Government's resources for small businesses and info on the job retention scheme


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/covid-19-outbreak-resources-and-information

Guide detailing government support for small businesses from Social Investment Business Group


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business

Offer COVID-19 support from your business


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Support for businesses


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://payitforward.london.gov.uk/

Pay it Forward for the future of London businesses- We are offering 100% free fundraising to help businesses to secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services.



Other Support

From Community

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H_E0YhaFixkp_Xv2B-rTYQO5cxwQr6jFlMVXErwLnRU/edit

Cultural and Creative Sector Coronavirus community handbook. (UK centric but could provide inspiration for any nation.) Covers: Isolation support, Mental health support, Creative responses, Finance and income support, Emergency funding / benevolent funds, Links for Freelancers, Links for Independent Theatre, etc...


London Community Response Fund

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk

๐Ÿ’ธUp to ยฃ10,000

๐Ÿ“…No Deadline

Crisis response grants to enable people to meet their immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs. Maximum 3 months of funding

Resources, Guidance & Networks

Canada

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”— https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses

Canadaโ€™s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for businesses. Other sections of the page also cover individuals and industries.


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”—https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html#record-employment

Canada employment related FAQs around COVID-19 - e.g. Shared working, Temporary Foreign Workers Program, etc.


Germany

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ”— https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fvM6cGTCwqlFNdW6Lgf-lg_HFOImOPLwNX6HfOsbo5s/edit

Regulatory developments relevant for SMEs in Germany from a group for SMEs in the Mittelrhein area of Germany. (unverified: the guide originated from a local SME business organisation - BVMW Mittelrhein https://www.bvmw.de/mittelrhein/)


United Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

Resources and webinars for social enterprises on managing Coronavirus impact


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

Federation for Small Businesses Guide


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.weareumi.co.uk/news/sectors/business-services/advice-and-support-for-businesses-during-covid-19

UMI guidance (helpful industry specific guidance)


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.fsb.org.uk/resources-page/advice-to-small-businesses-and-fsb-members-about-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19.html

Advice and guidance on reducing the risks of disruption from the COVID-19 to you and your business. By National Federation of Self-employed and Small Businesses (FBA).


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.bitc.org.uk/fact-sheet/small-business-and-covid-19/

Business in the Community's fact sheet for small businesses


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/142964673673928

A Facebook group for freelancers and small businesses who've come together as a community to share their current challenges and to share advice, support and resources.


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”— https://bcorporation.uk/business-resources-covid-19

A list of resources to help UK businesses navigate COVID-19 crisis. 


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://businessresponsecovid.org.uk/

Platform for business responses during COVID-19 outbreak from Business in the Community


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”— https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoronavirusYorkshireBusinessSupport/

Yorkshire business CV support group set up on Facebook


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”— https://www.govgrant.co.uk/covid-19-update/

This page lists the various sources of funding support available for businesses during the COVID-19 crisi


United States

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-outreach.page

Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus

Funding, Cashflow, Voucher Schemes & Grants

See also:

๐Ÿ”—https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/funding


๐Ÿ”—https://www.facebook.com/business/grants

Facebook offering small business grants. To be eligible to apply, you must: + Have between 2 and 50 employees + Have been in business for over a year + Have experienced challenges from COVID-19 + Be in or near a location where Facebook operates


๐Ÿ”—https://www.gofundme.com/f/smallbusinessrelieffund?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-15864696622-558ec2729cfc4caf&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2B1137-update-supporters-v5b

GoFundMe is currently raising a Small Business Relief Fund in which every dollar donated is matched 1:1 by GoFundMe, Intuit, and Yelp. Bill.com and GoDaddy are also providing major contributions.


๐Ÿ”—https://covoucher20.org

๐Ÿ”—https://join.slack.com/t/covoucher/shared_invite/zt-cry944zn-TgdSDJL9OGp8FiA~38NgUw

We are mitigating the economic effects of lockdowns and supporting local businesses by letting consumers buy vouchers to use after the crisis. If the Great Depression is any guidance, millions of people are at risk of losing their homes, and we need those homes to contain the virus.


๐Ÿ”—https://helpyourhighstreet.org/ 

A system where people can purchase gift vouchers etc from their local high street to keep them afloat. (Not clear if this is a voucher redeemable when lockdown is lifted.)


๐Ÿ”—https://www.producthunt.com/posts/give-local

Give Local helps you buy gift cards and support your favorite local restaurant through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Not clear if this is a voucher redeemable when lockdown is lifted.)


United Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://adoptapub.org/

A site where people can support their local pubs by buying a pint now, for consumption when lockdown is over


United States

๐Ÿ”— https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/nyc-employee-retention-grant-program

NYC Employee retention grant program


๐Ÿ”— https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-financial-assistance.page

Small Businesss continuity loan fund

Useful Tools for SMEs

See also:

๐Ÿ”—https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/remote


๐Ÿ”—https://www.cleanai.co/solutions

Clean AI offers efficient and cost-effective AI-powered solutions for cleaning and safety needs. While we may need to start monitoring hygiene standards, this startup could help institutions ensure hygiene standards across transport, hotels, restaurants, and places of worship.


๐Ÿ”—https://www.yuque.com/agi_insights/tool-kits/digital-action-in-covid-19

NEW DIGITAL HANDBOOK FOR ENTREPRENEURS DURING COVID-19- This manual has been created as a reference for the digital entrepreneurs all over the world in their battle against COVID-19. Although each market has its unique characteristics, the examples summarized in this report are intended to demonstrate the real impact digital platforms and tools can have in alleviating the societal challenges resulting from this pandemic. In creating this manual, AGI hopes to inspire innovative ideas by entrepreneurs to leverage technology in their COVID-19 response.


Discounts

Please see:

๐Ÿ”— https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/discounts

Tools and Services

๐Ÿ”—http://weareallinittogether2020.com

Live list of free digital tools and services - or those at significant discounts - from companies supporting small businesses or those new to WFH during the COVID-19 crisis.


๐Ÿ”—https://freecovidservices.com/

A list of free or discounted services from organisations that help people impacted by the crisis


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”—https://solidarietadigitale.agid.gov.it/

Italian list of free or discounted services. list by "Ministro per lโ€™Innovazione tecnologica e la Digitalizzazione."