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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.

Economic Resilience Fund​

The Welsh Government is making a further package of business support available through the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF). The ERF will provide support in the form of cash grants for businesses, social enterprises and charities and associated supply chain businesses that have experienced or will continue to experience a material negative impact as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. 

The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) for the period 1 of May 2021 to 30 of June 2021 directly impacted by the restrictions in place from the beginning of the period.

View guidance and apply for the economic resilience fund ​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​ 

Restrictions Business Fund

Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) Linked Grants

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 12 March 2021, two new Non Domestic Rate linked grants are being introduced: 

  • The additional support will help businesses in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and non-essential retail sectors that pay non-domestic rates and will operate as a top up to the Restrictions Business Fund. 
  • This will see an eligible business with a rateable value of £12,000 or less receive an extra £4,000 grant payment. 
  • Firms with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £500,000 will receive £5,000. 
  • The funding, which will help businesses with their costs up to 31 March 2021, will be available to firms regardless of the number of employees and ensures micro businesses benefit from the support. 
  • Businesses that pay non-domestic rates and have already received a payment from the Restrictions Business Fund do not need to take action and will receive a further payment in March 2021.

However, businesses that have not registered can submit an application using the form below. The application window will close at 5pm on 31 March 2021. ​

The Extended Restrictions Business Fund has now closed to new applications.

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 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.​