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COVID-19 Support for Business

Ther​e is a range of financial assistance available to businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Restrictions Business Fund

​​​​The Welsh Government has launched the Restrictions Business Fund to support businesses that have been directly impacted by the additional restrictions put in place on the 4th December to control the spread of Covid-19.

The purpose of the grant is to provide businesses with cash flow support and to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions introduced. The grant seeks to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.​

Find out more and apply for a Restrictions Business Fund​ grant​

How to repay Covid-19 Business Rates Discounts

If you have been granted the 1 year holiday break from Business Rates due to Covid 19 but want to repay that money please visit the website​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Kickstart Scheme

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work ar completing the scheme.

Funding is available for: 

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week 

  • Associated employer National Insurance contributions 

  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions 

More information on the Kickstart Scheme​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Job Retention Scheme

​All UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. For more information please read the GOV.UK guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Support for SMEs with a turnover of up to £45m with access to working capital (including loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance) of up to £5 million in value and for up to 6 years. Find out more about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window.​

Self Employed Income Support Scheme

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per mon​th for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.  For more information please read the GOV.UK guidance on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window.

Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021.  This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged in the deferral period. 

Deferred VAT payments

Support is in place for businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months.  The deferral will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.  Read the GOV.UK guidance on deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window.

Emergency funding for TV and Digital 

Emergency TV Development Fund

The Emergency TV Development Fund ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window Aims to provide immediate financial support for indigenous independent production companies during the Coronavirus crisis. 

Support will be available for companies to utilise the time, during which production cannot take place, to develop projects which will put them in a stronger position to secure commissions once a normal mode of working resumes. 

Emergency Digital Development Fund ​

The (EDDF) fund​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window will provide immediate financial support for games, animation, digital agencies and creative digital businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. Aiming to support the retention of Intellectual Property (IP) by indigenous companies which, in turn, will help them to grow, and also to enable digital creative companies to develop new services and improve or introduce new platforms for digital content. 

£1.4bn business support package to help businesses across Wales

This s​upport matches the measures in England providing a much needed boost for small businesses struggling to cope with the impact of the Coronavirus crisis.

Business Rate Relief 

The Business Grant Scheme has now closed to new applications. If you submitted an application or email prior to 5pm on 30th June it will still be progressed.

All ​​retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £500,000 or less will receive 100% non-domestic rates relief for 2020-21. This will be administered automatically through the Council’s Rate Scheme and will apply automatically.

In addition to the business rate relief scheme, the Welsh Government has announced that an additional £850m will be made available through a new grant scheme for businesses. This will mean that all businesses, which are currently eligible for small business rates relief, that is those with a rateable value up to £12,000, will receive a grant of £10,000. If you believe you are an eligible business complete the application form and follow the processes outlined.

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The scheme will support loans of up to £1.2 million in value. This new guarantee will initially support up to £1 billion of lending on top of current support offered through the British Business Bank.

This will be available to businesses in Wales via the banks.

For further information on the scheme, businesses should monitor the British Business Bank’s website.

Development Bank of Wales

The Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales have announced the £100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Scheme will be available from the Development Bank of Wales for a limited period. It is intended to provide support to businesses who are experiencing cash flow difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

The loan scheme will work alongside the UK wide Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​, other Welsh Government and UK Government support offers, providing more vital options for Welsh businesses.​

Development Bank of Wales will be offering all its business customers a three-month capital repayment holiday to help them manage the financial fallout from the virus.

For further information please visit the Development Bank of Wales website or call 0800 587 4140.

Bank of England Agency for Wales Covid-19 and Support for Business

On Tuesday 17 March the Bank and HMT announced a Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new windowto provide additional help to firms to bridge through Covid 19-related disruption to their cash flows. View the exchange of letters between the Governor and the Chancellor​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​ ​(which sets out who is responsible for what).

On 11 March the Bank also announced a large package of measures to help keep firms in business and people in jobs and to help prevent a temporary disruption from causing longer-lasting economic harm. The package​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window was coordinated across the Bank’s areas of responsibility and announced on the same day as the Government’s budget​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​.  


For further support and business advice please contact Business Wales on: 03000 6 03000

Detailed information can be accessed on the Business Wales website​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window.

A short FAQ on business support is available​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window on the Invest in Cardiff website.​