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In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Worcestershire Business Central are providing information, guidance, and advice for businesses and employees. Find all the latest information on how we can support your business below.
If your business has been affected by the coronavirus, please take a brief moment to complete our short survey. Click here.
The government are giving businesses access to a £350 billion package of grants, loans, and business support – equivalent to 15% of UK GDP. The following funding and support schemes are available:
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption scheme supports small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years. The funding can be accessed through a British Business Bank accredited lender. View the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
A 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months for all retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses, no matter what their rateable values are.
If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, you can receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.
If your business is in Worcester, Malvern Hills or Wychavon District Council areas then you will need to register your details via the links to the respective Council websites as below.
A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.
Frequently asked questions for business and employers
Additional Sources of Support
We hope you have found the information on this site helpful. We will continue to up-date this page when we receive new information. For additional government support, please follow the link below.
Business Support Outside of Goverment
Government is working with Business Representative Organisations to support the response to coronavirus and ensure business voices are heard.
Can your business offer support to Worcestershire County Council during the coronavirus crisis?
Worcestershire County Council would love to hear from you if you have any goods and services that you wish to donate.
Coronavirus Support From Your business
Use this service to tell government how your business might be able to help in the response to coronavirus.
Businesses will be asked questions about the type of support they can offer and will then be contacted as soon your support is required.
Department for International Trade
Advice for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes:
- DIT support for UK business trading internationally
- Financial support for business trading internationally
Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for customers and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Self-employed businesses can apply for Universal Tax Credit. Find out more.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents a significant challenge to businesses around the globe.
The UK government, including the health and social care systems, have planned extensively over the years for an event like this, and the UK is therefore well prepared to respond in a way that offers substantial protection.
Businesses in the UK who have been affected, or feel they are likely to be affected by Coronavirus, are urged to seek advice and the government has supplied a series of resources to inform employers on the latest developments and advise on protecting themselves and their employees.
Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms, updated daily on the GOV.UK website.
In most cases, Covid-19 is mild, but everyone should remain vigilant and carry on with good personal hygiene measures, which include:
- Giving your hands a good wash with soap and water is the most effective action you can take (but hand gels can be a good substitute).
- Maintaining personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing is also important – use a tissue rather than your hands and then throw it away.
- Using cleaning wipes to give your keyboard, desk, phone etc. the once-over on a regular basis.
If someone is feeling unwell and has the symptoms set out on the public health website they should not go to their doctor or a hospital. They should ring 111 to get further advice. Keep up to date with advice via the NHS coronavirus web pages.
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