COVID-19 Advice and Support

The current business environment is understandably a challenging one for all Northamptonshire Logistics Forum members, employees, suppliers and customers.  We recognize and understand that Coronavirus is likely to be causing concern and possible disruption to businesses of all sizes for the foreseeable future and we hope by collation of resources and contacts we may be able to support you.

This page contains information and links to organizations and business support from the UK Government. Please contact Charlotte or Tony directly with any queries or anything we can raise via the emails out to companies

Northamptonshire County Council Business Support

Support for businesses.  Click the clink to find out more.

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Business Rates Support

Borough and District Councils across Northamptonshire have started the process of rolling out additional business rates support being provided by Government during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses are currently experiencing a range of significant and unprecedented pressures due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in response the Government has made available a number of financial and support packages to help during these difficult times.

Retail business rate discount has been increased to 100 per cent for the 2020-21 financial year and now includes the leisure and hospitality sector, and pre-school nurseries.

Businesses need to do nothing, as this will be automatically applied and they will not be billed for next year’s amount. Businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality receiving a bill indicating how much they owe next year can ignore this.

The Government has also announced grants made available. Each Council will pay the retail, hospitality and leisure grants automatically where possible but will write to businesses if further information is required. Additionally, they are advised to keep an eye on their local authority’s website as details might be published on there before your local authority manages to contact them.

One-off small business grants of £10,000 are now available for businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rates relief.

Cash grants for businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector have also been made available. Those with a property with a rolling ratable value of:

  • Up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000

Each local authority will pay the small business grant automatically where possible but will contact businesses if further information is required.

More details on how to access the financial support and grants on offer will be available on local district or borough council websites.




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SEMLEP Growth Hub

Northamptonshire business owners can also contact the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Growth Hub to speak to an adviser directly about the Government’s business support measures.

The Growth Hub is funded by the Government and can help directors to navigate the current COVID19 financial support measures and official guidance, and can support businesses to work through options if they are not eligible for the schemes. Advice and support includes assisting businesses with their continuity planning and overall business resilience.   For details visit: SEMLEP Growth Hub - advice for local employers and employees


Telephone: 01604 212696 and 0300 01234 35

Government support for businesses

The Government has made a full range of business support measures available to UK businesses and employees: The best source of information to find out about all packages on offer is through the Government Business Support website.

HM Revenue and Customs advice

HMRC has established a helpline for the self-employed and businesses affected. Please call 0800 024 1222 if you need help and advice.

Public Health Northamptonshire – Wellbeing of employees

Public Health Northamptonshire are collating weekly updates with information for employers and employees.  These communications will cover weekly themes, all linked to wellbeing of employees at this critical time.  If you would like to request more information in a certain area, or feedback on areas that you would like to see covered in future please email Jenna Parton on

(Links to documents coming soon...)

Public Health Northants Weekly Update

Read the latest weekly update from Public Health Northants, here...