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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Business continuity

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.

 

Government Coronavirus Business Support

Follow the link below to access the Government Coronavirus Business Support site, which includes information on:

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme
  • Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure
  • Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure
  • Coronavirus Job Retention scheme
  • Small business grant funding
  • Statutory sick pay rebate
  • Time to Pay
  • COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility
  • Business rates holiday for nurseries
  • VAT deferral
  • Income tax deferral for the self-employed

Have your say: SELEP Coronavirus Business Impact Survey

We know that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents an unprecedented challenge to business across the UK and around the globe.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is working to support businesses across the South East. As well as providing support through our Growth Hub, we are working to ensure that policy-makers at local and national level, recognise the challenges facing businesses and the pressures that the Coronavirus epidemic has caused.

To help us to do this most effectively, we need to understand more about how Coronavirus, and the government’s response to the crisis, has impacted upon businesses in our area. We are therefore inviting businesses from across the south east area to complete a short survey. 

Please take the time to complete the survey – this is an opportunity to ensure that your views directly inform government thinking and their next steps.

Your response will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Digital Skills Partnership: online support, guidance and digital skills training

The South East Digital Skills Partnership is compiling information and guidance on ways in which its extensive network of digital partners are helping education, businesses and residents to respond to the current situation. This includes information on:

  • Remote working tools
  • Online advice for self-employed
  • Cyber security training

Advice from Local Authorities in SELEP area

ACAS: advice for employers and employees on sick pay and leave

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:

  • Good practice for employers
  • Sick pay
  • If employees do not want to go to work
  • If someone becomes unwell at work
  • If someone with coronavirus comes to work
  • If an employer needs to close the workplace

Association of British Insurers

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:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Business insurance
  • Insurance for schools
  • Home insurance
  • Motor Insurance
  • Wedding insurance
  • Income protection
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Trade credit insurance
  • Pensions and investments

BEIS and Public Health England: guidance for employers and businesses

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 novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • How to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • What to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings
  • What advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas
  • Actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19

Call for ventilator technologies

Seeking existing and proven low-cost ventilator technologies from across the globe, with the aim of rapidly increasing production to meet the demands of COVID-19

The Frontier Tech Hub, Hobs3D, Global Disability Innovation Hub, UCL’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering and DFID are looking at ways to increase production of the ventilators vital for treating people with COVID-19 respiratory problems in the UK.

We are seeking Africa and South Asia innovators who have made ventilators, that could be scaled. We are looking for technologies from across the globe, especially emerging markets, that can be rapidly adapted to be manufactured in the UK.

The winning technology will be adapted for manufacture and use in the UK by a team at UCL through UCL’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering with GDI Hub, and will receive a licensing fee.

  • Call for applications: 16th of March 2020
  • Applications close: 24th of March 2020
  • Final Selection: 25th of March 2020

Decontamination in non-healthcare settings

Guidance on cleaning and decontamination for workplaces, offices, waiting rooms, hotel rooms, student accommodation and other non-healthcare settings.

DIT: guidance for UK businesses

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:

  • Supply chain support
  • UKEF facilities available to cover exporters disrupted by COVID-19
  • Further guidance from PHE and BEIS
  • Contact information

Federation of Small Businesses

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.

Find your nearest Health Protection Team

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.

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision

Follow the link below for information on key workers published by the Department for Education. The guidance sets out those whose work is critical to the coronavirus response and keeping crucial public services going. Employers need to be responsible about who needs to be in the office and we encourage them to help their staff find alternative arrangements to support them working from home.

How to host business events and meetings online

As hundreds of events across the UK move online due to social distancing measures put in place, we have put together a list of tools that businesses can use to make an online meeting experience a success and ensure delegates are happy.

GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting

These tools allow you to host webinars and invite clients and contacts. Webinars can be recorded and made available for playback too.

GoToWebinar has a great analytics tool, which shows you the part of your presentation that had the highest engagement, as well as when users drop off. You can also follow up with an email to all registrations. Click here to find out more.

GoToMeeting allows you to have up to 1,000 people on a call at any one time. Users can submit their questions, which team members can manage while an external host is presenting. There is a free seven-day trial in which you can host a webinar for up to 100 people. Packages are priced from £69 per month. Click here to find out more.

Facebook Live

This is free to use and enables you to broadcast live video from your Facebook page via desktop or phone – click here to find out more. You can also check out Workplace from Facebook – click here to find out more.

Skype

Now part of Microsoft, Skype’s group video chat function enables up to 50 people to join you for free via mobile or desktop. Click here to find out more.

Zoom

This tool comes with high endorsements from organisations that use it. It’s free to sign up for the ‘Personal meeting’ package and you can host up to 100 participants in a meeting for up to 40 minutes.

Prices then start at £11.99 per month for more features and larger numbers of participants. Click here to find out more.

Microsoft Teams

Invite up to 10,000 people to join you with this online conferencing tool from Microsoft. Teams allows you to collaborate with your colleagues with ease when preparing for an online event. Simply create a calendar invite through outlook and select ‘Teams meeting’.

Within the call, you can have multiple presenters, record the presentation and collaborate on documents. Sign up for free or team plans with further features start at £3.80 per month, per user. Click here to find out more.

IGTV

If your audience is predominantly on Instagram, get to grips with IGTV, which allows you to stream videos for up to 10 minutes. You can measure the engagement and host a series of speakers who present their topic live on your channel. Click here to find out more.

Request for business intelligence: How is COVID-19 impacting businesses?

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:

  • The impacts across supply, demand and labour markets
  • Actions being taken by firms to address these impacts
  • Any gaps in the Government response from your perspective

Please send this information to intel@beis.gov.uk. We understand that individual company information may be commercially sensitive, and it will be treated accordingly.

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