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

The Government has introduced new grant schemes to help businesses which were required to close temporarily due to the national restrictions which were in place from 5 November to 2 December.

These are the:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant
  • Additional Restrictions Grant


Find out more and apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant or an Additional Restrictions Grant

Opening businesses safely

Northamptonshire is in Tier 2 of the Government's coronavirus alert system. Find out how the current coronavirus restrictions affect businesses

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

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 to create new job placements

Businesses 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

Reset Restart programme

Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, the Reset Restart programme aims to help people transform, future-proof or grow their business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The programme offers a range of free webinars offering practical, jargon-free training and advice on a range of topics, including product and service innovation, marketing, finance and new business models.

Find out more information about Reset. Restart

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 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