Support for businesses - Coronavirus

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:

Business grants

A new government support package has been launched to help small and medium sized businesses recover from the financial impact of COVID-19.

Small grants, up to a maximum of £5,000, will be available as part of the support package, although most grants will typically be in the range of between £1,000 and £3,000. See the SEMLEP growth hub website for more information.

Local support

   Support is available from your local borough or district council:

University of Northampton

The University of Northampton offers a wide range of business support services to the Northamptonshire community and to the students and staff of the University.

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 BID

See 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.

Returning to premises - water systems

Due to closure of buildings as part of the pandemic response, drinking water systems may have been left stagnant over this period. When buildings reopen after lockdown, it is essential that water systems are not put back into use without considering the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.

Please refer to the guidance below for more detail on steps to take to mitigate these risks: 

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

Homeworking support

Mates in Mind have created guidance on how to work from home effectively for both staff and managers supporting their staff: