On 17th March 2020, the UK Government announced it would do 'whatever it takes' to support businesses and people through the Covid-19 outbreak. At the IoD, we will do whatever it takes to ensure you get the support and business resources you need.
As you will know, the Coronavirus outbreak, and the UK Government's response, are evolving rapidly. We will endeavour to update all our pages as frequently as possible. If you have any ideas or comments about the IoD business support hub, email us here.
Support for SMEs
The majority of IoD members, some 70%, comprise directors of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), ranging from long-established businesses to start-up companies.
Learn about the Government's latest measures to support small businesses - and how to access them - here.
Access our interactive guide: Government support for SMEs
Support for directors
The coronavirus outbreak has made for an immensely challenging period for directors. Learn about the Government support in place for directors, both as individuals and in terms of your corporate governance responsibilities here.
Access our interactive guide: Government support for Directors
Support for the self-employed
The self-employed play an important role in the UK economy, but many face particular concerns around access to support in response to Covid-19 and business interruption. Learn what support has been announced - and how to access it - here.
Access our interactive guide: Government support for the self-employed
Corporate governance insight
What can employers and businesses do in response to the coronavirus outbreak? Our Corporate Governance experts provide insight into the different issues at play for boardrooms, as well as looking more broadly at boardroom responses to crises.
Corporate Governance insight
International trade insight
What will the effect of Covid-19 be on international trade and global supply chains? The following advice from the IoD's Trade Policy team analyses the impact of coronavirus on business and what is available to companies throughout the crisis.
International Trade insight
Make your voice heard
With you, we can make a difference.
The IoD is in regular, direct contact with the heart of UK government. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas that you want to be heard, please don't hesitate to email the Policy team.
We thank all those who have already emailed - we have been raising your detailed points directly with the Business Secretary, Treasury, and others. We will endeavour to provide feedback, but given the volume of responses and speed at which the situation is moving, we apologise where this isn't possible.
Email the policy team
We are currently constructing our next all-member survey, which will be distributed shortly. If you are an IoD Northern Ireland member, take our Northern Ireland survey here.
Our latest survey was crucial to alerting policymakers to the threat posed by coronavirus to business. The results were cited by the Bank of England on 11th March, as the main piece of substantive evidence as they took radical action to protect the economy.
Latest news and IoD responses
IoD responds to further furlough extension - 12 May
IoD responds to new COVID-19 secure guidelines - 11 May
IoD responds to PM's statement on lockdown measures - 10 May
IoD Survey: Leaving lockdown 'won't be plain sailing' for business - 07 May
Owner Directors should be treated as Self-Employed by the Coronavirus Business Support programmes - 28 April
IoD responds to Business Bounce Back loans - 27 April
Bleak business outlook shows need for exit path - 27 April
IoD responds to furlough scheme extension - 17 April
Urgent clarity needed for furloughed directors - 16 April
Director General: How forgotten small company directors can be helped - 10 April
IoD welcomes coronavirus loan scheme changes - 2 April
Gaps in Coronavirus support for business need to be filled - 31 March
IoD welcomes insolvency changes to help companies stay afloat during Coronavirus outbreak - 28 March
IoD calls for emergency insolvency measures to avert company collapses - 25 March
IoD calls for further support for employment and the self-employed - 20 March
Companies House announces that directors can apply for extensions to their company accounts filing deadlines due to Covid-19. - 19 March
Competition laws relaxed to allow supermarkets to work together on coronavirus response - 19 March
Covid-19: Government support for employers
Government guidance on social distancing
Government guidance on travel
Essential Worker Testing Guidance
-Letter from DHSC to employers
-Employer Referral Portal User Guide
-Testing Info Pack for Employers
-FAQs for Employers
-FAQs for Essential Workers