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Government Support

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The Covid-19 outbreak has brought unprecedented challenges for businesses in the UK. The IoD has been influencing for directors, to secure the support needed in the months ahead.

For the key policy wins and outstanding issues for directors and business, see this IoD traffic light infographic:. 

Director and business support policy 

Financial support for businesses

The Recovery Loan Scheme helps businesses of any size access loans of up to £10 million in order to aid recovery after the disruption caused by the pandemic.

A guide to the Recovery Loan Scheme

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

How can directors and boards respond 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

Covid-safe workplaces

At present, people must work from home if this is possible, at least until the following dates:

England: 2 December
Northern Ireland: 13 November
Scotland: indefinitely
Wales: 9 November

Businesses that aren't required to close - for instance in construction or manufacturing - can continue to operate, provided they follow guidance on keeping their workplace Covid-safe. The Government has provided online guidance for businesses on what that entails, with links for specific advice on rules in the devolved nations.

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 need to raise a concern, don't hesitate to email the Policy team, so that we can raise the issue with Government.

Email the policy team

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