Support for businesses
To combat the impact of coronavirus COVID-19 the government announced certain businesses should close with immediate effect. The list of businesses which should remain closed is changing all the time, inline with the alert level. To help businesses reopen the government issued safety advice for safe working practice, which allows for social distancing. The government has also provided financial help for businesses, we have tried to include as much of this information on to this page.
See business support on GOV.UK. Government guidance on what you can do now and a link to sign up to email alerts when new coronavirus business support information is added.
See closing certain businesses and venues in England on GOV.UK. This government guidance outlines all businesses and venues that must not open to the public.
Reopen your businesses
Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance and support for employers.
Read about the thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres to reopen safely in England on GOV.UK. Government press release announcing that shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June.
See business advice on opening after lockdown, for practical tips, checklist and links to further advice on reopening.
Reopening and adapting food business
Read about the Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants on GOV.UK. Government press release announces new laws, which will allow more pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government.
See reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19 on the Food Standards Agency website. Food Standards Agency guidance on hygiene and food safety requirements for food businesses to reopen and operate safely during COVID-19.
See our guidance for food businesses / caterers on providing a takeaway service as an alternative way to trade during the lockdown.
See our guidance for businesses on Legionella in hot and cold water systems for how to avoid this potentially fatal disease.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure on GOV.UK, for 5 steps to working safely. Also Government guidance for Close contact services, Construction and other outdoor work, Factories, plants and warehouses, Heritage locations, Hotels and other guest accommodation, Labs and research facilities, Offices and contact centres, Other people's homes, Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services, Shops and branches, Vehicles and the visitor economy.
Find out about maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace on GOV.UK. Government guidance for organisations in certain sectors on collecting details and maintaining records.
Safer transport guidance for operators
Read Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help organisations, agencies and others, such as self-employed transport providers, understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport.
Fraud and cyber crime
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime on GOV.UK. This government guidance suggests simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your business.
Read about a genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails on GOV.UK. Government guidance showing the current list of digital and other contact issued from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs).
Business rates relief and grants we look after
The business rates holiday is for 12 months for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England. Businesses who are eligible will automatically have business rates relief applied to their accounts.
Read about business rates revaluation being postponed on GOV.UK. This government news story announces the revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.
Small business grants fund (SBGF) and retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund (RHLGF)
Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.
Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses on GOV.UK. To find the latest government guidance for businesses sets out details of the small business grants fund (SBGF) and retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund (RHLGF).
Discretionary business grant fund
A new discretionary grant fund has been introduced by the UK Government to help more small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Grants will be available for some firms in Eden, which have been outside of the scope of existing grants' criteria, mainly the Small Business and Retail Leisure and Hospitality Grants.
We is administering this discretionary grant fund scheme locally and are required to publish a policy setting out the criteria for the scheme.
Applications for the scheme closed at midnight on Monday 15 June 2020.
If businesses have any questions after reading the policy, or have any difficulty completing the application form please telephone 01768 817 817 , us on our main switchboard number or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further government financial support
See help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. To watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.
Coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough)
Flexible furlough scheme starts 1 July on GOV.UK. Government news story announcing businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time from 1 July as part of their plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy.
Find out about the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK. Government guidance on how the scheme will change from 1 July.
Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help you find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
See Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October on GOV.UK. Government news story on Chancellor announcing the Job Retention Scheme is to remain open until the end of October, 2020.
Find out how to work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK. Government guidance on calculating 80% of your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions (NICs) and pension contributions if you've furloughed staff due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Find out how parents returning to work after extended leave are eligible for furlough on GOV.UK. Government news story announcing people on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months (9 June) will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme.
Statutory sick pay
Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance on finding out if you can use the coronavirus statutory sick pay rebate scheme to reclaim employees' coronavirus-related statutory sick pay (SSP).
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits on GOV.UK. Government guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
See Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)on GOV.UK. The government's temporary changes to the VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to help businesses manage their cash flow.
Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. The government is allowing you to choose how and when you can delay making your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year.
See what to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time on GOV.UK. Government advice is to contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment.
Go to coronavirus (COVID-19): tax support for businesses and self-employed web chat on GOV.UK. To contact HM Revenue & Customs through webchat if you have missed a tax payment or you might miss your next payment due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Find out about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline on GOV.UK available Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm or telephone 0800 024 1222.
Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help you find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Find out how to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help you find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.
Read Coronavirus: if your company cannot file accounts with Companies House on time on GOV.UK. Government news release for if Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts, you should act before your filing deadline.
Applying for more time to file your company’s accounts on GOV.UK. Government guidance on how to ask Companies House to extend your filing deadline if an unplanned event stops you filing your accounts.
Read coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers on GOV.UK. To find out about Companies House plans in place to maintain services for their customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Trade credit insurance
Read about Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee on GOV.UK. Government news story on support from the government for businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to Coronavirus.
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme on GOV.UK. The government's guidance to help you find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant, if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
Read about the Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals on GOV.UK. This government press release announces a direct cash grant of 80% of a self-employed workers profits, up to £2,500 per month.
Read about extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments on GOV.UK. This government press release announces that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.
Support for small and medium sized business
Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan on GOV.UK. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.
Read Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans our media release on the BBLS.
Apply for the Coronavirus Future Fund on GOV.UK. This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak..
Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme on GOV.UK. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Support for large businesses
Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme on GOV.UK. This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £25 million.
Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility on GOV.UK. This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) through the purchase of their short-term debt.
Farmers, landowners and rural businesses
Find out about the Dairy Response Fund 2020 on GOV.UK. The Government Fund 2020 provides support to eligible dairy farmers in England who produce cows’ milk. Farmers can apply for a one-off payment.
See Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses on GOV.UK. The latest government information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Read about new funding to support dairy farmers through coronavirus on GOV.UK. This government press release on enabling eligible dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each, to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. More details will be issued in due course.
Read about how the dairy industry is to join together to manage milk supply on GOV.UK. This government press release describes how the government will temporarily relax elements of UK competition law to support the dairy industry through the coronavirus outbreak.
Read Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for accommodation providers on GOV.UK. This government guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in England.
Business loans and grants
See financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. To find out the latest financial support you can get for your business.
Other sources of business support and guidance
See Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees on the ACAS website, including simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff.
Read about Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group (BERRG) on the CLEP website . Local Resilience Forum has established BERRG as one of the sub-groups to support people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) are chairing BERRG. BERRG is keen to hear from businesses that want to provide intelligence, or need support, interested businesses are invited to email: email@example.com.
Business Growth Hub
See Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Business Growth Hub website, which has a suite of resources including 10 steps to take now, a series of webinars, and guidance on keeping your business operating and managing cash flow.
Chamber of Commerce
See keeping you up to date and supporting your business on the British Chambers of Commerce’s website. Find out about the steps that Chambers and members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government's strategy.
See Coronavirus: What businesses need to know on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website for a range of resources (toolkits, webinars, links, one-to-one professional advice) that's being constantly updated.
See Chamber Connect: our database of talent on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website, which brings together those available for work in the current situation with those businesses looking for staff.
See Coronavirus: Access our toolkit for business on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website. Cumbria Chamber of Commerce's toolkit is to help businesses mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak.
COVID-19: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses on the CLEP website for Government, National and Local resources and guidance collated Cumbria LEP.
KPMG (accounting organizations) provides a quality-assured checklist that enables you to understand the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation, crisis manage and plan business continuity. See Understanding the impact of COVID-19 (PDF) on the KPMG website.