Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Help for Businesses

Dedicated Covid-19 Helpline for Powys residents and businesses.
Telephone number 01597 827462  Open 9am - 1pm
Find out about Grants and Reliefs, Benefits and Awards, Managing your Money and Debt Advice, and other help and support.

Financial support is being provided to businesses affected by the firebreak action.

Lockdown Business Fund Lockdown Business Fund

For the latest information on the support available from Welsh Government for small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak visit:

Or you can call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000.

For the very latest updates from UK Government on support for businesses please visit:

Find financial support for your business here:


Funding Schemes

Economic Resilience Fund

Phase 3 Business Development Grant. Wider support to secure jobs and help businesses develop.

Check if your business can apply here:

Open from: 26th Oct 2020        

Sport and Leisure Recovery Fund

Support for sports clubs, local authority leisure centres, independent providers & sporting events 

Find more information here:  Sport Wales Website

Open from: Oct 2020        

Be Active Wales Fund

Protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk and need support - £300-£5,000

Prepare clubs and community organisations or groups to restart, respond to, or grow participation, in direct response to Covid-19 - £300-£50,000

        Open now        

Job Support Scheme

To protect jobs where businesses are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Job Support Scheme factsheet

Open from: 1st Nov 2020        

Closes: 1st May 2021

Freelancer Grant Applications - Phase 2 open

This is a grant to provide financial assistance to freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors that are facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

To find out more or to apply go to our Freelancer Grant page      

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) -Second Grant

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant of up to £7,500 -

Open Now        

Closes: 19th Oct 2020

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension - Third Grant

Self-employed people who are currently eligible for the SEISS and are actively continuing to trade but are facing reduced demand due to COVID-19.

Two grants available from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three-month period.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension Factsheet

Open from: Nov 2020

Closes: April 2021

Kickstart Scheme to Create New Jobs for Young People

Funding aimed to create high quality six-month work placements for those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are thought to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Minimum of 30 placements -

Open now        

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for some of your employee's wages if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of Covid-19 -

Open now        

Closes: 31st Oct 2020

Universal Credit

For those not eligible for the business or self-employment income support schemes or SSP, you may be eligible for Universal Credit.

Open now        

Bounce Back Loan

Help for smaller businesses to access finance more quickly due to Covid. No fees or interest for the first 12 months - £2,000 to £50,000

Full details

        Open now        

Coronavirus Future Fund

Loans for innovative companies - £125,000 to £5 million

        Open now        

Development Bank of Wales

Flexible finance to suit all business types -

Open now        

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Loans for small and medium companies - up to £5 million

British Business Bank website

Open now        

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

£50 million to £200 million        

Open now        

Protection for businesses who miss rent payments

Support to stop business evictions this year - 

Closes: 31st Dec 2020

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

For small and medium sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to current or former employees.

Open now        

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

HMRC Debt Repayment Plan for your Outstanding Taxes or call the HMRC helpline 0800 024 1222

Open now        

HMRC help line for the self-employed and businesses who will be struggling due to COVID19.

Advice on tax and benefits you can claim for: 0300 456 3565.

Open now        

Voluntary Services Emergency Fund

Grants to support not for profit organisations - £10,000 to £100,000

Open now        

Transforming Towns Grant

Funding to create safe public areas in Powys towns - Up to £10,000

Open now        

Laws and Guidelines


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for individuals and businesses in Wales

Guidance for workplaces and premises:

Welsh Government: Workplace Guidance for Wales

Work carried out in people's homes

Guidance for workplaces and premises open to the public:

Test, Trace, Protect strategy

Guidance on employers' responsibilities to help with COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Help with Starting a Business

Communities for Work+ Powys -Mentors to help people into work or to fund vocational training

Business Wales webinars:Free help to take your business online.

Free practical support and independent advice fornew products, processes and servicesis available from SMARTInnovation. To speak to an advisor please email:

Food Businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Environmental Health

Hospitality, Tourism and Retail

Hospitality and retail businesses: frequently asked questions (COVID-19)

Hospitality businesses and high-risk settings - Keeping customer records. It is the law for hospitality businesses and high-risk settings to ask for the names and phone numbers of customers in case of an outbreak.

Note: The Visitor Economy guidance will be updated over time. You can check for updates on the Welsh Government website. If you have any feedback for Welsh Government, please email


Guidelines for Community Centres:

Third Sector Organisations

For advice and support please see the Business, economy and innovation section of the Welsh Government website

Third Sector / Social Enterprises

Welsh Government

Social Business Wales -

0300 111 5050 or email

The Wales Co-Operative Centre: help for the social business sector in Wales.

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