Covid-19: Support for businesses
- Kickstart Scheme - 100% funding for employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people (age 16-24) who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. All of the costs are covered by central government.
- Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (furlough scheme) - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
- 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.
Government guidance on reopening your business.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01432 383799.
Other business support
- Support for businesses paying tax: Time To Pay Service - If you cannot pay your tax bill on time because of coronavirus, you may be able to delay it without a penalty using HMRC’s Time to Pay service.
- For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay per employee will be refunded by the government in full. Find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- People receiving tax credits will continue to receive payments even if working fewer hours or furloughed due to Covid-19. For further details see the tax credits news story on GOV.UK
- Government guidance and eligibility criteria on the schemes listed above
For individual businesses, the first port of call for advice and support is the Government Coronavirus Business Support Portal.
The Business Support Helpline 0800 998 1098 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) is for businesses in England, of all sizes, to speak directly to an advisor.
Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.
The Marches Growth Hub calendar has a list of training and events to help support your business.
Fastershire - New FREE courses to help get your business online.
Other useful links include:
- Herefordshire Council Coronavirus - Latest updates
- Marches Growth Hub
- Fastershire delivering broadband and business support in Herefordshire in partnership with Herefordshire Council
- Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
- Federation of Small Businesses
- Support for businesses from outside government
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.