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Other Financial Support for Businesses

Current Business Support
Measure Description Mechanism Update (13.8.2021)
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides support to the self-employed and has been extended for a fourth and fifth grant.

A fifth grant covering May 2021 to September 2021 will be open to claims from late July 2021.

The grants are taxable income and also subject to National Insurance contributions.

Find out who can claim, what this grant extension covers and how to apply on the government website. You can now claim the 5th grant on or after the personal claim date HMRC has given you
Job Retention Scheme

HMRC will provide grants to business to cover the wages of people on furlough or flexible furlough – 80% of salary to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced and you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your furloughed employees’ wages. To be eligible for the grant you must continue to pay your furloughed employees 80% of their wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month for the time they spend on furlough.

Employers will pay National Insurance and pension contributions for the hours the employee does not work.

Complete online claim application Scheme extended until 30 September 2021.
Statutory Sick Pay SMEs can be refunded cost of sick pay for up to 14 days for an individual Applications will be with HMRC. No update
Future Fund: Breakthrough
This programme makes equity co-investments with private sector investors in growth stage R&D-intensive British companies operating in breakthrough technology sectors. The minimum total investment round size is £30m. The maximum Future Fund: Breakthrough share of an investment round is 30%. Read more about the Future Fund: Breakthrough New scheme open for applications
Grants for Social Enterprise

There are several regional and national schemes operating, for example by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Kent Community Foundation.

Find out more on our Coronavirus Funding page No update
Reduced VAT for tourism and hospitality sectors

The VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sectors will remain at 5% until 30 September 2021, a 15% reduction.

It will then be set at 12.5% between 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022

Read more on the gov.uk website No update
Time to Pay - Extra time for tax Individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities will be able to access support to agree a bespoke 'time to pay' arrangement. Apply to HMRC through their helpline on 0800 0159 559 No update
Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme provides continued access to finance once the existing Coronavirus loan schemes close, providing support to recover and grow. Once received, the finance can be used for any legitimate business purpose.

Term loans and overdrafts will be available between £25,001 and £10 million per business. Invoice finance and asset finance will be available between £1,000 and £10 million per business.

Read more on the gov.uk website

The scheme launched on 6 April and is open until 31 December, subject to review. Loans will be available through a network of accredited lenders.
Film & TV Production Restart Scheme

The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme will help productions across the country that have been halted or delayed by an inability to obtain insurance for Covid-19 related risks to get back up and running, by giving productions the confidence they need that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to Covid-19.

Read more on the gov.uk website The registration deadline for this scheme has been extended to 23:59 GMT on 31 October 2021, and claims will be able to be submitted up to 23:59 GMT on 31 March 2022 for losses incurred up until 23:59 GMT on 31 December 2021.
Bank Support Other private banks are making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 Contact your banking provider No update
Apprenticeship hiring incentive

Up to £3,000 payments to support employers who hire new apprentices

Read more and apply at the gov.uk website

This scheme has been extended to September 2021
Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance

If you’re getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can also apply online for Universal Credit.

Alternatively, if you’re unable to claim Statutory Sick Pay and are self-isolating because of Coronavirus (or have other health conditions), you may be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance.


View more information on claiming Universal Credit


View more information on claiming ESA
No update
Eviction freeze

Commercial tenants who miss a rent payment will be protected from eviction. This protection will last until 25th March 2022.

This is an automatic protection for all businesses The commercial eviction freeze has been extended until 25 March 2022.
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