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Government schemes and support for businesses

Support for businesses affected by coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS)

The RLS supports access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.

More about the scheme

Bounce Back Loan (BBL)

This scheme is now closed. Lending was available from £2k to £50k over 6 years for businesses impacted by coronavirus. 

Understanding your Bounce Back Loan

BBL information on

Bounce Back Loan Top-Up

This scheme is now closed. If you’d borrowed less than 25% of the annual turnover on your BBL application, top-ups were available.

Bounce Back Loan Top-Up

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

This scheme is now closed. Loans of up to £5 million and no interest payments for 12 months were available.

Understanding your CBIL

CBILS information on

Tax and rates


If you can't pay your tax bill on time

You may be able to delay some tax payments without paying a penalty, if you're unable to pay on time because you've been affected by coronavirus.

More information on

Business rates relief

You may be eligible for business rates relief.

Check your eligibility

Government grant schemes

The government has announced support for businesses affected by coronavirus.


New lockdown grants

Additional one-off grants will be available to support businesses impacted by coronavirus through the latest restrictions. Find out more on

New government grants

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The government has announced an extension to the SEISS grant.

If you're self-employed and have been affected by coronavirus, you may be able to apply for two grants up until the end of May 2021. Check your eligibility and how to claim on the government website.

SEISS information on

Your employees

Furloughing staff

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is for staff being furloughed. You can find out more about this scheme, and if you qualify, on the government website.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme details

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to coronavirus

If you're an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay.

Find out about SSP


Support for larger firms

Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus through the purchase of their short-term debt.

CCFF information on Bank of England

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

This scheme is now closed. Loan Terms and Revolving Credit Facilities were available to support businesses with a group turnover of over £45m.

CLBILS information on

Government guidance

Further information on support for UK businesses can be found on the government website.

Because some elements of business support are devolved, the measures you can access may differ from England if your business is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.


Businesses in Northern Ireland

View the latest guidance

Businesses in Scotland

View the latest guidance

Businesses in Wales

View the latest guidance

Coronavirus guidance and support

We’re here to support your business. See our latest guidance and find out how we might be able to help you.

Coronavirus support
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