COVID-19 additional business support

If you are not eligible for a grant or rates relief, or if you need further support, there are a number of other measures announced by the government that could help to support your business. We would recommend you look through each in turn to determine if you are eligible.

Support for employers

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)

The furlough scheme has been extended until the 30 September 2021. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

If you're an employer, find out if you can use the coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Support for the self-employed

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme fifth grant covering May 2021 to September 2021 will be available in due course. Find out if you are eligible and how much you can claim.

Self-employed eligible to apply for Universal Credit

Self-employed people are now eligible to apply for increased amounts of Universal Credit if you are on a low income or out of work.

Finance support for your business

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.

Deferral of Self Assessment payment

Self-assessment payments normally due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 can now be deferred to January 2021. Find out about deferral of self-assessment payments.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is available for SMEs.

COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus through the purchase of their short-term debt. Find out more about the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility.

Business rates relief, exemptions and discounts

The government has announced different schemes and discounts to assist businesseses through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Support for businesses paying tax

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time to Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Insurance cover related to pandemics

Businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their broker or insurer to understand what they are covered for. However, the Government recognise that many businesses, particularly SME's, don’t have insurance cover for a pandemic and so they have made cash grants available to help businesses bridge through this period.

Test and Trace Support Payment

To help support people to isolate, the government introduced a Test and Trace Support Payment scheme on 28 September 2020 for those on low incomes, who cannot work from home whilst they’re self-isolating because they're unable to work from home. Find out more about the Test and Trace Support Payment.

Useful links

You can also find information and support at The New Anglia Growth Hub. The Growth Hub can be contacted directly on 0300 333 6536.