Coronavirus Support & Guidance for Small Businesses

Coronavirus is affecting everyone and unfortunately, small businesses are being hit hard by this pandemic and there are, no doubt, some tough times ahead for many of us. 

However, there are resources available to you to help you through this period. We've collated a directory of resources below that you can use or implement to support
your small business

The Government has set out measures to support businesses during the challenging times ahead presented by Coronavirus such as Small Business Rate Relief grants, sick pay support, business rate reductions and Tax Payment Deferrals.

The Welsh Government is also taking steps to ensure their small businesses are equipped over this time period. They are also offering business rate reductions as well as making £100m available to small businesses in their new grant scheme.

Support for self-employed individuals and partnerships has been announced by the government. They are offering a monthly grant of up to £2,500 based on your profits from previous tax years. If you are eligible, they will invite you to apply.

The British Business Bank is working with the Government to provide a temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to help support businesses through this period. The first 6 months are interest free to businesses.

The team at Create have put together a blog full of resources and guidance to support independent businesses through this time. Including advice on what you can do to make the most of any time spent in lockdown. 

Google have offered their tips and advice on how to make sure your rankings in search are not affected as a result of COVID-19. They've outlined what could harm your SEO and the steps you can take to ensure your search positions are secure. 

Local Business Owner

If you're a local business owner and have had to close your doors as a result of the coronavirus, our recent blog shares ideas and inspiration as to how you can stay in touch with your customers and encourage shopping local.

With many businesses dependent on the postal services to keep running, it's important to stay on top of their latest updates. Royal Mail are keeping everyone in the loop about disruptions to their services via their online bulletin board.

The National Cyber Security Centre has issued a warning to the public regarding the rise in phishing emails in response to Coronavirus fears. There are a range of tactics that you can utilise to keep your sensitive data safe that you can find on their website.

The Association of British Insurers have stated that while extensions can be purchased in some cases to cover notifiable diseases, it is unlikely that standard insurance policies will cover you. You can find other support from the Government resources above.

Working from home can get lonely. We've repurposed the #WeBuySmall Facebook community to be a place where small businesses can come together to chat and share ideas on group threads. Come and join us!

Do You Know of Any Other Resources?

Please help us to keep adding to this list of resources for independent business owners to benefit from. By pulling together as a community we can help each other through this pandemic. If you know of anyone who would benefit from the resources listed in this guide, please do share it with them on social and link to this page where you can.

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*Correct at time of publishing