance on how to create a safe workplace during the coronavirus pandemic.
A discretionary fund has been set up by the UK government to support small businesses, under 50 employees, with grants of up to £25,000.
Key official sources of information
World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 resources: The WHO is a reliable source of public health and travel advice, along with information on how to get workplace ready after lockdown.
British government coronavirus advice: The UK government's COVID-19 guidance and support hub, featuring recent announcements. View the government's stay at home guidance and sign up to receive alert emails if coronavirus information is updated on the GOV.UK website here.
NHS advice about coronavirus: Get the latest health advice on how to slow the spread of the virus and identify the symptoms from the National Health Service.
Financial support for employers
Informed Funding (iF) Hub: Free financial and funding strategy support services available to Workspace customers and Club Workspace members.
Bounce back loans for small businesses: Small and medium-sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can apply to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 in this 100% government-backed loan scheme.
CJRS: A Step-by-Step guide for employers: HM Government guide for employers on how to claim for employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Find out if you are eligible to apply for a grant that covers 80% of the usual monthly wage cost of each employee, up to £2,500 a month. This scheme will remain open until the end of October 2020.
Self-employed Income Support Scheme: This scheme allows those who are self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.
Information and advice for small businesses in the UK
COVID-19 support for businesses (British Government) Targeted short-term advice for businesses from the UK government during the pandemic, including financial support options, advice on paying employees, and paying sick pay and tax.
Package of measures announced at Budget 2020: The UK government measures to support public services, individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19.
Employers and Businesses guidance: Information and guidance for employers, businesses and staff in remaining open during COVID-19 safely.
Government webinars to help your business: Free webinars hosted by the government departments to help businesses navigate and understand the support available.
Information about protecting your business, British Chambers of Commerce: A list of third party resources covering everything from policy changes to employee wellbeing and fraud to help support employers and employees during changing circumstances.
Supporting your business during coronavirus (Enterprise Nation): Pro-active advice on how to keep trading through the pandemic. Pose a question and Enterprise Nation will aim to answer it within 24 hours.
Coronavirus advice for small businesses and the self-employed (National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses or fsb): Helpful information, FAQs, articles and more addressing the most pressing issues affecting small businesses and sole traders. Sign up to free webinars from FSB First Voice covering topics such as employment concerns, furloughing, pay roll issues, workplace pensions and working remotely.
Advice for event organisers
CREO (Coronavirus Response for Event Organisers): Support for events organisers during the crisis, set up by PPA Associate Member Guild.
Mental health and wellbeing support
NHS: Mental Wellbeing while Staying at Home: How individuals can take care of their mind and body while staying at home because of COVID-19.
Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing: Practical advice for individuals feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus and how to take care of mental health in isolation.
Mental Health Foundation help: Tips on how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak and links to helpful resources.