Coronavirus Support for Businesses
Please also see our Business pages for information on financial support for businesses.
A range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses. Please see the Government's financial support for businesses page to find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
The Government has also set up an online checker tool for businesses to see what support is available for them. This is kept up-to-date with the latest Government announcements.
You can sign up to get email alerts when the Government adds new coronavirus business support information.
Set up an online store
If you don’t already have an online store for your business, free advice and step-by-step store builders are available, including:
These businesses are not endorsed by the council.
Once you have sorted out your online store, delivery and click-and-collect must be organised in a COVID-secure way. You may need to look at specific guidance for vehicles and other areas if you are changing your business model. Please see Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages on the GOV.UK website.
Coronavirus and Universal Credit
The schemes currently announced by the Government will not apply to every business and every employee.
If you do not qualify, you may wish to consider applying for Universal Credit. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Universal Credit website has provided information on coronavirus and claiming benefits. Please check their website regularly for updates on the arrangements the DWP is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus.
Please also see our Universal Credit page for more information.
Other Business Support
South East Business Hub
The South East Business Hub website has a section on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Employers and Businesses. Direct support is available from one of their local business navigators.
National Business Support Helpline
You can also contact the Government's Business Support Helpline for free advice, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.