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Supporting our Sectors

Our Sector Champions are here to support your business with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

From speaking to our business community we are aware that different sectors are being affected in different ways and different support is needed for each.

Below we have outlined what support is available in specific sectors.


Letter from Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Alok Sharma MP, has written a letter paying tribute to the manufacturing sector and its contribution to the Covid 19 fight and the economy. Read the letter here.

Make UK

The Manufacturer Magazine

Coronavirus online community for help and advice find out more here.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)

Trade Union Congress


News and Support

Cars, motorcycles and vans to be granted MOT exemption to allow people to carry on with essential travel. Find out more here.

Regulatory status of equipment being used to help prevent coronavirus. Find out more here.

Calls for action

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) open call for Rapid Sanitising Technology. Find out more here.

Manufacturing SMEs urged to have their say on COVID-19 impact in Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) Spring 2020 Manufacturing Barometer. Find out more here.




Information on what CITB is doing to support construction employers through the coronavirus crisis and beyond. Find out more here.

Arts Council England

Supporting people working as artists, freelancers and in publicly funded cultural organisations. Find out more.

Grants up to £35,000 for organisations in the cultural sector, who are not National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) or Music Education Hubs. Find out more here.

Grants up to £2,500 for individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. Find out more here.

Creative Industries Federation

Creative Industries Federation is also offering 3 months free membership for freelancers to join their network and receive the latest news and information on how COVID-19 is affecting the sector.

Navigating Uncertainty

Form – a growth consultancy for creative and tech businesses – has produced a series of three videos on ’Navigating Uncertainty’, focusing on how companies in the sector can survive, stabilise and sustain during this global crisis. They are available to watch for free via the link below.

They will help you to:

  1. Get control of your numbers
  2. Manage your cash
  3. Plan for growth beyond the storm


Professional Liverpool’s Creative Digital & Tech group is organising a number of webinars/ online conversations to support the sector. Find our more here.

Tech Nation

Tech Nation Founders’ Network – peer to peer network. Find out more here.

Tech Nation has also pulled together a series of blogs, advice and free products for the tech community. You can access them under ‘Useful community resources’ here.


Supporting the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry has set up a contracts hotline with Sheridans. Find out more here.


BIMA are running daily virtual meet ups covering a range of topics and for different people all related to the pandemic.

These events are free for anyone to join. Right now it’s their members who are running them and their expert speakers are breaking things down and clearly explaining some of the Govt’s measures but they are opening up attendance to anyone in digital as a way of support for the industry. You can find more info about this weeks events here.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK grants up to £50K for business-led innovation that could solve a problem caused by the global disruption of COVID-19. Find out more here.

The Princes Trust

Enterprise Relief Fund from The Princes Trust Natwest for 18 – 30 year olds. Find out more here.

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund

The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund from the Film & TV Charity & BFI – one-off grants of between £500 and £2,500. Find out more here.


Grants of £1500 supporting 10 early-career artists in the North of England to create new work from home #FACTtogether. Find out more here.


Call outs

There is an urgent call out to the life sciences sector to help increase the supply of antigen testing kits for COVID-19 any organisations that can supply for sale the above should email as soon as possible.

Any business capable of producing Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation System (RMVS) should go to this new portal as soon as possible with and complete:

NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative COVID-19 PPE Challenge. Find out more here.

The Defense and Security Accelerator has a COVID-19 challenge out for Rapid Sanitizing Technology for Ambulances. Find out more here.

The European Space Agency is releasing a funding call: Space in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak. Find out more here.

The UK’s Central Laser Facility based at Harwell Campus is inviting rapid access proposals to its Octopus imaging facility for research relevant to COVID-19. Find out more here.

BSAC is launching a COVID-19 funding call to support researchers in better understanding and addressing COVID-19 outbreak. Find out more here.


NHSX have launched Techforce19– a new tech challenge to combat the effects of social isolation. Funding available for digital solutions to help provide social care or mental health support during COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Therapeutics: £10 million call for rapid deployment. Fudning available for the development and testing of therapeutics to treat COVID-19 find out more here.

Offer COVID-19 support from your business

Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus. Find out more here


The MHRA has provided an update on the Regulatory status of equipment being used to help prevent COVID-19. Find out more here.


Support from the PBS sector

Following on from the Prime Ministers announcement on 23/03/20, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published guidance on which businesses and premises are to close. This can be found here

For all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that pay business rates:

There are 2 schemes aimed at retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. The government has advised that the properties that will benefit from these reliefs will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • As shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • For assembly and leisure
  • As hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

The 2 schemes are:

  1. The government is introducing a business rates retail holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020/21 tax year. To access this scheme, you do not need to take any action. It will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020. You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year here.
  2. A £25,000 grant will be provided for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000. Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Your local authority will write to you shortly if you are eligible for this grant, and any enquires should be directed to your local authority.

If you do not pay business rates, there is still support available to you through general government support for businesses, which can be found here.

For restaurants, pubs etc.

On 23/03/2020, the Prime Minister announced further social distancing measures which would include the closure of a range of venues. Restaurants and cafes can continue to operate, serving takeaways only.

The Communities Secretary has announced that planning rules will be relaxed to allow establishments to do this without a planning application. These measures apply to hot food and drinks, serving of alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws.

More information can be found here.

For hospitality businesses continuing to operate, specific advice has been published by UK Hospitality, which can be found here.

For hotels

The Government has now released advice for businesses providing holiday accommodation to take steps to close for commercial use. Some hotels and accommodation providers may be exempt from closing, details of which can be found here.

For hotels that are to remain open due to this exemption, UKHospitality has published guidance on business continuity for accommodation premises. This guidance can be found here.

For museums and libraries

Arts Council England are aiming to work with DCMS to support those who work in the arts, museums and libraries. They are putting into place emergency planning which covers all their funding streams and will publish more details over the next ten days. More advice can be found on the Arts Council England website here.

For the hospitality industry

UK hospitality is providing daily updates to those in the industry, which anyone can sign up to.

UK Hospitality have also published advice for employers, which can be found here.

Legal advice

Freeths, legal specialists for drinks, hospitality & leisure, have specific advice for employers on managing their workforce, which can be found here.

They also have advice directed at owners and directors of businesses, on how they can avoid insolvency. It also provides commercial and legal considerations that directors and owners of businesses should take in the face of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 outbreak. More information can be found here.

For the tourism industry

The Tourism Industry Emergency Response group (TIER) is holding weekly meetings to discuss the impact of Covid-19. Visit Britain are publishing the latest information from this here.

VisitEngland is continuing to update a page on their Business Advice Hub offering advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19, which can be found here.

Visit Britain are conducting a regular survey to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of the UK tourism. The results will be used to support the industry through these challenging times. The link to the survey can be found here.

UKInbound are providing daily updates to their members. They have also promised to issue guidance for the tourism and hospitality industry shortly, including a series of webinars. You can check their website for updates which is found here.

For conference/event organisers

The Meetings Industry Association is urging for those in the business tourism sector to complete their survey so they know how to shape their resources to help your business. They are also providing a mailing list which will provide you with the latest advice for Covid-19. The government has not issued any advice for this sector, however, the MIA recommend that the guidance for transport staff is transferrable to the business tourism sector. More information and updates on their survey can be found on their website here.

Job Portal

A new free jobs portal has been created by HospitalityUnite, backed by the Scottish Tourism Alliance and UKHospitality, to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who are out of work due to COVID-19.

The portal can only be accessed by businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry. If you would like to send the link to employees whom you have had to let go, please email to request access to the portal.

If you are an organisation with urgent vacancies you would like to advertise, please also email the above address.

If you are worried about the impact to your business please get in touch with us and we will respond to you directly or through one of our partners.

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Whilst we will continue to monitor the situation and update this page when more information is released we advise you visit the Government website for the most up to date and accurate information.

Please be aware the information provided above is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance.