We are regularly updating this page to keep you updated on the latest guidance and support relating to Covid-19.
There is a lot of information and support available, and if you need guidance on any aspect, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
One-To One support
For current clients, please get in touch if you are need advice or support. If you are not sure who your advisor is, you can email email@example.com
New clients, register at www.ad-venture.org.uk /register
Workshops and Events
AD:VENTURE events scheduled for the foreseeable will be delivered in a virtual way to enable us to continue delivering this valuable workshop content to you.
We are still keeping numbers limited and ensuring you have the opportunity to interact, so please check and book your places so you do not miss out.
The first webinars are now LIVE and can be booked via the events page
Working safely during COVID-19
The Government has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The new guidance covers eight workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways.
WIDER NATIONAL AND REGIONAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE:
For information and support, businesses in Leeds City Region concerned or affected by the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) can contact the LEP Business Support Service by:
Completing our online enquiry form
Calling the LEP business support helpline on 0113 348 1818
Due to a high volume of emails and phone calls, you may some experience delays getting through, but please be assured that they will respond to all enquires as soon as possible.
Regional support for businesses
Department for International Trade Webinars
The Department for International Trade are running a series of webinars to help businesses through coronavirus.
LEP Business Support Service
Businesses can benefit from investment to purchase equipment, plant and machinery, digital equipment, develop new products and process, and save money on their energy bills through more efficient use of energy, water and waste. For more information, please contact the LEP Business Support Service or visit the-lep.com/support to learn about the support available.
Peer-to-peer support programme
In partnership with Biskit, the LEP is delivering a series of free weekly peer-to-peer online sessions, providing businesses across the City Region an opportunity to share ideas, raise issues, gain new insights and collaborate. Find out more and sign up.
COVID-19 Business Grant Programme
The LEP may be able to support your business if you are making capital investments to manufacture or supply products to the NHS and wider health supply chain. For more information, please contact the LEP Business Support Service.
Free one-to-one business coaching sessions
The LEP is working with business professionals to co-ordinate free coaching sessions to help SMEs formulate and implement contingency plans for this period and beyond. Coaches will work with companies to diagnose issues affecting them at the moment including people, suppliers and customers, finance and premises. Email us to access this support.
Supply chain support
The University of Huddersfield has a team of supply chain experts who can help businesses to get more out of their supplier arrangements and enhance their positions within existing supply chains. This can include a deep dive analysis of current supply chains and supplier capacity, the introduction of new supply chain models to reduce risk and enhance quality, and the sourcing of more local suppliers. Email businesssupport@the-LEP.com for more information.
Business resilience programme
In partnership with Winning Pitch, we have launched the business resilience programme to support businesses owners through free one-to-one coaching and consultancy support and a series of webinars and leadership groups. Take our resilience test to help us to understand how we can best support you and your business. For more information about this programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Knowledge Exchange (DKE)
DKE has launched a new webinar series for businesses. The series is designed to support businesses striving to become best placed when the nation returns to business as usual. The webinars provide expert insights on the use of digital solutions to increase productivity and competitiveness during the lockdown. Topics cover customer engagement, business resilience, content marketing and digital marketing strategy. Find out more and sign up.
Start-ups and young businesses in their first three years of trading can access online support. AD: VENTURE is delivering free webinars on marketing, sales, working remotely, social media and more, to help business owners to utilise their time at home to grow their business. View all webinars.
PAPI – Product and Process Innovation
PAPI helps small businesses in York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Leeds City Region develop innovative new products by providing grants for equipment.
The Employment Hub
Whether you need to recruit quickly to keep up with the demands of COVID-19 or you have employees at risk of redundancy, the Employment Hub can help your business through free impartial support.
- Quickly find new employees through the Employment Hub talent matching service. Tell us your recruitment needs and we will find and introduce you to candidates suitable for the role.
- Access support for employees who are at risk of or facing redundancy. Refer staff to the Employment Hub where we can support them in finding alternative employment.
If you need help with either of these issues, please book a free introduction call with a business engagement officer who will discuss your needs and offer you a tailored package of support. Find out more and book a call today.
Access to online learning, and financial incentives to undertake training, via the further education (FE) colleges of the City Region and private providers. Find out more.
Investment Readiness: webinar programme
The LEP is delivering a series of six free webinars to help businesses to understand government support schemes and the range of investment options available to help with the impact of COVID-19.
The 90-minute webinars are practical and led by experts from Garbutt + Elliott and Grant Thornton. All sessions are live and include an opportunity for Q&A.
Webinars are delivered by Winning Pitch on behalf of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Investment Readiness programme. Find out more and sign up.
Manufacturing Recovery Plan
Developed by the University of Huddersfield in collaboration with the LEP and key strategic partners, the scheme supports manufacturing SMEs across Leeds City Region to recover and build long-term resilience with a three-stage approach; stabilise, recover, growth. Find out more.
For all the latest up to date government guidance on Coronavirus support for businesses, please visit the hub on GOV.UK.
Not sure which financial support schemes you may be eligible for? Use the business support finder to find out.
*NEW* Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme – Applications are now being taken
The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.
The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.
You can apply for a loan if your business:
- is based in the UK
- has been negatively affected by coronavirus
Who cannot apply
The following businesses are not eligible to apply:
- banks, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
- public-sector bodies
- state-funded primary and secondary schools
If you’re already claiming funding
You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under CBILS and would like to transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan scheme, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020.
How to apply
The full rules of the scheme and guidance on how to apply is available on the British Business Bank website.
NATIONAL FUNDING AND SUPPORT
Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses
- Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
- Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
- Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months
Funding and support
- Find financial support for your business
- Find out what support your business representative organisation (BRO) offers
- Coronavirus support for business from outside government
- Additional government resources to support your business during coronavirus disruptions
- Find out how other businesses have used government support
- Support for UK businesses trading internationally
- Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic
Self-employed people and sole traders
- Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme
- Self-employment and Universal Credit
- If you cannot pay your tax bill on time
- Negotiate a mortgage payment holiday
Your responsibilities as an employer
- Claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- Find out what to do if your employee needs time off to look after dependants
- Which expenses are taxable if your employees work from home
- Apprenticeships: how they can continue
- Guidance for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors of people affected by coronavirus
How to run your business safely
- Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure
- How to carry out a COVID-19 risk asssessment
- Cleaning your workplace safely
What businesses should be closed
All coronavirus business support information on GOV.UK