As the situation is changing daily, here at the BID our focus is to keep you informed about local and national business support and financial measures as best we can.

FIND CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT FOR YOUR BUSINESS: The Government has set up an interactive support finder online for businesses disrupted by COVID-19. Have a look here.

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION: A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Click here to find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE FOR DIFFERENT WORKPLACES:

BOUNCE BACK LOANS: This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £50,000. Click here to find out more.

CBILS: The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more information.

CLBILS: The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus to access loans of up to £25 million. Click here for more information.

DISCRETIONARY FUND: Charities and small or micro-businesses who were not previously eligible for the business grant scheme set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, can now register for additional support.

B&NES COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES: The Invest in Bath website is updated with all the latest local and national advice. They have also set up a page for alternative funding streams which you can find here.

REGISTER FOR A GRANT: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government announced that there would be support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. For grant information and to apply please visit the Bath and North East Somerset Council website.

WECA: If your business has been impacted by coronavirus, the West of England Combined Authority’s Growth Hub can help answer your queries and signpost you to the latest information and advice. Please visit: wearegrowth.co.uk for regular updates. 

COOL VENTURES: If you need to speak to an advisor about your business, funded one-to-one meetings are available to all B&NES  businesses. Book your meeting here. Cool Ventures are also offering a series of free online workshops to support businesses.

FUTURE BRIGHT is is available to residents who are in any form of paid work – including zero hours contracts and self-employment – in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. To find out more visit www.futurebright.org.uk or phone 0117 456 6964 or email futurebright@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: A list of essential businesses that are operating in Bath city centre can be found here.

HEALTH: Your first port of call for latest information about coronavirus is the NHS website and the latest updates are to be found on the Government website information pages.

TRANSPORT: People are reminded to follow Government advice about travel and avoid non-essential use of public transport. For further travel advice visit the TravelWest website.