COVID-19 Support for Business

Coronavirus business support measures  


Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.  Use this simple business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business. START HERE

Omicron related Support Grants

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England that have been impacted by Omicron will be able to access grants of up to £6,000 as a one-off support payment from their Local Authority. Grants will be awarded per premises depending on rateable value

• Hospitality (defined as accommodation, food & beverage services) and leisure premises will benefit from targeted grant support up to £6000 depending on the rateable value.

• £100 million of additional funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses in their area, based on local economic need.

The above grants will be administered by your local authority, details will be available in the coming weeks. There is no need to contact the council at this stage. You can read more from Kingston Council here

Kingston Green Business Challenge

Grants up to £2,000 and Green Mark certification for up to 15 businesses – apply by 30 December. Read More

RAISE Fund for Growth and a Greener economy

Grants up to £25,000 – closes 16 January. Read More

Culture Recovery Fund

£30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund, enabling more cultural organisations in England to apply for support during the winter

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate scheme (SSPRS)

Government will also reimburse small and medium-sized businesses (less than 250 employees) for the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences, for up to 2 weeks per employee. Claims can be made from mid-January 2022. Find out more here.

Support your employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Employers up and down the UK are being asked to encourage employees to be vaccinated. Organisations play a vital role in helping to promote a positive vaccination message to make sure workplaces are safe. Read More

Kickstart Scheme

Now closed for new applications and all recruitment for those approved on the scheme must be completed by 31st March 2022.

The Kickstart Scheme offers 6-month work placements aimed at young people (aged 16 to 24) who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.
Funding is available for each job to cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the 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. Find out more here. 


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