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.
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.
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
Small business grants and retail, hospitality and leisure grants
Government advice and financial support for charities
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?
If your business is able to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you can read the technical and regulatory standards here Technical Specifications for PPE.
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.
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
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:
- NHS Every Mind Matters and their 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus.
- Public Health England guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus.
- Devon Mind.
- Mind in Somerset.