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Please see below information regarding business support in this difficult time.

This may not be comprehensive but we have tried to collect as much information as we can. We will be providing links to relevant information and date stamping all information as things are changing so quickly.

Links are highlighted in bold, italics and are underlined. If possible please sign up for any newsletters that the links below offer, this will help you to receive the most up to date information as quickly as possible.

Call for ventilator help – From rapid scaling up of the manufacture of ventilators (if you can help, contact @businessgov – helpline 0300 456 3565 or email


Sheffield Chamber dedicated coronovirus support webpage

With updates on:


MD Club match-making

The MD Club are carrying out a match-making exercise to link SCR businesses with academics from the Sheffield Universities who wish to explore this funding opportunity. Our aim is to make introductions that foster successful collaborative working and lead to long term partnerships.

Please do get in touch with the area of support or expertise you are looking for and we will endeavour to put you in touch with a potential partner.

You can reach us on


Sheffield Innovation Programme funding support

The Sheffield Innovation Programme offers funding support to scope out and develop projects between SMEs in the SCR and academics at The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

Please get in touch for more details on this, whether your project is COVID-19 related or not.

You can reach us on


COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call is a joint initiative from the DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI. This funding is for UK-led academic, SME and wider industry research that will address a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a benefit in public health within 12 months.

More details can be found here.


Support request for life-saving medical equipment from Sheffield Mayor Dan Jarvis

South Yorkshire’s manufacturers have already played a significant role in the production of ventilators for the NHS. Now the Mayor is asking industry to offer their help making Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – such as gowns, visors, masks, gloves and hand sanitiser.


Government business support website 

Sheffield Chamber dedicated coronovirus support webpage

Guidance for the self-employed

Knowledge Transfer Network (sign up to their newsletter here)

Sheffield City Region website

Support for charities


20/3/2020 Government:

The announcement on the website lists the various business support measures available and who is administering them – it is comprehensive & updated as they add additional measures.

The ‘business interruption’ loan scheme (up to £5m loans) will launch next week and will be delivered through the British Business Bank and lenders.


20/03/2020 Bank of England:

The measures on 11th March included a term funding scheme aimed at SMEs delivered via the banks. Ask your bank about support.

* Another scheme for larger firms via the Bank of England and for which there is a market notice explaining some of the detail of how the facility will work: Application forms and pricing will be added to the Bank of England’s website on Monday 23rd.
* the Bank will publish a dedicated webpage for corporates seeking to use the CCFF as soon as possible.

The Association of British Insurers have issued a statement on business insurance cover here and have a COVID-19 Q&A here which includes business insurance, trade credit, income protection and pensions and investments.

Also, in case useful:

Visit Britain/Visit England: have a dedicated COVID-19 webpage for the latest updates and key links for businesses and industry

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