Support for businesses

There is a range of support available to local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Below is information on grants and other places that you can find support.

Restart grants

The restart grant is a mandatory grant to support non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

A single grant will be paid to each eligible business.

Coronavirus job retention scheme

The coronavirus job retention scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.

Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2,500 a month.

Grant levels will be changing from 1 July 2021.

Other financial support for businesses during coronavirus

Support is available for:

If the schemes above don't apply to you

The schemes currently announced by the government will not apply to every business and every employee.

If you do not qualify, you may wish to consider applying for Universal Credit.

Support from Solent LEP

The Solent Growth Hub has a dedicated page to provide the latest government advice. To speak with a business support advisor, please email or call 023 9268 8055.

Look after yourself

These are very stressful times for business owners, employees and those out of work. Please visit our mental health support page for links to organisations that may be able to help you.

General enquiries

If you would like further information on the schemes detailed above, you can contact the Economic Development team by email at