Small Business Lockdown

Archive of articles featuring news and comment about the covid-19 lockdown’s effects on UK small businesses.


Two thirds of councils haven’t paid Covid rates relief

The £1.5bn Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund was to help businesses that did not already qualify for the £16bn pandemic business rates holiday


April 12 reopening – which small businesses can reopen in England?

Small business roadmap for reopening with key dates on April 12, May 17 and June 21

Finding and selling to customers

How this London bakery found new revenue streams during lockdown

Artisan baker Alexandre Bettler relies on Square Dashboard for a live view of his business, helping him stay on top of production and bestselling items


Which small businesses can stay open in national lockdown?

Find out which small businesses can still stay open despite different national lockdown restrictions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


£9000 lockdown grant for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure

Government announces £4.6bn in new lockdown grants to support small businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality


Which small businesses can stay open in Tier 4 lockdown?

The government announced sudden Tier 4 restrictions for London and South East England on Saturday. Here is the list of which types of small business can remain open


One in 5 Brits want to go into business for themselves since lockdown

Nearly half of young people want to become entrepreneurs and set up their own small busincess, according to Direct Line survey

Business management

How to reopen your hairdressers and barbers and post lockdown

Hairdressers and barber shops are able to open from July 4, but with extra safety measures in place


How to reopen your small business post lockdown – what we know so far

How to reopen your small business - a SmallBusiness.co.uk guide to reopening your small business post coronavirus lockdown. All the official guidance so far


Only 10% of customers planning to go back to shops when they reopen

Shops are preparing to throw open their doors this Monday, June 15 but will there be anybody to walk through them?

Legal advice

Tenants back to facing eviction for non-payment of rent as shops reopen

Draft voluntary code due to be published this week makes no mention of extending eviction protection for small businesses unable to pay rent


Small businesses plea for an end to lockdown by the end of May

With Johnson potentially days from announcing an exit strategy, some businesses say they won't survive more than another month in lockdown

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

HSBC - Advertising feature