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This page gives the latest announcements, advice and guidance from LEPs, Government, and official bodies on the support available to employers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   

Prime Minister sets three tier system for Covid-19 restrictions

The Prime Minister has announced new local COVID-19 alert levels based on a three tier pyramid of restriction rising from 'medium', to 'high', and 'very high' at tier three.

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Chancellor extends job support scheme 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an expansion of the Job Support Scheme that will mean the government will pay two thirds of each employees’ salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month for those businesses forced to close.

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Government guidance for business 

The government has published guidance for pubs, restaurants,, hairdressers, the visitor economy, and the culture and leisure sector as the Prime Minister further eased lockdown measures for England from 4 July.

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Guidance from business sector orgs

The government has published a list of all Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations providing coronavirus related support for a wide range of specific sectors.   

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New Guidance for Aviation Published   

The Department for Transport has published new aviation guidance, setting out measures operators should put in place to protect staff and passengers. The guidance also provides advice for passengers on how to travel safely and on how to follow social distancing measures at each stage of their journey.

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Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and flexes furlough 

The Chancellor has extended the Self-Employment scheme and set out how the government will taper support for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with employers making gradual increased contributions to the end of October.  

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Growth Hubs support local business 

England’s 38 LEP Growth Hubs are providing practical support and guidance to the thousands of local employers and businesses across the country facing the challenges caused by the economic impact of the coronavirus.

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Latest advice for employers and businesses 

The government has published the latest advice and guidance for employers and businesses on the coronavirus outbreak. it includes advice on sick pay, absences, travel, and employee infections.    

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Quick Links

The Prime Minister gave a statement in the House of Commons on 22 September on the latest COVID-19 measures, including setting out the rationale for the six new restrictions. 

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The NHS Test and Trace service launched on 28 May. Anyone testing positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS. Test and Trace and will share information about their recent contacts. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days. 

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The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. 

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has moved to protect vital  rotes for supplies and people through a coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly

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The Chancellor has extended the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme  to cover all viable SMEs. 

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The government has set up a website with details of all the business support schemes announced by the Chancellor.

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The British Chambers of Commerce have a dedicated 'Coronavirus Hub' to advise and support business. 

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The Local Government Association has published information for councils on the impact of the Coronavirus. 

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CBI Business Guidance

The CBI has a Coronavirus Hub giving up to date support, intelligence, and guidance for business.    

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The Public Health England website keeps a daily update on incidences of Coronavirus in UK.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a series of measures to support people, jobs, and business during the Coronoavirs outbreak. 

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