A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Scheme Information

Each of the links below can help you find what you are looking for. They provide information on financial support packages for businessess, advice on how to operate your business, support for your employees, for example workers’ wage costs and information on changes to planning and regulations.

What coronavirus support schemes suit your business?

A new ‘support finder’ tool helps businesses and self-employed across the UK determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic:

Business support finder

Financial support

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

At Budget 2020 on Wednesday 11 March, the Chancellor announced a ‘Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme’, and that it would become available ‘over the coming weeks’. This has been brought forward, and we now expect the new scheme to become available in week commencing 23 March 2020. The scheme was updated on 2 April – see summary of changes in document below.

https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

The recently announced Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) is expected to launch before the end of April. If your business is planning to apply for the scheme, preparations should begin now. The scheme is now open for applications.

Read more about this scheme

Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

Information on how to apply for Covid Corporate Financing Facility, and information relating to job retention and employee relief. Application form will be made available on Monday 23 March.

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/markets/market-notices/2020/ccff-market-notice-march-2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor announced on Friday 20 March the establishment of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Any employer in the UK – small or large, charitable or non-profit – will be eligible for the scheme. More information on this can be found on GOV.UK.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now live: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Support for self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Guidance for employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

Guidance for employers and businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector

Guidance on cruise ship travel

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cruise-ship-travel

Shipping and sea ports guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-shipping-and-sea-ports-guidance

Advice for the freight transport industry

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-freight-transport

Business guidance

CBI best practice for business

https://www.cbi.org.uk/articles/coronavirus-faqs/

Advice to small businesses

https://www.fsb.org.uk/resources-page/advice-to-small-businesses-and-fsb-members-about-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19.html

Managing supply chain risk and disruption – Deloitte

https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/risk/articles/covid-19-managing-supply-chain-risk-and-disruption.html