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Business support available in Norfolk during the coronavirus outbreak

The Government has supplied a series of resources to keep employers up to date on the latest developments and advice on protecting themselves and their employees.

Read the latest government advice for businesses and for self-employed people.

Advice and help available locally

Norfolk businesses who have been affected by coronavirus should seek advice from the New Anglia Growth Hub. Their qualified business advisers are offering free support and advice and can help you to access the support measures put in place by Government.

You can contact them by emailing growthhub@newanglia.co.uk or telephoning 0300 333 6536, Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am - 5pm.

Government support 

The Government has announced a range of business support measures, including:

Cash grants

Cash grants worth £25,000 to retail, leisure and hospitality firms to help them survive the period of turbulence. See the government advice for information.

Small businesses across all sectors of the economy will be able to seek grants worth £10,000. See the government advice for information.

To access these grants, you do not need to do anything as your district/borough/city council (not Norfolk County Council) will contact you if you are eligible. Please note that this funding will not be provided to local authorities by Government until early April.

Business rates scrapped

Business rates (taxes paid on commercial properties) will be scrapped this year for all companies in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. See the government advice for more information.

Self-employed people

The Government has announced a new Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, under which it will pay self-employed people who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years up to £2,500 a month. See the government advice for information.
HMRC will contact eligible people directly - please do not try to contact HMRC at this stage.

Tax Helpline

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more about the tax help line at gov.uk or telephone 0800 0241 222.

Advice from Companies House

Companies House has produced guidance if coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts. Read the Companies House guidance. 

Advice if you're living or travelling abroad

There is Government guidance for British people living or travelling overseas following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the updated travel guidance on gov.uk.

Coronavirus posters, social media images and other resources

We are sharing some helpful coronavirus campaign materials including posters, social media images and postcards relating to coronavirus.

Fire safety

It's important to continue practising fire safety despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

All businesses should review their fire risk assessment and emergency plan in light of the impact of Covid-19 on their staffing levels, operating times, business processes and evacuation arrangements.

For more information read our Covid-19 business fire safety advice.

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