Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supporting businesses

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.

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 and non-Covid 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

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.

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.

New guidance for businesses on living with covid

The UK Health Security Agency has set out new public health principles for workplaces for businesses, organisations and employers in England to consider in managing the risk to their workforce from respiratory infections such as COVID-19.

The new guidance sets out actions that businesses should follow to help reduce the spread of infections, including ensuring adequate ventilation and encouraging vaccinations. Whilst there is no longer an expectation that every employer will consider COVID-19 explicitly in their risk assessment, employers should continue to comply with their legal obligations to their staff. Further information is on the GOV.UK website.

Free COVID-19 tests are no longer available for the general public, but the Department for the general public, but the Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed that tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff.

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result is advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.

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:-