Information for small businesses during the outbreak

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Information & Resources for your business to survive and then thrive despite the Coronavirus Crisis

Continue to thrive at The Hive – how we will support you throughout the Coronavirus outbreak

Business Resources

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Government and HMRC Resources, Helplines and Advice


£617m top up grants for local small businesses previously excluded

This additional fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. We are asking local authorities to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates. But local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need. The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of local authorities.

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Summary - guidance for business, employers and employees

A summary of all support currently available to business during the outbreak.

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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme. Use this scheme if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.

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Recovery Plan 11th May 2020

The Government has published the provisional next steps out of lockdown, applying to England only.

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Business Support GOV.UK

Small Business Grant Funding

The Government is providing additional funding for Local Authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief.

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Helpline for businesses needing tax advice

HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Call: 0800 015 9559

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British Business Bank

Business Interruption Loans

‘Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme’ has been brought forward and we now expect the new scheme to become available in week commencing 23 March 2020. As well as loans, there are many other types of finance supported by the programme.

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Find coronavirus financial support for your business

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

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Official Guidelines


Coronavirus Guidance

Latest advice and information from the NHS.

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Guides for Employers and Employees

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Guide on social distancing

Guidance is for everyone, including children. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)

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British Chambers / HM Gov

Communications Toolkit

Your support is invaluable in reaching businesses, employers and employees across the UK to reassure them that the Government will deliver help and financial support during this period of unprecedented disruption.

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Complete list of businesses that must close

Complete list of businesses that must shut and those that should stay open. Plus exceptions in both areas and guidelines for work undertaken in people’s homes

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Local Business Resources & Advice

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Conference Call Q&A

This 1 hour long conference call from 20th March, where members of TBC answer questions about COVID-19 support from the Council.

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Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Business Rates Holiday and Grants

The Government has confirmed that we and other councils will be responsible for administering coronavirus rate relief and grants to businesses. Businesses that are eligible for business rate holidays and for grants will be contacted by TWBC by mid April 2020.

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Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Business FAQs about COVID-19 and helpline

Please note that these FAQs will be updated as and when more guidance becomes available on how to access UK government support.
Invicta Helpline for members: 03333 602 300

West Kent Mind

Mental Health must be a priority for all

As this pandemic claims lives and businesses please give generously to this charity that is crucially caring for our mental health.

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Articles or Resources from the BBC and other reputable sources

BBC Article

Wages, sick pay and time off explained

20.3.20. Most of the wages of employees who are not working and otherwise would have lost their jobs, are being covered by the government.

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Enterprise Nation

Get a Hive special rate of £50 & 3 months extra FREE

Get The Hive special rate of £50 per annum and Enterprise Nation are offering 3 months free membership. Please apply coupon code at checkout COVID19ENFREE

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Money Saving Expert

Advice and videos from Martin Lewis

Finance and business advisor Martin Lewis’s take on the Coronavirus and other business advice

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Money Saving Expert

Financial FAQs

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live, and many have questions about what it means for finances, employment and more. Our main coronavirus guides have full info, and are constantly updated.

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Enterprise Nation Blog

Accessing the government's coronavirus support

20.3.20. Dan Martin examines how businesses can access the support outlined in the government’s 2020 Budget and other announcements for dealing with the impact of coronavirus.

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Enterprise Nation

Ask the experts chat room

Pro-active advice on how to keep trading through the epidemic, they aim to get your questions answered in 24 hours.

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Enterprise Nation Coronavirus Hub

Advice on the Bounce Back Loans

4.5.20 – The government’s scheme for quick loans to help small and micro businesses deal with coronavirus has launched. Here’s everything you need to know about the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and how to apply for funding.

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Enterprise Nation Coronavirus Hub

Advice and resources for businesses

This page is to keep you updated of government moves, support schemes for small business, and pro-active advice on how to keep trading through the epidemic.

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Resource hub & grants

Facebook are launching a small business grants programme, they are asking for sign ups now and will contact businesses once they are ready to take applications. This page also has Facebook resources designed for small businesses.

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Useful videos

Actionable advice to help small businesses cope with the cashflow in a crisis like the coronavirus outbreak from Enterprise Nation.

22.4.20 Martin Lewis, Money saving expert’s advice for directors and sole directors of small limited companies.