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Help for business in light of coronavirus

Discover vital support available for businesses affected by coronavirus.

Business support from the UK government

Coronavirus Business Support

HM Government 24-03-2020

Government portal listing the full range of support measures available for UK businesses with information on how to access financial support packages, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. These cover the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme; business rates holiday and cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure; small business grant funding; SSP rebate; VAT and income tax deferral. There is additional separate guidance for businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

COVID-19: support for businesses

GOV.UK 23-03-2020

Summary of the package of measures to support businesses announced by the UK Government including statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs and small business grant funding.

ICAEW insights

Coping with coronavirus

Why it’s imperative for businesses to have robust plans in place to deal with the outbreak and mitigate disaster.


HMRC Coronavirus Helpline

HMRC 19-03-2020

If you cannot pay because of Coronavirus call the HMRC Coronavirus helpline on 0800 015 9559 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 20:00 and on Saturday, 8:00 to 16:00).

COVID-19 helpline for Scottish businesses

Scottish Government 13-03-2020

Details of a new helpline launched in Scotland to provide advice and guidance to businesses. The service also aims to help the Scottish Government identify challenges facing organisations during the coronavirus outbreak.

Announcements of new measures

Further businesses and premises to close: guidance

Cabinet Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 26-03-2020

Official updated guidance on the types of businesses and premises that must remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside detailed information about the exceptions. The guidance also gives advice on repair and maintenance work carried out in people's homes by tradespeople.

£2.2 billion for business

Scottish Government 18-03-2020

Announcement by the Scottish Government of a package of measures to support businesses, including a full year's 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism companies and grants for small businesses.

Joint HM Treasury and Bank of England Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) - Market Notice 18 March 2020

Bank of England 18-03-2020

Announcement of the Covid Corporate Financing Facility launched by HM Treasury and the Bank of England to provide funding to businesses by purchasing commercial paper of up to one-year maturity, issued by firms making a material contribution to the UK economy during the coronavirus pandemic. The information covers eligible issuers, eligible securities, prices, submission of offers, and applications to participate.

Chancellor announces additional support to protect businesses

HM Treasury 17-03-2020

Information on measures announced by the Chancellor to support firms. These include a major new scheme launched by the Bank of England to help businesses bridge Coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans, increasing the amount businesses can borrow through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and £20 billion of business rates support and grant funding to help the most-affected firms.

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