Coronavirus- Business Overview

Updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, measures that are being put in place and how they will affect you and your business.

The Government has detailed it's ongoing plan to deal with the pandemic during the autumn and winter months in the document COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan

Published September 2021

COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan


Face Coverings

Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. The rule also applies to many employees in retail and hospitality industries.

Read government advice on how to make you own face covering

Guidance for Better Mental Health

The coronavirus might affect not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental health. Take a look at a discussion about guarding your mental health during the coronavius pandemic from rehab4addiction. 

Find out more 


England has moved to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. You must now:

  • Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport‚Äč
  • Work from home, if you can

Find out more about the latest guidance

Kickstart Scheme to end on 17th December 2021.

It has been announced that the government's Kickstart Scheme will end on 17th December 2021. Applications submitted before then will still be processed, with funding will still available for successful applications.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding until midday on 17 December 2021.

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 March 2022 and will receive funding (for training and 6 months of employment) once the young person has started their job.

Businesses are advised to follow government guidelines on working safely during coronavirus.

Working safely during coronavirus

Financial support for businesses

Government Schemes

The Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) have now finished. However, there may be some government support available to you from continuing governement schemes.

Support finder

Use the government's 'support finder' tool, designed to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plan for jobs

Whether you're a business or a job seeker, find out what support, if any, is available to you. This may include funding, finding new work or learning new skills.

Help to grow

Focused at small to medium sized businesses, this scheme covers two areas: 

  1. Help to Grow: Management which provides management training for business growth.
  2. Help to Grow: Digital which provides grant tokens for software packages aimed at business growth.

Universal credit

If you are employed but are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, it may be worth finding out if you are eligible to claim universal credit.

Business Support

Take a look at the latest government updates and guidance for the UK.

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Business Support (Scotland)

Take a look at the latest coronavirus updates for Scotland.

Business Support (Wales)

Take a look at the latest coronavirus updates for Wales.

Business Support (Northern Ireland)

Take a look at the latest coronavirus updates for Northern Ireland.

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