Support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page is designed to point you in the right direction for the latest support for your business.

If you need any general business advice or cannot find what you are looking for in the links detail/below please contact Invest Knowsley on 0151 477 4000 or email


Support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses. These links will help businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.



Construction and other outdoor work– Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments

Factories, plants and warehouses – Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses

Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments

Offices and contact centres – Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments

Other people’s homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes

Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services

Shops and branches– Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments

Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar




The Government has developed a ‘support finder’ tool that 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. This new online platform involves a simple questionnaire which will takes business owners under a minute to complete and will signpost them to relevant government financial support…


Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The scheme will allow those who are self-employed to claim a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be extended. Check if you are eligible to claim.

CLICK HERE – To make a claim you will need:

  •  Self Assessment UTR 
  •  National Insurance number
  •  Government Gateway user ID and password
  •   Bank account number and sort code you want us to pay the grant into (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted)

When claiming you will have to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.

A self-employed person could be entitled to a combination of Universal Credit + new style Employment and Support Allowance + Local Housing Allowance + Child Benefits so should enquire here  to see what support is available.   If that person then takes on a job this will need to be declared at the time of making applications for these allowances – all earnings (self-employed/employed) will also need to be declared as part of his submission to HMRC.

In addition to these measures to reduce other fixed outgoing, self-employed people can also benefit from:

  • Rent deferral
  • Mortgage deferral
  • Tax Bill deferral
  • Business VAT deferral
  • IR35 deferral


Flexible furlough scheme

  • From 1 July businesses can bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis
  • firms will be given the flexibility to decide the hours and shift patterns of their employees – with the government continuing to pay 80% of salaries for the hours they do not work

The scheme will remain open until the end of October and will continue to support jobs and business in a measured way as people return to work, our economy reopens and the country moves to the next stage of its recovery. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme (80% wages) –

REMAINING OPEN UNTIL END OF OCTOBER – Changes to the Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme

– From August, the Government will continue to pay 80% (no change) of salaries, but employers will have to pay NI and pensions contributions.

– From September, the Government ‘s share will decrease to 70%, while employers will be expected to pay 10% (plus NI and pension).

– From October, the Government’s contribution will decrease further to 60% and employers will contribute 20% (plus NI and pension).

– From 1st July, employers will be able to bring back furloughed employees on a part-time basis. In this case, employers will pay for the days of work, while the Government will pay for the at-home days.

– Employers will have until 10th June to add any employees to the furlough scheme; after this date, no more furloughed employees will be accepted.

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.  Eligibility – All UK businesses are eligible.

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme– Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).


Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

This scheme will allow small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Statutory Sick Pay to their employees.

HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep.


Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. Applications can be made through a fast-tracked online system. “Start your fast-track” application for extension link here

Extension for filing accounts

You can apply for more time to file your annual accounts with Companies House.
If you think the impact of COVID-19 will cause delays in filing your company accounts, you can apply for an automatic and immediate 3 month extension. You must apply before your filing deadline.


Late filing penalties – Late filing penalties are applied automatically if you do not apply for an extension and you file your accounts late.


Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus.

• You can apply for a loan up to 25% of your business turnover, with a maximum limit of £50,000
• You’ll receive your funds within days of your application being approved
• The loan is for six years, with no early repayment fees
• The Government is providing a 100% guarantee for these loans* and will pay the interest for the first 12 months
• You apply to your bank
*You are liable for 100% of the loan and your bank will always seek to recover the outstanding balance from you.

The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

Eligibility – You can apply for a loan if your business:
• is based in the UK
• has been negatively affected by coronavirus


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

  • A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will launch next week (w/c 23 March) to support businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts.
  • This will help ensure that eligible businesses facing short-term cash flow difficulties can continue to access finance as they respond to the temporary impact of the coronavirus outbreak on cash flow.
  • By providing an 80% government guarantee on eligible lending, this scheme will give lenders the confidence to keep lending to businesses. The government will provide as much capacity as required for this scheme. There will be no fee for lenders or borrowers to benefit from this guarantee.
  • The Scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value. Businesses can access the first 6 months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first 6 months of interest payments.
  • The scheme is open to businesses with a turnover of less than £41m (as long as the business is long-term viable and is UK based) which meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria. Full details on the eligibility criteria will be announced shortly.
  • The first loans will be available next week and further details of the new scheme will be announced shortly. Businesses worried about accessing finance now should speak to their usual lender.



You may feel it appropriate and helpful to display some of the Public Health posters in and around your office/business. Visit the Gov Covid Resource Centre…


This website is updated regularly to bring you the latest guidance and updates from the Government.  However, by using this link here you will be taken to the .GOV website and can conduct your own search.