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Coronavirus advice for employers, businesses and charities

Certain businesses and venues have been ordered to close or restrict how they provide goods and services until 2 December 2020 to reduce social contact as part of the national lockdown.


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 that can continue to trade during the national lockdown should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible.

Where it is not possible for employees to work from home for businesses permitted to remain open, employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

Read the government’s guidance on working safely during the pandemic.

Furlough scheme

Government's furlough scheme is being extended until the end of March 2021 to subsidises the wages of people who can't do their jobs, either because their workplace is closed, or because there is no longer enough work for them. The scheme pays up to 80% of a person’s wage up to £2,500 a month.

Read the latest government advice for employees.

Self-employed

You can apply for a grant through the government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Under the scheme, a third wave of grants has been announced covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500. You can apply for the third wave of grants from 30 November.

Test and Trace

Test and Trace is the national NHS programme set up to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It's the process for testing people who have coronavirus symptoms and tracing people they have been in close contact with so that they can get a test and self-isolate if they test positive.

Many businesses required to collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises are currently closed due to the national lockdown. But some businesses permitted to remain open must continue to maintain these records. You can find information about which businesses are required to collect this information when they are permitted to open, what information should be collected and how records should be maintained on the government's website.

Support for businesses

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

Government has announced that businesses in England that are forced to close due to national or local restrictions can apply for financial support to help support them through this difficult period. Businesses can to apply for this grant scheme through their local district or borough 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

More details about the wide range of financial support available to businesses – including extension of the government's 3 temporary business loan schemes, VAT reduced rate for hospitality and tourism businesses, and VAT deferral scheme – is available on the government's website.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May 2020.

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.

Free webinars and workshops for businesses

East Midlands Chamber is running a programme of free webinars and workshops for local businesses. These sessions provide support and advice on dealing with the impacts of coronavirus. 

Restructuring and insolvency advice

The government's insolvency service has published information outlining the support and advice available for businesses that are in financial difficulty.

Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart is a new £2 billion government scheme to create high quality 6-month work placements for people who are aged from 16 to 24, on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Charities

The government has guidance for help with running your charity during the coronavirus outbreak. A number of existing voluntary and community support organisations, private sector companies and charitable individuals have established funding streams to help the sector deal with the impact of coronavirus.

National Lottery Community Fundis working with grantees, partners, and other vital civil society organisations to understand how it can support communities and the sector during coronavirus.

The National Emergencies Trust launched a coronavirus fundraising appeal to raise funds for local charities. The British Red Cross will be managing donations. They will award grants and distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations, for example local community foundations.

Charities and community groups can apply for individual grants of between £100 and £100,000 as a new foundation, funded by the UK's gas network Cadent.

Persimmon Homes Community Champions offers £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. From April 2020, all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

Good Finance is a general source of advice for charities and voluntary community organisations.

Western Power Distribution has extended its In This Together - Community Matters Fund to offer help to the most vulnerable people affected by coronavirus.