Support for businesses

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.

If you would like to register for our business newsletter for the latest updates please sign up to our business email

Business grants

Please see our updates on business grants.

You may also be interested in our digital high street fund to help with establishing or upgrading an ecommerce website. 

Other support available

  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
    The grant is being extending by the Government to support freelancers and the self employed through to April 2021.
    Find out more about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme grant extension on the GOV.UK website.

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended
    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month until December 2020 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.
    Find out more about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extension on the GOV.UK website.  
                   

  • Kickstart Scheme 
    The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.    
    Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme on the GOV.UK website.  

  • Protection from eviction for commercial tenants extended
    Commercial tenants who cannot pay rent because of COVID-19 will now be 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. 
    Further information is available on  GOV.UK
                    

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
    The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme enables businesses to apply for a loan of up to £5 million. The scheme 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.
    Find out more from the British Business Bank.  
           

  • HMRC Time to Pay and helpline            
    A dedicated helpline and online support has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs. Through this, businesses may be able to agree a bespoke Time to Pay arrangement. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0300 200 3822 or visit the HMRC website
                                           

  • Support for larger firms through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility
    Under the new COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility, the Bank of England will buy short term debt from larger companies. This will support larger firms if they have been affected by a short-term funding squeeze and allow them to finance short term liabilities. 
    More information on the Corporate Financing Facility can be found on the  Bank of England website.
                      

  • 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 
    Find everything you need to know about how to safely operate your business with advice and guidance from Surrey Trading Standards.  
    More information is available on the Surrey Trading Standards website

             

  • ACAS information for employees and employers 
    ACAS has published information for employees and employers, including simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff during this time. 
    Find out more on the  ACAS website.

  • 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.
    More information is available on our  business rates page (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.
    Further information on the government's advice is available on the  GOV.UK website.     
                    

  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses        
    Surrey Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses provide excellent updates and resources for businesses. More information and advice can be found on the Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses support pages. 

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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