Support for employers and businesses

We are working with partners to do everything we can to support our people and businesses in Essex. You can read about our initial areas of focus in our most recent press release. We will keep you updated on developments.

In the meantime, GOV.UK have published coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for:

Business support packages

Visit GOV.UK for the latest information on the government’s business support package.

This is regularly updated and includes information on:

  • the job retention scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • statutory sick pay rebate
  • business rates holiday
  • small businesses grants
  • access to finance

Other guidance and support is available for:

The government’s business support site offers guidance on a wider range of business support, including innovation and exporting.

Support for the self-employed

The government has announced grant support for self-employed workers. This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. It will be available from June 2020.

In the meantime, if you have a low income, consider claiming tax credit. If you're already claiming tax credit or Child Tax Credit, you may need to let HMRC know about your change in circumstances because of the coronavirus.

You may wish to consider claiming Universal Credit. There is a 5 week wait for payments, but it's possible to get an advanced payment.

An independent calculation of your entitlement can help you to make an informed choice.

Local business advice and support

The South East Business Hub provide regular updates on guidance for businesses.

The Essex Chambers of Commerce offers local advice and support.

And you can visit our business pages for all the usual business information.

Business organisations

There are a number of business organisations to support you, including:

Business training and webinars

Visit the University of Essex and ACAS sites for business training and webinars in response to coronavirus.

Care providers

The Living Well Essex site includes updates from us about coronavirus.

The Health and Safety Executive site includes the latest information and advice about coronavirus.

Contact us

If you can't find the answer to your question in the links above, please email our Business Support Team at

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