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East Hampshire - Support for local businesses A message from our Chief Executive


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  • Published: 30th March 2020
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News release EHDC

Support for local businesses

A message from our Chief Executive

Gill Kneller, EHDC Chief Executive

It is crucial both at a national and local level that everything possible is done to protect businesses from the impact of coronavirus and we are committed to doing our bit.

We want businesses to survive and for our local economy to be well placed for recovery when we emerge from this crisis so we will provide as much support as possible during this period of unprecedented disruption. This may take the form of direct financial assistance or signposting other available sources of help.

We are acting quickly to put in place central government initiatives and to get the available money out to you. We have created a dedicated Business Support Team which is dealing with everything from disseminating information to putting in place the administration of new funding streams. Be assured that they are working hard on our behalf to help you.

Gill Kneller
Chief Executive, East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Where you can find help

The government has announced a range of schemes to help businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

The schemes announced so far are:

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
  • Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
  • Small Business Grant Funding
  • Statutory Sick Pay Rebate
  • Support for Businesses Paying Tax
  • Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility
  • Business Rates Holiday for Nurseries
  • VAT Deferral
  • Deferral of Self-Assessment payment

The council has been given responsibility for administering the Business Rates holidays and grants for retail, hospitality, leisure and small businesses.

Other support will be through HMRC, the Bank of England and the British Business Bank.

Visit the coronavirus business support page on our website for more information.

There is more information and advice for businesses on the Business Support website.

HM Government support for business

Support from Enterprise M3 LEP Growth Hub

The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub has a dedicated page to provide the latest government advice and you can also contact its Growth Hub advisers on 01483 478098.  

Additional support and advice are available from the National Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565.

Enterprise M3 - Coronavirus Guidance for Businesses & Employers


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