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Government Support


The Covid-19 outbreak has brought unprecedented challenges for businesses in the UK. At the IoD, we have been focused on providing you with the support and business resources you need, and making your voices heard in the corridors of Westminster. 

A summary of the key issues for which the IoD have been campaigning on your behalf can be found in the following traffic light info-graphic, offering an insight into the most common challenges our members have faced over the course of the outbreak. 

IoD Policy Work: Access the Info-graphic here

As we move to the next stage of the pandemic - rebuilding the economy - we are committed to giving you the tools to be the best directors you can be. If you have any ideas or comments about the IoD business support hub, email us here.

Returning to Workplaces

To support businesses planning to reopen their doors to colleagues and customers, the Cabinet Office have released an online tool to help ensure measures are put in place safely. 

To comply with the Government's request to keep records of all those who spend time within your place of business, the following guides on record keeping and communications with customers provide a valuable resource. 

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 Chancellor's Statement - 8 July

Treasury must act to support jobs and investment - 23 June

Statement from the Board of the IoD on anti-racism protests - 8 June

IoD responds to flexible furlough announcement - 1 June

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

Useful links

Covid-19: Government support for employers

Government guidance on social distancing

Government guidance on travel

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Eligibility Checker

FAQ: Business Closures

Coronavirus Business Support

Guidance for Employees, Employers and Businesses

How to Access Government Financial Support

Coronavirus Toolkit from BEIS


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Wales

Covid-19: Support for Business

Development Bank of Wales


Latest Scottish Government Updates & Advice

Coronavirus Advice for Businesses in Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested in Scotland

Northern Ireland

Government Support for Business

Isle of Man

Coronavirus Update


Essential Worker Testing Guidance

For Employers

-Letter from DHSC to employers

-Employer Referral Portal User Guide

-Testing Info Pack for Employers

-FAQs for Employers

For Employees

-FAQs for Essential Workers