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Coronavirus business support

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Support SchemeSupport Organisations
£10,000 Small Business Support Grant Scheme | NI only
£10,000 grant available to Northern Ireland businesses eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme and businesses with a Net Annual Value of £15,000 and below, who currently benefit from Industrial Derating. 
Department for the Economy (DfE), Land & Property Services (LPS) 
£25,000 Grant for Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Sector Ratepayers | NI only
£25,000 grant for Northern Ireland companies in the retail, hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors with a Net Annual Value between £15,001 and £51,000. 
Department for the Economy (DfE), Land & Property Services (LPS) 
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | UK-wide 
Government will cover 80 per cent of business staff wages, up to £2,500 per employee per month. 
Sports Hardship Fund
£2,000 small grant scheme for sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. 
Sport NI 
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme | UK-wide
Provides a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25m to firms with an annual turnover of between £45m and £500m. 
British Business Bank 
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme | UK-wide
The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will support small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years. 
British Business Bank 
Business Rates Holiday | NI only
Three-month rates holiday for Northern Ireland non-domestic ratepayers (excluding public sector and utilities). 
Land & Property Services (LPS) 
Deferral of Self- Assessment Payment | UK-wide
The Self- Assessment payment on account, that is ordinarily due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 may now be deferred until January 2021. 
Support for Businesses Paying Tax| UK-wide
All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. 
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) | UK-wide
Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months. 
VAT Deferral | UK-wide
The UK government will defer Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the government as normal. 
Statutory Sick Pay Rebate | UK-wide
The UK government is to bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus.  
Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility | UK-wide
The new Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) means that the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies.  
Bank of England 
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