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Government coronavirus business support

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Other advice and support

Business premises closures

Government guidance on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises, as part of further social distancing measures has been updated to include additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed.

Guidance has also been added on work carried out in people’s homes.


Read the guidance

Information for key workers

Car parking

Designated COVID-19 key workers can now park free of charge in selected council-owned car parks whilst carrying out their key tasks.

NHS workers can park for free now in any Cheltenham Borough Council car park, by following the government advice about displaying identification in their car window and staff working in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been allocated designated parking.

Any key worker (as currently defined by the UK government) can apply for a permit to park for free in one of five car parks allocated by the council: Coronation Square, St George's Road, Commercial Street, Rodney Road and Sherborne Place.

To apply, visit and ensure that the online form is completed with full details.


In line with the latest government advice, the majority of businesses providing accommodation in and around Cheltenham have taken steps to close for commercial use.

However, the government has confirmed that certain exclusions apply, including where accommodation is being provided for key workers or vulnerable groups.

A list of accommodation providers in the area that are remaining open to meet this need is currently being compiled by Marketing Cheltenham.

Please continue to check back for further updates.


Business impact surveys

GFirst LEP and the Gloucestershire Growth Hub need to understand more about how coronavirus, and the government’s response to the crisis, has impacted upon businesses in our area. They need businesses from across the county to complete a short survey. This is an opportunity to ensure that your views directly inform government thinking and their next steps.

Growth Hub support and advice

If you are looking for business support and information in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Gloucestershire Growth Hub is providing free advice and support for businesses across the county. Please complete the dedicated request form so that the Growth Hub can get you the most up to date information, and free support as quickly and efficiently as we can.

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HMRC tax helpline

HMRC have launched a helpline for help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus.

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FSB advice

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Local business organisations

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