Government Support for Business
Paying your staff
Employers that cannot afford to pay their employees’ redundancy pay can apply for financial support. The Redundancy Payments Service makes statutory redundancy payments directly to employees on their employer’s behalf (subject to approval).
Grant funding and business rates relief
Retail, hospitality and leisure relief replaced the retail discount on 1 April 2022.
You could qualify for retail, hospitality and leisure relief if your business is mainly being used as a:
- Restaurant, café, bar or pub.
- Cinema or music venue.
- Hospitality or leisure business – for example, a gym, a spa or a hotel.
Contact your local council to find out if you’re eligible.
What you’ll get
If you’re eligible, you could get 50% off your business rates bills for the 2022 to 2023 tax year (1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023) – up to a total value of £110,000 per business.
You may be able to get retail, hospitality and leisure relief on top of other types of business rates relief you’re eligible for. Contact your local council to check.
If you opt out of retail, hospitality and leisure relief for the 2022 to 2023 tax year you cannot change your mind.
The Recovery Loan Scheme, which originally launched in April 2021 to help businesses recovering from the pandemic, has been extended to 2024.
The Recovery Loan Scheme is currently open to small and medium-sized businesses to support them to access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period.
Up to £2 million is available per business group. The actual amount offered and the terms are at the discretion of participating lenders. The government guarantees 70% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt.
Loans are available through a network of accredited lenders, listed on the British Business Bank’s website.
Help with tax
HMRC has introduced a dedicated COVID-19 helpline to support businesses in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities to receive help with their tax affairs. Contact the helpline on 0800 0159 559.
All businesses 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.
Call the HMRC helpline on 0800 0159 559 for more information.
Help for landlords and tenants
Measures which protected commercial businesses from eviction during the pandemic have expired. The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 has introduced a legally binding arbitration process for eligible commercial landlords and tenants to resolve certain outstanding commercial rent debts related to the pandemic.
Keeping your staff and customers safe
The Department for Health has a toolkit for employers to help ensure employees get reliable information about COVID-19 vaccines.
The toolkit includes a series of resources employers can download, such as factsheets, question and answer videos, and posters.
The UK Government has published updated guidance to help businesses in different settings and sectors work safely.
The High Streets Task Force has announced training, expert advice and online resources for high streets in England.
The High Streets Task Force provides access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to help shops recover from COVID-19.
This support is open to local councils and all organisations involved with high streets and will include free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence on topics including recovery planning and coordination, public space and place marketing.
Other Government advice and information
The Government has launched an online learning platform to help people build their skills.
The Skills Toolkit gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively at work, to more advanced training.
All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace.
Support from London Business Hub
Specialist programmes and support from London Business Hub.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Support for Businesses and Employers
Support to help businesses and employers respond to COVID-19.