Helpful links for entrepreneurs in the coronavirus situation

23.3.2020


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Links to important information and services

In addition to NewCo Helsinki’s free advisory services, our business advisors have compiled a list with links to information and services for supporting entrepreneurs during the novel coronavirus pandemic.H

Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori has been holding regular briefings in Finnish to inform the Helsinki population about the latest municipal decisions associated with the coronavirus outbreak. You can watch the videos on the City Helsinki’s video streaming service and via the City of Helsinki Facebook account. The city also publishes all of the latest news on the coronavirus situation in English on the City of Helsinki website. 

The City of Helsinki has announced series of payment waivers and refunds to compensate for coronavirus closures.

The City of Helsinki offers comprehensive employment services for Helsinki residents and supports the employers of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area with employment along with Uusimaa TE Services.

Suomen Yrittäjät, an interest and service organization for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their owners in Finland, features news and FAQs on the coronavirus and its effects on businesses on its website.

Suomen Yrittäjät also offers the services of a lawyer and a therapist via its #ostapieneltä (Buy from SMEs) support group on Facebook. The lawyer answers questions on weekdays between 3 pm and 8 pm, and the therapist moderates the group for three hours each day. 

The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), Finland’s largest interest group working on behalf of the Finnish business community, proposes a 10-point list of (temporary) emergency actions to be taken to save businesses during the coronavirus crisis on its website. 

Employees of the Finnish Patent and Registers Office (PRH) are also telecommuting, so its face-to-face customer services are on hold until further notice. Online services will continue, however, and customers can call tel. 029 509 5050 every weekday from 9 am to 4:15 pm with questions. The website has an explanation of the changes at PRH due to the coronavirus, and you can find a list of the office’s online services on their website.

Finland’s Tax Administration (Vero) has introduced several changes due to the coronavirus situation. Among other things, businesses can apply for additional time to submit their tax returns, the Tax Administration will waive the fine for submitting returns late with a valid reason, and the terms of payment arrangements will be eased for the time being, in light of the situation. Find updated information on how the coronavirus has affected the filing and paying of taxes and taxpayer services on the website.

Finland’s Ministry of Finance website contains, among other things, questions and answers about the impact of the coronavirus and a link to government advice and information on coronavirus

Business Mentors Finland, a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals through mentorship, offers mentor support for businesses in the Helsinki metropolitan area during this difficult financial situation. All you have to do to be assigned with a mentor is fill out the request form.

Enterprise Finland’s Talousapu advisory service has established a national helpline for guidance on what to do in situations caused by the coronavirus crisis. Call tel. + 358 29 502 4880 for service in Finnish, Swedish or English on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. The service also provideshelp to businesses with financial and payment issues for the cost of a normal phone call.

The state financing company Finnvera says it is ready and willing to increase corporate financing of SMEs to help enterprises make it through the coronavirus crisis. Call tel. 029 460 2582 for free financial advice every weekday from 9 am to 4:15 pm. See the website for more information on how Finnvera can help enterprises in these exceptional times.

The investment promotion agency Business Finland opened two new funding services on 19 March for SMEs (6-250 employees) experiencing difficulties due to the coronavirus. Business Finland has also compiled a list of news items and services related to the coronavirus outbreak on its website.

The specialists from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) have prepared guidelines for employers and employees for the coronavirus epidemic.

Tasekirjailijat ry, an association of independent practitioners in the field of financial management, training and networking, has gathered information on how to overcome to financial challenges caused by the coronavirus into one handy pdf document.

And last, but not least, the Unemployment Fund for Finnish Entrepreneurs (SYT) has put together instructions in Finnish on what to do if an entrepreneur is placed in quarantine or contracts the coronavirus, as well as information in English about what happens if you go out of business.