Coronavirus and businesses

The City of London. Image courtesy of Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay
Find out what help there is for businesses and employees affected by the coronavirus, and how London & Partners is supporting London’s ecosystem.

As London's international trade, investment and promotion agency, it’s our job to attract international businesses to London and help London businesses grow overseas. Part of that job also includes sharing relevant industry resources – you’ll find useful links below which should provide you with the latest information on dealing with the coronavirus.

Official government resources

Support for businesses

The government has created a large economic stimulus package designed to protect businesses and employees. From interest free loans to grants for SMEs, there are several options businesses can access during this time.

Quick links:

Find the full list of what’s available on the government's coronavirus support website.

Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus
Get information on certifying an absence from work, SSP, employees from vulnerable groups and keeping HR systems up to date.

Guidance for employees
Find out about SSP entitlement and information for self-employed and furloughed workers.

WhatsApp information service
Sign up to receive regular and trustworthy updates on the coronavirus.

Visa advice
Explore the steps you need to take to extend your visa if you're affected by the coronavirus. 

Other resources

Travelling to and around London
See the latest official advice, resources, information on self-isolation and how to avoid getting sick if you must travel.

London Growth Hub
Register for a one-to-one telephone appointment, download a checklist with the key steps and access resources from leading trade organisations.

Support from London & Partners

London & Partners is working with business groups, the Mayor of London and other stakeholders to advise on how government and others can support London’s businesses.

We will be setting up a series of virtual seminars to offer advice on how to manage this period, but also on wider skills which we think may be useful to you. Information on these will be posted on our Twitter and LinkedIn channels.

Looking ahead, London & Partners is already planning for the economic recovery. We are working with industry in preparing for consumer demand and investment to return, building a plan for how we respond.

Find out more