COVID-19 Business Support

Further business support related to the effects of COVID-19 can be found in the sections below.

If your business is in need of support with grant applications, contact us at our dedicated COVID-19 email: cvsupport@bruntwood.co.uk

Are you a Bruntwood customer?

As a customer in the Bruntwood community you can access advice, events and peer groups to support your recovery and growth:
- If you are a Bruntwood Works customer please go to the Spark website, here.
- If you are a Bruntwood SciTech customer, our dedicated teams at each SciTech Centre can assist. Please contact your local Innovations Services Team here.

Managing your staff safely
General Government guidance for Employers and businesses General guidance published by HM Government. Business support from HM Government on staying at home and business closures, information here.

Public Health England have produced guidance posters that should be downloaded, printed and displayed in the workplace for Employers and Businesses.
Business Closures Government FAQs on Business closures and managing staff.
Remote Working Guide Business Growth Hub Guide to Remote Working.

CWMT Wellbeing Action Plan for working from home.
Self-Isolation Note People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through this online service. Find out more here.
Mental Health Guidance City Mental Health Alliance Coronavirus Resources, including lessons learnt from China.

CBI Webinar - how businesses can support the mental health of their staff.
Managing cash flow and securing additional lending
Guide to Managing Cash in a crisis The British Finance Guide produced in association with British Business Bank and ICAEW has produced a guide for managing cash in uncertain times. Find out more here
Crowdfunder Pay it forward Crowdfunder, with support from Creative England, the Creative Industries Federation and Enterprise Nation, has launched a nationwide Pay it Forward campaign to support businesses affected by the crisis. The campaign offers free fundraising for businesses along with support for creative industries, social enterprises and wider business sectors. Participating businesses can open up new markets and access future customers through selling vouchers, goods, and services in advance to help during this difficult time. Find out more here.
Find Finance through UK Finance Better Business Finance from UK Finance provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs. Their online application gives access to hundreds of options. A one-stop-shop that protects your data and helps you find the funding that is right for your business. Find out more here.
Innovation and R&D funding
Access to Government Grants A new improved tool on the gov.uk website provides information on grants and schemes provided by the public sector. Find out more here.
UKRI Get funding for ideas to address COVID-19. Information can be found here.
InnovateUK Innovate UK will accelerate up to £200 million of grant and loan payments for its 2,500 existing Innovate UK customers on an opt-in basis. An extra £550 million will also be made available to increase support for existing customers and £175,000 of support will be offered to around 1,200 firms not currently in receipt of Innovate UK funding. The first payments will be made by mid-May. More information can be found here.
L&G and InnovateUK Healthy Ageing Grant Fund Health Tech business supporting healthy ageing may be eligible for a new funding opportunity via the Healthy Ageing Investment Accelerator initiative, delivered by L&G & Innovate UK. The fund is looking to deploy £6m of grant funding to early stage companies looking to 'make a difference' in the healthy ageing market. Check eligibility and how to apply here.
Protecting your business assets and managing cybersecurity risk
National Cyber Security Centre advice, guidance and support. The NCSC offers a broad range of cyber security advice and guidance on their website. Specific COVID-19 advice for preparing for staff working from home can be found here.
Online guidance for keeping businesses safe online How to spot and deal with suspicious emails.
Mitigate and defend against malware and ransomware.
10 steps to cyber security.
Free, 30-minute e-learning training package, ‘Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff’.
Four ways to keep your business safe whilst working remotely.
Partner organisations and other sources of Business Support
Enterprise Nation & BEIS Business Advice Scheme Enterprise Nation supports small businesses across the UK with proactive advice on how to keep trading through the epidemic with a Q&A service. Find out more here.
Beauhurst - news hub Beauhurst’s resource hub aims to provide clarity for SMEs who are looking for the latest news on the provisions and support available to them. Find out more here.
Deloitte Coronavirus Dashboard Deloitte has updated commentary of the Government Support as well as a daily Dashboard of Coronavirus news. Find out more here.
CBI Daily Briefings Recordings of CBI’s daily Coronavirus briefings for business. Links can be found here.
Institute of Directors Advice and Resource for Directors. Information can be found here.
Sector Specific Support
Legal Profession The Law Society has the latest information on the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) for legal practices, their clients, their businesses, their professional obligations, their own wellbeing and that of their employees. Find out more.
Lifesciences The BioIndustry Association has specific information for:
- Work with government and the life sciences sector in the fight against COVID-19
- How to get involved to support efforts to tackle COVID-19
- Advice and guidance for businesses
- Impact on clinical trials and regulations
- News and resources
Find out more.

The BIA have also hosted a webinar, Running a UK life science business in the COVID-19 pandemic, watch here.
Tech Sector Tech Nation’s Covid-19 Hub has a Community Resources with links to Tech Businesses innovating through the Crisis. Find out more.

TechUK’s Information Hub for the Crisis. Find out more.
Creative Industries Creative england have collated current advice for their creative community who are affected by COVID-19 and its fallout. Find out more.
Charities Gov.uk guidance for the charity sector can be found here.
Hub for charities and social enterprises, including guidance on available national and regional funding schemes and a round-up of pro bono tools and resources. Find out more.
SMEs The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund are providing grants, advice and guidance for 18-30 year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. Find out more and register your interest here.

The Department for International Trade to host a series of coronavirus webinars, free for SMEs across the UK. The webinars will offer practical advice to SMEs and focus on issues businesses trading internationally are facing. Topics covered will range from managing distribution of supply chains and the movement of goods, to support for selling online overseas. More information can be found here, and businesses can register for the webinars here.
Cultural Sector Arts Council England have created an emergency fund to offer financial support during the crisis. More information and how to apply can be found here.
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