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:

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 FAQ 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 your customers safely - planning for reopening
Guidance for retail stores reopening The British Retail Consortium has worked with its members and external stakeholders to produce recommendations which will assist retailers to facilitate the introduction of social distancing as they plan for the reopening of retail premises and warehouses. Guidance for retail stores can be found here. Further general guidance for employers and businesses related to COVID-19.
CBRE guidance for the process of reopening Briefing from CBRE for occupiers of space as they plan for the return to the workplace can be found here.
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
Coronavirus cash flow implications across extended supply chain Deloitte UK have created a report suggesting ways organizations can mitigate damages to their business during this volatile event. Download here.

Further supply chain advice can be found on the Business Growth Hub website 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 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.
Business Wales Covid-19 Resilience Innovation Project Support. 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. Future Fund The Government has announced a new scheme to issue convertible loans to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank and is offering convertible loans of £125K-5M at 8% interest for companies that have raised £250K equity funding in the last 5 years.
The scheme is open for applications until the end of November, to find out more on how to apply visit the British Business Bank website, a direct link to the terms of the scheme 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.
Adapting your business to the new environment
Aston Business School The ‘Aston means business: SMEs dealing with Covid-19’ podcasts can be listened to on Aston’s website and are also downloadable from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play Music and a number of other services.
Coronavirus and Business: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review Free Ebook download of articles which investigate the changing nature of business due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Download available here.
Partner organisations and other sources of Business Support
Enterprise Nation - Q&A 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 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.
Government Volunteering Businesses can volunteer to provide services and facilities in the response to Coronavirus. Support includes:
- Medical testing equipment
- Medical equipment design
- Protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
- Hotel rooms
- Transport and logistics, for moving goods or people Manufacturing equipment
- Warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
- Expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement or engineering
- Social care or childcare Businesses can offer their services by visiting this page and filling in an online form.
NHS Volunteers The Government has called out for volunteers who can support the NHS during this time of crisis. There has been an overwhelming response from the public so far, but each of you in your local area, might still be able to provide such much needed assistance.

There are four types of volunteering options;
a. Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home. (Requires transport facilities and current DBS)
b. Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back into their home. (Requires transport facilities and current DBS)
c. NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery. (Requires transport facilities)
d. Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation. (Open to all)

You can sign up to this by visiting the volunteering website. The application process requires uploading of I.D and personal information, so you’ll need to do this yourself.
Mentoring young adults 1Million Mentors - are looking for people to sign up to mentor 18-25 year olds. For more info go here.
British Red Cross By becoming a community reserve volunteer, you will help your community get back on track in the event of a major local emergency such as COVID-19. The BRC are working with the authorities to support the Covid-19 response in the best possible way. You can read more and sign up here.
Manchester Community Central COVID-19 community support - Volunteers can offer practical support such as drivers for shopping deliveries, making check-in phone calls or you can share specific skills with voluntary organisations looking for support such as administration, communications and marketing. Click here to read more and sign up.
Volunteering opportunities across Greater Manchester Community support and advice for residents who are struggling to access basic or essential services during the coronavirus outbreak.
Doing Good Leeds Community Care Volunteering is a city-wide volunteer programme operating across Leeds, to ensure systems are in place to care for people and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The programme is coordinated by Leeds City Council, Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and a number of local charities. Click here to read more and sign up.
BVSC (Birmingham) Birmingham City council has joined forces with BVSC to create the C19 Support Brum partnership, an initiative that will work through existing local neighbourhood structures, voluntary groups, and local elected members to ensure that all parts of the city have access to support, advice, and practical help. Information is still being updated, but click here to read more and sign up.
An hour for others (Liverpool) Our local charity partner, AHFO is supporting the most vulnerable in a variety of ways. The 3 areas they are focusing on are:

1. Helping local food banks with the logistics of packing and delivering food
2. Helping with volunteers speaking to elderly living in isolation
3. Collect food or monetary donations to support food shortages throughout the City for those who are vulnerable
Here is a link to their site for more information on how to sign up.
Street Support (Manchester) Street Support is an independent organisation that is a trusted source of information on homelessness. Here is a link to their site which outlines the support they need right now in Manchester.