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

GOV.UK – guidance to employers and businesses about COVID-19

GOV.UK – further businesses and premises to close: guidance

GOV.UK – COVID-19: support for business 

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

GOV.UK – coronavirus business support resource centre

GOV.UK – extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments

GOV.UK – guidance for UK businesses trading internationally

GOV.UK – grant funding schemes for small businesses, and fund guidance for retail, hospitality and leisure, (pdf, March 2020)

GOV.UK – Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals

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

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

GOV.UK – rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19

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

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


Other useful information

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