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Covid-19 Business Support Resources

This is a list of websites and pages which offer support to Creative and Digital Businesses and Self-Employed people during the Covid-19/Coronovirus crisis.

This page is a work in progress, we will continue to add links to resources regularly. If you have any recommended links that we have not included, please email us at

Please note, we have not vetted the information in these links for accuracy. Please scrutinize all advice, offers and loans carefully. 


General guidance for businesses and self-employed

Contact your local MP Damian Collins directly 

Folkestone Works

CBI (Confederation of British Industry)

Institute of Directors - support for directors 

a-n The Artists Information Company

Coronavirus Covid-19: Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers 

Arts Council England - COVID19 guidance 

Creative & Freelance ToolKit for Covid 19 (UK) app created by Remi Harris

Folkestone and Hythe District Council COVID19 guidance 

Folkestone Works - Business Support for the Retail & Hospitality Sectors in Folkestone & Hythe District 

FSB National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses

Government Information about COVID19

Government Support for Businesses

HMRC Tax Support line

Kent County Council Information,2,5

Ray Dodd – Kent-based money and business coach

South East Business Hub

The Help Hub - compiled and maintained by Folkestone artist Rebecca Mason

UK Covid19 Freelance Artist Resource

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Resource Hub

Deloitte article following government funding

Chatter Pack - A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!

Disability Rights UK

British Chambers of Commerce

Financial support for businesses and self-employed

Information about the new Self-employment Income Support Scheme

New ACE Grants announced

British Business Bank Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) 

Government Support - Council Tax Relief

Government Support – Discretionary Housing Payment

Kent Community Foundation Fund for charities that support older people or other affected communities

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed – claiming Universal Credit and other relief measures implemented by the government

Money Advice Service Free and impartial money advice, site funded by the government

Money Saving Expert Financial help and rights

Money Saving Expert – See if you are eligible for additional benefits and financial support 


Wellbeing, professional development and online festivals

Creative Distance Festival 

Leapers – supporting mental health of freelancers and the self-employed

Mind - Tips and advice for coping with stress and anxiety caused by Covid-19/Coronavirus

Free OpenLearn Courses (from the Open University)

Future Learn - Digital Skills for the Workplace (free courses)

Social Distancing Festival

Kent Together

Kent County Council has launched a new 24-hour helpline called Kent Together to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, or are concerned about the welfare of someone else you can contact the Kent Together helpline at or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24-hour service

General Assembly online learning


Creative & Digital Industries

UK Covid19 Freelance Artist Resource

The Help Hub - compiled and maintained by Folkestone artist Rebecca Mason

Creative & Freelance ToolKit for Covid 19 (UK) app created by Remi Harris

a-n The Artists Information Company Coronavirus Covid-19: Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers 

Arts Council England - COVID19 guidance 

Arts Council COVID Financial Support Grants

Emergency Fund for Freelance Creative Practitioners

Grants of £1,500 – £2,500
Deadline for applications: Applications are accepted from 2pm on Thursday 7 May until 2pm on Thursday 18 June 2020 and decisions will be made on a weekly basis. 

See our blog post with further advice for businesses and the self-employed here.



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