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We recommend business seeking support due to COVID-19 now use the UK Government support finder.
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It takes from just a few seconds to up to a minute to complete the eligibility checker.
Any business owner can use the checker: self-employed, sole traders, limited companies and larger organisations.
Before you get started, the chatbot will ask you to agree to the T&Cs.
The chatbot will give you helpful links for further information.
When you finish, the chatbot will ask for your email address. We’ll then email you a link so you can go back to review your chat.
If you have two or more businesses, you can go back to complete the checker for your other businesses.
The Government coronavirus support includes these measures for small businesses:
Get from £2,000 up to 25% of your annual turnover to a maximum of £50,000, interest-free for a year and no repayments for the first 12 months.
The Small Business Grant Scheme is for businesses who get Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme is for businesses in these sectors with property which has a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
Businesses in these sectors and based in England won’t pay business rates for the tax year 2020-2021. You don’t have to do anything – it’ll be applied on your council tax bill in April 2020. There are rates relief schemes in the other nations of the UK but the details are different: Scotland | Wales | Northern Ireland
The Government will reimburse you for part of the wages or salary for your staff if you’d otherwise have to lay them off during the coronavirus crisis.
To allow employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) they pay for sickness absence due to COVID-19. To be eligible, your business must have had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020
This Scheme offers loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
For eligible self-employed workers who submitted a tax return for 2018-2019: a taxable grant worth 80% of your average monthly profits for the last 3 years, up to £2,500 a month
For larger companies. The Bank of England will buy short-term debt to support companies affected by a short-term funding squeeze.
For businesses and self-employed in financial distress, and owing money to HMRC. These businesses and individuals might be eligible for support, for example a longer time to repay what they owe.
If you have questions about Government support for businesses during the coronavirus crisis, here are three steps to finding the answer:
This page lists all the Government support with links to more detail who’s eligible and how to apply.
If the Gov.uk webpage doesn’t answer your questions, try this page with FAQs about everything from how to protect your staff and how to help fight and treat the virus, to insurance and how long businesses must stay closed. The FAQs are part of the Government’s new COVID-19 Business Support website.
If the Gov.uk webpage or the FAQs don’t answer your questions, you can call the new Government helpline on 0300 456 3565 (national rate number, call charges apply). It’s open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm. Bear in mind it’s likely to be extremely busy.
If your business is based in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can call a dedicated Government helpline in your nation: list of all helpline numbers
We base your results on the information you give us and the publicly available guidelines issued by the UK Government.
We don’t store your answers. We use them only to check your eligibility for Government support.