The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing concern for businesses across the country and we all need to do what we can to prevent the spread of any potential airborne viruses as much as possible.

As of the 23rd of March, all non-essential shops and community spaces have been instructed to close by the UK Government. This will be reviewed on 13th April 2020 and relaxed if possible. Full details of businesses required to close, and any exemptions are available here.

Your business will be feeling the impact - so please find useful links to information available below or get in touch.

Government Support

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:
  • A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • A Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Full details of the support available can be found here
Click here to download a copy of the Factsheet

BID Activity

We are part of the Eastbourne COBRA team, supporting the business and wider community whilst also lobbying national Government on areas of concern including:

  • Support for freelancers, sole traders, and the self-employed
  • Support for commercial renters
  • Support for businesses who are not on the rateable value register
  • Support for the professional sectors
  • Support for manufacturing and not-for-profit sectors

Eastbourne COBRA is meeting once a week, and we have regular contact with the MP, Eastbourne Borough Council, and the Cabinet Office. So if there is something that you feel the Government should be doing, that it isn't - please contact us.

Click here to view the latest Eastbourne COBRA minutes

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The following BID businesses have offered support

Do get in touch if you can join them.


Business Support
BID Director, Maxine Reid-Roberts has offered to provide support to businesses who need advice. Maxine prides herself on providing a high-quality service to business owners of corporate entities or partnerships and individuals who find themselves in need of expert advice when in a position of financial or business unrest.


Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Business Support
The Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce is currently providing a daily update, direct from Government, on the measures announced to support businesses and the wider community. There is also information on how to support staff working from home. Click here to read the Daily Update and click here to read more about supporting staff working at home


Commercial Rent Support
Coronavirus is having a significant on many businesses and the situation is predicted to worsen. With that in mind, SHW can assist by negotiating directly on behalf of both landlords and tenants to agree terms to try and mitigate the effects of the disruption the current situation is causing. They carried out a similar exercise during the 2009 financial crisis and it worked well in helping keep voids to a minimum, businesses running and allowing a sharper recovery once the market returned. SHW have been established in Eastbourne for over 50 years and have unrivalled experience of advising both landlords and tenants on rent reviews, lease renewals and lease regears.

Please either email or call Mark McFadden on 01323 437903.


Support for your Employees
Your Eastbourne BID has teamed up with insight6 to provide you with a completely free tool to help you get feedback from your team about how they are feeling right now.
Understanding how your teams feel at this current time will be crucial in making sure you are making the right decisions for them and your business, as we ride out the pandemic. Having vital colleague insight at this time will enable you to make decisions quickly.
insight6 have designed a bespoke team survey of just 7 questions, these questions have been written following conversations with businesses across many sectors, to ascertain the type of insight that will be of use, such as how you are communicating with your team and your customers and do they have the right tools for the job in the current circumstances. These are just a couple of examples of the themes of the questions.
The survey is completely free of charge so please click on the link below which takes you to their website where you can register your interest and details, so they can then send you an individual link for your business.

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Employment Advice
BID Director, Jeremy Sogno has offered his firm to provide employment advice to any business that is currently having difficulties. Please call 01323 720 142.

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Online Marketing
Fountain Digital are offering a free video conference where they will provide some helpful tips, advice and alternative ways to market your business. Contact