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An overview of government support available

Government schemes and support for businesses affected by coronavirus

Overview of government schemes and support

Loan schemes

Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS)

The RLS supports access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.

More about the scheme

Bounce Back Loan (BBL)

This scheme is now closed. Lending was available from £2k to £50k over 6 years for businesses impacted by coronavirus. 

Understanding your BBL

BBL information on Gov.uk

Bounce Back Loan Top-Up

This scheme is now closed. If you’d borrowed less than 25% of the annual turnover on your BBL application, top-ups were available.

Bounce Back Loan Top-Up

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

This scheme is now closed. Loans of up to £5 million and no interest payments for 12 months were available.

Understanding your CBIL

CBILS information on Gov.uk

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

This scheme is now closed. Loan Terms and Revolving Credit Facilities were available to support businesses with a group turnover of over £45m.

CLBILS information on Gov.uk

Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus through the purchase of their short-term debt.

CCFF information on Bank of England

 

Grant funds

Lockdown grants announced in England

Additional one-off grants will be available in England to support businesses impacted by coronavirus through the latest restrictions. Find out more on Gov.uk.

Government grants in England

Strategic Business Framework Fund

Additional one-off grants will be available in Scotland to support businesses impacted by coronavirus through the latest restrictions. Find out more on Gov.scot.

Government grants in Scotland

Grants and funds in Wales

Additional support will be available in Wales, if your business is impacted by coronavirus through the latest restrictions. Find out more on Gov.wales.

Welsh government support

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The government has announced an extension to the SEISS grant.

If you're self-employed and have been affected by coronavirus, you may be able to apply for two grants up until the end of May 2021. Check your eligibility and how to claim on the government website.

SEISS information on Gov.uk

Tax and rates

If you can’t pay your tax bill on time

You may be able to delay some tax payments without paying a penalty, if you're unable to pay on time because you've been affected by coronavirus.

More information on Gov.uk

Business rates relief

If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, or a nursery, you may be eligible for business rates relief.

Check your eligibility

Your employees

Furloughing staff

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is for staff being furloughed. You can find out more about this scheme, and if you qualify, on the government website.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Details

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to coronavirus

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.

Find out about SSP

Find government support

Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for.

Support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors.

Find government financial support

Struggling financially?

If your business is facing tough times, our guidance could support you to work through the impact. 

Guidance if you're not based in England

Guidance and support may be different from England, if your business is based in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (NI). Find the latest information for your country below.

Businesses in Scotland

View the latest guidance

Businesses in Wales

View the latest guidance

Businesses in NI

View the latest guidance

BBL, CBILS and CLBILS are managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA.

Visit british-business-bank.co.uk.

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