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Advice and Support for Business

This page gives the latest 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 publishes plan to rebuild economy and "re-open society"

The government has published its plan to rebuild the economy and "reopen society". The document, 'Our Plan to Rebuild', sets out the criteria for a phased recovery across England.

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Test and Trace Gets Underway 

The new NHS Test and Trace service launches today (Thrsday 28 May). Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to 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, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

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Chancellor extends furlough scheme

The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. Employers will be asked to pay some of the 80% salary payment from August. 

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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 guidance for business sectors

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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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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Coronavirus Quick Links

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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