With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from Government can change quickly.

For all the latest Government information on COVID-19 and the measures the Government, and Devolved Governments, are taking, please visit the UK Government website and the Welsh Government website.

Guidance for small businesses:
Be aware of and follow COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses from the Government. This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19;
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19;
  • what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting;
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, as outlined by the Chief Medical Officer;
  • advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from Covid-19;
  • What if you have to close your business due to COVID-19;
  • Download and print a handwashing guidance poster (A4).

Guidance for employers:
Current government advice is that the overall risk to the public in the UK remains moderate.The overall risk to employees in contracting Covid-19 through attending their place of work in the UK is very low. However, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have put together guidance to help you manage your staff and your responsibilities to them at this time.

Budget 2020 support for those affected by COVID-19:
In response to the global outbreak of Covid-19, the UK Government introduced a raft of measures in the budget to support businesses experiencing increases in costs or financial disruptions. Measures include:

  • Refund for businesses and employers required to access Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • A 100 per cent Business Rates retail discount for one year and expanded to include leisure and hospitality sectors
  • Additional £2.2 billion funding support for those small businesses that pay little or no Business Rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR)
  • A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

You can find out about this support in more detail on the Government website.

Any businesses who can help with the call for ventilator production are being urged to contact @businessgov helpline on 0300 456 3565 or E: [email protected]