Coronavirus business support

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Business schemes available - 8

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Apprenticeship Return, Retain and Result Scheme | NI only

The Apprenticeship Return, Retain & Result Scheme (RRR) provides incentive payments to employers to support the return, retention and result for apprentices

Department for the Economy (DfE)

Recovery Loan Scheme | UK-wide

A loan scheme to support access to finance for UK business as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HM Treasury

COVID-19 Supply Chain Resilience Development Framework (second call) | NI only

Advisory support and financial assistance up to a maximum of £25k available towards 50% of the first 12 month’s salary costs for a new, dedicated supply chain role within your business.

Invest Northern Ireland

New Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme | NI only

Financial incentive available to all employers to support the recruitment of new apprentices

Department for the Economy (DfE)

12-month rates holiday | NI only

Business rates exemption for the full financial year of 2021-22 for specific sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Land & Property Services (LPS)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | UK-wide

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ended on 30 September 2021. Claims for September must have been submitted on or before 14 October 2021. Up until 28 October 2021 you can still make amendments to your September claim.

HM Revenue & Customs

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate | UK-wide

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to current or former employees.

HM Revenue & Customs

Support for Businesses Paying Tax| UK-wide

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

HM Revenue & Customs