COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Advice and grants for businesses

If you run a business in the city, the current COVID-19 situation is likely to be very concerning. A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

Please see below for further information. If you are still unsure what COVID-19 support is available or would like to speak to Coventry City Council about business support, please complete this form.

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Government and West Midlands Combined Authority support and advice

The Government has announced a series of measures to significantly increase the economic support available to businesses and workers during coronavirus. These measures include unlimited loans and guarantees to support firms and help them manage staff wages and cashflow through this period.

Coventry City Council business support specialists are in daily contact with UK Government and other strategic partners to ensure that our businesses can quickly get access to the support that is being made available. Specific local updates will be posted here as and when they are available.

To receive alerts of the latest updates, please connect with our LinkedIn page, follow our Twitter account and subscribe to our business newsletter.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) recovery guidelines for businesses

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy has now been released. The Government, in consultation with industry, has also produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible, this includes 8 guides that cover a range of different types of work:

  1. Construction and other outdoor work
  2. Factories, plants and warehouses
  3. Homes
  4. Labs and research facilities
  5. Offices and contact centres
  6. Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
  7. Shops and branches
  8. Vehicles

Transport and travel options in and around Coventry:

Workplace Action Cards by Public Health

Public Health England has released action cards for businesses that summarise the steps that should be taken to manage a possible outbreak of COVID-19. The Action Cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation.

Action cards are available for each of the following business types:

  • Arts, heritage and cultural venues
  • Cinemas, theatres, comedy venues and music venues
  • Construction and outdoor work
  • Dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers
  • Hairdressing, barbershops, beauty and nail bars, makeup, and tattoo and spray tanning studios
  • Manufacturing of food and other large processing plants
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways
  • Shops and branches
  • Spas, sports and massage therapy, wellbeing and holistic centres

Download a resource pack containing the action cards.

Business rates holiday scheme

Business rates - New business rates bills are being calculated to reflect the revised business rates relief guidance announced by Government on 18 March. These will be issued to business ratepayers as soon as possible. For those paying by Direct Debit, if it is not possible to issue the new bill before your first instalment falls due in April, we will take steps as far as possible to ensure that no funds are taken from your account until your new bill has been issued. For those eligible businesses that do not pay by Direct Debit we will take no recovery action if you miss you first payment so as to allow time for the new bill to be issued. We will actively identify eligible businesses and there is no need to contact us at this stage.

Read the advice from HM Government.

Hospitality businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many city businesses in the hospitality sector, such as pubs and eating establishments, have been closed for the lockdown period and will now be open from 4 July.

Find out how we are supporting the reopening of hospitality businesses.

Food businesses providing delivery/takeaway services

Businesses may look to change their business model and diversify in order to maintain their business.

Advice for businesses that are looking to make provision for takeaways and deliveries where they have not done so before.

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

HMRC invites the hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out. Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out. Read further information.

Following the announcement, HMRC has published posters, images and other promotional materials for use by establishments who are taking part in the scheme.

Support for Council suppliers

Information and support for Council suppliers.

PPE support

If you are a social care or health organisation, then prior to seeking support with emergency PPE from the Council, you must seek supplies of PPE from your usual suppliers. If these suppliers are not able to meet your requirements, then you are required to contact suppliers listed on our PPE support page.

Guidance for businesses who are permitted to remain open

Guidance for businesses who are permitted to remain open, including an overview of the advice to businesses from Government and the NHS. This includes advice on how to keep your employees safe and how to clean workplaces safely.

Match-fund grant for culture and sports sector through Crowdfunder

Urgent funds are being made available to cultural and physical activity-based organisations and small businesses in Coventry to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.

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