News on business support

The information below pulls together the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses.  

We are working with Government and business support organisations, including the Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses to ensure our borough is kept up-to-date with developments and to help businesses link to and access the available national business support.

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Business grants

Please see latest updates on the business grants webpage.

Other support available

  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme grant extension 
    This grant is being extending by the Government to support freelancers and the self-employed through to April 2021.

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extension 
    This has been extended until December 2020 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.

  • Kickstart Scheme
    Provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.    

  • Protection from eviction for commercial tenants extended
    Commercial tenants who cannot pay rent because of COVID-19 are protected from eviction until the end of 2020. Please note this is not a rental holiday - all commercial tenants will still be liable for the rent.  

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
    This scheme enables businesses to apply for a loan of up to £5 million. It is available to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • HMRC Time to Pay and helpline
    A dedicated helpline 0300 200 3822 and an online support webpage has been set up to help both businesses and the self-employed. If you are in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities due to COVID-19 you may be able to receive support with your tax affairs and businesses may be able to agree a bespoke Time to Pay arrangement.

  • COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility - support for larger firms
    Under this new facility, the Bank of England will buy short term debt from larger companies to support them if they have been affected by a short-term funding squeeze and allow them to finance short term liabilities.

  • Insurance
    Businesses that have cover for both pandemics and government ordered closure should be covered, as the government and insurance industry confirmed on 17 March 2020 that advice to avoid pubs, theatres etc. is sufficient to make a claim as long as all other terms and conditions are met. Businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers.  

  • Safe opening business advice and toolkit
    Everything you need to know about how to safely operate your business with advice and guidance from Surrey Trading Standards. 

  • ACAS - information for employees and employers 
    Including simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff during this pandemic.

  • Temporary business rates retail discount
    The government introduced a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality, nursery and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. Our business rates page is updated regularly.

  • Out-of-hours deliveries 
    To support the community and local retailers providing essential products, Elmbridge Borough Council will be taking its lead from Government and not enforcing any breaches in planning conditions related to out of hours deliveries. 

  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce and  Federation of Small Businesses support  
    Providing excellent updates and resources for businesses. 

More information

Latest Government information and advice on:

If you have any further questions about the support available to businesses, please contact the Government's free Business Support Helpline on: 0800 998 1098 (Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm).

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