Financial Support and Advice

> Local Restrictions Support Grant

Find out about the Local Restrictions Support Grant and how to apply

> Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extension 

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now been extended until march 2021. From 1 November 2020 you can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

> Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme has been extended and will provide support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

> HM Government Business Support website

Find information and guidance on the below schemes:
- Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
- Coronavirus Future Fund
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Statutory Sick Pay Rebate
- Time to Pay
- VAT Deferral
- Deferral of Self Assessment payment

You can also use the Business Coronavirus Support Finder that can help find you the right support for your business.

> HMRC's Digital Assistant

You can use the HMRC digital assistant to learn about the various schemes available to help businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.
It can help answer any questions you may have about schemes such as:
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Flexible Furloughing
- Government loan schemes such as Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan

You can also view a range of webinars and videos to help understand these schemes.

> BT Small Business Support Scheme

BT are offering a range of business support including funding ultrafast business connections, start-up bursaries and helping businesses go cashless 

Other Useful Websites 

There are several organisations providing useful advice and guidance to businesses during Covid-19:

> Kent and Medway Growth Hub
> Federation of Small Businesses 
> South East Local Enterprise Partnership  
> Kent Community Foundation

Kent and Medway Growth Hub Business Advice Line

A dedicated Covid 19 telephone helpline is available Monday to Friday 8.30am until 5pm 

Telephone: 03333 602 300

You can also use the Covid-19 Business Support Helpline live chat at the bottom right hand corner of this website so speak to a business advisor from the Kent and Medway Growth Hub