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

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 businesses during Covid-19

Financial 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:

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 after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Funding is available following a successful application process. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

Find out more information about the Kickstart scheme

Additional guidance

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 the Government's business support measures. The Growth Hub is funded by the Government and can help directors to navigate the current COVID-19 financial support measures and official guidance, as well as support businesses to work through options if they are not eligible for the schemes.

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 business can be found on the SEMLEP's Growth Hub website


Guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors

Local guidance and advice in a range of languages

Guidance on the  simple actions we can all take to help lower the risk of infection and protect vulnerable people is available in a range of different languages  on the Northamptonshire County Council website.