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COVID-19 business support, advice and funding

COVID-19 support

COVID-19 support

There are a range of local and national sources of COVID-19 help and support for businesses. Here are some we recommend. 

London Business Hub

Supporting London's businesses to start, sustain and grow. 

Visit the London Business Hub

Support for local businesses

British Library business support for London SMEs

London-based SMEs, with proven sales and plans for growth, can apply through the Innovating for Growth scheme from the British Library. Applications open August 2020. 

Apply for customised support from business experts - British Library

Small businesses and the self employed

Find out what support you can get if you own a small business or are self-employed in Croydon.

Self Employment Income Support Scheme 

The government support for self-employed people will rise to 80 per cent of trading profits during November.

Small businesses and the self-employed

Includes details of the government support package.

COVID-19 guidance for small businesses and the self employed - The Federation of Small businesses


Find out what support you can get if you work as a freelancer in Croydon.

Free COVID-19 resources for freelancers

Tutti has produced a list of free resources, such as free virtual courses and support for live streaming.

Free resources for freelancers - Tutti 

Business support for freelancers in the creative industry

The Creative Industries Federation offers support to all creative freelancers and micro-businesses (those with 10 employees or less).

Free 6-month membership - The Creative Industries Federation

Staff retention, recruitment and training

Croydon Works provides employability support and a free to use recruitment service for the residents and businesses of Croydon.

Our employment and skills page has information and advice for residents looking for work or training.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughed workers)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until December with employees receiving 80 per cent of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. HMRC has produced a checker for employees which allows people to see if they may be eligible for this scheme and a calculator to assist employers with their applications. Employers can apply for the scheme and there is a step by step guide on what information employers will need to claim.