Coronavirus Financial Support

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.

Some aspects of business support are devolved. For business support outside of England go to ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.


Scheme Information

Each of the pages 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.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

UK-wide. This scheme will help businesses affected by coronavirus to access finance of up to £5 million.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

UK-wide. Under the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

England only. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.

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Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

England only. If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, you will receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

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Small Business Grant Funding

England only. The Government is providing additional funding for Local Authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief.

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Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

UK-wide. The Government will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus.

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Support for Businesses Paying Tax

UK-wide. All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

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Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility

UK-wide. The new Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) means that the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies.

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Business Rates Holiday for Nurseries

England only. Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.

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VAT Deferral

UK-Wide. We will support businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months.

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Deferral of Self-Assessment payment

UK-wide. The Self- Assessment payment on account, that is ordinarily due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 may now be deferred until January 2021.

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