COVID-19 Business Support

COVID-19 Business Support

There is an array of business support now becoming available from central government, local government and banks. We have put together a summary of this support for you below.

We will also be arranging for a series of free online workshops for you in the coming weeks focusing on financial management, legal support, HR and communications management.



London & Partners

L&P is working with business groups, the Mayor of London and other stakeholders to advise on how government bodies and others can support London’s tourism businesses, which are so vital to the city.

There will be a series of virtual seminars to offer advice on how to manage this period. More information to follow shortly.

In the longer term, London & Partners is planning for economic recovery and importantly how they can support us all, the London tourism community. Leisure and business tourists will return to London. They will eat in our renowned restaurants, stay in our fantastic hotels, visit our world-class attractions and bring their events to our city. We are creating key plans of activity for when the recovery commences to drive tourists back to our city from around the world and across the UK. London remains one of the world’s great cities.

Visit London



Visit Britain

You can keep up-to-date with information for businesses from Visit Britain via the link below.

Visit Britain



The Government

The UK Government has published a COVID-19 page which details the support available for businesses. Key information on the page includes: paying sick pay to employees,  business rates, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, larger firms through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility,  Time to Pay service, Insurance.

• The Treasury has published guidance for Local Authorities on the Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response, which sets out in more detail what is meant by ‘leisure, hospitality and retail’ when referring to the business rate holiday and other schemes

• The UK Government has published a summary of impacts relating to the Coronavirus Bill

• The Bank of England and the Treasury are working to launch the COVID Corporate Financing Facility. An outline of the scheme can be found on the website

• The Bank of England has cut the Bank Rate to 0.1%

Following the UK Government’s announcement of increased measures to delay transmission, further guidance on social distancing has been published

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a large economic stimulus package designed to protect businesses, with a focus on the hospitality and leisure industries.

• A short-term lending scheme for large firms: provided by the Bank of England. More detail will be released this week.

• The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: offering loans up to £5m with a six-month interest free period. The loans will be provided through normal banks and other lenders. If you want to use the scheme you should speak to a bank or lender.

• 12-month business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses: available to all businesses in these sectors. If you think you might be eligible you should contact your local authority.

• Increasing grants to small businesses from £3,000 to £10,000: available to any business which benefits from small business rate relief. Your local authority will get in contact automatically, and the scheme will be available from April.

• A £25,000 grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises: available to businesses in these sectors whose premises have a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000. You should contact your local authority if you think you qualify.

• A three-month mortgage holiday: for homeowners who need it. If you want to use the scheme you should speak to your mortgage lender.

• Relaxation of some regulations: including allowing pubs and restaurants to offer takeaway without a specific licence. We expect more information to follow.

• Support with tax: if you need help with your tax liabilities, you should speak to HMRC’s Time To Pay service on +44 (0) 800 0159 559.

• Insurance claims: confirmation that government advice to avoid hospitality and leisure is sufficient for businesses to claim on their insurance where they have appropriate business interruption cover for pandemics in place. You should speak to your insurer if you think you may be covered.



Webinars & Further Information

The Growth Company is running a webinar on Monday 23 March at 2.30pm for the Tourism and Hospitality sector. It will feature a panel of expert speakers from private and public sector organisations discussing the key challenges facing business. As a participant you will be able to join the live webinar and to pose questions on your specific challenge for the panel during the session.



ACAS practical information on coronavirus is reviewed daily to give you, your networks and members access to the most recent updates and common-sense advice. Click on the button below to read more and for details of future webinars.

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HR Dept provides HR services for support with employment contracts, employee wellbeing, short term working or anything else you need guidance on as an employer.

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The Federation of Small Business has useful advice and guidance here.