COVID-19: support for businesses

Government has set out a package of temporary, timely 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 statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
  • a Business Rate Relief for small businesses and pubs
  • small business grant funding of £3,000 for all business in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub

Looking to start, grow or develop your business? SEMLEP’s Growth Hub helps local businesses realise ambitions through free impartial and tailored information, advice and guidance that best support your business needs.


University of Northampton Business Support Team

The University of Northampton’s Business Support Team offers an easy access portfolio of FREE business support.


Business and IP Centre Northamptonshire

The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business.

The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire, part of the British Library Business & IP Centre national network, runs workshops and information and advice sessions

The Local Authority adopts a “better business for all” approach  offering support to  businesses in a number of ways ranging from licencing to pre planning advice. The authority has expertise in the following areas:

Pre Planning advice

Our pre-application service provides planning advice before you submit an application, to help you prepare a valid application for a proposal that is likely to be supported by Development Services.

Building Control

Providing you with a tailored, cost effective and professional service throughout the Borough of Kettering. Whether you are an architect or designer, contractor or property owner, we are here to offer you a reliable, friendly and impartial service.


The Northamptonshire Licensing Partnership are responsible for all Environmental Health Licence Applications and is made up of five local authorities & was formed to improve the service offering a consistent point of contact. 

Commercial Waste Collection

Kettering Borough Council offers a reliable and prompt collection service. We can guarantee your waste will be taken care of legally, environmentally and with minimal disruption to your business.

Regulatory Advice and Support

Whatever business you operate, there will be regulations you need to comply with, these could be national and/or local requirements.  SEMLEP work closely with all Northamptonshire based regulators, e.g. councils and local authorities, to connect businesses to professional, trusted regulatory advice and support to ensure they stay compliant with the most up to date legislation.

Business Rates

All you need to know about your Business Rates ranging from how it is calculated , how to pay your bill to advising us of a change of circumstance or new premises. Contact them today

Food Safety

The Health Protection Team promotes & regulates food safety and investigates outbreaks of food poisoning. The team carry out visits to ensure food is being handled & produced hygienically whilst offering expert advice & support.