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- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Now more than ever, it’s really important that we reiterate to our business community – and indeed the wider, general public in Oxfordshire – that our economy remains a strong and resilient one. It’s an economy that is well-positioned to react in a measured way to the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We recognise that Coronavirus is – and will very likely – cause concern and possible disruption to businesses of all sizes for the foreseeable future. However, we are determined to play our role in ensuring that the county’s businesses are able to run as efficiently as possible and remain productive.
Oxfordshire remains a great place to run a business. Our economy is undoubtedly a strong and adaptable one and – as a county – we have an excellent track record of supporting small businesses to survive beyond five years, well-above the UK average.
It is also important that we – as a local enterprise partnership – continue to communicate with our business community and pass on your views and concerns to Government, as well as providing practical support where we can.
Government support for businesses:
We will continue to work with Government to ensure that our business community can be supported as best as possible during this challenging period.
There are a number of resources that have been made available by Government. We will continue to signpost our business community to these resources, helping you to make positive decisions during this time.
Business support measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer:
Specific guidance for businesses:
Recorded HMRC webinar - helping employer to support employees:
An overview of the support available to help employers and their employees deal with the economic impact of Coronavirus, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Statutory Sick Pay and furloughed employees.
Specific gudiance for rural businesses:
Specific guidance around education and apprenticeships:
Specific guidance on social interaction:
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools and other educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and learners
Business rates and rate relief - information from our local authorities:
Find out more information on your respective local authority's small business rate relief programme and other business support offers, including grants.
What we are doing during the Coronavirus outbreak:
We want you to know that, first and foremost, we are here for you - the Oxfordshire business community.
We are currently moving our own business support events to online platforms to ensure that we can provide you with the guidance that you need. We are in the process of creating a series of ‘digital’ business Q&As, to run throughout this summer, which we will announce in due course.
We also have a ongoing programme of business support workshops delivered by our OxLEP Business team - this includes workshops in; business strategy, leadership, crowdfunding, as well as a series of grant workshops for our eScalate and Innovation Support for Business programmes.
If you aren't familiar with the our Q&As, here's a taste of what we do and the types of discussions we will be having during our upcoming digital Q&As:
In addition, it is also important that we – as the local enterprise partnership for Oxfordshire – continue to communicate with our business community and pass on your views and concerns to Government. We will work with Government as best we can to ensure that our business community can be supported during this challenging period.
If you're an Oxfordshire-based business, we want to hear how Coronavirus is affecting your business and what support you feel you need from the Government right now. We ask that you complete our business intelligence form (please see link below) which will help us to regularly inform Government.
Get the latest information:
Please follow us on social media for the latest Coronavirus announcements:
Read our latest blog:
Nigel Tipple's latest blog:
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government support schemes delivered by our local authorities' (8 April)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): The creative industries' (6 April)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): An update on the Government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme' (3 April)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government support for small businesses' (2 April)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Encouraging businesses - however big or small - to access Government support' (1 April)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting a 'world-class' economy' (31 March)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Our support' (27 March)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Collecting information from our business community' (26 March)
'Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' (25 March)
'Government support available for Oxfordshire businesses' (24 March)
'Oxfordshire's economy is a strong and resilient one, despite the possible challenges brought about by Coronavirus' (17 March)
Further Government information:
Call the Government's business support helpline for further business-specific support:
0300 456 3565
Call the Department for Education Coronavirus helpline for education and children's social care-related queries:
0800 046 8687
Prime Minister's address to the nation on Coronavirus (23 March):
Hand washing - how to wash your hands properly:
Coronavirus stay at home advice (NHS):