Coronavirus Business Resources

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 14 August 2020
COVID lockdown eased but stronger enforcement measures announced. The government has announced that some of the remaining…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 31 July 2020
COVID-19 lockdown easing put on hold. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed tomorrow’s opening of further leisure…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 17 July 2020
Next steps to recovery. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today announced the next steps in the UK’s roadmap to recovery…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 8 July 2020
Chancellor announces measures to aid UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 crisis. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 30 June 2020
Government unveils £200 million package to help innovative businesses bounce back. Innovative ideas and projects led by…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 23 June 2020
Pubs, restaurants and salons can open as 2m rule eased. In the government’s final daily COVID-19 press conference, Prime…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 19 June 2020
Coronavirus alert level reduced, but restrictions will remain. The UK’s coronavirus alert level has been downgraded to…

SELEP Board agrees economy support package to support business and boost skills in South East
Skills and local businesses in the South East are set for a funding boost to combat the impact of COVID-19. In light of…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 15 June 2020 
Shops selling non-essential goods have reopened for the first time in almost three months. Retailers have had to introduce…

Wealden District Council help for businesses towards re-opening – 12 June 2020
Wealden District Council’s Environmental Health team has put together some information to help businesses prepare for re-opening, which includes checklists for food businesses, non-food businesses and the voluntary sector.

BBFA resource toolkit to help businesses reopen – 12 June 2020 
The Better Business for All partnership has compiled the attached toolkit which links to resources from trusted organisations to help businesses through the main consideration for re-opening safely.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 10 June 2020 
New measures to boost digital trade and help turn the UK into a global tech powerhouse. New measures to boost digital trade…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 9 June 2020 
Shoppers to bring High Streets back to life from Monday. Shoppers will be able to return to the High Street from Monday, June 15th…

Discretionary Grant Scheme for Wealden Businesses Now Live until 5pm on the 19th June 2020
Discretionary grants are available for certain small businesses who were not eligible for either of the previous business grants…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 4 June 2020 
Face coverings to become compulsory on aircraft, trains, buses and ferries. Face coverings on public transport will be…

Southern business region essential to driving post-COVID economic recovery
Businesses across the South of England have called on the government to support their growth economies as part of the…

Wealden District Council advice to local Chambers of Commerce – 02 June 2020
Wealden District Council advice and support to businesses about how to comply with the changing Coronavirus restrictions and what to do before re-opening.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 29 May 2020 
Chancellor unveils detailed plans for ‘new furlough’. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled his detailed plans for…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 26 May 2020 
High streets set for a June reopening amid £50m recovery boost. Thousands of high street shops, department stores and…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 22 May 2020 
Exemptions for critical workers in UK’s new COVID-19 quarantine rules. New measures at the UK borders to guard…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 21 May 2020 
Government launches new £40 million Clean Growth Fund to supercharge green start-ups. The government is launching a new…

Wealden District Council advice to local Chambers of Commerce – 20 May 2020
Wealden District Council is offering advice to businesses about how to comply with the current Coronavirus restrictions and what to do before re-opening.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 20 May 2020 
Culture Secretary announces Cultural Renewal Taskforce to get industry up and running. The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 19 May 2020 
Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million. Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 18 May 2020 
Government invests £35 million to protect critical freight routes. Vital freight routes into, out of and around the UK will…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 15 May 2020 
Work continues despite COVID-19 to manage flood and coastal risk. The Environment Agency has pledged to continue with vital…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 14 May 2020 
£2bn to ‘speed up’ essential rail and road infrastructure as a boost to UK economy. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has…

Business planning, recovery and COVID SECURE operations? Have your say – 14 May 2020
Take part in our Coronavirus Business Recovery Survey to let us know how you are preparing your business for the next phase in socially distanced and COVID-secure enterprise.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 13 May 2020 
Housing Secretary sets out plan to ‘reopen, restart and renew’ housing market. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 12 May 2020 
Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October. The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 11 May 2020 
Spot checks will keep businesses ‘COVID-compliant’. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there will be spot checks on…

Essential funding for training providers secured – 11 May 2020
Relief scheme responds to joint feedback from SELEP and national LEP Network for training providers during the COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 10 May 2020 
COVID alert system to determine stages of lockdown loosening – Prime Minister’s broadcast. Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 7 May 2020 
‘Stay home this weekend’ – Raab dampens expectations of a quick lockdown exit. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab dampened…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 6 May 2020 
Social distancing plan being developed for town centres. Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced his…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 5 May 2020 
Exiting lockdown ‘won’t be easy’ – Dominic Raab. Ahead of an update from the Prime Minister on the UK’s…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 4 May 2020 
£600 million top-up to local business grant funds scheme. A discretionary fund has been set up by government to support…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 1 May 2020 
Test, Track and Trace is the key to unlocking COVID-19 lockdown. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that a mix of…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 30 April 2020 
Roadmap for lockdown exit strategy promised next weekPrime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed today that the UK is ‘past…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 29 April 2020 
COVID-19 testing now available to all workers who have to leave their home in order to work. Those who cannot work from home…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 28 April 2020 
Free digital skills training to boost UK’s productivity as a high-skill, knowledge-based economy. A new online learning…

The Chancellor has announced the government will give a 100% guarantee for loans up to £50,000 capped at 25% of turnover.   27 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 27 April 2020 
Micro ‘bounce back’ loans for Coronavirus-hit SMEs with 100% government guaranteeUK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 24 April 2020 
Vital transport routes for freight and people kept open through Coronavirus support package Transport Secretary Grant Shapps…

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…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 22 April 2020 
It would be ‘wrong’ for SMEs and entrepreneurs to ease COVID-19 lockdown ‘too soon’ – Dominic Raab Foreign…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business briefing – 21 April 2020 
Government backs UK scientists and industry to mass-produce world’s first successful COVID-19 vaccineThe government has…

Wealden District Council has created a number of posters concerning re-opening after covid that businesses may wish to download and use. Click the image to see the full range.

Click the image to read this useful sheet prepared by SELEP, with clickable links to relevant help and resources.

Click the image to read this report from People in Partnership on the impact of Covid19 on mental health in the South East.

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