Keeping you updated with where to find the latest information and guidance relating to COVID-19.

COVID-19 – Support for businesses

The Chancellor set out a package of measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

The package of measures to support businesses include:

  • A statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
  • 12-month business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressure by seeking additional finance
  • The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

The latest information and guidance can be found on – this information is updated regularly and should be the primary source of information for businesses.

COVID-19 – Support for employers and businesses

Outline from UK Government on what you need to know in relation to COVID-19 as an employer.

The information is being updated on a regular basis and should be referred to the latest guidance.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

The Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) can be claimed if you have a health condition that affects how much you can work. You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.

The scheme has been highlighted for individuals who are self-employed, freelance or zero-hours contracted.

The latest information and guidance can be found at – any changes should be made available through the site.


ACAS have produced guidance for employers and employees in relation to Coronavirus. This information is being regularly updated, for further guidance related to your individual business situation contact your local HR provider. If you need access to HR advice please contact the team at Sence Accounting who have a network of local and trusted HR Consultants.

The team will be reviewing all new information from the UK Government and additional information will be added to the website, social media and sent directly clients via email.

If you have questions about the impact on your business please contact the Sence office.

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