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Coronavirus advice for employers and businesses

Find out about the range of support on offer for Derbyshire businesses affected by COVID-19.

If you run a business, you can check your firm's eligibility for support by using the government's online financial support checker tool.

Read the latest general government advice for businesses.

Businesses currently trading should continue to encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible.

Where it's not possible for employees to work from home employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

Read the latest government advice for employees.

Support for businesses

Regular COVID-19 testing for your staff

Regular testing is highly effective in breaking the chains of transmission in the community and workplaces as one in 3 people with coronavirus do not show any symptoms and could be passing the virus on to others without realising.

Your employees can get free home test kits so that they can test themselves regularly at home.

D2N2 Growth Hub

The D2N2 Growth Hub provides businesses in Derbyshire with a single point of access to business support. A team of Growth Hub business advisers and a dedicated telephone enquiry service have the knowledge, skills and expertise to signpost you to the right initiatives and resources to support your business through the pandemic.

Business grants

On 7 January 2022 government announced that businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors affected by the rise of the Omicron variant could apply for a one-off grant of up to £6,000 through the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme (OHLG).

An Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme was also launched for businesses severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions and the latest wave of COVID infections.

Find out about the support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK.

Businesses will be able to apply for this grant scheme through their local district or borough council. Businesses in the Derbyshire Dales do not need to apply as those that are eligible will be contacted by Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Further information is available on your local or district borough council's website:

Find out which district or borough council is responsible for your area.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Government has announced that employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay.

Find out about the support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK.

Free webinars and workshops for businesses

The Derbyshire Business Festival offers a wide range of events, taking place both online and at venues across Derbyshire, between October 2021 and March 2022.

The festival, which has secured funding support from Vision Derbyshire, is helping to connect local organisations, whilst showcasing Derbyshire's extensive business capability to future clients, customers, and investors. There are a wide range of free workshops, masterclasses and networking activities offered throughout the festival, helping to support businesses within the region.

Restructuring and insolvency advice

The government's insolvency service has support and advice for businesses that are in financial difficulty.