Supporting Hampshire’s Economy during the Coronavirus outbreak

Sunday September 20th, 2020


Old Winchester Hill, South Downs National Park © Visit Hampshire


Hampshire County Council’s Economic Development team is working with partners to engage with and support Hampshire businesses as restrictions on travel and movement due to the Coronavirus pandemic hit businesses across the county.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Our current focus is on supporting local businesses in interpreting and accessing the various forms of Government support available, particularly as certain sectors such as tourism and leisure, which generate a significant proportion of jobs in Hampshire, have suffered loss of business overnight.  It is a very tough time for businesses and employees, and alongside national Government measures, I want to make sure we continue to do all we can to stand by local Hampshire businesses.”

“I have also been heartened by the tremendous goodwill and spirit of collaboration demonstrated by the Hampshire business community. The County Council has received many offers of assistance to help in the battle against Coronavirus, from hotel operators offering their premises to house critical workers, to logistics companies offering their warehousing, drivers and vehicles to help in the pandemic response.”

Support and advice is available on a range of issues including:

  • Job Retention Scheme
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • Self-Employed Income Support Scheme
  • Business Rate holidays for nurseries and the retail, leisure and hospitality sector
  • VAT and Tax payments
  • Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • Extension of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) arrangements

More details of the various forms of national support available for businesses in response to the Covid-19, including funding support schemes for businesses, can be accessed here.


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