Have you needed additional HR, legal or accounting support as a result of COVID?

Updated: Jan 20

Small and medium sized businesses have access to grants of between £1,000 - £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track.

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has announced.

The support will be fully funded by the Government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially and the support will be distributed through local enterprise partnerships (LEP) Growth Hubs, embedded in local areas across England.

LEPs are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses, set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within the local area.

Activities supported through the £20 million funding can include:

  • One-to-many events providing guidance to respond to coronavirus

  • Grants (£1,000 - £5,000) to help businesses access specialist professional advice such as HR, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital, and to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify.

Additional details of the funding allocation for each local area can be found here. To apply and find out more, please locate and contact your local area Growth Hub.