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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by Covid-19. This scheme has been extended until 30th April 2021.

Click here to make a claim

Employers can use the portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme any time during this period.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 28th February 2020.

In addition, business premises forced to close in England are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Check the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQs here

Further Information and Eligibility Criteria


Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme, which was due to start on 1st November 2020, has been postponed as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being extended until December.

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. The scheme will open run for 6 months.

The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.

Instead of a minimum requirement of paying 55% of wages for a third of hours, as announced last month at the launch of the Winter Economic Plan, employers will have to pay for a minimum of 20% of usual hours worked, and 5% of hours not worked.

The government will now fund 62% of the wages for hours not worked. This more than doubles the maximum payment to £1,541.75 a month. In the most generous case, the taxpayer will now go from funding 22% of wages to just under half.

Employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligibility criteria.

The Job Retention Bonus is a £1,000 payment to businesses who retain a worker in employment until at least the start of February 2021, when they had previously been furloughed during 2020. 

Businesses can claim for the Bonus from 15th February 2021 until the end of March 2021.

For more information about the Job Support Scheme, click here

To check if you are eligible for the Job Retention Bonus, click here 

Download the factsheet which explains more

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), is designed to support businesses that are viable but unable to obtain finance due to having insufficient security to meet the lender’s normal requirements.

  • Supporting businesses with a turnover of up to £45m

  • Delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the Government-owned British Business Bank.

  • Multiple accredited lenders are able to offer the scheme, including all major banks.

  • The Scheme supports business loans and overdrafts of up to £5m in value by providing a guarantee to the lender.

  • The Government will not charge businesses for this guarantee, this scheme will also cover asset finance and invoice finance.

  • Extended until 31st March 2021.

Find out more about CBILS

Apply for CBILS here

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) provides financial support to larger businesses affected by Covid-19.

  • This scheme helps medium and large sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £200m.
  • Providing facilities of up to £25m for businesses with a turnover from £45m up to £250m, and facilities of up to £50m.
  • For businesses with a turnover of more than £250m who are suffering disruption to their cashflow due to lost or deferred revenues during the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Extended until 31st March 2021.

For more detail please see the CLBILS Factsheet or Read more here

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Delivered by Lenders Accredited by The British Business Bank, the BBLS targets small and micro businesses in all sectors, providing loans from £2k up to 25% of the business’ turnover with a maximum loan of £50k.

The BBLS enables businesses to obtain a six-year term loan at a government set interest rate of 2.5% per year. The government will cover interest payable in the first year.

  • 100% Guarantee: The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed, full guarantee (100%) against the outstanding facility balance, both capital and interest.
    The borrower remains 100% liable for the debt.

  • No Principal Repayments for first 12 months: Borrowers will not have to begin principal repayments for the first 12 months, thereafter capital will be repaid on a straight line basis.

  • No Guarantee fee for Businesses or Lenders to Access the Scheme.

  • Finance Terms: The length of the loan is for 10 years but early repayments are allowed, without early repayment fees.

  • No Personal Guarantees: No personal guarantees are allowed, and no recovery action can be taken over a principal private residence or principal private vehicle.

  • Extended until 31st January 2021.

*Please direct any questions about the scheme to the lenders, not the British Business Bank.

Factsheet for SMEs

Click Here to read more on BBLS


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The government has increased its support to the self-employed under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), ensuring people get paid faster than previously planned.

SEISS will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by Covid-19.

  • This scheme can provide a grant worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits in November.

  • Grants will be paid faster than previously planned, with the claims window opening at the end of November rather than the middle of December.

  • The increased support means £4.5bn is available for the self-employed between November and January.

  • More businesses will also be able to benefit from government loan schemes which have been extended to the end of January, while firms can ‘top up’ existing Bounce Back Loans should they need additional finance.

  • The eligibility criteria remains the same as the first installment of the grant, with people needing to have had trading profits of no more than £50,000, making up at least half of their total income.

  • The grant does not need to be repaid but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance.

  • HMRC has published guidance on deciding if a businesses has been adversely affected by Coronavirus.

  • Extended until 31st January 2021.

Read more about SEISS

Click here for guidance Claiming and Eligibility


Kickstart Scheme

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2b fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at people aged between 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

  • If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

  • If you are considering becoming a representative for a group of employers, check what information you need to provide to apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme, or click here

  • Funding is available following a successful application process. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements.

Find more guidance and promotional materials, click here


Local Authority Support for Businesses

Local authorities receive information and funding from the Government regarding updated support for businesses.

Details, eligibility criteria and application forms for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, and any other local discretionary funding, can be accessed by clicking on the logo of your local authority below. The date that these grants are available may vary between local authorities.

If you are unsure which local authority you are in, click here

Find Your Local Authority

Amber Valley Borough Council


  Derby City Council        


Newark and Sherwood District Council

Ashfield District Council


Derbyshire Dales District Council


North East Derbyshire District Council

Bassetlaw District Council


Erewash Borough Council


Nottingham City Council

Bolsover District Council



Gedling Borough Council


Rushcliffe Borough Council

Broxtowe Borough Council


High Peak Borough Council


South Derbyshire District Council

Chesterfield Borough Council


Mansfield District Council




D2N2 Covid-19 Recovery Grant

In July, the Government announced funding to support businesses to recover from the impacts of Covid-19 in the form of small grants.

More information about the grant scheme in D2N2 is available on the links below.

Communications Update – Grant Scheme Summary
Frequently Asked Questions


Redeployment Triage Service

The Redeployment Triage Service, administered by Futures who are the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands, will match those recently made redundant with new work in sectors experiencing a surge in employment demand such as food retail, care, and distribution.

The service also engages with employers needing to make redundancies to ensure a smooth transition for employees into new work.

This information is for all businesses and employers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more about this service from the D2N2 LEP

Please follow the advice below to ensure we can support your employees during this time.

Redundancy Information

If you have already made employees redundant or are about to make up to five employees redundant, please refer those individuals for direct support to Futures, the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands:

Email: or call 0800 9179419

If you are planning to make larger-scale redundancies (five or more) additional support is also available for you as an employer and your employees.

In these circumstances, please use the same contact details above, but ensure your message includes:

  • Notification of redundancies at scale

  • Number and job roles affected

  • Last day of work for affected individuals (if known)

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy

Recruitment Information

If you are seeking to fill urgent vacancies, short or long term, to meet changes to your business as a result of Covid-19, we can help connect you with individuals who are immediately available.

Please register your vacancies with:

John Blankley
(Senior Employment Support Adviser at Futures) or 0800 0858520

Please have the following information available when registering your vacancies:

  • Nature of work

  • Number of vacancies (can be approximate)

  • Necessary or desirable skills requirement

  • Location of vacancies

  • Any current recruitment routes being used


NHS Test & Trace for Businesses and Venues

New Government regulations have come into force to ensure businesses continue to be Covid-19 compliant by following the Rule of Six and maintaining social distancing between customers.

Hospitality venues in England are now legally required to enforce the Rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000. These new rules will mean that certain businesses and organisations, including hospitality, leisure and tourism venues, close contact services, places of worship and local authority venues and facilities, will be legally required to log the details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace. While previously this was guidance only, it is now a legal requirement.

These businesses will also be legally required to display official NHS QR code posters ahead of the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app being rolled out nationally.

The app, which can be downloaded with Apple or Android devices, enables people to ‘check in’ when they visit a business or venue by scanning a QR code displayed on posters at the entrance. The app will then inform visitors if they may have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for Coronavirus through an alert. The alert will not name the venue.

You can create your QR code is quick and easy to do via the website by following the instructions on how to create a QR code for your venue.

More information, including important information on how and where to display your code can be found on the NHS website

The Future Fund

Supporting innovative UK businesses with good potential that are essential in ensuring the UK retains its world leading position in science, innovation and technology.

  • These companies typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19.

  • Developed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank, the Future Fund will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential.

  • The fund operates on a commercial basis to deliver an initial commitment of £250m of new government funding.

  • Applications are submitted via an online platform.

  • Extended until 31st January 2021.

To read about eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here.

Further Advice, Guidance and Support

Universal Credit


Building Business Resilience


Covid-19 Safe


Sector Specific Guidance


Support from HMRC and Companies House


How Can Your Business Help?

If your business is able to offer support or if you are interested in finding out ways that your business can help with the Covid-19 crisis, please use the following service, here: Offer Coronavirus Support From Your Business

  • Share Your Covid-19 Safety Measures

Some businesses are more ahead than others with safety measures for returning to work, and as such, we want to encourage those businesses that have put measures in place to share them with us and other D2N2 businesses who need more guidance and support in doing so.

We are asking all businesses who have measures in place to create a short video (approx. 3 mins) for us to share with companies in need, as well as promoting your brand and business.

All video submissions will be reviewed and shared within the D2N2 network.

For more details or if you want to submit a short video, please email us: with the subject line 'Share Your Covid-19 Safety Measures video'.



Webinar Programme

We have now postponed all of our face to face Growth Hub events until further notice. We are constantly reviewing this on an ongoing basis, and will update accordingly.

We have a range of diverse, live webinars available for you to attend from the comfort of your own home office.

To book onto a webinar or to find out about upcoming webinars available, Visit our Events Page


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