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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Support

The government has introduced a range of financial measures, initially to help businesses meet their fixed costs.

Businesses that experience financial difficulties are urged to talk through their situation with the following institutions and organisations BEFORE implementing redundancy and business closure:

  • Local Authority
  • HMRC
  • Local bank

Adur & Worthing Councils are actively engaging with the government and are tracking and monitoring the situation with regards to the publication of guidance and the receiving and giving of funds.

There are a range of grants available to support businesses during Covid-19 (Coronavirus). These are detailed below:

See also:

Register for Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

Please note: In line with the guidance from the Government the registration portal is now closed.

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Discretionary Business Fund (Top Up Fund)

Adur & Worthing Councils ran two rounds of Discretionary Grant funding but this application process is now closed.

We will update our website if further funding becomes available. In the interim other options for support that may benefit some businesses include:

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Kickstart Scheme: Check if you can apply for a grant as a representative of a group of employers

Are you able to offer a young person a job for 6 months as part of the new Kickstart Campaign? Adur & Worthing Councils in collaboration with the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership, Job Centre Plus and Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce are keen to hear from you.

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will 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.

If you would like to register your interest, please email:

See also:

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Business support finder tool

A new 'support finder' tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic has been launched.

A simple questionnaire that takes business owners under a minute to complete directs them to relevant government financial support:

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Financial Support for Businesses

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Key Helplines and Email addresses

HMRC Specialist Advice Line: 0800 024 1222 - open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Business Support Helpline: Backed by the UK Government, the Business Support Helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England. For details of how to contact them see Business Support Helpline - on the GOV.UK website

ACAS Employers Advice Line: 0300 123 1100

Questions on International Trade & Coronavirus email COVID19@trade.gov.uk

Other sources of information include: 

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