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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 23 April 2020

Resources to support your business during COVID-19 disruption
On a day when the government re-emphasised there would be no ‘quick exit’ from the current COVID-19 lockdown, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of additional resources available from the government and its partners to help businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health Secretary Matt Hancock again led the Downing Street Press Conference today, when he urged everyone to “retain their resolve and follow social distancing rules”.

“To lift the measures too soon and to risk a second peak will be a mistake and undo all the hard work that has been done,” he said, adding it would be bad “for nation’s health and economy”.

Resources to support your business

Government Coronavirus Business Support Hub
You can go here to find out all the latest information about what funding and support is available for your business, managing your business during coronavirus and business closures. There is also a new ‘support finder’ tool (available here) to help businesses easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic through a quick and simple online questionnaire. You can find out more about the tool here.

Government Coronavirus Business Support Whatsapp
The government has also launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp which is now updated with business support advice. Text ‘hi’ to 07860064422 via Whatsapp and there are business support measures highlighted under option 5 with the relevant links to gov.uk pages. Click here for more information.

Government Business support helpline
Contact the government’s business support helpline for free advice

Phone: 0300 456 3565
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

HMRC Helpline
HMRC have online help set up to help businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus.

The best way to get help from HMRC on any topic is to contact them online – click here. Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 0159 559

Webinars
Government departments are hosting a series of webinars to help businesses understand the support available:

  • for topics that cover supporting and retaining staff and the self-employed, register to attend future webinars here or watch recorded sessions here
  • for international trade, register here

Coronavirus Business Support blog
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have created the Coronavirus Business Support Blog to help business get the support they need to help with the impact of coronavirus. Click here to find out more.

Find a Job Service
If your business needs more workers as a result of COVID-19, such as those in food logistics, preparation and retail, post vacancies on Find a Job – click here.

Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations
Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related  support for specific sectors. Click here to access the full list.

Latest information and updates

Click here to read a letter to local authorities regarding continued access to parks and public spaces including burial grounds and cemeteries.

Letters from Gareth Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA):

  • Click here to read a letter to approved driving instructors about coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Click here to read a letter from DVSA Chief Executive to motorcycle training schools about coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Click here to read a letter from DVSA Chief Executive to vocational driving instructors about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Can your business offer Coronavirus support?

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