The situation for small business owner’s during the Coronavirus pandemic is changing all the time. With government guidelines regularly updating and new resources coming in to play, it can be easy to lose track of exactly what is available to help small businesses combat COVID-19.
We’ve put together a handy list of all the resources you might need below. We’ll keep this as up to date as we can, but be sure to check the COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses for the latest Government updates.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Chancellor has recently announce the extension of the Government’s Furlough Scheme, meaning it will now remain open until October.
No changes to the scheme have been made as of yet, but the Government has advised they will be announcing changes to get employees back to work from August.
Guidance for Returning to Work
As we move through the latest phases of lockdown, detailed guidance for employers and sole traders looking to return to work has been published.
The Self-Employment Support Scheme
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is now live, meaning if you can claim a grant to help you if the pandemic is affecting your business.Find out more about your eligibility and how to apply here.
Funding and Financial Help for Businesses
The Government have announce a range of financial measures, guidance and schemes to help support small business owners throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
Determining what funding you’re eligible for can be a confusing and daunting task, but the Federation of Small Businesses have boiled down the process so you can easily check what fits for your business. You can download the PDF guide for your area below:
Looking After Your Mental Health
Coronavirus has brought with it a number of stresses and worries – especially to business owners who face a great deal of uncertainty. This means its more important than ever to make sure you’re taking care of the mental health of both yourself and your employees.
- Mental Health At Work have created a tool-kit filled with everything small businesses need to know about what help is available during the outbreak.
- Mind have released a full range of mental health resources tailored to COVID-19 – including tips for working from home.
- The Samaritans can also be reached for free, 24/7. You can call them any time on 116 122, send an email or even write to them. Their full contact details can be found here.
Posted on May 14, 2020 | coronavirus, COVID-19, business news, business resources