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The IOW Council is now in receipt of the Government funds for grants to small businesses. Please make sure have completed the necessary forms here:

COVID 19 Latest advice from Bob Seely IOW MP

Protect yourself and others. For the latest on Coronavirus (COVID-19) see the Governments information for Employers and Businesses here:

To find out about the Governments support for Businesses including support for Business Rates please visit:

The British Chambers of Commerce is compiling information to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government's strategy.

The latest Coronavirus advice from the NHS here:

Follow the Isle of Wight Council on social media for news updates @iwight

Advice from Moore (South) LLC about what action to take to mitigate the impacts

Island businesses seeking key updates on access to government relief funding are being encouraged to visit a special page on the Isle of Wight Council's website.

The new page at is being updated as further information becomes available from the government over the coming days, including details of accessing business rates support.

The page includes an online form for businesses to provide their details to help speed up the process of payment, once the funds are available.

All occupied premises in the relevant sectors (such as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, live music venues etc) will receive a revised business rates bill for 2020/21 confirming the 100 per cent rates holiday for 12 months.

Current government information for businesses and employers, including support, can be found at

24th March 2020

Guidance on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises, as part of further social distancing measures.

26th March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to support self-employed individuals facing financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The scheme is designed to support the self-employed through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Under the scheme, the government will pay self-employed people a taxable grant based on an average of their earnings over the past three years.

Further details may be announced in due course and we will endeavour to keep you up to date on the latest developments.

Government guidance on the scheme can be found here:

Last updated 08:57 on 8 July 2020

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