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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 

Folkestone Works 

https://folkestone.works/funding-and-support/business-support/

CBI (Confederation of British Industry) 

https://www.cbi.org.uk/coronavirus-hub/support-for-business/

Institute of Directors - support for directors

https://www.iod.com/iod-coronavirus-support-hub 

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/

Deloitte article following government funding

https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/financial-advisory/articles/covid19-uk-government-funding-response.html?fbclid=IwAR2qUhbew0G8oPOoW9sEM0p3jm2lidJ7RoSHzkBrkCMZOMCtR3Y4kjyLb6A#ukdashboard

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

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home

Disability Rights UK

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/april/covid-19-and-rights-disabled-people?fbclid=IwAR1HzhoznUHXidwD78Yem45w70PQ00NmaI0MRHXifN2-Ia8W-w9g0-n1qzs

British Chambers of Commerce

https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/coronavirus

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/

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  www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24-hour service

General Assembly online learning 

https://generalassemb.ly/education?format=events&where=london

 

Creative & Digital Industries

UK Covid19 Freelance Artist Resource

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

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

https://rebeccamasonneon.com/thehelphub

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

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

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 

Arts Council COVID Financial Support Grants

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

Emergency Fund for Freelance Creative Practitioners

https://www.a-n.co.uk/about/freelands-foundation-emergency-fund/

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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