Canterbury Bid

Coronavirus Business Support

In these unprecedented and challenging times, we want to let you know we are here for you every step of the way. Since the lockdown began, we’ve been talking to businesses daily, even hourly, through various channels. We’ve hosted meetings and webinars with different sectors to get an idea of the most pressing concerns as well as provided business support guidance including Q&As and webinars with local experts.

We are working hard to ensure BID Levy Payers and the wider businesses community get their voice heard during these unprecedented times, which is why we’ve been talking to both Canterbury City Council and national government through The BID Foundation and the ATCM. We’re not relaxing that pressure and we’ll keep asking questions and pushing for that support to come quickly.

We remain open and operational, here to support our BID levy paying businesses and the wider community within the city right now.  For the latest updates sent directly to your inbox, sign up to the Canterbury BID newsletter.

See our Recovery and Reopening page for national and local guidance.


The Government announced an initial £330bn package of support to businesses on 17 March. Please make sure to keep checking the following websites:

The following schemes were launched by the UK Government:

Read full details of these measures here

ACAS have also published information for employees and employers including information on simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff, sick pay and absence from work.


  • The self-employed will receive a direct cash grant of 80% of their average profits, up to £2,500 per month.
  • The scheme is open to anyone with average profits of £50,000 or less.
  • The scheme will operate for three months initially but could be extended.
  • The system will take time to establish and grants won’t be available until June – at which time those eligible will receive a payment for the whole three month period. So in effect, this will be a one-off grant to the self-employed.
  • HMRC will use the average trading profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to determine the size of the grant. For those without three years of returns, the Treasury will look at what they do have but there will be nothing for the newly self-employed without any filed accounts. READ FULL DETAILS