To try and help with the uncertainty during COVID-19, we have created a list of resources below which include information and support available to businesses and individuals operating in the Creative and Digital sectors.
NHS and Government support during COVID-19
- NHS – Visit here
The NHS are looking for people to sign up to become a Volunteer Responder. Sign up here: https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs
- UK Government – Visit here
- Liverpool City Council – Visit here
Volunteer to help here | Request support here
- Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – Visit here
Local Transport response to COVID-19
Business Advice and Support during COVID-19
- UK Government Business Support – Visit here
- Liverpool City Council Business Support – Visit here.
There are a number of government grants and schemes available for businesses and individuals to tap in to. They are as follows:
➡️Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme
➡️Small Business Cash Grant (Applications Open)
➡️ Top-up to Local Small Business Grant Funds Scheme (FAO, Co-workers, Businesses in Shared Space, Smal Charities)
➡️Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant (Applications Open)
➡️Business Rates Discounts & holidays
➡️Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Portal now Open)
➡️Self-employment Income Support Scheme – Claimant Service opens 13th May. Find out more here.
➡️Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
➡️Deferring Vat & Income Tax Payments
- The Growth Platform – visit here
➡️Professional & Business Service community support here.
➡️BDO business resilience programme here.
➡️Futures Fund – Billion Pound Support Package for innovative firms hit by Covid 19 here.
➡️Sector-specific support here.
➡️New Markets 2 – Government fund here.
➡️70% funded training here.
So that they can better understand the extent of the COVID-19 impact on business, and inform what help businesses need across the City Region, The Growth Platform are also asking as many of you as possible to complete this short survey.
- Arts Council England – For more information, visit here.
Arts Council England has launched an Emergency Response Package, which is made up of funds available to artists and organisations.
- GATHER – Visit here.
Gather, a programme offering free online support to Liverpool City Region SMEs working in the digital, creative and tech sector.
- Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses – Read support here.
- Creative England & The Creative Industries Federation – More info here.
- Tech Nation – Tech industry resources, funding information and how to help. More support here.
- Tech City UK – Regular insights during the current COVID-19 outbreak from the Tech sector in the UK. Read more here.
- The Women’s Organisation
Loads of useful links are being shared on The Womens Organisations social media. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Women’s Organisation also hosts Merseyside Enterprise Hub: new-start business support. Read more here.
- Liverpool Chamber – www.liverpoolchamber.org.uk
Business Growth Programme is an ERDF funded business support project delivered by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce designed to build confidence and capacity in local SMEs by providing advice, guidance and information to provide a clear route to growth and sustainability. Find out more here.
- The Princes Trust
Lots of useful information on their website included their Young People Action Plan, Young People Relief Fund and their Coronavirus Support Hub.
- Liverpool Sound City
Please check out Sound City’s Adviceline guide here.
Tax Helpline set up to support businesses affected by COVID-19. Read more here. Call the helpline at 0800 0159 559.
ACAS offers advice for employers and employees on workplace rights, rules and best practice
Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees. Read more here.
Health and Wellbeing Support During Covid-19
- Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has information that can help you if you’re concerned about how coronavirus will affect such things as paying bills, child care, loss of earnings and claiming benefits. Read more here.
- Mental Health at Work
Mental Health at work has loads of useful toolkits including ‘Coronavirus and isolation: supporting yourself and your colleagues’ and ‘Small businesses and the self-employed: taking care during the pandemic’. Read more here.
- Mental Health Foundation
Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.
You might be worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. Read more here.
- The Mind Map
The Mind Map are launching a series of Instagram live broadcasts – covering yoga, cooking, mindfulness, music, comedy, chats and much more! TMMTV is your ‘isolation station for the nation’. Follow them on social media to find out more.
- Headspace Meditation
Headspace are offering support during the crisis through a number of free meditations you can listen to anytime – including 1. Relieving Stress, 2. Walking at home, 3. Feeling overwhelmed. Find out more here.
- Isolation Boredom
Stuck at home? Are you in self-isolation, social distancing and generally keeping away from the rest of society. Here are some examples of things you can do with your time while hiding from COVID-19 and coronavirus.
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- Join the Movement – Stay In, Work Out
Join the Movement is Sport Englands brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you keep active while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.
- Balance and Movement
Balance and Movement are hosting Pilates sessions online via google hangouts for you to do in the comfort of your own home. Sessions take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am, 1pm or 5:30pm. Please text Robyn McGlinchey at 07725147411 to book.
- The Body Coach TV
Visit Body Coach TV where Joe Wicks posts weekly home workouts to help you get, stronger, healthier and happier. For adults and Kids alike! Visit here.
Home-Schooling During Covid 19
- Toddler Fun Learning Youtube Videos
Toddler Fun Learning has hundreds of fun and educational videos to keep little ones educated and entertained. Here’s a compilation of their learning videos to start you off. You can also download their App for free here.
- The Inspiration Station
Visit the Inspiration Station – bringing you all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths, Mind, Body! You can check out activities, projects, ideas & resources for learners, parents & teachers to use at home or school and there are also activities to promote positivity, mindfulness and exercise. Brought to you by All About Stem
- As Creatives Connect
To all families learning at home, the team at As Creatives Connect have developed this FREE resource for children aged 4 and up. It’s packed with curriculum-based activities that are fun and can be done in and around your home! Find out more and download resources here.