Government resources for businesses and the self-employed

We find ourselves in unprecedented times, both personally and from a business perspective.  We hope that you, your family and friends are all well and coping during these challenging times.


Below are some helpful resources that we hope will be of use.

As you may be aware there are a number of scams going around at the moment, from COVID-19 "cures", large well known businesses supposedly giving away free products / vouchers and emails or texts reportedly from HMRC advising of tax refunds.  Please don't fall prey to these.  Be safe and keep well everyone.


Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.


Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to reclaim employee's coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).


Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Temporary changes to the VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to help businesses manage their cash flow.

HM Treasury


Support for those affected by Covid-19



Furlough Toolkit

Business support


A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.


This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for businesses and employers in Scotland

Guidance for leaders and fraud experts in government bodies and local authorities that are administering emergency programmes on behalf of the UK Government though the principles still apply to business.

Tax avoidance promoters targeting returning NHS workers (Spotlight 54)

Find out about the tax avoidance schemes being used to target workers returning to the NHS to help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


HMRC helpline


A dedicated HMRC helpline for businesses and self-employed individuals who have difficulty with paying their tax due to COVID-19 promised at Budget 2020 is now in operation. The number of the helpline is 0800 0159 559. 


The helpline can assist with:

  • setting up a time to pay arrangement,   

  • suspending debt collection proceedings, and  

  • cancelling late payment penalties and (unusually) interest.   


Scottish Government

COVID-19 helpline for Scottish businesses

The helpline is open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm. Advisers across Scotland will answer questions from businesses related to COVID-19. The helpline will also help the Scottish Government identify the current challenges facing businesses.