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Covid-19 business support - latest updates


We understand the concerns of businesses and self-employed people across the county at this very difficult time. We are here to give advice and support to all County Durham businesses, large and small.

Latest news

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

Source: Government, published 15 December 2021

The government announced this new fund on 15 December 2021. A local scheme based on the governments guidance (Gov.uk: COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)) has been designed and full details can be found on our Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) page. 


2022/23 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief scheme

Source: Government, published 27 October 2021

As part of the Budget on 27 October 2021 the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new business rates relief scheme for retail, hospitality and leisure properties. 

See Rate relief.


New support for businesses linked to Omicron variant

Source: Government, published 21 December 2021

The government has announced new financial support for England. It's expected that around 200,000 businesses in England will be eligible for grants.

See Covid-19 support grants for businesses.


Business Durham Government Support

Source: Business Durham, published 9 March 2021

The government has provided a new round-up of the financial support available to UK businesses.

See Business Durham Government Support.


Government announces updates on a range of support measures for businesses

Source: Business Durham, published 4 March 2021

The government has announced in the budget updates on a range of existing support measures and introduced some new initiatives that will provide help for businesses dealing with the economic impact of the pandemic.

See Business Durham: Covid business support.


Government boost to rapid workplace testing

Source: government, published 7 February 2021

New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect Covid-19 in people who are not showing symptoms.See Gov.uk: Government boost to rapid workplace testing.