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Support for local businesses during Covid-19


There has been an overload of information during the current pandemic, it can be difficult to know where to turn for useful advice. We have pulled together the below summary of support avenues available for local businesses, to hopefully help navigate the minefield of information a little easier.

Harborough District Council – Grants for funding

HDC have a dedicated page on their website for business support during Covid-19, with a helpful overview on Government support available at this time.

Importantly, the Small Business Grant Fund forms and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Fund application forms are on there. However, you will be contacted by the Council in the first instance if you’re eligible, before completing these forms.

Eligibility is based on your business rates, and the Council are working their way through the list and will contact you in due course, if they haven’t already.

Click here for the HDC business support page and grant funding applications.

Federation of Small Businesses – Guidance for employers

As well as a whole host of helpful information on support available to SME’s, there are a series of webinars based around numerous Coronavirus support too. These are informative and give a good overview, along with further detail on many topics & common concerns.

The FSB have a fantastic amount of guidance for employers, if you need support with pension contributions, staff wages, apprenticeships, risk assessments, sick pay, employee contracts then head here for plenty of informed guidance.

On the website they also have really useful practical guidance for dealing with employee related issues such as wearing face masks, refusal to work, and your duties as an employer.

Click here for the FSB’s support surrounding Covid-19.

GOV.UK – Business support and funding

In unprecedented times, the Government has taken heightened measures to support businesses. Access to information on employee sick pay, VAT, tax and self-assessments, self-employment, the business interruption loan scheme,

If you’re a larger business (with a turnover between £45m and £500m) then there is also advise on the support loan system in place for you too. Click here for more guidance on CLBILS.

Chamber support

If you have a more specific concern that isn’t covered by any of the above advice, or have any further questions, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our committee has a very broad range of business experience between them, or alternatively we can point you in the right direction with anything we’re unable to answer.

Please contact us via our available methods, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for all the latest Chamber news, advice and support.

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