The latest support and guidance available for businesses to support them deal with the impact of Covid-19.

Latest SEUK briefing

We published this updated guide on 17 April which runs through what support is out there which will help the social enterprise community at this time from accessing loans through the COVID-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme to the Job Retention Scheme


Over the next few weeks and months we will be working with experts from across the social enterprises community and support sector to put together a series of webinars looking in more detail at the business issues social enterprises are facing during this pandemic. These will be posted on this page.

1 APRIL: ADAPTING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL – Colin Downie, Sales and Partnership Director at leading social enterprise, WildHearts, delivered a webinar on adapting your business model to best deal with crisis which touched on making the most of furlough and looking at potential new markets at this challenging time. You can also download slides from Colin’s webinar here.

26 MARCH: BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING – Outgoing CEO of Belu Water, Karen Lynch gave a candid overview of the impact COVID-19 is having on the business, on staff and on supply chains with a focus on business continuity planning through the crisis.

25 MARCH: FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING THE PANDEMIC – Ian Workman, Managing Director and Head SME at Barclays looks at the financial support available for social enterprises including more information on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Legal Support

Bates Wells Social Enterprise Legal Advice Line – Bates Wells operates a free legal advice helpline to Social Enterprise UK members giving 20 minutes free advice which is being extended to all social enterprises whilst this crisis continues. To access the helpline, just complete this online form at the link below and the Bates Wells team will respond asap to arrange a free 20-minute call.

Hempsons Social Enterprise Legal Advice Line – Hempsons operates a free legal advice helpline for Social Enterprise UK members. The helpline is open between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, and offers up to 15 minutes of valuable preliminary advice on a range of legal issues facing social enterprises. Please call 020 7484 7516 or email for help with any legal questions you are facing.

Guides and resources

Find Coronavirus support for your business (21 April)- Government website to help you find what support maybe available for your business.

Government announces extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments (23 March) – Government statement on 23 March sets out that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.

Supplier Relief during COVID-19 Procurement Policy Note 02/20 (20 March) – Guidance to public bodies on payment of their supplier to ensure business continuity during and after COVID-19.

Government Support for Businesses – This is the Government web page setting out what support is out there for businesses. It is being updated regularly.

Anthony Collins Solicitors Guide – This briefing from our friends at Anthony Collins Solicitors giving a general overview of the key business issues the outbreak may lead to.

Business in the Community – A support page for small businesses