Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 21 April 2020

Please find below the latest Businesses and Employers Bulletin from Government. This includes the new Support Finder Tool, which will help you determine what support is available to your business.

We would also draw your attention to the Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance. Government is requesting your insight on how well the emergency provisions for business are working. We are receiving feedback from members that Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) in particular, is falling very short of the ambitions of the Chancellor when the scheme was launched. Please share your experience with government and copy info@leatheruk.org into your response.


Business Support Checker Tool

A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new online platform on gov.uk asks business owners and the self-employed to fill out a quick and simple online questionnaire. They will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for. You can find out more about the tool here.

New Updates and Guidance

Chancellor delivers daily coronavirus update - 20 April 2020 – speech and slides and datasets.

Grant funding provided to businesses by local authorities in England

Data has been published on the amount of money distributed to SMEs by every local authority in England as part of 2 grant schemes launched to help businesses deal with coronavirus. To find out more about the grants themselves, click here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Letter from the Local Government Minister to councils setting out further details of additional funding

The letter thanks councils again for their efforts responding to the coronavirus pandemic and provides further details on the support the government is providing.

Be the Business Webinar - future proof your business

In-depth discussion with practical advice and resources that can help your business. Find out more here.

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Offer coronavirus support

Tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus by using our online service.

Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation 

Let us know how the outbreak is impacting your business.  Please send your intelligence to intel@beis.gov.uk. Commercially sensitive information will be treated accordingly.  Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence and does not provide business advice.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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