Government support for businesses
The Government has made a full range of business support measures available to UK businesses, employees and the self-employed:
Coronavirus business support
Find financial support
Use the Government's online tool to find support relevant to your business:
Grants for small businesses
Business support on offer through local councils - The schemes announced by the Government relating to both Small Business grants and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants are being dealt with by your local borough or district council:
Scam reported by Northampton Borough Council
Please be aware there are many email scams being circulated by fraudsters at the at the moment. One email scam, purporting to be from your local authority or Gov.UK, asks for bank details in order to claim the business support grant. Do not click on any links or give away any information.
Northampton Borough Council are not sending out such email requests and will ONLY email a business once they have made a claim via
www.northampton.gov.uk/businessreliefgrant. The council may email you for additional information
after you have submitted your claim, but any email will
only come from a @northampton.gov.uk address.
SEMLEP Growth Hub
Advice for businesses in Northamptonshire is being co-ordinated by the SEMLEP Growth Hub:
Keep up-to-date with the latest advice, resources and webinars from
SEMLEP on Twitter.
Business and IP Centre Northamptonshire
The Library Service is offering one-to-one Zoom sessions on taking the first steps to self-employment:
Northampton town centre BID's dedicated page to keep you informed on the latest advice from the government and all related news for the town centre.
Scams - be vigilant
Officers from Northamptonshire Police's Cyber Protect Team have urged businesses to be extra vigilant while working from home:
Friends Against Scams, set up by National Trading Standards, are giving advice about scams:
Free digital and numeracy courses
Want to learn a new skill while at home? Find free, high quality digital and numeracy courses:
HM Revenue and Customs advice
HMRC has established a helpline for the self-employed and businesses affected.
Please call 0800 024 1222 if you need help and advice.
Looking after our mental health
Mental Health Europe have provided 8 top tips to look after our mental health around COVID-19.
8 ways to look after your mental health
Mates in Mind have created guidance on how to work from home effectively for both staff and managers supporting their staff: