The government has released guidance and support measures specifically for businesses and employers related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We will continue to update this guidance and the schemes change.
COVID Guidance on what you can and cannot do.
Financial Business Support Finder: see what support is available for you and your business.
GOV.UK has a wide variety of coronavirus business support information, but here are some headlines on the support available locally & nationally:
Support for businesses that pay business rates
2022/23 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief Scheme
At the Budget on 27 October 2021 the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new business rates relief scheme for retail, hospitality and leisure properties worth almost £1.7 billion in 2022/23. The 2022/23 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Rates Relief Scheme will provide eligible, occupied, retail, hospitality and leisure properties with a 50% relief, up to a cash cap limit of £110,000 per business. Full details...
Loan support for businesses
Recovery Loan Scheme
Government-backed loan scheme provide additional finance to those businesses that need it. Businesses ranging from coffee shops and restaurants, to hairdressers and gyms can access loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million. Invoice and asset finance is available from £1,000. The government will provide an 80% guarantee for all loans and interest rates have been capped at 14.99%. The scheme will run until 30 June 2022, subject to review.
Support for employers
Guidance on paying Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back
Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve overclaimed, or if you do not need the grant and want to make a voluntary repayment.
Support for businesses paying tax
Self Assessment payments
You can set up a payment plan to spread the cost of your latest Self Assessment bill if:
- you owe £30,000 or less
- you do not have any other payment plans or debts with HMRC
- your tax returns are up to date
- it’s less than 60 days after the payment deadline
You do not need to contact HMRC if you set up a payment plan online. Call the Self Assessment helpline if you’re not eligible for a payment plan or cannot use the online service.
Sign up to a HMRC webinar about the support available to help you and your staff.
Businesses can also use HMRC’s digital assistant to find more information about the COVID-19 support schemes.
Support for fishing industry
Fisheries and Seafood Scheme
£6.1 million scheme supporting the fishing and seafood sector in England. Initially the fund will focus on projects that help businesses adapt to life outside the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
You can find full details and a link to the application page here.
Support for businesses trading internationally
The Department for International Trade can advise on:
- smooth clearance of products with customs authorities
- intellectual property (IP) and other issues with business continuity
- export plans and exploring market opportunities
- finding new routes to markets
- dealing with agents and distributors
- finding alternative suppliers
- selling online and updating your digital (online) presence
Resources from national organisations like Chamber of Commerce, FSB, Companies House, and local bodies like Cornwall Council and Visit Cornwall.
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