Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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:


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 Funding

Recovery Loan Scheme - now extended to 2024

The Recovery Loan Scheme is open to businesses of any size to support them to access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period.

Up to £2 million is available per business. The actual amount offered and the terms are at the discretion of participating lenders.

The government guarantees 70% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt.

Loans are available through a network of accredited lenders, listed on the British Business Bank’s website.

Find out more here. 

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.

Find Out More

Pension Advice 

Automatic enrolment and DC pension contributions: COVID-19 What you need to consider from The Pensions Regulator.

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.

If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC helpline on 08000 241222 for practical help and advice.

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.

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

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

Useful links:

Government guidance to help businesses understand how to work safely

Guidance on coronavirus testing


Additional resources for businesses 

Resources from national organisations like Chamber of Commerce, FSB, Companies House, and local bodies like Cornwall Council and Visit Cornwall. 


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