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Useful Information for Businesses – Update 19th May 2020

Within this blog we aim to give you top-line, up-to-date information at a glance with links to relevant sites that explain in more detail relevant news, support, and financial help that we hope will make a difference to your business during the Covid19 Crisis and beyond:

Government invests £35m to protect critical freight routes LINK

Revolutionising the way we fly: apply for up to £30m business funding LINK.

£300m Coronavirus Business Innovation support package LINK


Business Support Helpline
The government’s dedicated business support helpline has switched to a new FREEPHONE number to provide further business support. It can now be accessed on: 0800 998 1098 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. You can also contact them by email:

Deadline for May payments on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Business are advised that to receive a ‘furlough’ payment by the end of May, they need to apply by Wednesday 20‌‌ May. Online guidance has recently been updated with:

  • more information for furloughed employees
  • the work furloughed company directors can undertake
  • what time periods you can claim for
  • more detail on non-discretionary payments, holiday pay and record keeping.

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about COVID-19 LINK

Homes England coronavirus (COVID-19) updates LINK

Safe opening of recycling centres LINK 

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do LINK.


20 May 10am  Starting and surviving in business during COVID-19  White Label Creative


Thank you to White Label Creative who have been invaluable in passing on relevant information to us on a daily basis and Croydon Council Economic Development Team – we hope that in re-circulating the salient points, we can all work together to help as many businesses as possible.

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