Coronavirus (Covid-19): Emergency support for businesses

Information on the emergency support for businesses because of Coronavirus. 

Emergency Business Fund - January 2022

Businesses in Wales impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron virus will be eligible for emergency financial support under a new Welsh Government support package.

The funding will be available for retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business, and their supply chains, affected by the move to alert level 2.

Find out information about the Emergency Business Fund - January 2022.

Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Business Support

The Welsh Government ERF administered applications with a turnover of more than £85,000 will open in the week beginning 17 January 2022 and remain open for two full weeks.

View information about the ERF Business Support (external website)

Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the Recovery Loan Scheme (external website)

Business Loan Scheme 

The Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales have announced the £100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Visit the Development Bank of Wales website for more information about the Business Loan Scheme (external website)

Statutory Sick Pay 

Employees who follow advice to stay at home and who cannot work as a result will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are not themselves sick. 

Visit the Business Support website for more information on Statutory Sick Pay  (external website)

Deferral of Self- Assessment payment

As one of the Governments coronavirus (COVID 19) supporting measures, Self Assessment taxpayers were given the option of deferring payment of their July 2020 Payment on Account until 31 January 2021. 

Find out more about making your Self Assessment payments (external website)

HMRC Coronavirus support helpline

A dedicated helpline has been set up by HMRC to support businesses and self-employed people in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities to receive support with their tax affairs.

Find out more about the HMRC Coronavirus helpline (external website)


Businesses that have cover for both pandemics and government-ordered closure should be covered, as the government and insurance industry confirmed on 17 March 2020 that advice to avoid pubs, theatres etc. is sufficient to make a claim.

Insurance policies differ significantly, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers. Most businesses are unlikely to be covered, as standard business interruption insurance policies are dependent on damage to property and will exclude pandemics. 

Extra support for the welfare system

The Department for Work and Pensions is looking to support all those who are affected by corona virus by providing information and details regards claiming benefits

Citizens Advice Denbighshire (external website) are also able to assist you with making an initial claim or helping you update your existing one.

Related documents:

Restarting and re-opening business (PDF, 470KB)