Heart of the South West Growth Hub – Newsletter April 2020

Businesses can access a range of Government and local business support to help you with mitigating the impacts of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and to assist with actions to support your business adaption, resilience and recovery. You can find links to the latest information, advice and support on the Growth Hub Covid-19 business support pages on the website here Covid-19 Support for Businesses.

Upcoming webinars
Our Growth Hub Covid-19 page lists upcoming webinars from a range of national and local business organisations. HMRC have a series of webinars about the measures and support available including guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. You may also wish to explore the various webinars on offer through a range of non-government organisations including Chambers of Commerce, FSB, CBI, SWMAS and others. See upcoming webinars.


Heart of the south west LEP - Heart of the South West Growth Hub - Newsletter April 2020

There are a range of measures and schemes available to businesses such as grant funding, business rate relief and loans. You can find out the latest updates on our Growth Hub Covid-19 business support pages and further details on the Government’s Coronavirus Business Support Hub covering how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. See HM Government Coronavirus Business Support.

Support for the self employed
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by Covid-19. The online service you’ll use to claim is not available yet. HMRC will aim to contact you by mid May 2020 and will make payments by early June 2020. In the meantime, HMRC have published detailed guidance which continues to be updated. Read the guidance here Claim a grant through the coronavirus (Covid-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

Small business grants and retail, hospitality and leisure grants
Local authorities have now contacted businesses eligible for a small business grant or a retail, hospitality and leisure grant by email or letter. If you have been contacted, please ensure you respond. If you feel you may be eligible but have not received contact from your Local Authority, then please look at the Covid-19 business support pages of your Local Authority or District council for details on how to apply. Detailed guidance about the grant schemes are here should you wish to know more Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – guidance for businesses .

Government advice and financial support for charities
Last week the Government announced a £750 million package of support for charities, including:

  • £370 million to support small local charities working with vulnerable people
  • Up to £200 million to support hospices.

Read the guidance on running your charity during the coronavirus outbreak and find a link to information on the financial support available here Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector.

Can your business offer Covid-19 support?
The Government is calling on businesses to help with the response to Covid-19 in a range of ways, from providing hotel rooms to designing medical equipment. Find out about the types of help needed and use the Government online tool to offer support here Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business.

If your business is able to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you can read the technical and regulatory standards here Technical Specifications for PPE.

Heart of the south west LEP - Heart of the South West Growth Hub - Newsletter April 2020

Other National and Local Support for Business

We have recently launched our Business Recovery Support. The service provides you with an opportunity to speak to an adviser about your business and business recovery options. You may wish to explore various actions to support your business with adaption, resilience and recovery considering Covid-19 impacts on your business. You must be a business based within Devon, Plymouth, Somerset or Torbay.

Apply for Business Recovery Support

Grant funding and assistance to social enterprises
Social enterprises can access local and national grant funding and other assistance to help through the outbreak. For details visit

Job opportunities
The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is recruiting for a full-time Marketing Officer, Business Intelligence Officer (both based in Exeter, Devon) and Business Support Advisor (based in Chelston, Somerset). For more information and to apply visit Job vacancies.

Look after your mental wellbeing 
The coronavirus outbreak is impacting all our lives, both at home and in our businesses, which can leave us feeling stressed, anxious, worried or low. It’s important to take care of your mental health and wellbeing, and to get further support if you need it. Here are some resources and organisations that can help:

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