Richmondshire District Council

Coronavirus - Advice for businesses


To find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply, visit the Government's dedicated Coronavirus Business Support website.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is now available through participating lenders. CBILS is a new scheme, announced by The Chancellor at Budget 2020, that can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. For more information on the scheme visit the British Business Bank website.   

Government advice

For the latest UK Government guidance for businesses and employers, please visit the GOV.UK COVID-19 guidance for employers web page. For an update on the support available for businesses visit the GOV.UK website

Click on the link for the latest HM Treasury guidance on the Budget 2020 support for those affected by COVID-19. Further details will be shared here as they are issued.  

See the latest from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK government response pages.

Business support resources

For a quick reference summary of where to check what support is available and how it will be delivered, see this briefing note from the Local Enterprise Partnership. More information will be available from Monday 23rd March on the lending schemes -please check back here and keep up to date with the relevant websites. 

There is also a useful list of business support helplines on this summary contact sheet.  

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Business Growth Hub has developed a range of resources and guidance to ensure businesses feel supported and are prepared to act quickly as the situation unfolds. For access to advisors and guidance on contingency management, visit the Business Growth Hub's dedicated Coronavirus support page

How's Business has also launched a Coronavirus support page including where to find advice for small businesses. Sign up to the How's Business mailing list for regular updates.

BEIS and The Business Growth Hub are hosting a series of live business support webinars, with a panel of expert speakers and the opportunity for Q and A on specific issues to the panel during the session. Anyone who is interested can register by visiting the Eventbrite booking page.

For food businesses concerned about cross contamination, or maintaining hygiene in the face of sanitisation product shortages, please see this Environmental Health fact sheet here.

Adapting, innovating and opportunities

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership has established an intelligence and innovation page. Businesses are urged to connect in to report impacts such as supply chain issues, to share temporary staffing opportunities and to inspire others with innovative adaptations they have made in response to the challenges.

For food businesses looking to move into takeaway and delivery services, please see this Environmental Health guidance here.

EU workers settlement scheme employer toolkit 

The employer toolkit equips employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The EU Settlement Scheme enables EU citizens and their families to remain in the UK now that we have left the European Union. For further details on the toolkit please visit Government's EU Settlement Scheme web page.  

Local business networks

There are a number of active business associations in Richmondshire. Each provides support and a voice for local businesses:

Richmondshire Business Newsletter 

The Business and Community team at Richmondshire District Council compile a bi-monthly newsletter for businesses in Richmondshire. This includes local news stories, events and training opportunities and details of various grant funding. To subscribe to receive this newsletter, free of charge, please contact:

How's Business

How's Business is the growth hub for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. The How's Business website is the perfect place for anyone looking for information on how to improve their business. It offers a mix of articles and ebooks, information on funding, as well as the biggest calendar of local networking events in the region.

For information on cyber security, you can download the How's Business Cyber Security eBook

For information and advice on Brexit visit How's Business EU exit page.

And for those looking to significantly grow their business, its account managers offer one, simple point of contact that can introduce you to all the relevant business support that's available.

It's Government-backed, completely independent, and works with business support providers across the region. The initial signposting and brokerage it offers is free, but the business support programmes do require you to invest your own funds alongside the grants. If you do have growth ambitions, and are able to invest in your growth, get in touch at

Looking to start a business? 

Need help to grow your business? Need an expert to discuss your idea with?

Richmondshire District Council has teamed up with How's Business, the Growth Hub for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, to offer free one-to-one support sessions with a Business Growth Manager. For more information on the support available and how to book appointments take a look at the How's Business leaflet

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