Business support

Additional information and support for businesses

Business Rates Holiday for Childcare Nurseries

Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There is no action for you. We will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Support for Employers from Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus have launched their new Employer Help website which offers a range of advice to help your business overcome challenges associated with COVID-19. Whether you are needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff.

Visit the Employer Help website

Redundancy information

If you have already made employees redundant or are about to make small numbers redundant (up to five) or are planning to make larger-scale redundancies (five or more), please refer those individuals for direct support to Futures, the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands:

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy (opens in new window)

Recruitment Information

If you are seeking to fill urgent vacancies, short or long term, to meet changes to your business as a result of COVID-19, we can help connect you with immediately available individuals. Please register your vacancies with:

John Blankley (Senior Employment Support Adviser at Futures)
Phone: 0115 876 4947 / 07570 671592

Please have the following information available when registering your vacancies:

  • Nature of work
  • Number of vacancies (can be approximate)
  • Necessary or desirable skills requirement
  • Location of vacancies
  • Any current recruitment routes being used.

Further information

Government guidance on coronavirus testing for essential workers who are self-isolating (opens in new window)


Updated 20 July 2020

Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this information is subject to change and we advise that you check our website for regular updates.