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Covid-19: Business support

It has been announced that further support for businesses and workers is available for the second national lockdown and beyond.

This includes increasing the contribution to wage costs under the Job Support Scheme, announcing expansion of business grants to cover businesses in particularly affected sectors in high-alert level areas, helping them stay afloat and protecting jobs and grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings.

Stephen continues to lobby Government to close gaps in support and to protect jobs and businesses in Portsmouth, liaising with Ministers, government departments and submitting parliamentary questions to address concerns.

Below are a list of organisations and resources to help our city’s businesses at this difficult time:

The city council’s business support including grants and advice:


The government’s advice and guidance:


National lockdown information:


The LEP’s coronavirus support hub:


Information from the Federation of Small Businesses:


Information from the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce:


British Chamber of Commerce: