COVID-19: Advice and support for businesses

We want to protect your business, the services you provide, and the income of all our residents. To do this we're:

  • moving quickly to look at how we can offer additional local support
  • working with York BID and Make it York to understand how to lessen the impact of coronavirus
  • setting up an emergency fund to support small and micro businesses not covered by government support
  • making the case to government for more support for the city's 12,000 self employed
  • deferring all rent for our commercial tenants for months
  • supporting our key suppliers

Where people’s jobs are affected, we want to make it as quick and simple as possible to access benefits and find any alternative work.

We'll continue to buy locally and invest in the economy in the short-term, and aid the long-term recovery from coronavirus.

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The government has announced a package of measures to support businesses and help pay wages, see:

Coronavirus business advice


Further support for businesses

Talk to any of your industry, member or to other representative organisations such as:

The Federation of Small Businesses has resources and information to help small businesses through the coronavirus outbreak.

The Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility are providing a quick and cost-effective way to raise working capital for large firms who need it. Information, including which lenders to contact, is available on the Bank of England’s website.

HMRC are delivering a programme of webinars on measures to support employers, employees and the self-employed through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Watch a video of the first recorded webinar and register for future webinars.

See further information and resources for businesses:

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