Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supporting businesses

Introduction

We are aware that COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to many business sectors. These pages help businesses to navigate to the information and support that is available to them.

We recognise that cashflow and keeping your business afloat are major concerns but finding the right information can be difficult. We will try to keep the information and links here as current as possible.

Funding for businesses during Covid-19

Financial support from Government

To find out what funding is available to support your business visit the financial support for business section on the GOV.UK website or call their business support helpline.

Business grants

The District Councils are responsible for administering business grants and reliefs. Details on the latest business grants and reliefs can be found on the following links:

Other funding sources

In addition to the above, Combined Authority Growth Hub can signpost businesses to relevant funding streams and grant providers through their 1-2-1 advice session, both in terms of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related funding provision.

Advice and support from other organisations

Central Government signposting

The Government webpages offer signposting to a wide range of organisations who can provide support to businesses in relation to Covid-19 issues.

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses website contains a lot of useful information and Webinars including "Coronavirus: Financial help explained for SMEs and the self-employed".

British Chamber of Commerce

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

  • Business Support One to Ones

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Growth Hub is offering consultations, on the phone or via video link, from an experienced business adviser to discuss your needs and provide guidance on how to access relevant support from our services and central government. Visit the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority website to find out more.

  • The Knowledge Hub

The CPCA Growth Hub has also developed a Knowledge Hub resource that provides detailed information on several different subjects including funding and support, resources for employers and employees and specific sector resources. Take a look at the CPCA Knowledge Hub website.

Digital connectivity

The Connecting Cambridgeshire digital connectivity programme, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, is working with businesses and communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to keep everyone connected during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Read the business brief about improving your broadband / mobile and grants available for gigabit-capable fibre connections on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website.

Advice on business restrictions

The plan B restrictions are being lifted in England. From 20 January the government is no longer requiring people to work from home if they can. Employers should start speaking to their staff about arrangements for returning to workplaces, whilst continuing to follow the Working Safely guidance. The ‘Coronavirus: How to stay safe and prevent the spread’ gives an overview of the current position with regards to businesses and venues, and ‘Working Safely during Coronavirus’ on the GOV.UK website provides extensive guidance on operating your business safely during this time to help reduce the spread of the disease.

Currently face coverings remain mandatory in most indoor settings including cinemas, theatres and places of worship, and on public transport, including taxis. There are exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when people are eating, drinking or exercising. Guidance is available on face covering requirements, and the full legislation is available to view on the legislation.gov.uk website. From Thursday 27 January, face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting, although public health guidance recommending individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet will remain in place.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Entry to Venues and Events) (England) Regulations 2021 also remains in force. These are available to view on the GOV.UK website (referred to as the ‘Entry to Venues and Events Regulations’). However from Thursday 27 January, venues and events will no longer be required by law to use the NHS Covid Pass. Despite no longer being mandatory from this date, the Pass will remain available on the NHS App as some venues may still voluntarily choose to require proof of COVID status as a condition of entry to reduce risk for attendees and staff.

Businesses can find assets summarising these changes on the coronavirus resource website.

If you need any further guidance you can seek advice from Trading Standards or your local Environmental Health team on the Covid-19 guidance above in the context of your business. Whilst there is usually a small charge for Trading Standards advice services, where your business is an SME based in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and your enquiry relates to the lockdown and subsequent business restrictions the advice will be free of charge. Please complete our short online form and one of our advisers will be in touch. For larger businesses, there may be a small charge. Any charges will be detailed upfront so that you can decide whether to take up our offer of advice. Our hourly rate is £70 per hour plus VAT.

Mental health

We recognise that this will be a stressful time for many so looking after your physical and mental health is important. The following links may be useful:-