COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Support for Businesses and Employers

Our team of business advisers are available to help your business with the challenges of COVID-19. Access free one-to-one support today.

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Support from the London Growth Hub

One-to-one support

If you have any queries or concerns about the potential impact COVID-19 may have on your business you can speak to one of our business advisers. To book a one hour telephone appointment click here.

Checklist to prepare your business

Businesses should take the following steps to reduce their risk of exposure to coronavirus, as well as to prepare for any potential disruption:

Plan

☐ Assess your business’ level of exposure to disruption due to coronavirus.

☐ Identify business-critical activities and the resources you need to deliver them.

☐ Identify the relevant policies, procedures and documents your business will need.

☐ Assess the potential impact of coronavirus on your supply chain.

☐ Stay up to date with the latest developments and best practice covering coronavirus.

Communicate

☐ Make sure emergency contact details for employees are correct and up to date.

☐ Keep all employees up to date with the steps you are taking to minimise risks of exposure in the workplace.

☐ Encourage employees to let you know as soon as possible if they will not be able to come into work due to coronavirus.

Managing risks

☐ Encourage workers to wash their hands regularly and provide clean washing facilities.

☐ Make sure you and your employees know how to spot coronavirus symptoms.

☐ Plan for potential staff absences and develop flexible working options where appropriate.

☐ Review your business’ travel plans, particularly to affected areas and countries.

☐ Make sure you understand any obligations you may have as an employer, such as the rules covering sick pay.

To download a copy of the checklist, please click here.

Free fundraising through ‘Pay It Forward London’

We are offering free fundraising to help businesses to secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services. Find out more at www.growthhub.london/pay-it-forward.

Shared Workspace Support Programme

The London Growth Hub has launched the Shared Workspace Support Programme that will provide free online support to workspaces providers and their tenants on:

  • Access Business Rate Relief and other relief schemes
  • Have guidance on how to handle future rent negotiations with your landlord(s)
  • Have help on how to handle talks with your local authority
  • Support your tenant with grant applications
  • Network with other workspace providers.

Through webinars and 1:1 advice sessions,  this is a fantastic opportunity for workspace providers and tenants to access professional advice and support, to help them through these challenging times. There will also be the opportunity for virtual networking and potentially making contact with local authorities, to discuss the current situation and how they can work together, to simplify the process of applying for business rate relief.

For more information on how to access the project, click here.

Further advice and support

London Growth Hub webinars

The London Growth Hub is running numerous webinars to support businesses during COVID-19.

Navigating the Crisis

The London Growth Hub is partnering with Funding London to deliver a series of webinars to support businesses to navigate the coronavirus crisis. Upcoming events include:

To find out more, go to www.growthhub.london/navigating-the-crisis/. If you have missed any of our webinars you can watch them here.

COVID-19 Business Help Series

The London Growth Hub has launched the COVID-19 Business Help Series, bringing you highly informative free webinars delivered by expert speakers. The webinars have been carefully designed to guide London’s small businesses across various problem areas, as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Upcoming webinars:

To find out more, go to www.growthhub.london/get-support/covid19-business-help-series/.

Webinars for micro-businesses and SMEs from London Growth Hub, LEAP and partners

The London Growth Hub is working with partners to deliver a programme of webinars to support businesses during COVID-19. For information about upcoming webinars, go to www.growthhub.london/covid19-partner-webinars/.

Hot Topic: Cybersecurity and working safely during COVID-19

Every week, the London Growth Hub will be providing advice and information to help businesses and the self-employed work safely during COVID-19.

This week, we will be exploring how London-based businesses can manage information risks and prepare their business for a potential cyber incident.

Find out more.

 

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