Last updated, 23rd October 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.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a series of new measures to support businesses and workers adversely affected by local restrictions. Find out what changes have been made to the Job Support Scheme (JSS), Self-Employed Grants and Business Grants to help businesses stay afloat.
On Saturday 12th October, every borough in London moved from local COVID alert level: medium (Tier 1) to local COVID alert level: high (Tier 2). Find out which new rules will apply and read the full guidance on which businesses and venues can stay open at alert level high.
On 12th October, the Prime Minister set out a three-tier COVID alert level system that will affect every area in England. Use the postcode checker on GOV.UK to find out which alert level applies to your area and how the new rules may affect your business.
On 24th September, the chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the government's 'Winter Economy Plan'. It aims to protect jobs and support the economy through a new Job Support Scheme (introduced from 1st November) and help for those repaying state-backed business loans.
The UK's furlough scheme ends on 31st October 2020. Find help and advice about ending furlough and flexible furlough agreements here.
Employer applications for the UK government's Kickstart Scheme opened 2nd September, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs for young people. As an employer, you can check to see if you can apply for a grant through the scheme here.
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. 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.
The Sustainable Innovation Fund: This fund was set up in June to help innovative businesses keep cutting-edge ideas alive and re-build their business.
The second stage of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is open for application. Find out if you're eligible to receive a government grant worth up to £6,570.
The Mayor of London's £1m Back to Business Fund offers up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform. You find out more and apply for funding here.
The government's Future Fund: This fund provides loans for innovative UK companies with the potential to grow during this period of disruption. Loans range from £125,000 to £5 million.
Information and advice for small businesses in the UK
The UK government gives guidance on how to create a safe workplace during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Recovery advice for business: Free support from The Professional and Business Services Sector and Enterprise Nation to help small and medium sized businesses recover from the impact of Coronavirus.
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.