Government grants and schemes to help small businesses during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis
Wondering what financial support you can claim to help your business through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis? In this guide you’ll find a handy list of the main grants and schemes that the government has introduced to help UK businesses and self-employed workers.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme was a temporary initiative that aimed to provide financial support to self-employed people whose businesses were affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the ‘furlough’ scheme) is a temporary initiative that allows employers to access financial support to pay part of their employees’ wages. The government introduced the initiative in March 2020 to enable employers to retain employees who they may otherwise have been forced to lay off during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme was an initiative designed to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis to secure loans of up to £50,000.
The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
Time To Pay
Time To Pay is a service that allows businesses or individuals to agree an alternative payment plan with HMRC if they are having difficulty paying a tax bill.
If a business cannot pay a tax bill as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis it may be able to defer payment, depending on the type of tax bill in question.
Changes to existing rules
The government has also amended a few existing rules temporarily in order to provide support to small business owners. Click through to read more about these temporary rule changes on HMRC’s website:
- Extended deadline for filing company accounts
- Changes to evictions for businesses that miss rent payments:
- Changes to rules for businesses with property:
Find out about all the grants available to small businesses on the government's website.
You can also keep up to date with the latest news about the government’s support measures for small businesses during the pandemic on the FreeAgent blog.