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Coronavirus: information for businesses and self-employed people

Grants and funding

Government grants

The government allocated £29,318,000 to the council to award grants to businesses meeting the certain criteria. As at 29 June, we have paid £27,315,000 to businesses. The remaining grants will be paid as soon as we obtain details from the remaining qualifying businesses.

Other grants and funding

  • Crowdfunder UK – Pay it Forward are offering 100% free crowd-funding for businesses, sports and social clubs throughout the crisis (i.e. you won’t pay any fees). They’ve also partnered up with Enterprise Nation, who will be providing access to free training and support for business with online sales, marketing and finance
  • Sport England – Community Emergency Fund is targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.
  • Arts Council England has announced a cash injection to help artists, venues and freelancers in the cultural sector, including individuals and organisations.
  • Spotify is working on a tool that will allow artists to fundraise on their Spotify artist profile pages. Artists can sign up to receive more info when it’s available.
  • Help Musicians has created a £5m Coronavirus Hardship Fund to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians (individuals) may be facing.
  • The Society of Authors – Authors Emergency Fund – Applications are open to all types of writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others for whom author-related activities make up a substantial amount of their annual income.
  • Newable is offering free business support to small businesses in Merton.

Business Rates discounts

Financial support from central government

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

The Government Business Support website lists the full range of business support measures available to UK businesses and employees, including:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • Statutory Sick Pay relief for small and medium sized businesses
  • Business Rates holiday for retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • HMRC Time To Pay scheme

Support the NHS contact tracing app

Hospitality, close contact and leisure businesses should display NHS QR code posters to allow customers to check in using the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing smartphone app. They should also maintain records of customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.

Print an NHS QR code poster

Find out more about the NHS COVID-19 app

Maintaining records to support NHS Test and Trace

Report a coronavirus outbreak

Reporting outbreaks in businesses and organisations (GOV.UK)

Advice, information, guidance and support

More local business support

If you are a Merton-based business and you have an issue relating to coronavirus, please contact us via our Coronavirus Business Support form and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Other information from central government