Covid-19 advice and support for businesses

There are lots of sources of support and advice for businesses impacted by Covid-19. We regularly update this page with links to other organisations.

As the situation evolves, it’s important that everyone is aware of the latest advice from the UK Government and the health information from the NHS. 

The UK Government has published updated guidance for businesses, employers and employees.

Benefits: Visit the government's website to find out more about, benefits, eligibility and how to apply.

Government financial support measures for the UK seafood industry

We’ve developed an easy to use tool to help seafood businesses identify UK Government and devolved administration Covid-19 financial support schemes. By selecting your business type and location you can see which packages may be available to your business, including those specific to the sector and those open to businesses more generally. Alternatively you can download a pdf summary of all the available support. 

Information and support for businesses in Scotland

The Scottish Government is providing information on Covid-19 in Scotland and relevant updates for businesses including advice and guidance, news and publications on their website.

Skills Development Scotland launched a Job Hub where businesses in need of immediate staff as a result of the COVID-19 situation can post vacancies. 

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is providing free confidential support to assist individuals and employers in Scotland facing a redundancy situation. Visit the My World of Work website or call the helpline 0800 917 8000.

Scotland Food & Drink has a coronavirus information hub on their website

Scottish Enterprise has information on their website and the Find Business Support website has on updates and advice on funding, business disruption, tax rates, employee support and more.

NHS Scotland provides public health advice on COVID-19, information on personal support and guidance on engaging with the NHS in the event of symptoms or illness. Visit the NHS Scotland website

Information and support for businesses in Wales

The Welsh Government is providing guidance and updates on coronavirus on their website.

Business Wales has advice on its website for Welsh businesses, including information on financial support and grants. The phone number for further advice is 0300 060 3000.

Public Health Wales provides guidance and resources on coronavirus on their website

Information and support for businesses in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Executive has information and updates on their website

Northern Ireland Business Info and has advice for Northern Ireland businesses.

Other sources of support and advice

We have announced new funding to support online learning opportunities while Covid-19 social distancing requirements prevent the delivery of face to face taught training courses.

ACAS has 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.

Business loans: A number of private lenders are also making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including £2 billion from Lloyds Banking Group and £5 billion from NatWest.

The British Retail Consortium is sharing the latest retailer announcements on their website.

Safety In Action has shared coronavirus advice relating to deliveries on their website.

The British Chamber of Commerce has advice for Chambers and members on their website.

Support for those who own or work on a fishing vessel

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued guidance on the relaxation of requirements on fishermen's training and certification during COVID-19 restrictions.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has produced a guide detailing the assistance which they can offer and collating links to other sources of support for their stakeholders in EnglandThey have also shared guidance on how to sell your catch direct.

Self-employed fishermen who need support immediately should apply for universal credit as the government self-employed grant will not be paid until June. This needs to be applied for online, find out more on the Government website. The Fishermen's Mission has created an easy to follow guide for applying for Universal Credit. If you need further support with this contact SAIL (details below).

The Fishermen’s Mission provides financial, practical and pastoral support to retired or active fishermen and their families. Support can be requested for a variety of factors and financial support is provided when payments can no longer be made and they are in arrears - proof and documentation is required. Visit their website, call 01489 566 910 or email

Seafarer’s Advice and Information Line (SAIL) provides independent financial advice for seafarers on benefit entitlement, HMRC issues, bankruptcy, debt, charity grants, employment, housing and pensions, as well as advice on consumer issues and immigration. They also offer practical support to assist with filling in forms and negotiating with other agencies. Visit their website, call 0800 160 1842 or email

Seafarer’s Advice and Information Line (SAIL) provides independent financial advice for seafarers on benefit entitlement, HMRC issues, bankruptcy, debt, charity grants, employment, housing and pensions, as well as advice on consumer issues and immigration. They also offer practical support to assist with filling in forms and negotiating with other agencies. Visit their website, call 0800 160 1842 or email

Shipwrecked Mariners Society provides financial and practical assistance to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependents. They can support in instances that include debt, illness, disability, unemployment or retirement. To find out more visit their website, call 01243 789 329 or email

Seafarers Hospital Society offer health, welfare and advice to merchant seafarers and fishermen families. Visit their website, call 0800 160 1842 or email Big White Wall is a confidential 24/7 online mental health and wellbeing service provided by the Seafarers Hospital Society.

Seafarer Support guides serving and former UK seafarers and their families towards relevant help. Their online tool allows users to input basic details then searches their database of over 150 maritime charities to identify those which may be able to provide help. Visit their website or call the free helpline on 0800 121 4765. 

Fishing Animateur has collated various sources of advice and support for fishermen and their families in the form of a poster.

Mental health support

If you feel you need additional support you can also contact the following charities: 

The Samaritans: Visit their website or call 116 123.

Silverline: A free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day call 0800 470 8090.