Here is the most up-to-date official support available to you – all in one place.

Last updated, 22nd July 2020​

As a business owner or employee, it can be difficult to know where to turn for support in these challenging times. Here, we have compiled a list of the current official resources available to help business owners and employees during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

We aim to continuously update this page in-line with the latest news, current advice and guidance to help you explore your business options during the months ahead.  

Latest news

From 1st August, employers will be able to ask employees to return to their workplace if their office is COVID secure and social distancing measures are in place. Read more about the change in government guidance announced on 17th July here

Business events and conferences are given the green light to resume from 1st October 2020 providing the coronavirus infection rate remains at current levels.

Thousands of expert business advisers have signed up to offer free services to small firms. Find out how your business can benefit here.

As of the 1st July 2020, businesses can make the most of the government's flexible furlough scheme. Employers can bring furloughed staff back to work part time.  

More start-ups and innovative firms can apply for investment from the government's Future Fund, from the 30th June.

On 27th June 2020, the UK Government unveiled The Sustainable Innovation Fund to help innovative businesses keep cutting-edge ideas alive and re-build their business. Find out more and apply here.

On 23rd June 2020, the UK government announced that restaurants, pubs and hairdressers will be able to reopen from Saturday 4th July 2020, if they are able to meet social distancing measures.   

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 end of October 2020.

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy On 11th May, The UK Government published its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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

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

Find advice from the National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses (FSB) on how to reassure your customers that your business is COVID secure and ready for business.

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): Proactive 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.

Work safely during the coronavirus outbreak guidance from The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the UK government agency responsible for workplace health, safety, and welfare.  

Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus guide from the HSE. 

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

Public Health England mental health guidance: Advice on how to look after mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.  

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.

Supporting the mental health of furloughed workers: The City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) provides guidance for employers with plenty of tips and resources to support the mental health of furloughed employees.

Mental Health Foundation help: Tips on how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak and links to helpful resources.