Coronavirus COVID-19 Support for businesses

Local businesses and residents are being made aware of the variety support out there during lockdown period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Worcestershire has a lot of support on offer and below is a breakdown of where you can go to get the information and advice you are after in your unique situation. All of the advice and information you will find below has been provided down from Central Government and then localised to help communities understand the implications on their way of operating.

The UK Government has issues new guidance on how businesses can start to get back to work whilst keeping customers and staff safe. You can find all this guidance on their website here.

The main websites we are advising businesses and residents to look at are as follows:

Business Support, Loans and Grants Worcestershire Business Central
Worcestershire’s local growth hub, Worcestershire Business Central have prepared a helpful page summarising all the business grants, funds and loansout there during the pandemic. This includes the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR), Self-employment Income Support Scheme and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to name a few examples. Contact their team in the first instance if you would like to learn more about how you can apply or access these funds to support your business.

Worcestershire Business Central are also running a series of webinars with partners to help organisations with the recovery and what they should be doing in order to get back to operating efficiency. Find out more and view the webinars here

Furlough and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – ACAS UK
ACAS UK have put together a useful web page of information around Furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employers. This has been broken down into 4 easy to follow chapters that cover how employers can utilise this service to keep staff on the payrole whilst COVID-19 restricts work and travel.

Latest information and advice – Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council have updated their website to feature all the latest information and guidance from Central Government. This page will be constantly updated with the latest information for Worcestershire.

Wellbeing, Mental Health and helping your community advice – Here2Help Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council have also put together a new website called Here2Help. This new website provides users with information on what they can to do to stay safe and help others in their community. There are areas for how to manage your mental health during the outbreak and a place to showcase how others are helping their communities during this tough time.

Making Connections – Updates from Worcestershire LEP and the business community
“Making Connections” is a new series of podcasts and videos to support businesses in Worcestershire. The initial episodes are specifically aimed at the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, covering what businesses can and should do from a variety of aspects such as HR, Insurance and Leadership. These episodes will give advice relevant right now and share links to save time in getting the support you need.

Residents and businesses should also be aware that Local District councils have published advice and guidance for their local communities and you can find what each district council has said on the links below.

These links contain information relevant to businesses looking for advice or guidance on the Business Rate relief grants as well.

Wyre Forest District Council

Wychavon District Council 

Redditch Borough Council 

Bromsgrove District Council 

Worcester City Council 

Malvern Hills District Council 

These webpages will be updated as the latest information is released and to read the official latest UK updates, go to the Government website here – https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response