Government’s recovery document
Click here to view the government’s recovery document, OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.
This page will be regularly updated with information and guidance for businesses and employers regarding business continuity and local support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Scroll down to access sector-specific information and guidance.
Our business navigators in East Sussex are available for free discussions via phone or email to answer your questions and concerns, as well as point you in the right direction for external or government advice.
If you would like to receive direct support from your local business navigator please complete our Business Support form and indicate what support you are interested in and how COVID-19 affected you so far.
Click here to view the government’s recovery document, OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.
Follow the link below to access the Government Coronavirus Business Support site, which includes information on:
This guidance from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Public Health England will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on:
The Government is closely monitoring developments in relation to potential economic impacts on the UK economy and individual businesses and supply chain and is keen that businesses feed back any specific concerns.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seeks business intelligence on how COVID-19 is impacting individual businesses and business sectors. It welcomes information from you and your members on:
Please send this information to email@example.com. We understand that individual company information may be commercially sensitive, and it will be treated accordingly.
You can go here to find out all the latest information about what funding and support is available for your business, managing your business during coronavirus and business closures. There is also a new ‘support finder’ tool (available here) to help businesses easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic through a quick and simple online questionnaire. You can find out more about the tool here.
The government has also launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp which is now updated with business support advice. Text ‘hi’ to 07860064422 via Whatsapp and there are business support measures highlighted under option 5 with the relevant links to gov.uk pages. Click here for more information.
The government’s dedicated business support helpline has switched to a new FREEPHONE number to provide further business support. It can now be accessed on: 0800 998 1098 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. You can also contact them by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HMRC have online help set up to help businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus.
The best way to get help from HMRC on any topic is to contact them online – click here. Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 0159 559
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have created the Coronavirus Business Support Blog to help business get the support they need to help with the impact of coronavirus. Click here to find out more.
Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors. Click here to access the full list.
A new Coronavirus Business Support Hub is now available at gov.uk/business-support.
The hub brings together key information for businesses including on funding and support, business closures, your responsibilities as an employer and managing your business during coronavirus. The hub also includes information for self-employed people and sole traders.
Funding and support
Support for the retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery sectors
Self-employed people and sole traders
Your responsibilities as an employer
Managing your business during coronavirus
Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service in England, with the government providing a new funding package of £300 million. Click here for more detail.
Below is a list of links to Coronavirus-related sites and pages offering business advice from the Local Authorities that fall within the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area.
Click on your local council name below to be directed to their page on support and information for businesses during the crisis.
|East Sussex||Essex||Kent & Medway|
|East Sussex County Council||Essex County Council||Kent County Council|
|Eastbourne Borough Council||Brentwood Borough Council||Ashford Borough Council|
|Hastings Borough Council||Castle Point Borough Council||Dartford Borough Council|
|Lewes District Council||Colchester Borough Council||Gravesham Borough Council|
|Rother District Council||Basildon District Council||Maidstone Borough Council|
|Wealden District Council||Braintree District Council||Swale Borough Council|
|Epping Forest District Council||Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council|
|Harlow Council||Tunbridge Wells Borough Council|
|Maldon District Council||Dover District Council|
|Rochford District Council||Folkestone & Hythe District Council|
|Tendring District Council||Sevenoaks District Council|
|Uttlesford District Council||Thanet District Council|
|Chelmsford City Council||Canterbury City Council|
|Southend on Sea Council||Medway Council|
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has published advice for employers and employees in case coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads more widely in the UK.
It has set out some simple steps that employers should consider to help protect the health and safety of staff, including:
The Association of British Insurers has produced a Q&A to help and support insurance customers. It has produced guides for some of the most commonly asked questions regarding:
Be the Business has created a dedicated coronavirus page specifically for business owners and leaders, bringing together the latest government support, advice across themes such as supporting your staff and communicating with customers, how leaders like you are reacting right now and the best of what the rest of the web has to offer. Click here to find out more.
There are case study video available, where business leaders from a wide variety of sectors and locations explain how they’ve reacted and what their priorities going forward will be. Click here to view the videos.
Be the Business’s new 12-week Rapid Response Mentoring Programme aims to help guide owners and managers of these businesses through the next few months, provide a sounding board for difficult decisions, and support them to develop suitable strategies for the future.
Click here to find out more and register.
A revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus. Click here for more information.
Understand how to support your business and workforce through this global health emergency. Click here for more information.
Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for our customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Click here for more information.
Click here to view a register of agreements relating to exclusion orders made by powers under paragraph 7 of Schedule 3 to The Competition Act 1998.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is regularly updating its website with news, advice and guidance for businesses regarding Coronavirus.
It is also holding a daily webinar – click here for more information on Coronavirus-related webinars for businesses and follow the link below to head to the CBI site.
From Tuesday May 26, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, are able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.
Employers will be able to make claims to the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme through a new online service. Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.
HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. Click here to find out more.
The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here for more information.
There is new guidance for employees who may have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The latest government guidance on dismissal states that if an employee has lost their job because of coronavirus (COVID-19), the employer may be able to re-employ and pay 80% of wages under the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme – click here to view.
Enterprise Nation has created a page to keep businesses updated of government moves, support schemes for small business, and pro-active advice on how to keep trading through the epidemic.
During this challenging time for small business owners Enterprise Nation wants to ensure you have access to advice, so it is offering three months free membership. Please apply coupon code COVID19ENFREE at the checkout.
Click here to find out more and register.
New measures at the UK borders to guard against a second wave of coronavirus infections have been announced by the Home Secretary. They include 14 days’ self-isolation for anyone entering the UK, bar a short list of exemptions. The arrangements are due to come into effect on June 8 2020.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said a full list of the exemptions will be published on gov.uk. They will include:
The Home Office says it has been working closely with industry partners ahead of announcing the changes (click here for more detail). They will be subject to review every three weeks, to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific evidence and remain effective and necessary.
The Home Secretary added that the government will continue to look at further options including ‘air bridges’ – agreements between countries who both have low transmission rates to recognise each other’s departure screening measures for passengers and removing the need for quarantine.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has a section on its website offering advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.
It has also published an on-demand webinar with help and support for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis – click here for more information on Coronavirus-related webinars for businesses and follow the link below to head to the FSB site.
There is currently significant demand for nurses, healthcare assistants, social care workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers and retail workers.
Click here to head to gov.uk/find-a-job.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has introduced the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill which it hopes will help to relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The bill will:
Click here for more information.
Our information hub will help individuals and organisations navigate data protection during this unprecedented time.
We will add new and relevant information as the pandemic continues. Click here to find out more.
Click here to read a blog from LinkedIn on how best to use the platform during the Coronavirus crisis.
Click here for advice and information on how employees can look after their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Mind has put together information covering:
Click here for more information.
Mental Health at Work has put together some useful and practical information for employers. Click here to find out more.
Together is a space for all businesses affected by self isolation to come together in support of one another. We will be holding virtual conferences, webinars and online networking for people to get involved in, learn and thrive during this difficult time.
Click here to head to togethernetworking.co.uk
The Business Support campaign is working with Crowdfunder to build awareness about the support provided to small businesses through the Pay it Forward campaign. Small businesses can set-up a Pay it Forward campaign to pre-sell their services and diversify trading now to ensure continuous cash flow.
Crowdfunder is covering all platform and transaction fees making it free to small businesses. Enterprise Nation is providing access to free training and support for business, to help with online sales, marketing, cashflow, and diversifying, if necessary. This campaign is nationwide and someone who is self-employed, a micro or small businesses can set up a Pay it Forward campaign here.
To support businesses that remain open during this period in England, the government has published additional guidance to assist employers, businesses and their staff in staying open safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – click here to view. For specific settings please refer to sector specific guidance, available here. Guidance has been published for:
These guidelines are not intended to be comprehensive or to represent every business’s situation, but are illustrative examples. Businesses should also look at the advice being published by trade associations and similar groups on how to apply government guidance in their sector. Click here to read the general guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus.
The guidance for employees, employers and businesses has been updated with guidance on use of face masks in the community – click here to view. The UK government does not currently advise use of face masks outside of care settings, in line with PPE guidance. Therefore, Public Health England (PHE) does not advise masks in public places and for those working in supermarkets, waste collection, schools and similar settings. PHE recommends that employers should ensure that:
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Guidance on cleaning and decontamination for workplaces, offices, waiting rooms, hotel rooms, student accommodation and other non-healthcare settings.
If someone suspected to have the virus has come into contact with your business offices/place of work, contact your local Health Protection Team for guidance.
The ScaleUp Institute is closely engaging in coronavirus response planning and support.
We are working closely with Government, Innovate UK, the British Business Bank and the Private sector on the response packages for scaling businesses and will continue to work with them over the coming days, weeks and months as solutions evolve, recognising the issues our scaleups are flagging to us.
Click here for more information.
You can check your eligibility for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) using the new online checker tool – click here. There is also further guidance available on:
The Chartered Institute of Transport (CILT) has set up a database for organisations in urgent need of supply chain resources.
The database has been made up from information provided by industry and provides a service that matches organisations together, so that those who have capacity can help those organisations in urgent need, such as the NHS and the grocery retail sector, by making available staff, vehicles, warehouse space and expertise to support the supply chain.
Click here for more information.
The Department for International Trade has revised arrangements for processing licence applications during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more here.
Details of changes and further clarification on compliance checks for open licences can be found here.
Anyone driving under the EU drivers’ hours rules or the GB drivers’ hours rules and undertaking carriage of goods by road can use the relevant relaxation where necessary. The relaxations are not limited to specific sectors or journeys. These two temporary relaxations will run until 23:59 on Tuesday 21 April 2020.
The notice allowing tank vehicles, with extended roadworthiness test certificates, to remain in service and on our roads without a valid ADR 1(C) certificate has been updated to say authorisation now includes class VII ADR vehicles.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, anyone wishing to export personal protective equipment (PPE) to areas outside the EU, European Free Trade Association member states and certain other territories will temporarily need a PPE export licence. The guidance has been updated with a link to a question and answer document by the EU.
Find out about moving goods and clearing customs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak here.
Find out about temporary changes to customs policy and authorisations to assist businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak here.
Follow the link below for information on what the Department for International Trade (DIT) is doing to provide support to businesses impacted by COVID-19, including:
The Department for International Trade has sent guidance directly to 160,000 exporters and investors on how to help secure export finance to keep trading during the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, UK businesses are now eligible to secure export insurance cover to major international markets.
As well as advice on what financial support is available for companies to manage the impacts of coronavirus, DIT stands ready to provide assistance with customs authorities to ensure smooth clearance of businesses’ products, and to offer advice on intellectual property and other issues with business continuity.
The message follows the news that UK businesses will now be eligible to secure export insurance cover to markets including the EU, US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland with immediate effect, following UK Export Finance expanding the scope of its Export Insurance Policy (EXIP) – click here.
The Department for International Trade’s 170 International Trade Advisers are already reaching out to businesses across the country to provide advice on keeping trade flowing. DIT is also working closely with trade bodies and business organisations to support the government’s business campaign. To find an ITA in your area, click here.
A new fund will enable eligible dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
The new funding (click here to find out more) will help support dairy farmers – who together continue to produce over 40 million litres of milk every day – who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.
Eligible dairy farmers will be entitled to up to £10,000 each, to cover 70% of their lost income during April and May to ensure they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare.
Growers can now register their vacancies on Pick for Britain, a central, online recruitment hub, for this year’s harvest. Developed by government and the industry, the site helps to bring workers and employers together and ensures the UK can continue to deliver the best fruit and veg.
Click here for more information.
The AHDB equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how. AHDB is a statutory levy board and is funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Click here to visit their coronavirus page for more information.
The NFU is the representative body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales. Click here to visit their coronavirus page for more information. If you are a farmer or a grower, you can also fill out a form to request information about your specific issue – click here.
If you are an NFU member, you can access advice and information as normal through the CallFirst service.
The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Click here for regular updates
Update on the support for aquaculture businesses under the Fisheries Response Fund is available to view here.
More than 1,000 fishing and aquaculture businesses in England will receive direct cash grants through a fisheries support scheme announced by Environment Secretary George Eustice and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay.
In the latest step to protect businesses affected by coronavirus, plans unveiled mean that up to £9 million will be available for grants to eligible fishing and aquaculture businesses.
A further £1 million will be made available to support projects to assist fishermen to sell their catch in their local communities. This money will help fishing businesses find new ways to market and sell their catch while traditional markets are restricted, not only supporting the sector but also the local communities that depend on the industry.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay MP said: “Fishing is at the heart of many of England’s coastal communities – providing local jobs as well as valued produce to their communities and through exports around the world.
“Given the loss of trade particularly to restaurants as a result of Covid-19, this support will help fishing businesses weather the current challenges they face, and facilitate new growth in retail markets through innovative local distribution.”
More information is available here.
Organisations supporting women and girls are invited to apply for a share of £15 million from the Tampon Tax Fund. The Tampon Tax Fund comes entirely from VAT receipts on women’s sanitary products. Click here for more information.
The Culture Secretary has announced that £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak.
This includes accelerating the release of £71 million of new funds from dormant accounts alongside £79 million already unlocked that will be repurposed to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery.
The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances.
Click here for more information.
Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tens of thousands of charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.
As part of a UK-wide package of support, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.
As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
Government guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.
Click here to access the page with information on:
Click here for information from The Charity Bank.
This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
Click here to find out more.
Homes England has commissioned its own research study into modern methods of construction to drive innovation in the construction industry.
Atkins and Faithful+Gould have been appointed as the agency’s research and development partner for the project. More details are available here.
Build UK is a representative organisation for the UK construction industry. Click here to visit their coronavirus page for more information about COVID-19’s impact on construction.
CITB is the industry training board for the construction sector in England, Scotland and Wales. Click here to visit their coronavirus page for more information on how CITB is supporting the construction industry.
Click here to read a letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the UK’s construction sector.
The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting worlds who will join a new taskforce aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again.
Mr Dowden said five new ministerial-led taskforces had been set up to develop blueprints for how and when closed businesses and venues could reopen safely.
Click here for more information.
Webinars and workshops: If you are a business or sole trader in the creative, cultural or digital sector, there are a number of webinars coming up to help your business during the COVID-19 crisis from the South East Creatives’ Workshop + Mentoring Online Programme – click here. Workshops are running until the end of September.
Grants: The programme is also still offering grants for creatives across the South East. If you are sole trader or company trading in the creative, cultural or digital sector you could consider applying for a Top-up Grant. If you’re looking to spend between £3k and £4k, South East Creatives could fund 35% of your costs. Click here to find out more.
The Arts Council England champions and develops art and culture across England. Click here to see their COVID-19 support page.
The IPG is a trade body that represents independent book publishers in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Click here to visit their website for more coronavirus related information.
Museums Association represents the interests of privately owned museums. Click here to visit their website for more coronavirus related information.
NMDC represents the leaders of the UK’s national collections and major regional museums. Click here to visit their website for more coronavirus related information.
The Publisher Association is a member organisation for UK publishing, representing companies of all sizes and specialisms. Click here to visit their website for more coronavirus related information.
Creative Industries Federation has collated advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout.
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the new fund, established with a £1m donation from Netflix, to help support the creative community.
PRS for Music has announced an Emergency Relief Fund for artists to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Money will be available for all members of PRS worldwide providing they have been part of the organisation for at least two years, and earned over £500 in that time. Grants will be allocated on an individual basis, with a maximum value of £1000.
UK charity Help Musicians has set up a £5 million Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may be facing.
The UK Arts Council is making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of its funding, to help alleviate pressure on them.
The Defence and Security Accelerator is part of the Ministry of Defence. We provide funding to help innovators develop solutions to Defence and Security problems. At present, we have a £1m fund to support innovation related to COVID19 and have accelerated our review processes to turn proposals around rapidly. If you have a potential innovation, you can submit an outline and request a discussion with your regional Innovation Partner through our website – click here.
DASA has a wide rage of competitions and offers of funding open to businesses including COVID-19 – click here to find out more.
Updated information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education is available here.
Funding and financial support available for education, childcare and children’s social care organisations. Find out more here.
Click here to read a letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the UK’s energy sector.
The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is the leading trade association for decentralised energy, representing more than 160 interested parties across the industrial, commercial and public sectors. Email email@example.com
The EIC is a not-for-profit organisation for UK-registered companies who deliver goods and services to the energy industries worldwide and covers across energy sectors including renewable energy, civil nuclear and oil and gas.
For COVID-19 support, contact Neil Golding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy UK is a trade association for the UK energy industry with members across all energy sectors including the electricity transmission and system operator National Grid.
Click here to visit Energy UK’s COVID-19 hub to find more information on operating in the UK energy market under coronavirus impact.
Renewable UK works on ensuring increased amounts of renewable electricity are deployed across the UK and access markets to export all over the world.
For further information and support, please contact:
The ukDEA brings together organisations from all parts of the district energy sector in the UK, including owners, developers, operators, contractors and suppliers of equipment and services, and is open for all in the sector to link into that network of expertise and best practice.
Click here to read a letter from the Economic Secretary, John Glen, to front line staff working to provide essential banking services.
Click here to read a letter from James Brokenshire and Lord Stephen Greenhalgh in response to the Fire Brigades Union on the government’s actions to support fire services.
The government has opened for applications its new Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (click here to view), which will fund projects that will help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets.
The £1 million scheme, first announced by Defra and HM Treasury on 17 April, is part of a £10 million fund for England’s fishing and aquaculture sectors (click here to view) that have been adversely impacted by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As well as this financial support, qualifying seafood businesses may also qualify for other Government support. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has produced a guide to what is available – click here to view.
The government will temporarily relax elements of UK competition law to support the dairy industry through the coronavirus outbreak. With the UK’s dairy farmers producing over 40 million litres of milk every day, the legislation, which will be laid shortly, will allow the industry to adapt to changes in the supply chain including decreased demand from the hospitality sector and reduced collection by retailers who have had to close. Details are available here.
Click here to access a list of business representative organisations and trade associations providing coronavirus related support.
The government has announced a £3 million fund for organisations redistributing safe surplus food to those who need it during the coronavirus outbreak.
A new drive to fund space-enabled technology and services that can strengthen the NHS response to coronavirus has been launched by the UK Space Agency.
Satellite data and drone technology can help meet challenges such as delivering test kits, masks, gowns and goggles, managing infectious disease outbreaks and supporting the health and wellbeing of the nation.
An initial £2.6 million is being made available to fund a number of projects to develop hi-tech solutions to these challenges, in a joint initiative with the European Space Agency (ESA) in support of NHS England.
The funding is for projects which will address at least one of the following:
Find out more and apply for funding here.
Guidance has been produced for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including information on:
MHRA also provide information to patients, manufacturers and healthcare professionals through their established information channels and alert systems.
Historic England has launched an emergency fund to help tackle the impact of Coronavirus on the heritage sector.
The aim of the fund, which will be up to £2m, is to extend the safety net as far as possible for the sector by helping small heritage organisations both to survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, and to prepare for recovery.
Historic England, which is responsible for protecting and championing the nation’s historic environment, has developed the Covid-19 emergency fund in response to its own comprehensive survey of heritage organisations. This survey revealed the serious impact of Coronavirus on the sector, particularly on small organisations (10 employees or fewer).
We’re inviting applications from heritage organisations, self-employed contractors, third-sector organisations and voluntary groups that have been severely affected by the impact of Coronavirus and which need additional short-term emergency financial support to ensure their survival.
We’ll also consider supporting projects and activities that respond to the current crisis and contribute to recovery in the heritage sector.
The fund is designed to complement the measures already put in place by the Government, as well as the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s recently announced £50 million emergency fund.
Applicants are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus. Grants of £50,000 are also available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills. Existing Historic England grant recipients should get in contact with their individual project contacts to discuss what flexibility they might require at this time.
The deadline for new applications is midnight on 3 May 2020 and the funding for successful applications will be awarded from mid-May.
More information on how to apply can be found here.
Support fund for licensed zoos and aquariums affected by coronavirus – click here.
AMDEA is working to ensure the continued supply of critical appliances and support to householders and the emergency services. Click here to find more information on COVID-19 on their website and click here for Register My Appliance’s website.
The BCFA is the British business association for the contract furnishing industry, covering the full spectrum of interior products and services in the UK and globally. Click here to visit their website for more coronavirus related information.
The British Footwear Association (BFA) supports new, growing and established businesses and manufacturers within the UK footwear industry.
During COVID-19, the BFA is dedicated to ensuring the government is aware of the issues affecting the industry while providing support and guidance to members and non-members within the footwear sector. Click here to visit their website for more information.
The BFM is the trade association that represents domestic UK furniture and furnishing manufacturers. For the latest information and updates, please click here to visit the BFM’s COVID-19 webpage.
The ECA is a trade association for those working in electrical and engineering services. Click here to find out more at the ECA’s free information portal.
EAMA promotes the machinery and manufacturing supply chain, and the work of trade associations. Email email@example.com to link up with sector specialists.
The Furniture Makers’ Company is the furniture industry’s charity and supports UK furniture and furnishing manufacturers. For the latest information and updates, please click here to visit the Furniture Makers’ COVID-19 webpage.
Make UK represents British manufacturing and manufacturers. Click here to visit their coronavirus page for more information.
The NBF is the trade association that represents the bed and mattress manufacturing sector. For the latest information and updates, please click here to visit the NBF’s COVID-19 webpage.
SEA represents companies across the surface engineering supply chain from suppliers of specialty chemicals through to applicators of all types of surface coatings. SEA website has a regularly updated blog area with all the latest government guidance on COVID-19.
Click here to read the letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those working in manufacturing. The letter thanks all those who are working in manufacturing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Click here to read the latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace for manufacturing and processing businesses during coronavirus.
The Manufacturing Barometer is live and we’re seeking your input!
Now, more than ever, it is vital that SME manufacturers are able to communicate their business needs.
The impact of COVID-19 will vary from business to business depending on the type of product being manufactured. Whether you are experiencing a spike in demand or a reduction in sales, we want to better understand the support you need as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Click here to take the survey.
Your response will help identify and call for the support you, and other manufacturing SMEs, need to help mitigate the impact that COVID-19 has on your business.
Click here to read a letter to local authorities regarding continued access to parks and public spaces including burial grounds and cemeteries.
Click here to read a letter from the Local Government Minister Simon Clarke to councils thanking them again for their efforts responding to the coronavirus pandemic and setting out further details of additional funding.
Click here to read the letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to those working in retail. The letter thanks all those who are working in retail during the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace during coronavirus for the retail sector is available here.
The British Retail Consortium has also developed sector specific guidance on social distancing in warehouses and distribution centres aligned with this advice – click here to view.
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston launched a new emergency fund to support Destination Management Organisations in England at risk of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding, which is available to any at-risk DMO in England which usually receives at least 50% of its income from commercial sources, will be used to cover operating costs and the cost of employees that cannot be furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme because they provide crucial business support services.
Under the scheme, DMOs will be able to receive up to £2,500 per month for two members of non-furloughed staff who provide crucial business support services and up to £5,000 to cover operating costs.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a multi-million pound support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK and around the country throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
He has announced a raft of measures, including:
The funding will ensure the ongoing supply of critical goods into the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, with up to 31 routes eligible for support, subject to discussions with operators.
Mr Shapps said the UK is working closely alongside French and Irish partners and pledged in a joint statement to “strengthen partnership and share best practices”, to ensure the continued movement of freight across the continent. Click here to view the statement in full.
The freight and passenger support package covers:
The Transport Secretary also announced thousands of volunteers, vehicles, aircraft and ships from the transport sector have been placed on standby in a new ‘Transport Support Unit’ (TSU) to assist frontline responders during the crisis across the whole of the UK. They will be able to distribute packages to vulnerable people and essential medical supplies and PPE to hospitals and care homes.
A new hub on gov.uk (click here to view) brings together information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the Coronavirus outbreak. This includes information on:
• Using public transport – click here
• Driving private vehicles – cars, vans, motorbikes – click here
• Bus and lorry drivers – click here
• Freight, bus and road transport businesses – click here
• Transport workers – click here
• Maritime and shipping – click here
• Aviation and flying – click here
• Overseas travel – click here
The UK’s enroute air navigation service provider, NATS is eligible for £92 million in support from EUROCONTROL, the organisation which manages charging for air navigation services across Europe, enabling it to continue providing services, supporting cargo and repatriation flights as well as ensuring the organisation can return to full operations at the appropriate time, to help the recovery of the aviation sector. More information is available here.
The government has published new guidance – available here – on how recycling centres can be safely re-opened during the coronavirus outbreak.
A message from Environment Minister Rebecca Pow to thank those working in the waste business is available to read here.
Changes to exemptions from the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) for small pet animals – click here to view.
A number of rules and regulations have been relaxed to support veterinary practice. They include:
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have issued guidance for veterinary professionals on how to continue to undertake veterinary work – click here to view.
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