COVID-19: Support for Newport businesses


Financial support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. 

Use the Business Support Finder to find out what financial support is available for you and your business.

Visit Business Wales COVID-19 business support finder to locate the varied range of support available.

Latest announcements

- £120 million financial support for businesses in Wales who are impacted by Omicron

New measures were introduced from 6am on Boxing Day to help keep Wales safe.

The measures were a revised version of alert level 2, to respond to the new omicron variant, and are designed to help keep businesses open and trading and protect customers and staff. £120 million has been made available for nightclubs, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the move to alert level 2.

Further information can be found here and here.



Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, you may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. 

Read about grants made available to businesses

Webinars and workshops

A number of organisations are offering webinars, online workshops and taster sessions to help businesses. 

Covid-19 business survey 

Newport City Council is carrying out a survey to help understand the issues that are of greatest concern to Newport businesses - how the crisis has affected you, the support you have been able to access, and the measures you have (or intend to) put in place to support social distancing.  

Business rates relief

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £500,000 or less will receive 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2020/21.

We hope to automatically award the business rates holiday to all eligible parties as soon as possible and you will receive a new bill when the award has been made.  

Return to work guidance for businesses 

Read guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Other support

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Graduate Scheme

Businesses can get free access to expert skill sets for recruiting high-skilled graduates within:-          

 Visit website

Further information

Read the Business Wales call for suppliers of critical equipment, PPE and other support, including important guidelines for businesses (pdf), or visit the Life Science Hub Wales website. 

Welsh Government are inviting businesses to advertise in the recently launched Directory of Welsh Businesses to promote their goods, services and credentials to other businesses and consumers. Buyers wishing to source goods, materials, or services - both Covid-19 related and, importantly moving forward, goods and services to support the return to work and development of the economy - will be able to find more easily.

Visit Business Wales or Gov.UK for more information on funding and support as a result of COVID-19.

To contact business support services at Newport City Council, email:

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