Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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The Government has announced a package of measures to support businesses. This includes:

  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme including Business Bounce Back loans for small businesses and sole traders
  • the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value of up to £51,000
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • a Statutory Sick Pay rebate for small and medium-sized businesses
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
  • the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme for medium sized and larger businesses
  • the new Coronavirus Future Fund which will issue convertible loans to innovative companies facing financial difficulties
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for nursery businesses
  • a VAT deferral until 30 June 2020
  • income tax deferral for the self-employed until January 2021

To find out more, visit the Government’s Business Support pages or contact CWLEP Growth Hub.

The Government has also published a new business support finder tool which helps businesses find out what support is available to them.

Eat Out to Help Out

Local businesses have done a great job at adapting to social distancing rules and making things safer for their customers. Under the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme, people enjoying a pub lunch or restaurant meal will be able to eat half price, with a maximum discount of £10-per-person, in August.

Businesses will need to register with the government to take part in the scheme.

 Registration will close on 31 August.