Government Support

Government Support


Small Business Leadership Programme

This is one of two programmes announced today, 3rd August to help improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills during the economic recovery.

The ‘Small Business Leadership Programme’ will focus on strengthening decision-makers’ leadership skills, so they can address management challenges which have arisen during lock-down, like remote working. The programme will equip business leaders with the confidence and leadership skills to plan for the future of their business and ensure that they are able to recover.

Link to the Small Business Leadership Programme

Peer Networks Programme

The second programme, the ‘Peer Networks Programme’ will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills, through a series of guided exercises. Participants will take part in sessions where common Covid-19 related business challenges will be discussed, like finding new customers and using technology such as customer record management and websites to adapt a business model. Members of the programme will be given skills in leadership and management as well as sales and marketing to tackle these challenges head-on while growing their business.

Link to the Peer Networks Programme

Link to the government announcement for both programmes

£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

A new grant has been announced by government of between £1k and £5k for SMEs to  access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice link.

The grant will be available through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), details on how to apply will follow once they are available.

More small businesses able to apply for government loan scheme

The government has announced that the number of small businesses eligible to apply for the loan under CBILS will be increased.  Details on how to apply will be published later, more information can be found here

Businesses in the countryside and coastal areas – guidance

The government has provided advice and guidance to support businesses in the countryside and coastal areas to help them welcome visitors back.

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Summer Statement 2020

The Chancellor’s statement provided an update on some of the support already announced and introduced some additional measures though details will follow, visit A plan for jobs 2020 for more information.

In summary:

  • A one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021
  • A new Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24
  • Funding for employers who provide trainees with work experience, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee
  • A new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021
  • A £2 billion Green Homes Grant, providing at least £2 for every £1 homeowners and landlords spend to make their homes more energy efficient, up to £5,000 per household
  • A new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme to encourage people to eat out. This will be a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on meals, at any participating restaurant, café, pub or other eligible food service establishment
  • From 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021, to support businesses and jobs in the hospitality sector, the reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply.  Further guidance on the scope of this relief will be published by HMRC in the coming days.

Creation of five business-focused groups

The Government has announced five business-focused groups to support growth and create jobs to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic:

  • The future of industry: How to accelerate business innovation and leverage private sector investment in research and development
  • Green recovery: How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions
  • Backing new businesses: How to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale a business
  • Increasing opportunity: How to level up economic performance across the UK, including through skills and apprenticeships
  • The UK open for business: How to win and retain more high value investment for the UK

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Working safely

The government has issued guidance on working safely to support the safe reopening of businesses.  This includes 5 steps and 8 sector guides like shops and branches, restaurants offering takeaway or delivery, factories, plants and warehouses.

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Farmers, landowners and rural businesses

The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Government guidance

The Government has produced a range of information tailored to cover various subjects as we recover, here are some of those links:

Government webinars

A comprehensive series of webinars have been produced by government covering many topics in preparing to recover, some of the subjects include:

  • Vehicles
  • Construction and other outdoor work
  • Labs and research facilities
  • Offices and contact centres
  • Homes

To see these and many more click here

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