Coronavirus Business Support

The Kickstart Scheme

The scheme will create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who are at risk of long term unemployment.
Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
To help smaller businesses, employers offering fewer than 30 placements will be asked to make a bid through an intermediary, who will then bid for 30 or more placements as a combined bid. 
If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, register your details and a member of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Team team will be in touch to help you with your application. 
For more information on the Kickstart scheme please take a look at the central government website.

Business Support Helpline

The Business Support Helpline number in England has changed to FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impatrial busines support and signposting service to businesses in England - which currently includes business advice on Covid-19

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority:

Business Support One to Ones

The Combined Authority are offering a free one hour consultation, on the phone or via video link, from an experienced business adviser to discuss your needs and provide guidance on how to access relevant support from our services and central government.

This might include how you can address immediate challenges, how you can engage with broader resilience issues, helping you to explore different ways to conduct your business or diversify. The CPCA business support sessions can also help you to understand and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on your clients, staff, suppliers and others, and help you to lay out an initial roadmap for a return to business.

Business Support Seminars

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority are also providing free access to a range of webinars that are designed to support your business through the impact of Covid-19:

The Talent Portal

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority know that many businesses in the region have had to change their working models, or even to change the entire way they work, to survive in this rapidly changing time.

The also know that unfortunately, many people have lost their jobs, so there are many skilled workers who are looking for new employment. The Talent Portal connects employers looking for new skills in their workforce with jobseekers who have what they need; the Combined Authority coordinate and connect you with each other, so to build economic resilience together.