The Government has announced a new ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The simple online questionnaire takes under a minute to complete and will signpost business owners and the self-employed to relevant Government financial information.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishni Sunak said: “We’ve launched an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs, businesses and incomes during these challenging times.

“Millions are already benefitting and this new online tool will allow firms and individuals to identify what help they are entitled to in a matter of minutes.

“We are doing everything we can to make our support as accessible and as easy to navigate as possible.”

The new business support finder tool can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder.

RYA Director of External Affairs, Howard Pridding said: “We are very much aware of the hardship that the Coronavirus pandemic is presenting to members, affiliated clubs, classes, training centres, instructors and many others working on a self-employed basis.

“This new tool will help to ensure those that are struggling can quickly and easily find out about more about the financial support that is available to them.

“The RYA recognises that there will be individuals and organisations in our network that will not be eligible for these financial support packages and we are working with other Sport National Governing Bodies and the Sport & Recreation Alliance to lobby Government at this difficult time. 

“If you find yourself in this position, please do get in touch with the RYA Legal Team so that we may assess the extent of the shortfall and continue to lobby Government on your behalf,” he concluded.

If you have any queries that are directly related to the current pandemic, please take a look at the Coronavirus Hub on the RYA website. Club Commodores and Training Centre Principals are also encouraged to check out the RYA Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for Affiliated Clubs, Classes and Recognised Training Centres for detailed support and guidance.