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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 info@creativefolkestone.org.uk

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

damian.collins.mp@parliament.uk 

a-n The Artists Information Company

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

https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-guidance-for-artists-and-arts-organisers/ 

Arts Council England - COVID19 guidance

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19 

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

https://creativefreelancec19.glideapp.io/?fbclid=IwAR1gYdLF5uHm6AS9yZFZXNuzWhRo8YKPSTKGhqa4zKGNTs-ULVRvFzs1pYE

Folkestone and Hythe District Council COVID19 guidance

https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/coronavirus 

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

https://folkestone.works/2020/03/measures-to-help-business-update/ 

FSB National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses

https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

Government Information about COVID19

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Government Support for Businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

HMRC Tax Support line

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

Kent County Council Information

https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-your-questions-answered#tab-1,2,5

Ray Dodd – Kent-based money and business coach

www.instagram.com/ray_dodd

South East Business Hub

https://southeastbusiness.org.uk/kent-medway/

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

https://rebeccamasonneon.com/thehelphub

UK Covid19 Freelance Artist Resource

https://ukcovid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR284PVitnwmBTWGstn8tXN-7WmvH5dIpitb9-qLZmfFH1sXTELJbaKhv4I#How-To-Contribute

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Resource Hub

https://www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk/resource-hub/

 

Financial support for businesses and self-employed

Information about the new Self-employment Income Support Scheme

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/?fbclid=IwAR3fv1MZ1ytYLV9O1VXT1V2wfaJZVO56JSdEMxA_qzYsBJCdSWdKkbxIhKU

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme?fbclid=IwAR3RRzFCzu3tK_JnU50US4UK0qt2-OfN6Bes0Yxid5c-iE1HIo98X2nkWgg

New ACE Grants announced

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid-19/financial-support-artists-creative-practitioners-and-freelancers?fbclid=IwAR0tmtL-KjwbpG2HbPqX3h02I9DARnsgf8q_-cfPrSxMSeXW2GjGo5MyHvM

British Business Bank Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/ 

Government Support - Council Tax Relief

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/council-tax-covid-19-hardship-fund-2020-to-2021-guidance

Government Support – Discretionary Housing Payment

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/claiming-discretionary-housing-payments/claiming-discretionary-housing-payments

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

https://kentcf.org.uk/funding/Coronavirusemergencyfund?dm_i=1REE%2C6ST1N%2CPDI7CW%2CR7SMJ%2C1&fbclid=IwAR0CAXj00FzjcNTyKQpMnSW4I4BhpFMffXQElL1P4rT-5kA35SoyIMMj_ZU

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

https://www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html

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

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-and-your-money

Money Saving Expert Financial help and rights

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/uk-coronavirus-help-and-your-rights/?fbclid=IwAR1FjO7wgeVNTllwDBvcaJaEPhEwBPLRPs0atgN2ZSrdb0ylxRbeylN0Hjc

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

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/benefits-check/ 

 

Wellbeing, professional development and online festivals

Creative Distance Festival

https://creativedistance.org/ 

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

https://www.leapers.co/

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

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Free OpenLearn Courses (from the Open University)

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

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

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/collections/digital-skills-workplace

Social Distancing Festival

https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/

 

Creative & Digital Industries

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

 

    

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