Government Support

The latest Government support for employers, employees and businesses.

 

The latest financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local restrictions guidelines and financial support

Job support scheme - the Government has extended its job support scheme for firms required to close due to Covid restrictions (formerly furlough)

Apprentice support - The Government have introduced payments to support employers who hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021. They will make this payment in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority

Employers who hire a new apprentice between these dates will receive a payment of:

  • £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
  • £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over

Find out more on the government website.

Hire experienced, work-ready apprentices - When you take on new apprentices, consider hiring apprentices who have been made redundant . They already have relevant skills and experience, and they qualify for the incentive payments too.

Support for apprentices facing redundancy - If you’re considering making an apprentice redundant, or you’re aware of employers who are, you can support them by sharing this guidance for apprentices facing redundancy.

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 - Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

View self-employment income support scheme FAQs

Landlords and tenants - Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated. 

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

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