This includes travel advice and guidance on staying at home, as well as ongoing key information related to Coronavirus.
An overview of announcements of support for businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.
The Department for International Trade South East of England and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)’s South East Gateway to Trade project, has recently launched a comprehensive programme of virtual events. This programme is part of our new ‘Export Support Series’ to help businesses achieve export success, break into new markets and navigate Coronavirus (COVID-19) business challenges.
Businesses in the South East of England are now invited to apply for these FREE virtual events. Places are limited and in high demand so please express your interest early. Eligibility criteria apply – please check the event registration page to find out more.
The government has launched a new calculator to help employers with their next Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims.
Employers can use the calculator to work out how much they have to pay their furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees, how much they can claim for employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions and how much they can claim back.
Click here to access the new job retention calculator. Note that the calculator will be updated to reflect changes to the scheme over the coming months.
In addition, employers can now also download a template if you are claiming for 100 or more employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (for claims on or after 1 July 2020). Click here to download the new template here:
Government has created an interactive tool to help businesses and the self-employed identify what support they may be able to benefit from. Click here to find out more.
Please find a summary below of some of the most relevant Government support packages:
The £500m Future Fund enables innovative and high-growth British businesses the ability to secure investment to help them through the coronavirus outbreak.
UK-based companies can apply for a convertible loan of between £125,000 and £5 million, to support continued growth and innovation in sectors as diverse as technology, life sciences and the creative industries.
The Future Fund is open to UK-based businesses that have previously raised £250,000 in equity investment from third parties in the last 5 years. Businesses should have at least 50% of their employees based in the UK, or generate at least half of their revenue through UK sales, and will also need to have private investors to match the Government investment. Match fund investors will be encouraged to sign the Treasury’s Investing in Women Code, which commits to improving female entrepreneurs’ access to tools, resources and finance.
The Government will amend the rules of the Enterprise Investment Scheme, which provides tax relief to investors in high growth firms, to protect Future Fund investors from losing relief on any previous investments made prior to any investment through the Future Fund.
The Fund will be open until the end of September 2020 and is being delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank. For further details and eligibility criteria, click here.
Through the new Bounce Back Loan scheme, small businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days.
The scheme will launch for applications on Monday 4 May. Businesses will be able to apply online through a short and simple form and access these loans through a network of accredited lenders.
The Government will provide a 100% guarantee for the loan and pay any fees and interest for the first 12 months. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months and Government will work with lenders to agree a low standardised level of interest for the remaining period of the loan. For further details, click here.
Any business or self-employed people in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities may be eligible for support with tax.
For Time to Pay support if you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated Coronavirus helpline on 0800 0159 559.
What is it?
The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years. Large business? Please see the update below
The Government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.
The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the Government-owned British Business Bank.
There are 40 accredited lenders able to offer the scheme, including all the major banks.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for the scheme if:
- your business is UK based, with turnover of no more than £45 million per year
- your business meets the other British Business Bank eligibility criteria
How do I access it?
You should apply via your lender’s website or through one of the 40 accredited finance providers offering the scheme (and not the British Business Bank). Direct links to accredited finance providers offering the scheme in the Solent LEP area can be found below and a full list of accredited finance providers can be found here.
Compass Business Finance (specialist lender to the manufacturing sector, including print, packaging and engineering companies)
When can I access it?
The scheme is now open for applications. All major banks are offering this scheme.
How do I apply?
Click here to go to a page where you will be taken through the steps on how to apply.
The Government have extended the loan scheme for large businesses affected by coronavirus. Business with turnovers of more than £500 million were originally not eligible for the scheme, however, all firms with a turnover of more than £45 million will now be able to apply for up to £25 million of finance, and up to £50 million for firms with a turnover of more than £250 million. The Scheme is being made available through a series of accredited lenders, listed on the British Business Bank website, and firms are asked to apply through their lender’s website in the first instance.
Innovate UK have established a coronavirus business support package, with a range of products available to support existing Innovate UK award recipients and new projects.
Click here for further information on the package
Click here for information and to apply for current innovation funding competitions