Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing significant difficulties for SMEs, start ups, and other small businesses throughout the sector and across other industries. We’re compiling resources from various sources to help businesses through this difficult and uncertain time. We will keep this page updated so check back regularly, and feel free to share any information you think should be included by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For health advice, please see the NHS website
HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus. For those who are unable to pay due to coronavirus, HMRC will discuss your specific circumstances to explore:
HM Government Business Support
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UKRI are continually updating their resources which outline how their funding opportunities are being impacted.
Full details can be found on their website, highlights below:
‘There will clearly be major impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on all existing awards from UKRI. We will work with the many institutions affected to understand the full extent of the issues and we will discuss these with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and other government departments.
We are planning that UKRI funding programmes will continue, but we will work to identify any impacts on specific calls or research disciplines. Our funding systems – Je-S, IFS and _connect – are operating as normal. We will review our call deadlines and, if required, extend or reopen calls in light of the impact of coronavirus. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate Council or fund. We will continue to receive and decide quickly on grants relevant to the management and follow-up of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘No-cost’ extension requests to grants impacted by coronavirus will be allowed.’
Innovate UK has allocated funding to support businesses through the Covid-19 lock-down. Advisers from the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and Innovate 2 Succeed (i2s) programme will provide up to five days of free bespoke assistance to businesses that under normal circumstances would be innovating and growing but are currently under stress. If you know of a business that needs help, contact Elaine Kearney on email@example.com.
Measures announced by government:
This guidance will assist employers and businesses with advice on:
House of Common Library – Support for Small Businesses:
ICC: General considerations: Force Majeure clauses in commercial contracts
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses, investors and markets of all size are facing uncertainty. This document outlines general considerations to be taken into account for users involved in commercial contractual relations and compliments ICC’s revised Force Majeure clauses for 2020. Click here to find out more.
ESA – Open Call for Proposals “Space helping UK on COVID-19 and other pandemics”
This Open Call for Proposal, setup in cooperation with the UK Space Agency (UKSA), is calling for activities to facilitate the quick integration and deployment of concrete and sustainable solutions to contribute to help alleviate the stress on the UK healthcare ecosystem provoked by the COVID-19 outbreak, making use of the different advantages provided by space-based products and services.
Matrixni.org has set up a collection of resources specifically for companies based in Northern Ireland – click here to visit their site.
For government-backed resources for startups in Europe impacted by Coronavirus, including grants, loans, and other measures, see this fantastic resource from Sifted.eu – ‘Support measures for startups affected by Coronavirus’