Covid-19: Business & Enterprise Support

Useful information, resources and ideas for business owners, sole traders and freelancers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated: September 16th, 2020

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – scheme to improve business’ competitiveness, innovation and productivity through funded partnerships with academics and researchers

>> from GOV.UK


The government’s Self Employment Income Support scheme is now open for applications

>> from GOV.UK


Incredibly useful and easy to navigate interactive workforce planner

>> from CIPD


Open4Business. Free support tool for councils to help their local businesses.

>> from GRANTFINDER


National business response network. Connecting business support to community need in the COVID-19 crisis

>> from BUSINESS RESPONSE COVID


Government ‘financial support finder tool’ for businesses and self employed people

>> from GOV.UK


Crisis communication and management templates

>> from HUBSPOT


Extensive series of 20 free webinars designed to support UK businesses to get help, protect their business and save jobs

>> from NEWABLE


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) – Current accredited lenders and partners

>> from BRITISH BUSINESS BANK


Employment and Self-Employment Coronavirus Help

>> from MONEY SAVING EXPERT


Coronavirus Tech Handbook: a crowd-sourced set of tech, tools and data relating to the coronavirus pandemic

>> from NEWSPEAK HOUSE


MUST READ article on how Covid-19 will impact your business over next two years

>> from THE JOY OF BUSINESS

 

Innovate UK Foundation Industries Funding
UK-registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million in grant funding for projects supporting the recovery and growth of foundation industries – spanning cements, ceramics, paper, metals, bulk chemicals and glass. Deadline Nov 4th.

Coronavirus Future Fund
Large government backed loans for innovative companies (eg life sciences, R&D) that are facing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. Open until the end of September.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
A new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19: Support for Businesses
Support and guidance from the UK Government for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
A list of accredited lenders from British Business Bank.

SPRINT Programme and Innovation Vouchers
Support and Innovation Vouchers to help fund collaborative projects between your company and the SPRINT university partner(s). These projects can enable you to exploit space technologies and data in a wide range of commercial activities.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
SBRI brings together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions. View the latest funding competitions.

 

Working from home: A guide to creating a healthy and productive workspace at home

>> from COTSWOLD CO


Connecting people on furlough with volunteer opportunities. Register as a volunteer or as a cause / charity

>> from FURLONTEER


Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short pdf guide

>> from HSE


Great selection of webinars (including recordings of past webinars) relating to all aspects of HR during the coronavirus crisis

>> from CIPD


Working safely during coronavirus. Updated sector specific guidance for employers, employees and the self employed.

>> from GOV.UK


Incredibly useful and easy to navigate interactive workforce planner

>> from CIPD


Connect with, update and rehire the people you are being forced to furlough or let go of during the coronavirus crisis

>> from THE REHIRE PROJECT


Supporting colleagues to stay mentally healthy in unusual working conditions

>> from MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK


Remote working: a practical safety guide for businesses

>> from GLIDE


Advice for employers

Self-isolation and sick pay

If the workplace needs to close temporarily

If an employee needs time off work to look after someone

If someone has coronavirus symptoms at work

Good practice steps for employers

More coronavirus advice

>> from ACAS


Advice for employees

Check if you can get statutory sick pay (SSP)

Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit

Check if you’re eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Your rights if your hours are cut or you’re laid off

What to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time

>> from UK GOVERNMENT


Money and mental health – practical financial skills to manage money.

>> from FINTY


Looking after your mental health while working during the coronavirus outbreak – tips for employers and employees.

>> from MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION


My whole self: supporting your mental health while working from home

>> from MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK


Why it’s OK for business leaders to feel a bit scared

>> from HAZELBRANCH


Remote working resources guide

>> from GUILD


Free document scanning app to minimise COVID-19 and GDPR risk

>> from OCASTA