Updated 4th May, 2020


Coronavirus Business Support Finder Tool

Job Retention Scheme

Deferring VAT

Deferring Income Tax Payments

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Sick Pay Support for Businesses

Support for Businesses That Pay Little or No Business Rates

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme of CBILS

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Support for Businesses Paying Tax: Time To Pay Service

Commercial Insurance

Protection from Eviction for Commercial Tenants



Coronavirus Business Support Finder Tool

A new 'support finder' tool 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.

Job Retention Scheme

Who is eligible?              

All UK Businesses are eligible

What does it mean?           

HMRC will reimburse 80% of the wages paid while furloughed up to £2500 per month. Plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that subsidised wage. Backdated to March 1st, for up to 3 months at the minute.

Who is covered ?           

Full-time employees

Part-time employees

Employees on agency contracts

Employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts

Employees who have been made redundant since 29th February

Directors including Directors of their own Personal Service Company (PSC)

Salaried employees of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP)

Employees that are carrying out voluntary work providing they are not generating income for the body they are volunteering for.

Who is not covered?     

Anyone working, even on reduced hours or reduced pay, is not eligible.

Agency workers who are working elsewhere are not eligible

You will need:                  

You're PAYE reference number

The number of employees being furloughed

The claim period (start and end date)

Amount claimed (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 weeks)

Your bank account number and sort code

Your contact name

Your phone number

How to Access?                

Designate employees as furloughed workers and write to inform them, keep a record of the communication you will need this. Depending on contracts this may need to be negotiated.  Submit information to HMRC about the furloughed employees. Details on the system to follow once established.

Directors that need to carry out essential work to maintain their business may do so to fulfil statutory obligations as long as they only carry out the work deemed necessary.


These payments should be treated as income and shown on accounts as such, usual deductions for employments costs can be made against them.

Further information:-

UK Governments Job Retention Scheme

Deferring VAT

Who is eligible?              

All UK Businesses are eligible

What does it mean?           

No business will need to make a VAT payment between 20th March and 30th June 2020. YOU STILL NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR VAT RETURN.

How to Access?                 

Businesses will have until the end of March 2021 to make up any deferred payments. The government will not charge penalties for payments made before then.  If this is paid by Direct Debit, the DD should be cancelled with your bank to stop the payments.  Details on how to pay missed payments will be available soon.

You do not need to tell HMRC that you are deferring VAT payments

If you are in financial distress visit:



Deferring Income Tax Payments

Who is eligible?              

Anyone who has a second "payment on account" due 31st July 2020.

What does it mean?           

Second Payment on account can be deferred until January 2021 with no penalties. It is recommended that if you can afford to make the payment you do so.

How to Access ?                

This is an automated offer with no application needed.

Information on Payment on Account can be found here: - Payments on Account information


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

 Who is eligible?              

You can apply if you submitted a self-assessment tax return in the financial year 2018-2019 and traded in 2019-2020 tax year and intend to continue working as self-employed in 2020-2021 tax year, and have lost trading profits due to COVID-19, and profits are less than £50000, where that profit makes up more than 50% of your income.

How does it work?        

Trading profits for 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 will be taken into account where applicable.  If you started trading between 2016 and 2019 only the applicable years will be taken into consideration.

HMRC will use 2018-2019 tax return to determine who is eligible. Any late returns will be risk assessed.

How much can I get?    

80% of average profit - Maximum eligible income is £2500 for 3 months.  If you claim tax credits you'll need to include the grant in your claim as income.

How to Access.?          

HMRC will contact you if you are eligible and ask you to apply on line, you do not need to contact HMRC, and unnecessary calls to HMRC are only slowing down the implementation process.


You will access this scheme only through GOV.UK. If someone texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, saying that you can claim financial help or are owed a tax refund, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it is a scam


Sick Pay Support for Businesses

Who is eligible?              

SME's with less than 250 employees as of 28th February

How does it work?        

Employees can reclaim statutory Sick pay for employees with COVID-19.  This will cover 2 weeks SSP per employee. 

Employers need to keep records

Employees need to get an isolation note from NHS 111 online https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

How to Access?                

A rebate scheme is currently being developed and will follow via the website


Support for Businesses That Pay Little or No Business Rates"

Who is eligible?              

Businesses based in England, small business that occupies a property and already receive SBRR (small business rate relief) and or RRR (rural rate relief)

What does it mean?          

A one off grant of £10000 is available to meet ongoing business costs

How to apply?                   

Local authority will contact those eligible. All enquiries should be made directly with your local authority.          

Find your local Authority


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme or CBILS

Who is Eligible?              

Sole traders and freelancers are eligible as their activity is operated through a business bank account.

All UK based businesses with a turnover of less than £45m that meet British Business Bank eligibility criteria:-

Must be for business purposes

Business must generate 50% of income from trading activity

Trading in and with the UK

How do it work?

There are 40 accredited lenders which include Barclays, NatWest, HSBC, Metrobank, RBS, Ulster Bank, Santander, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Ireland and Bank of Scotland to name a few. Lloyds, RBS, Barclays and HSBC will not be asking for personal guarantees for under £250,000 loans.

Consider applying via the lenders web site in the first instance it may be quicker.

The lender will have their own specific requirements and will make their own decision on whether to lend the money. If one says no another may not. They each have their own criteria.

You must have proof you have a viable business

You can apply for the loan as well as other support for COVID-19

The government will pay interest and fees for 12 months.

What you need to consider:

You are responsible for paying capital repayments each month

Government provides an 80% guarantee to the lender

The Borrower is 100% liable for the debt

Borrowers need to have a borrowing proposal that would have been viable before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Consider how urgent your need is. There may be others in a more desperate situation. You can apply for a loan anytime in the next 6 months.


Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan

Launched 20th April, 2020

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) will support large businesses, with an annual turnover of over £45 million.

All viable businesses with turnover of more than £45 million per year will be able to apply for up to £25 million of finance. Firms with a turnover of more than £250 million will be able to apply for up to £50 million of finance.

The Scheme will be available through a series of accredited lenders, which will be listed on the British Business Bank website. The government will provide lenders with an 80% guarantee on individual loans. This will give banks the confidence to lend to many more businesses which are impacted by coronavirus. Facilities backed by a guarantee under CLBILS will be offered at commercial rates of interest.

This scheme allows lenders to support businesses that were viable before the coronavirus outbreak but now face significant cash flow difficulties that would otherwise make their business unviable in the short term.


You're eligible if:

  • your business is based in the UK
  • your business has an annual turnover of over £45 million
  • you can self-certify that your business has been adversely impacted by coronavirus
  • your business has not received a facility under the Bank of England's COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

You must also have a borrowing proposal which the lender:

  • would consider viable, if not for the coronavirus pandemic
  • believes will enable you to trade out of any short-term to medium-term difficulty


Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Updated 4th May, 2020

Who is eligible?                

You can apply for a loan if your business:

  • Is based in the UK
  • Has been negatively affected by coronavirus
  • Was not an 'undertaking in difficulty' on 31 December 2019
  • You cannot apply if you already have a CBILS loan

How does it work?                

  • The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
  • The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won't be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.
  • The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

How to Access?                

The details will be available from May 4th

Support for Businesses Paying Tax: Time to Pay Service

Who is eligible                

Any business with outstanding liabilities (payments due) to HMRC may be eligible. It is on a case by case basis and for businesses in financial distress

How to Access?                

Call HMRC 0800 0159 559

Help and Advice             

Call HMRC 0800 0241 222


Commercial Insurance

Some Commercial insurances cover you for Government ordered closure and unspecified notifiable diseases.

You may be able to make a claim if your policy covers for this! Check to see if you are covered. The government has added COVID-19 to the notifiable diseases list.


Protection from Eviction for Commercial Tenants

Who is eligible?               

All commercial tenants are eligible

How does it work?        

Commercial tenants in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, who cannot pay their rent due to COVID-19, are protected against eviction. The change will come into force when the Coronavirus Bill receives Royal Assent. No action is required.


This is not a rental holiday, the rent will still be due.  All information is provided for information purposes only and should be verified at the following website


For further information visit:

Government Guidance for Employers and Businesses on COVID-19