The Government are constantly updating their website on what support is avaliable for businesses during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The most accurate guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses
Last Updated: 22/03/2020
20 March – The Government has announced a package of measures that focus on supporting employees’ incomes. Measures on employee protection include:
In addition, all pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other venues are ordered to close from the 20 March. This measure will be reviewed monthly.
20 March – Further details about the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme have been published today COVID-19: guidance for businesses
18 March – The UK Government has updated its guidance for employees, employers and businesses, it includes information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses.
17 March – the UK Government announced a £330 billion financial rescue package to support and protect businesses affected by COVID-19, including those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This includes:
Full details can be found on gov.uk: Chancellor announces additional support to protect businesses
Watch the Commons speech
In addition, information on the Coronavirus Bill (which will be pushed through the house this week) was published. This guidance outlines the powers the government will receive.
17 March – The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days. This advice takes effect immediately.
16 March – The UK public was asked to stop ‘unnecessary travel and non-essential contact’ for around 12 weeks
11 March – In the 2020 budget, the UK Government announced support for businesses affected by COVID-19.
4 March – The UK Government announced that statutory sick pay will be made available from day one when self-isolating.
Today, Stephen Holt, Chief Executive of Your Eastbourne BID took part in a video conference meeting involving representatives from across the Town.
The meeting was organised by the Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce and chaired by the Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Councillor David Tutt. Caroline Ansell MP joined the meeting from Westminster.
Also represented were the senior management team of Eastbourne Borough Council, the emergency services, Metro Bank, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, 3VA, Matthew 25, major businesses, the Eastbourne Herald and other partners.
Much of details of the announcements made by central Government involving loans, grants and business relief are still to be issued. However, some of the following points were raised:
Whilst we don’t yet have answers to all these questions, they are being followed up by the Council and Caroline Ansell, and we will continue to keep you updated.
In the meantime, if you need financial support, the advice is to see your current bank as they will be best placed to give you advice.
The group has confirmed it will meet weekly to update on issues. The Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce has also been asked to help coordinate the information that is being received with regards to business support. Please visit their website: http://www.eastbournechamber.co.uk
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing concern for businesses across the country and we all need to do what we can to prevent the spread of any potential airborne viruses as much as possible.
Your business will be feeling the impact; if you need advice on how to prepare and communicate with your staff or are looking for the latest guidance for dealing with customers in your business please find below a useful guide to information available.
Guidance and advice:
Coronavirus Government response Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Find out the latest government advice and NHS guidance on how to protect yourself and others
Coronavirus information for the public: Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you’re a returning traveller and what the government is doing about the virus –
Coronavirus guidance to employers and businesses This guidance will assist you In providing advice to your staff on COVID-19, how to help prevent the spread of respiratory infections, what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings and actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19
Simple steps you may wish to take:
Refresh your business continuity plan and ensure clear communication of processes should self isolation be required
If staff are able to work from home ensure that they have the necessary equipment and tools to be able to do so should they need to self-isolate
Ensure staff contact details are up to date should people need to work from home
Increase messaging around hand washing, make sure toilets have soap available and that antibacterial wipes are available to clean down desks and working areas regularly
Communicate clearly with your customers the steps that you are taking to reduce risk
Budget 2020 COVID-19 Response from British BIDS
The government announced a number of measures in response to COVID-19 to support businesses, including:
As more information becomes available about these measures we will share and continue to communicate with you.
Eastbourne COBRA Meeting
Tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) we will be attending a meeting organised by the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce with representatives of the Council, the MP Caroline Ansell, the Police, NHS, EHA and a variety of other key community members.
This will help us to all work together, develop some strategies to support each other and also get more information on the actions taken to support businesses.
We will of course share the outcomes of this meeting with you. If you have any issues you would like us to raise, please do contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new street ambassador team will start tomorrow too. They will be spending their time going round to BID businesses, introducing themselves and providing you with their direct contact details. Please do talk to them if you have any concerns you would like raised or ideas of how we can support you.
Keep in Touch
Your Eastbourne BID will do whatever it can to support you during this difficult time. Please keep in touch regarding the following: