Entrepreneurs, small business owners and the self-employed are being tested to their limits as disruption from the coronavirus spreads through the UK economy. 

Claer Barrett, the FT’s personal finance editor, has been writing and broadcasting throughout the crisis on the challenges small businesses are facing, how they are adapting and what they think about various support measures launched by the government. 

In her recent column, Claer analysed the government’s unprecedented package of support for the self-employed — a lifeline to many of the UK’s 5m flexible workers.

However, she points out that owner-directors of small businesses are one group that will not be covered by this scheme. Freelancers who operate via limited companies, including many working in the UK’s creative industries, will also not be supported. 

Claer has been taking your questions about business support programmes and hearing about readers’ experiences; watch her video on the FT’s YouTube channel

Post your comments and questions for Claer in the comment field below, or if you would prefer to email, send your questions to money@ft.com

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