Guidance and support for businesses

A range of support is available to businesses at this time. For the latest information, please visit the Government Business Support website

West Northamptonshire Council distributes government-funded grants to businesses which have been required to close or which have otherwise been significantly impacted by the restrictions.  

Find out more about the grants that are available to support businesses

Opening businesses safely

Businesses have a legal responsibility to protect employees and other people on site.

Find out the latest guidance and advice for running a business during Covid-19

Business support

Businesses and self-employed people across the UK can quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic by using this Coronavirus Business Support Finder  

You can find out about some of the other sources of support here:

National Kickstart Scheme 

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

Find out more information about the Kickstart scheme

Support from SEMLEP's Growth Hub

Business owners can contact the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Growth Hub to speak to an adviser directly about support measures.

Advice and support includes assisting businesses with their continuity planning and overall business resilience. The free service can be reached on email at

More information on the support available for businesses can be found on SEMLEP's Growth Hub website

Employment and skills support

The coronavirus pandemic has regrettably impacted people and businesses and as a result, some people find themselves now seeking new employment or needing to develop their skills.

To help people navigate the multiple offers of support, guidance and training, SEMLEP has launched a local employment and skills support directory


Skills Support for Redundancy from Serco

The Skills Support for Redundancy programme helps people access funded training that enables people to upskill or retrain and get back into the workforce. 

Find out more about the Skills Support for Redundancy Programme