Coronavirus Update

09-Apr-2020 in Business & the Economy

As restrictions continue, we’ve summarised some of the main sources of information and support (updated 09.04.20)


Look after your health

Everyone must stay at home to help stop Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading. 

Wash your hands with soap and water often to reduce the risk of infection.

For more information:

You can also ring NHS 111 for information or advice


Arts Council NI

latest news includes a video message from Chief Executive Roisin McDonough

On 27 March, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA announced funding of £1m to support the arts sector in Northern Ireland. At time of writing, we await further details of how this fund will be distributed.


Financial support

Anyone in immediate financial hardship can apply for Universal Credit

Advice NI Benefits Helpline – 0808 802 0020

Make the Call: Helpline for benefits and supports entitlements: 0800 232 1271

Community advice services:

If you are in a crisis situation help is available from the Department for Communities Finance Support 0800 587 2750 (Freephone) or

0800 587 2751 (textphone for customers with hearing difficulties)

Self Employed support

HMRC Covid-19 help line for self-employed and businesses: 0300 456 3565

Domestic Rates

Business Rates

Mortgage payment holidays of three months negotiated with banks contact your own lender for details


More information from the Department for Communities:  

Or via their Covid-19 App is the Invest NI-backed source of up to date business support information and their summary of supports is available here:

Look after your physical and mental wellbeing

Managing anxiety in this hugely uncertain environment is a challenge for everyone. 

Mental Health Charity Mind has some excellent advice and resources to help manage the emotions around at such an uncertain time.

Useful numbers if you need crisis support:
Samaritans: 116 123
Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247

The Survivors Trust: 0808 801 0181
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Age UK: 0800 169 6565


Looking After Your Business

While there are a lot of pressing issues to deal with, especially if you also have caring responsibilities, if you can, don’t forget to keep nurturing your own business and developing your own story.

Design Trust offers fantastic online resources. Can we use the time to research online accounting packages, update social media, add some new web content?
Here are a few great starters:
Social Media & Marketing:
Business Planning:
Time Management:

Stay in Touch
Please keep in touch through if we can find anything out for you or share anything you’ve found useful.

Craft NI
09 April 2020

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