Covid-19: Support for businesses


  • Omicron grant support - in response to the challenges to businesses from the Covid-19 Omicron variant. An Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, or an Omicron Discretionary Grant is available for businesses that meet the eligibility requirements and are in specific sectors that are severely impacted by the Omicron situation
  • Revive and Thrive Fund - grants for businesses wanting to take their first steps into occupying commercial and retail premises
  • Recovery Loan Scheme - The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic

Working safely during Covid-19

Government guidance on working safely during Covid-19.

Business support in Herefordshire during Covid-19

Herefordshire Council is working with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (Marches LEP) to support the business community throughout the coronavirus outbreak through our joint business support service, the Marches Growth Hub. You can contact the growth hub at

Employee testing for your business

From 19 July the way in which organisations are being supported by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has changed. You can no longer order free rapid lateral flow tests for your employees.

Instead you can:

  • Buy your own tests and set up your own workplace testing
  • Pay an approved provider to provide tests or run a test site for you

If you cannot provide testing, you can ask your employees to get a rapid lateral flow test at home or at a test site. Do not use a rapid lateral flow test or go to a test site if you or your employees have symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should order a PCR test and stay at home.

For further information or assistance please contact the Herefordshire Council Outbreak Control Hub at or call 01432 383799.

Other business support

Use the government's business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

You can also call the government's Business Support Helpline on 0800 998 1098​ (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm). The helpline is for businesses in England, of all sizes, to speak directly to an advisor.

Training and events to support your business

The Marches Growth Hub calendar has a list of training and events to help support your business.

Other useful links include:

We recognise that aside from financial and business support you, your employees or people in your supply chain, may want to access mental health and wellbeing advice. Please visit Talk Community Directory mental health and wellbeing for details of the local advice and services.

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