Local support

The Government is working closely with Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations to support the national response to coronavirus, including ensuring messages from Government are heard by all businesses and that business voices are heard by Government. View the list of organisations you can speak with to get advice. Many of these websites also include sector specific guidance and Q&A.


Through Local Authorities, businesses impacted by the pandemic can apply for a variety of different grant schemes. These include grants for businesses required to close due to local or national restrictions, grants for businesses not required to close due to local or national restrictions and discretionary grants.

Grants vary between Local Authorities. To get the latest information, we recommend visiting your local authority website.

Bedford Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire Council
Luton Borough Council
Milton Keynes Council
Corby Borough Council
Daventry District Council
East Northamptonshire Council
Kettering Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council
South Northamptonshire Council
Borough Council of Wellingborough

For further Coronavirus advice and support, take a look at our Resource Hub.

Local universities have joined together to deliver Alphas, a programme to help SMEs to think about their businesses post COVID-19. The programme offers consultancy, people and grant funding. Find out more and register here.

If your food and drink manufacturing business has had to diversify as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, FEAST2 can help. The fully-funded programme offers a range of services to food and drink manufactures including grant funding and business mentoring. Find out more. 

The Manufacturing Growth Programme is still working to support manufacturing businesses. They have many business improvement projects to choose and can support with grant funding. This can be done remotely. Find out more here.

The Silverstone Technology Cluster has been established as a not-for-profit organisation to support the growth of the high-tech cluster and attract investment to the region. They have a range of webinar content available to view on their YouTube Channel, including topics on engineering, technology and response videos to coronavirus. Watch here.