Economic support

In preparation for the new national restrictions from the 5th November 2020, the government has announced a series of economic support measures to coincide with the national lockdown measures. This includes an extension of the furlough scheme and the self-employed income support scheme. Additional grant support for businesses required to close has also been announced.

Local Authorities have not yet received any further information regarding business grants. As such, please do not contact us to ask for further information at present. We will update as soon as more information is made available to us.

Stay safe

Follow advice and principles to stay safe outside including staying alert and ensuring social distancing. Read frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the guidance to help people stay safe at work.

Read the guidance on NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.

Managing coronavirus

The Government issued guidance for businesses and employees in regards to the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

This published guidance:

  • assists employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on COVID-19
  • gives advice on how to prevent its spread
  • advises on what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
  • offers advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas
  • advises for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19.

You can download flyers which advise your customers what to do if they show coronavirus symptoms: flyer for business; flyer for accommodation providers; poster for accommodation providers.*

[*These PDFs have been provided to us by the NHS and are designed for print purposes only. As a result, they may not be fully accessible to readers with visual impairments.]

Package of support for businesses

The government has set out a package of support for businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Measures to support businesses include:

Information about all this support is available via the official GOV.UK website

Business support

FREE tailored business support in East Devon

'Adapt and Thrive' support programme, delivered by Cosmic and Business Information Point, includes packages of training, advice and direct consultancy. This is specific, tailored support for East Devon businesses of all shapes and sizes, from the largest businesses to start-ups and established SMEs. If you are interested in registering for support and would like an initial consultation, complete this simple enquiry form, or find out more here.

The Growth Support Programme offers FREE business support. Get a health check for your business and speak to an independent advisor at no cost to you to get advice specifically tailored to your individual needs. For more information call 0800 592 872 or email

Heart of the South West Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides information to help businesses in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay during the COVID-19 crisis. The Hub also offers information about various business support programmes operating in the area.  

National support

Find coronavirus financial support for your business. The government has launched a business support finder to help businesses see what support is available to them. See 

A range of business support is available to businesses. Visit to find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. Find out more.

Help for self-employed

Self-employed people who have been adversely affected will be able to access taxable grants. Government has updated the self-employed income support scheme. Those eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are able to claim a second grant. ​If you are eligible and want to claim the second grant you must make your claim on or before 19 October 2020.​ Check if you can claim.

The scheme is now being extended from 1 November 2020. The grant extension is for self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and are actively continuing to trade, but are facing reduced demand due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The extension will provide two grants and will last for six months, from November 2020 to April 2021. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can receive

Claim self-employed income support.

Self-employed people can also access business interruption loans and universal credit.

Income tax deferral

If you are self-employed, Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to 31 January 2021.

Business continuity helpline set up by East Devon-based social enterprise

Cosmic are offering free help and a toolkit for local businesses and charities to help them set up remote working for staff. 

East Devon businesses innovating during coronavirus