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.
The District Councils were responsible for administering Restart Grants and local Support Grants. For most businesses these schemes have now ended, but for local information visit their respective pages below:
- Peterborough City Council
- Cambridge City Council
- South Cambridgeshire District Council
- East Cambridgeshire District Council
- Huntingdonshire District Council
- Fenland District Council
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 and non-Covid related funding provision.
Advice and support from other organisations
Central Government signposting
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
- The British Chamber of Commerce website has lots of information, and they have a summary of available government schemes here.
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.
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 ‘Coronavirus: How to stay safe and prevent the spread’ gives an overview of the current position with regards to businesses and venues. It should be noted that whilst all businesses are now able to open and workers are able to return to office spaces, guidance has been issued on ‘Working Safely during Coronavirus’ on the GOV.UK website for many sectors to help reduce the spread of the disease.
Although it is no longer a legal requirement to display a NHS QR Code or request customers ‘check in’, this is still being encouraged by Government. The guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Furthermore it continues to be an offence for employers to allow workers to attend a workplace when they have tested positive for Covid19 or have been advised by test and trace to self-isolate. The full obligations can be viewed at Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020.
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.
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:-