Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Help for Businesses
Dedicated Covid-19 Helpline for Powys residents and businesses.
Telephone number 01597 826345 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: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/
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:https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Find financial support for your business here:
Economic Resilience Fund
Phase 3 Business Development Grant. Wider support to secure jobs and help businesses develop.
Check if your business can apply here: https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/erfphase3
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
Job Support Scheme
To protect jobs where businesses are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
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 - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
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.
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 - https://kickstart.campaign.gov.uk/
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 - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Closes: 31st Oct 2020
For those not eligible for the business or self-employment income support schemes or SSP, you may be eligible for Universal Credit.https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit
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
Coronavirus Future Fund
Loans for innovative companies - £125,000 to £5 million
Development Bank of Wales
Flexible finance to suit all business types - https://developmentbank.wales/
Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Loans for small and medium companies - up to £5 million
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme
£50 million to £200 million
Protection for businesses who miss rent payments
Support to stop business evictions this year - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-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.
Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
HMRC Debt Repayment Plan for your Outstanding Taxes
https://www.gov.uk/difficulties-paying-hmrc or call the HMRC helpline 0800 024 1222
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.
Voluntary Services Emergency Fund
Grants to support not for profit organisations - £10,000 to £100,000 https://wcva.cymru/funding/volunteering-wales-grants-scheme/
Transforming Towns Grant
Funding to create safe public areas in Powys towns - Up to £10,000 https://www.growinpowys.com/transforming-towns
Laws and Guidelines
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for individuals and businesses in Wales
Guidance for workplaces and premises:
Work carried out in people's homes
Guidance for workplaces and premises open to the public:
Test, Trace, Protect strategy
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.
Hospitality, Tourism and Retail
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.https://gov.wales/keeping-records-staff-customers-and-visitors-test-trace-protect
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 email@example.com.
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 https://gov.wales/coronavirus-support-for-the-third-sector
Social Business Wales -
0300 111 5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wales Co-Operative Centre: help for the social business sector in Wales. https://wales.coop/