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The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, presents a significant challenge for businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire and indeed worldwide. The University of Warwick Science Park together with other key organisations here are preparing actions to help minimise the impact on businesses by providing support and keeping our environment updated about support available for businesses.

We have created a useful infographic which summarises the support available by the UK Government for SME businesses, it can be viewed here.


Key supports available for businesses: 

Business Rates Relief

Business Support Grant Funds

Large Business Support

Paying Sick Pay

Paying Tax

Paying your Employees

Small & Medium-Sized Business Support

Support for the Self-Employed


If your business is affected by the outbreak of Coronavirus, there are financial schemes and measures being put in place to help you overcome this uniquely challenging situation.

We would also like to get the message across that our business support activity is open for business, albeit electronically. We urge our existing clients to talk to their business growth adviser about their challenges and any company that is not receiving any external support to come forward and discuss their challenges with us or the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub. The same applies to our tenants that are not yet receiving business support.

One advice we would give to all businesses is to prepare a detailed cash flow forecast for at least the next 6 months for your business to identify potential shortfalls and to have clarity on what is required to see you through these difficult times. If you are unsure how to do this, contact us using the links below or talk to your accountant who will be able to advise you accordingly.


Other COVID-19 Resources

  • Small Business Grant Programme – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants & ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.
  • Microsoft Teams – Enable your team to work remotely with free unlimited chat, video calling, file sharing, storage, and more.
  • Pay It Forward – Crowdfunder and Enterprise Nation are providing 100% free tech to enable small businesses to pre-sell their services now on a promise to their customers that they can redeem them later.
  • The Princes Trust and Natwest Enterprise Relief Fund – £5M fund to help young entrepreneurs across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Salesforce Small Business Grants – Salesforce is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant.

University of Warwick Science Park Business Support

To receive comprehensive business support please contact our Business Ready team

For start up support please contact our Ignite team

For equity investment please contact our Minerva team


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