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.
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:
Self Assessment customers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill in instalments: https://www.gov.uk/pay-self-assessment-tax-bill/pay-in-instalments
Business Action Cards
Powys businesses looking for help and support on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus have a site for workplace advice.
Although virus case numbers in Powys are falling slowly workplace contacts are still a cause of concern and businesses are being urged to do all they can to stop the spread of the virus, particularly with new variants in circulation.
To help support businesses the Welsh Government have produced a series of Business Action Cards to complement COVID-19 guidance which are now available below.
The business cards provide a clear summary of some of the key points for sector specific businesses to implement to protect themselves, their workforces and people they come into contact with.
The cards cover a range of businesses including, taxis, childminding and nursery settings, food manufacturing, non-food manufacturing and offices.
For more information about COVID-19 testing in Powys, visit the health board's website at www.pthb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing
- Childcare Action Card
- Non Food Manufacturing and Processing Plants Business Action Card
- Office Environments Business Action Card
Hospitality (pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants) - mitigating guidance for Wales has been produced and updated in consultation with the Hospitality sector for Pubs, Bars, Cafes and Restaurants.
This scheme is open, and customers will be able to make an online application to claim the Isolation Payment.
If you have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace, protect service (TTP) and been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to Financial Support.
If you meet ALL of the eligibility criteria, you are entitled to an Isolation Payment of £750
Find the edibility criteria and application form here: Self-isolation support payments
Property Improvement Loans and Financial Assistance
Zero interest loans to make property improvements, for landlords or homeowners.
Improvements may include, energy efficiency measures, repairing defects and even redeveloping empty homes. Loan amounts and repayment terms depend on type of work and may incorporate a processing fee. View our Funding and Advice factsheet [289KB] for useful information.
Transforming Towns Place Making Grant
Support for a wide range of projects, from green infrastructure developments to internal and external commercial and residential improvements for business owners. Under the 2021-22 funding programme, an initial 12 towns have been identified in the region to guide investment. However, project proposals are welcome from any town within the region under the Placemaking grant.
Find more information here: https://www.growinpowys.com/transforming-towns
New incentives for the recruitment of new apprentices
- up to a £3,000 incentive for employing a new apprentice
- up to a £2,600 incentive for re-employing a redundant apprentice
- a £1,500 incentive for employing a disabled apprentice, which can be claimed in addition to the new and redundant apprentice incentives
To find out more please visit the Business Wales Skills Gateway website.
Childcare Offer Small Grant Scheme
Small grants are available for settings who offer the Childcare Offer, each setting can apply for up to £10,000!
Covid-19 has brought new challenges for settings and a lot of settings are spending most of their time in the outdoors!
Did you know that settings have been successful in applying for the following:
- Outdoor hand-washing stations
- Reduced size tuff trays - to allow for sand and messy play!
- Canopies and porches to allow for social distancing
- Wet weather gear
- Wipeable mats & cushions
- Outdoor coat and welly rack
- Outdoor storage
If you need any help with your application, drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Female Entrepreneurship Funding
Loans for female-led businesses looking to start, scale and grow their businesses.
Read more by visiting the Nat West website.
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
Progress clubs and community organisations: to tackle inequality, create long-term solutions to be more sustainable and to take innovative approaches
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
Development Bank of Wales
Flexible finance to suit all business types - https://developmentbank.wales/
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 COVID-19.
Advice on tax and benefits you can claim for: 0300 456 3565.
Voluntary Services Emergency Fund
Grants to support not for profit organisations - https://wcva.cymru/funding/volunteering-wales-grants-scheme/
Laws and Guidelines
Should you wish to repay the Retail, Leisure or hospitality Relief
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for individuals and businesses in Wales
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.
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 email@example.com
The Wales Co-Operative Centre: help for the social business sector in Wales. https://wales.coop/