COVID-19

Articles

Business resilience in a COVID-19 world
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela
Becoming an Ebay trader
Moving to a digital shop front can help with the downturn for all retailers at this present time.
Social Media for Business
'Social media' is the general term used to describe websites, apps and platforms whose users can create, submit and share content or participate in so...
guide
Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
Crisis Communication and Management Templates
Manage, plan for, and communicate during your corporate crises with these crisis management plan templates.
Business Continuity Planning
This article explains how to make a continuity plan to ensure that a business can operate as effectively as possible if a serious incident occurs.
guide
A brief guide to business continuity planning
In this short guide, we will explore how you can prepare for the unforeseen with focus on your IT and business-critical systems.
advice
How to check your business pulse
In times of challenge, what are the best business analytics and reports to keep an eye on?
guide
An Introduction to Health & Safety
Every employer must comply with health and safety regulations intended to protect people such as employees, customers or members of the public.

News

Clubs in Crisis Fund Opens for Local Applications ...
Small local grassroots sports clubs and organisations from across the UK can apply now for unrestric...
Reopening businesses and venues in England
This guidance details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.
Closing certain businesses and venues in England
This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England during coronavirus r...
Commercial rents and COVID-19: call for evidence
This supports the government’s decision to review measures on commercial lease evictions established...
Recovery Loan Scheme launched
A new government-backed loan scheme launched last week (6 April) to provide additional finance to th...
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employ...
Advice for pregnant employees on risk assessments in the workplace and occupational health during th...
COVID-19 restrictions posters: 29 March 2021
A poster displaying information about COVID-19 Restrictions in England from 29 March.
Enabling safe and effective volunteering during co...
This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve...
Business rates relief boosted with new £1.5 billio...
Business ratepayers adversely affected by COVID-19 are to get a £1.5 billion discount on their bills...
Maintaining records of staff, customers and visito...
Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact detai...
NHS Test and Trace in the workplace
What to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation...
(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can ...
Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Find out what you can and cannot do.
Government announces latest tranche of funding fro...
Horse racing, rugby league, speedway and drag racing to benefit from latest tranche of government fu...
Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavi...
You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace. Y...
Further support for commercial and residential ten...
Ban on commercial evictions extended to 30 June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May...
Applications Invited for UK Local Environmental In...
Funding is available to charities, community groups, schools, small businesses and other local organ...
Chancellor Announces £5bn Grant Scheme for England...
Grants will be provided to pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses in England hit hardest by t...
Check if your business is eligible for the coronav...
The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) supports businesses that have been required to close d...
Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local...
The Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG (Closed) and LRSG (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4) support bus...
Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local...
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) supports businesses that have been severely impac...
Check if your nightclub, dance hall or adult enter...
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Sector)) supports businesses that have been closed due t...
Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Addit...
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) supports businesses that are not covered by other grant sche...
Check if your business is eligible for a coronavir...
The Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG (Closed) Addendum) support businesses that have been req...
Updates to tax charges when a person is no longer ...
This tax information and impact note is about the tax charge arising when a person is ineligible for...
Recovery Loan Scheme
A new loan scheme to support access to finance for UK business as they grow and recover from the dis...
Swindon less reliant on furloughs
Town has lower take up than most.
Fairford Air Tattoo cancelled
'Too risky' say organisers.
COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021
The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of t...
Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing to get u...
Government boost to rapid workplace testing
New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect corona...
SW business confidence falls
Lloyds report says companies hit badly.
Council joins forces with HSE to crack down on bus...
Swindon Borough Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact 6000 busine...
New Round of Culture Recovery Fund Grants Programm...
Funding is available for cultural organisations in England as they recover from the impact of the co...
Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas - Ro...
Independent cinemas in England whose businesses have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic can a...
Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub Education Confer...
The Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub held a virtual Education Conference where the theme, “Developi...
Nationwide to lead UK recovery group
To rebuild after Brexit and Covid-19.
E-commerce 'to drive packaging growth'
Seen as primary focus for 2021.
COVID-19 - Government support for businesses
Important news from Swindon Borough Council and urgent action required from you.
Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage - Round Two to ...
Organisations and businesses who own, manage or work with heritage in England will have three weeks ...
Find coronavirus financial support for your busine...
Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.
Check if your business is eligible for a coronavir...
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum) supports businesses that have been req...
Chancellor Announces £4.6 Billion Business Lockdow...
A new financial package designed to support retail, hospitality and leisure sectors businesses and p...
National lockdown: Stay at Home
Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do.
New plans set out to transform procurement, provid...
New plans to overhaul procurement rules, cutting red tape and making it easier for smaller businesse...
New Additional Restrictions Grant scheme open for ...
Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 18 Dece...
Check if you're eligible for the Christmas Support...
The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) supports wet-led pubs that have been severely impacted over the ...
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure.
#WiltshireTogether Champions and Wiltshire Police ...
As the county heads towards new Tier 2 restrictions on 2 December, Wiltshire Council's new #Wiltshir...
Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during ...
Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Lo...
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller busi...
Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interrupt...
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) provides financial support to large...
COVID-19 Winter Plan
The government's plan for managing COVID-19 through the winter.
Businesses in England to receive £2.2 billion to s...
Significant grant funding for businesses to be delivered via local authorities across England.
Check if you can claim for your employees' wages t...
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary lea...
New Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme from W...
Wiltshire Council has launched its Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme after receiving over £7 m...
Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during ...
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re emplo...
Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Government extends Furlough to March and increases...
Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of...
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure.
People across Swindon and Wiltshire are being urge...
Wiltshire Police, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council are appealing to the public to take ...
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extens...
The Government is increasing its support to the self-employed over the coming months, ensuring peopl...
Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Supp...
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of t...
New National Restrictions from 5 November
Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and bus...
Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial supp...
The government today announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter...
Wessex Water Recovery Fund
Grants are available to community organisations in the Wessex Water area in the south west of Englan...
Self Assessment customers to benefit from enhanced...
HMRC has increased the threshold for paying tax liabilities to £30,000 for Self Assessment customers...
The Prince's Countryside Fund Opens for Applicatio...
Revenue project funding to support the UK’s rural communities that are dealing with the impact of th...
Funding boost to help healthcare suppliers improve...
Funding boost to help healthcare suppliers improve cyber security.
New medical companies for Corsham
Supplying products against Covid-19 to support the local economy in Corsham.
Tourism and hospitality - can an ERDF Grant help y...
Grants are available to help local SMEs recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
NHS COVID-19 app launching this week
Wiltshire Council urges the local community to download new NHS Covid-19 app.
Funding for Youth Volunteering Projects Related to...
Short application window opens for volunteering initiatives organised by young people in response to...
ERDF recovery grant open for applications from loc...
Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub announces the opening of the application window.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for emplo...
Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations...
Furloughing scheme to end soon
Companies advised to plan ahead to avoid problems in the near future.
Grants to Ameliorate COVID-19 Pinch Among UK Theat...
Financial support is available for freelance professional theatre workers who are struggling financi...
The Face of Business Inclusion in a Post COVID-19 ...
How the business world needs to and will change in a post Covid-19 world.
Good Energy abandons plan for new HQ
Good Energy blames Covid-19 and effective home-working for the decision.
£20 million nationally in new grants to boost reco...
£20 million new funding to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pande...
Covid-19 antibody testing at Zurich
Company offers benefit to all employees
Swindon Borough Council Coronavirus Business Suppo...
This Government-funded cash grant scheme aims to provide additional support to businesses, charities...
Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Hel...
Find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
Thousands of business advisers to offer free servi...
Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online ...
Government Enhances COVID-19 Future Fund to Benefi...
The Chancellor has expanded a fund for UK start-ups hit by the coronavirus crisis, ensuring those th...
Applying for a moratorium under the Corporate Inso...
How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company, under measures to suppo...
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Vis...
Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and ...
Prime Minister announces easing of lockdown restri...
New social distancing measures and the reopening of certain businesses.
Government provides further halt to business evict...
New code provides support to shops and local firms planning their future recovery with their landlor...
Swindon Borough Council Discretionary Grants Updat...
Firms in Swindon are now able to apply for the Discretionary Grant Fund
Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020. This article explains the detail...
Wiltshire Council's Discretionary Grant Scheme lau...
Guidance on Wiltshire Councils new fund is now available online.
featured
Vodafone UK gives small businesses free broadband ...
Vodafone UK has announced that it will give small businesses six months of free unlimited broadband ...
£50m funding for councils to safely reopen non-ess...
High Streets Minister Simon Clarke announced a £50m boost on May 26 for councils across the country ...
Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £...
Government extends maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption L...
Future Fund launched
The government’s £500 million Future Fund opened with innovative and high-growth British businesses ...
Innovate UK Announces COVID-19 Continuity Grants a...
Through this coronavirus business innovation support package, grants and loans are available for exi...
Future Fund Opens to Support High Growth Businesse...
The Government's £500 million Future Fund is now open for applications, with innovative and high-gro...
Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces
The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, tr...
New funding to support dairy farmers through coron...
A new fund will enable eligible dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each to help them o...
The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon C...
Support Wiltshire Community Foundation's Coronavirus fund for voluntary groups.
Bounce Back Loan Scheme opens for applications fro...
Bounce Back Loans target small and micro businesses in all sectors
Top-up to local business grant funds scheme
A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the ...
Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply ...
Cyberwell create e-learning Cyber Security and Dat...
Cyberwell have designed and built an e-learning Cyber Security and Data Management tool that is avai...
GWP Group teams up with engineering company to sup...
A Wiltshire packaging supplier has joined forces with an engineering company from Gloucestershire to...
IPR offers virtual pairing scheme to help policyma...
People working in policy at local, national and international levels can now apply for the IPR virtu...
Public urged to flag coronavirus related email sca...
A 'Cyber Aware' campaign and other services have been launched to combat cyber security threats.
Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund
This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies whic...
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step gui...
This guide explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wag...
Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measu...
Billion pound support package for innovative firms...
UK businesses driving innovation and development will be helped through the coronavirus outbreak wit...
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme up and running
The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live today, with businesses able to claim up ...
Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesse...
A government-backed loan scheme for large businesses affected by coronavirus has been expanded to co...
Claim for your employees' wages through the Corona...
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary lea...
Funding schemes for small businesses, social enter...
A list of all non-government organisations provising support to businesses.
COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund Now Ope...
A fund to support the UK's creative community, which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus p...
Wiltshire’s tech-first accountancy firm, Purple Li...
Struggling to cope with lockdown? Purple Lime has shared it's top tips to help businesses stay afloa...
Could you help feed the nation?
The U.K agriculture sector is in trouble with a huge shortage of key workers.
£5 Million COVID-19 Relief Grants for Young Entrep...
The Prince's Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs whose b...
Funding to Help England's Tourism Organisations th...
Funding to Help England's Tourism Organisations through COVID-19 Outbreak
Coronavirus support from sector specific Trade Ass...
Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related suppo...
Apprenticeship Programme Response to Coronavirus (...
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published guidance for apprentices, employers, training ...
National Lottery Community Fund Prioritises COVID-...
The National Lottery Community Fund has issued a statement about its funding priorities over the nex...
Financial support for businesses during coronaviru...
Find out what financial support you can get for your business.
Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interrupt...
This scheme will help large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £...
Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Lo...
This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access fin...
Coronavirus: £1million Defence innovation funding
Funding available for ideas and novel approaches to boost Armed Forces in Coronavirus effort.
COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grants Announced
Cash support will be provided to organisations redistributing food across England during the coronav...
Charities: Covid-19 response
Charities and 3rd sector organisations have seen a dramatic fall in charitable donations whilst expe...
Swindon Borough Council announce £3.25m in grants ...
Swindon Council continuing to provide support
£20 million for ambitious technologies to build UK...
Businesses to help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of coronavirus and similar futu...
Community Emergency Fund
This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing ...
Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facilit...
This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) through the purchase of their ...
Swindon and Wiltshire Businesses asked to help wit...
An urgent call to all local businesses that could manufacture or have surplus PPE to help answer the...
£20 million for ambitious technologies to build UK...
Businesses to help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of coronavirus and similar futu...
Grants to Boost Tools for Vocational Training Duri...
Emergency funding is being offered in support of the UK’s vocational learning sector, enabling those...
New Rural Response Emergency Grants - Mid April De...
Funding for not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolat...
COVID-19: New break in learning flexibility - How ...
Video on the new flexibility in the break in learning rule.
Cash support for food redistribution during corona...
The government has announced a £3 million fund for food redistribution organisations help them cut f...
Chancellor strengthens support on offer for busine...
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is today (Friday 3 April) taking further action to support firms affected...
Almost £400 million to keep England’s buses runnin...
Greater funding to keep bus routes running during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wiltshire businesses receiving much-needed financi...
Around £1.5 million has been issued to small businesses today (2 April 2020), as Wiltshire Council s...
UK Government COVID-19 Support for Businesses
The Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Berne has compiled a summary of UK ...
Chancellor outlines new coronavirus support measur...
26 March 2020 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
COVID-19 Support for manufacturers
From financial and HR support to pro-active supply chain management and strategic planning, we want ...
HM Government Coronavirus Business Support
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
Companies to receive 3-month extension period to f...
Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help compan...
How to access government financial support if you ...
COVID-19 FACT SHEET
Extra protection for businesses with ban on evicti...
Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.
Full guidance on staying at home and away from oth...
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in ord...
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support small and medium-sized businesses with ac...
New technology challenge to support people who are...
£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions...
Coronavirus: advice for farmers and growers
AHDB and other organisations advice and support for farmers and growers surrounding COVID-19.
Chancellor announces workers’ support package
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers as government confirms further measures ...
Financial help for Swindon businesses
A message from Swindon Council to businesses struggling with COVID-19
'Break in learning’ rule suspended for all affecte...
The government will let apprentices to take a “break in learning” if they cannot be assessed due to ...
Tax helpline to support businesses and self employ...
New HMRC helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (C...
Support for Wiltshire businesses affected by COVID...
A coordinated response from Wiltshire Council to tackle some of the issues facing business in the co...
Chancellor announces additional support to protect...
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced unprecedented support for business and workers – to prote...
Wiltshire Council publish a COVID-19 Community Pac...
Support for you and your community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Production and supply of ventilator components
Government is looking for organisations to support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator compo...
Government publishes updated COVID-19 industry gui...
New and updated industry guidance published on limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), follow...
Coronavirus (COVID 19) - Online resources for busi...
A short summary of the online resources available to businesses impacted by COVID 19
COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and bu...
Information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses.
Self-isolation advice
What does self-isolating mean?

Events

Webinar Coronavirus: Help and support for your business
Online event Free
Workshop ONLINE - Social Media Training for SMEs Workshop
Online event £127.12 - 230.62
Webinar WEBINAR: Funding tech startups during the Coronavirus
Online event Free
Webinar Creating a Business that Makes a Difference Webinar
Online event Free
Webinar WEBINAR: Selling Equity during the Pandemic
Online event Free
Featured Webinar WEBINAR: COVID19 – The Impact on World Trade
Online event Free

Community Insights

guide
Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
guide
A brief guide to business continuity planning
In this short guide, we will explore how you can prepare for the unforeseen with focus on your IT and business-critical systems.
advice
How to check your business pulse
In times of challenge, what are the best business analytics and reports to keep an eye on?
guide
An Introduction to Health & Safety
Every employer must comply with health and safety regulations intended to protect people such as employees, customers or members of the public.

Business Support

Business Support Helpline

Get business advice over the phone

Questions or queries?

Send our business advisers an Email