COVID-19: Business Advice and Support

We would like to make businesses aware of the various resources available providing help online.  Please click on the source link to open the link. 

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NI Business InfoInvest NI are updating a useful FAQ and signposting facility on their website.
Find general information on related business support
Invest NI
Invest NI Business Support Line now advising and signposting on Covid-19 related issues.
Contact the team on 0800 181 44 22
Public Health AgencyGuidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Department for the Economy (DfE)
COVID-19: Business Support Grant Schemes.The Executive has announced a grant of £10,000 to be provided to all small businesses who are eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme and a grant of £25,000 to be provided to companies in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors with a rateable value from £15,000 up to £51,000.
Department for FinanceBusiness Rates Advice and Support – grants available to businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief. 
The Executive OfficeFor up to date announcements from The Executive Office.
HMRCHMRC “Time to Pay” Support.
Businesses who are unable to make payments due to coronavirus can call HMRC Helpline0800 0159 559
Federation for Small BusinessesAdvice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed. 
UK Government AdviceAdvice and support for businesses from the UK Government. 
Tourism NIAdvice and support for businesses operating in the Tourism sector. 
Ventilator Readiness – Call to engineering firmsThe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19
Business Interruption Loan SchemeLoans of up to £5m, guaranteed by government to cover 6 months interest.  The Loan Scheme will be accessible through main banks in NI and a number of programme and sector specific lenders – a full list is provided on this link.
This is available from Monday 23 March 2020.
The Facebook Small Business Grants ProgrammeFacebook is offering approximately £84 million in cash grants and advertising credits on its ad platform for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.  For more information on eligibility click on the link.
Facebook Business Hub

This resource was previously limited to Facebook employees and health experts but has now be made available for all businesses to access.

Updated as of Monday 23 March 2020