Guide last updated 17.05.2021
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East Midlands Special Operations Unit provide ‘COVID-19 Cyber and Fraud Protect Messages’ to raise awareness among businesses and the public. Please see here for all updates provided so far.
Contact the government’s business support helpline for free advice
Phone: 0800 998 1098
Webchat: talk to an adviser using the webchat here.
Phoneline and webchat open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you
deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus. For further information please click here.
Derby City Council have released a webpage dedicated to ‘Health and Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic’. View the page here.
You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.
Take advantage of the free webinars that have been launched by HMRC to help and support if your
business is affected by coronavirus (COVID -19). To register and watch the free the webinars please click
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least 3 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government. It is for businesses that pay
business rates on their premises. Local councils may at their discretion also provide funding for businesses that don’t pay business rates. To view further details please click here.
Check if you’re eligible for the coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant here
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.
Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Further details please click here.
A step by step guide has been prepared to explain the information that employers need to provide to
HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It also describes the processes
involved, to view please click here.
Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job
Retention Scheme here
As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of
thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. There will also be extra
funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained
employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week,
plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment
For further information please click here
The COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) has provided £30 billion of direct support to some of the economy’s largest firms, who are responsible for almost 2.5 million jobs in the UK. The CCFF provides
temporary direct support to investment grade firms with short-term cash-flow problems and is designed
to ensure that firms accessing government backed CCFF financing are then able to repay.
UKGI, as the government’s centre of excellence in corporate finance and corporate governance, is
increasing its resources to help with additional COVID-related responsibilities, including work arising from
the CCFF and this review process. For further information please click here.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides critical support to the selfemployed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. For further information please click here.
If you are a small- or medium-sized business, you may be entitled to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick
Pay (SSP) for sickness absence due to COVID-19:
• This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who are either ill or been told to
self-isolate because of COVID-19. This is in line with the recommended isolation period. To view
Guidance on self-isolation please click here.
• Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible. The size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020. If you’re an employer, find out if you can use Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, to view click here.
• Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to
the new eligibility criteria) because of COVID-19. How to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to view click here.
• Employers should maintain records of staff absences, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note.
• The eligible period for the scheme began on 13th March.
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