Big improvements to business finance scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has delivered once again following the concerns we raised with him about the new Coronavirus Business Loans Interruption Scheme (CBILS).

Testing for coronavirus

The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, has unveiled a plan to dramatically ramp up Coronavirus testing so that by the end of this month 100,000 tests are carried out every day in England.

Can I continue to work?

We are getting lots of businesses and tradespeople asking us whether they can continue to go to work.

Emergency support for self-employed

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a multi-billion package of support for self-employed people to enable them to carry on doing business. He described it as ‘one of the most generous in the world’.

Do you need help with shopping?

I appreciate that this is a difficult time for many people and, in particular, those people who are elderly and vulnerable and may have to be at home for 12 weeks.

Business support update through the Coronavirus crisis


As the Prime Minister said in the House today, we understand the situation many self-employed people face at the moment and we are determined to find a way to support them. We will be making a further announcement very shortly.

Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives

Stay at home

You must stay at home, only leaving for the following very limited purposes:

• Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.

• One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your immediate household.