Coronavirus news and support for businesses, employers and the self-employed

News and updates:

For regular updates from us, Government and our partners about new grants and support schemes as well as information to help your business; register to receive our Sign up to the Business Support eNewsletter.  

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For the latest updates and guidance on Government Restrictions (where applicable) go to the Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

For the latest Government advice on social distancing during coronavirus which applies to all businesses and employers. Find out more about working safely during coronavirus 

Financial Support: 

Financial support is still available to businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

This financial support may be administered by Government departments as well as other public bodies such as Councils or Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). 

For financial support schemes administered by us:

  • All of the business support schemes administered by us can be found on one page at:

  • We have teamed up with Business South to produce a FREE business survival guide. The guide is designed to help businesses improve their resilience during difficult trading conditions including diversification, future planning and accessing finance.   New Forest business survival guide [595.86KB] 

  • We also publish information on general (non-coronavirus) business support and advice, including grant programmes for business investment and growth. 


For financial support administered by Government

For financial support administered by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Local support 

New Forest Business Partnership (NFBP)
NFBP is a not-for-profit organisation supporting local businesses. It brings local businesses together and hosts opportunities throughout the year to help stay informed and competitive. This can lead to useful connections, sharing of ideas, collaboration on projects and opportunities for new business. Events can be found on the NFBP website where you can pre-register to attend.  

WSX Enterprise
Provide webinars on a range of subjects to help businesses adapt to new trading conditions. Find out more at WSX Events and Workshops. https://www.wsxenterprise.co.uk/events/ 

Go New Forest
Go New Forest is a not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) that delivers marketing and promotional support for the district, including the New Forest National Park, and its visitor economy businesses. Their website has links to useful information for businesses in the visitor economy https://gonewforest.com/

Additional advice for employers

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides free Employment Law advice for business owners and employers. ACAS offers webinars providing practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus in the workplace. 

You can register for webinars in advance on the ACAS website 

Guidance for food and drink businesses

Government guidance for food and drink businesses is available on the GOV.UK website: guidance for food businesses on coronavirus  

This includes information about: 

  • coronavirus and food
  • food hygiene guidance
  • food hygiene guidance
  • maintaining social distancing in specific food business settings

There is also local support and guidance provided by our Health and Safety for Businesses 

Guidance for tourism businesses

In England, businesses must align with the Government's official guidance for the sector including 'Working Safely during Coronavirus: the visitor economy'. 

Guidance for export businesses

The Department for International Trade has published guidance for UK businesses trading internationally, including a business support helpline. 

Visit the GOV.UK website for support for UK businesses trading internationally 

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