Coronavirus and your business

Coronavirus and your business

Your business matters to us and throughout this challenging time, through SETsquared Exeter, the University of Exeter and our partners are committed to working with and supporting you.

Although we are following government advice by working from home, our team remains available and committed to all of our existing as well as new clients.

Please call or email directly if you would like to speak to a particular member of staff (full contact details can be found at the bottom of the page).

For our Programme Members, we recognise that taking swift, decisive action in the areas that require attention is very important so we are advising all business owners to contact their Lead EiRs.

We have also put together some useful links including accessing additional support.

Help for businesses and individuals

More funds available for COVID-hit businesses in Exeter

Government Business Support campaign

Covid-19: Support for businesses

Covid-19: guidance for employers and businesses

Budget 2020 support for those affected by Covid-19

FSB advice for small businesses: Advice and guidance on reducing risks of disruption to you and your business.

Coronavirus guidance for employers: This guidance will assist you in providing advice to your staff.

Coronavirus foreign travel advice: Get advice about travelling abroad.

Coronavirus Business Interuption Scheme (CBILS): Discover the finance options available from the British Business Bank.

Self employed - financial support

Employment support allowance for those who are ill

Job seekers allowance

Universal credit


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NEW! Future Fund Headline Terms

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NEW! The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund. The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business.

NEW! Ad credits for Google Ads - Small and Medium-sized Businesses. To help alleviate some of the costs, Google are giving $340 million in ad credits, which can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across Google Ads platforms.

TechForce19 grants for firms to help people stay at home

Information from our professional services partners

 Michelmores adds perspective to the potential Future Fund offering.

Current Funding Opportunities - Granted Consultancy

10 Point Survival Plan from SETsquared Exeter Mentor Tim Dewing

Remote Working Toolkit (Cosmic)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice for employers (Michelmores)

Covid-19 - IP, tech and data protection support (Stephens Scown)

CBILS – what we know so far (PKF Francis Clark)

Planning ahead - Gov’t to increase public R&D investment to £22 billion (Granted Consultancy)

Key Contacts

Joe Pearce (SETsquared Exeter Business Support)
Ben Voysey (SETsquared Exeter Business Support)
Julie Hawker (Resilience / home working)
Kate Doodson (Resilience / home working)
Tom Torkar (Commercial Contracts)
Ben Travers (Intellectual Property)
Lewis Banfield (Accounting & Finance)
Stephen King  (Insurance and Risk)
Graham Heydon (Tax Adviser specialising in R&D tax relief)

Useful links are also available from



HMRC Covid-19 Helpline: 0800 0159 559

HMRC Tax helpline for businesses affected by Covid-19: 0800 0159 559

Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of further support:

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