Business support during the coronavirus outbreak

Find advice and local and national support for your business.

COVID-19 Business Support 

With the situation surrounding COVID-19 constantly changing, we're aware that businesses will have concerns about how it will impact them.

We are here to help and support businesses - get in touch by emailing or message us on Twitter @UDCBusines

Government support

The government have launched a search tool to help you find coronavirus financial support for your business. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants; this support finder will help you to see what support is available for you and your business.

Free business support from BEST Growth Hub

The BEST Growth Hub provides support for new and existing businesses, including:

  • business assessment and adaptation programme to meet new challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis
  • one-to-one business support to help nurture, scale up and adapt businesses
  • grant funding way-finding
  • webinars and training
  • employment opportunities

Free business support from Essex County Council

Get free advice and support for your business to help it grow during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This is a fully-funded service offered by Essex County Council and provided via Back to Business Essex.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

For 'furloughing' workers, the scheme has been extended until March 2021. Check if you can claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and find out how to claim.

Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020. You can pay now or get ready to opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme.

Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check what you need to do after 31 July 2020 if you chose to defer your second Self Assessment payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year.

Apply for more time to file your company's accounts

How to ask Companies House to extend your filing deadline if an unplanned event stops you filing your accounts.

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you're an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

What to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment.

Support for self employed people

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK and have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19) there there is funding and information available to support you

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

The COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) through the purchase of their short-term debt.



► GOV.UK has more information to support businesses

For health professionals, businesses, schools and other organisations on GOV.UK

For food businesses on GOV.UK

For businesses that want to offer takeaway and delivery