Government Advice and Guidance

The latest Government advice and support for employers, employees and businesses, and how to apply for the Government grants.

Reopening your business - click here for advice and resources to help you safely reopen your business 

Working safely - view government guidance on working safely during the pandemic

Financial support - the latest information on financial support for businesses can be found here

Test and trace - download the test and trace workplace guidance here

We are working with the government on its financial packages for Dudley borough businesses which include:

  • A full year of 100% Business Rate relief for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses and nurseries
  • Grants of £10,000 for most businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of up to £15,000
  • Grants of £25,000 for businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. 

Dudley Council officers are working hard to identify businesses that qualify for this money.

If you believe you may be entitled to either of the above grants, please complete the online form

Full details on the grant funding can be found here

To support the measures set out above, we took the decision to cancel our scheduled Business Rates Direct Debit on 1st April. This allowed us to recalculate bills reflecting the new Business Rate relief where eligible. For businesses that still have a Business Rates liability, we will reschedule Direct Debits over the remainder of the year and will publish further detail on this when we have it.

Furlough scheme - information on the furlough scheme which has been extended until October 2020 can be found here

Bounce back loans - the government has announced that small businesses can apply to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with the cash arriving within days. Find out more

Self-employment - view government guidance regarding the self-employment income support scheme

View self-employment income support scheme FAQs

Useful links

You can find further support and advice via the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/ 

www.blackcountrychamber.co.uk/campaigns-projects/covid19-business-support

www.fsb.org.uk

bcgrowthhub.com/coronavirus-covid19

access2business.co.uk 

www.british-business-bank.co.uk