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Useful Information for Businesses – Update 22nd April 2020

Within this daily blog we aim to give you top-line, up-to-date information at a glance with links to relevant sites that explain in more detail relevant news, support, and financial help that we hope will make a difference to your business during the Covid19 Crisis and beyond:

New Coronavirus business support finder tool launched to signpost businesses to the right grants, loans and funds LINK

ADDITIONAL NEW GUIDANCE RELEASED 21 APRIL 2020

Details of Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme Unveiled LINK
Vulnerable groups set to benefit from improved legal aid support
Some of the most vulnerable people in society, including victims of domestic abuse, will be given enhanced support through their legal aid after changes unveiled today (21 April 2020).

GOVERNMENT LETTERS AND STATEMENTS

  • Letter from the Economic Secretary, John Glen, to front line staff working to provide essential banking services.
  • Letter from James Brokenshire and Lord Stephen Greenhalgh in response to the Fire Brigades Union on the government’s actions to support fire services.
  • 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
  • Biometrics Commissioner statement on the use of symptom tracking applications, digital contact tracing applications and digital immunity certificates.

BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGES: LATEST INFORMATION & UPDATES

The Coronavirus Business Support Hub is now available at gov.uk/business-support.

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

 Business closures

Be the Business Webinar – future proof your business

In-depth discussion with practical advice and resources that can help your business. Find out more here.

CAN YOU, YOUR BUSINESS OR EMPLOYEES OFFER CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SUPPORT?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) hub
A hub containing guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), and infection prevention and control (IPC) is now available. The government welcomes  support from manufacturers who wish to offer their production facilities where they can meet the required specifications for use by the NHS and care sector. New offers can continue to be made via www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business.

Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

There is also a hub for businesses seeking to help the government increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives. It includes a raft of information, including specification for the required antibody test and guidance about the criteria laboratories need to meet to partner with a local NHS trust. Businesses can provide support in a number of ways:

Can your business offer further support?
The UK Government is looking for businesses who can offer support in the multiple areas and has set up an online tool where businesses can register. To offer support click here.

National Caterers Association (NCASS) have dedicated advice for caterers still operating or changing to delivery services here 

UK Sustain have dedicated advice and resources for community organisations and social enterprises helping to feed vulnerable groups here 

WEBINARS

Forthcoming Webinars

22 April 10am   White Label  Entrepreneurial Croydon – Advice for Directors and how to remain innovative.

Past Relevant Webinar Series

Series of Webinars run by Champ Consultants (Accountants)  Including advice for small businesses and self employed persons, latest updates and Government help

White Label Webinars are available on their YouTube Channel here.

Social Enterprise UK have a range of webinars for social entrepreneurs here

NCASS have started webinars for their members which would also be helpful for all food businesses here

Thank you to White Label Creative who have been invaluable in passing on relevant information to us on a daily basis and, together with Champ Consultants, an established, local accountancy company and the Federation of Small Businesses a membership organisation helping smaller businesses achieve their ambitions – we hope that in re-circulating the salient points, we can all work together to help as many businesses as possible.

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