External resources, support and webinars

This page provides information about the resources, support and webinars available for businesses, the self-employed and employers during the coronavirus pandemic.

External resources, support and webinars

Guidance for businesses, the self-employed and employers

The following guidance sets out the steps businesses and employers should take to protect themselves and their staff:

ABI has produced a Q&A to support businesses to understand their insurance cover during the coronavirus outbreak. Read the Q&A at www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/topics-and-issues/coronavirus-qa/#a.

Acas has published new guidance to help employers understand their obligations and protect the health and safety of their staff. It covers sick pay, dealing with incidents of coronavirus in the workplace, and employers’ obligations concerning workers who need to self-isolate or do not want to come into work. Read the guidance in full at www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus.

ALVA (the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) has published a webinar about learning lessons from attractions that have already reopened. It covers topics including managing crowds and hygiene. Watch the webinar here.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched the Coronavirus Hub to bring together sources of support and information. Visit the hub at www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/preparing-and-responding-to-coronavirus.

The Business Disability Forum has published information to help employers support disabled employees to return to work as lockdown restrictions are relaxed. Find out more at https://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/covid-19/back-to-business-considerations-for-employers-supporting-disabled-employees-post-lockdown/.

CIPD has published coronavirus advice for UK employers, which sets out how they can respond to the coronavirus threat. Read the information in full at www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/emp-law/health-safety/coronavirus-factsheet.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has launched a Coronavirus Hub to bring together guidance, support and resources for businesses. Visit the hub at www.cbi.org.uk/coronavirus-hub.

Co-operatives UK has produced a range of practical advice and guidance for co-operative businesses. It covers government support, HR advice, funding, governance and well-being. Find out more at www.uk.coop/coronavirus.

Edwin Coe LLP has published a blog about practical considerations for employers, including self-isolation and sick pay. Read the blog at www.edwincoe.com/blogs/main/coronavirus-practical-considerations-for-employers/.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed. Read the guidance at www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html.

Fragomen has published a guide to help employers understand the policy concessions the UK Government has introduced to help them navigate the immigration system during COVID-19. Read the guide at www.fragomen.com/about/news/COVID-19-and-UK-immigration-A-guide-for-employers.

Google has committed $340 million in Google Ads credits available to all SMEs with active accounts over the past year. Credit notifications will appear in their Google Ads accounts and can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across its advertising platforms.

Google has launched a dedicated online resource to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This site contains guidance on communicating with customers and employees, working remotely, modifying advertising, and more. Find out more at https://smallbusiness.withgoogle.com/news/resources-for-smbs-impacted-by-coronavirus/#!/.

Google Cloud offers credits and training as part of their ongoing Startup Program. Find out more at https://cloud.google.com/developers/startups.

Google Digital Garage has dozens of free online courses that could help at this time – get a business online, make sure customers find you online and connect with customers over mobile. They are also running their free training workshops over webinars. Find out more at goo.gle/digital-garage-webinars.

Google for Startups is repurposing a series of existing tools to provide startups with the emotional and business support they need. Find out more at https://startup.google.com/intl/en_uk/.

Google My Business is a free resource which allows users to keep customers up to date with any new information about their services – with some automatic changes. Find out more at  https://support.google.com/business/answer/9773423?p=covid_19.

ICAEW has launched a Coronavirus Hub to support businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes advice, support, guidance and webinars. Find out more at www.icaew.com/coronavirus.

IPSE has published an update about the steps it is taking to support freelancers and the self-employed during the outbreak. It also provides advice about other support that is available to tackle the impact of coronavirus. Find out more at  www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html.

KPMG is publishing regular updates and insights to keep businesses up to date with the latest coronavirus developments. Find out more at https://home.kpmg/uk/en/home/insights/2020/04/responding-to-covid-19.html.

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has updated their homepage so that it acts as a one-stop-shop for the latest advice and guidance for businesses. Find out more at www.londonchamber.co.uk.

Maternity Action has an updated Covid-19 FAQ page outlining rights and benefits during pregnancy and maternity leave. Find out more at https://maternityaction.org.uk/covidmaternityfaqs/.

My Virtual Neighbourhood is an online directory of local independent businesses that are open or offering delivery, takeaway or collection. It’s free to add a business to the directory. Find out more at https://www.myvirtualneighbourhood.com.

NatWest has published practical advice about the steps SMEs can take to minimise disruption from the coronavirus outbreak. It covers business travel, how to communicate with staff, preparing the workplace and paying staff. Read the advice in full at https://natwestbusinesshub.com/content/coronavirus-practical-advice-for-smes.

NMFT (the National Market Traders Federation) have developed a practical guide for market and street traders in the UK. The guide aims to offer advice and guidance to traders starting their business up again in this new world of social distancing and stringent hygiene requirements. Read the guide at www.nmtf.co.uk/info/bounceback/.

Pinsent Mason has published a comprehensive guide on managing the business impact of Covid-19. The guide sets out practical advice including checklists of things to do including: contracts and supply chain, employment and immigration, facilities – health & safety obligations, public disclosure requirements, event staging and insurance obligations. You can download a copy of the guide at www.pinsentmasons.com/coronavirus.

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched the £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.Go to https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/enterprise-relief-fund for more infomation.

Shoosmith have published a g uide on what support is available for businesses during COVID-19.This guide is designed to summarise these support measures and help you identify which are applicable to your business. Read the guide here: https://brc.org.uk/news/finance/business-funding-available-during-covid-19/

The UK Government has published an outline on what employees can and can’t do during while on furlough. For details visit the page here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#when-your-employees-are-on-furlough

The UK Government has published advice and guidance about the simple steps business owners can take to protect their firm against fraud and cyber crime. Read the guidance at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-fraud-and-cyber-crime.

The UK Government has published support for self-employed people via the self-employment support scheme. Find out more information a www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme.

The UK Government business support website has a coronavirus specific page with FAQs for employers & businesses. Find out more at www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-advice/.

The UK Government has issued healthcare advice for employers and businesses. It provides information on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and how to respond if someone suspected of having the virus has been in a workplace setting. Read the advice at www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses.

The UK Government has published a page for businesses to register interest in supporting the government on the coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out more information at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business

The UK Government published guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). Visit the page here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding?5432

The UK Government has published guidance for employers about social distancing in the workplace. It covers a number of sectors including retail, construction, manufacturing and logistics. Read the guidance at www.gov.uk/guidance/social-distancing-in-the-workplace-during-coronavirus-covid-19-sector-guidance.

Which? has published an article about changes to self-employed tax in the 2020/21 tax year. It also provides information about the coronavirus support for self-employed people. Read the article at www.which.co.uk/news/2020/04/four-changes-to-self-employed-tax-coming-in-the-2020-21-tax-year.

White & Case has published guidance for businesses about legal considerations related to coronavirus. It covers contracts, leveraged finance and employment. Read it in full at www.whitecase.com/sites/default/files/2020-03/COVID-19-Legal-Issues-and-Considerations-Brochure.pdf.

Support to work from home

The following resources provide advice and information to support people to work and run their businesses from home:

Acas has published new guidance for employers and their staff about homeworking. It covers health and safety, equipment, setting expectations, staying in touch and pay. Read the guidance at www.acas.org.uk/working-from-home.

Cyber Aware from the National Cyber Security Centre provides advice on how to stay secure online during coronavirus. Find out more at www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home.

Google has created a site with free resources to help people work, run their business, learn or teach from home. Find out more at https://grow.google/intl/europe/remote-work.

GSuite by Google Cloud offers advanced Hangouts video-conferencing to all GSuite customers until 30th September. Find out more at https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance for employers about how to protect homeworkers. Read the guidance at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg226.pdf.

LinkedIn has published a blog about how to use the platform to stay connected and work in new ways. Read the blog at https://blog.linkedin.com/2020/march/10/staying-informed.

London Growth Hub has published a blog on Remote collaboration: tools for small organisations and businesses. Read the blog at: https://www.growthhub.london/remote-collaboration-tools-for-small-organisations-and-businesses/.

Health and wellbeing

The following resources provide advice and information to help businesses, the self-employed and employees look after their health and wellbeing:

Acas has published new guidance about coronavirus and mental health at work. It covers supporting staff’s mental health and managing workplace mental health. Read the guidance at www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus-mental-health.

CBI has published a factsheet about mental health and wellbeing in a crisis. It sets out how employers can support employees’ mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the factsheet at www.cbi.org.uk/articles/factsheet-mental-health-and-wellbeing-in-a-crisis/.

Mind has published information to help businesses, the self-employed and workers take care of their mental health and wellbeing. Read the information at www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/.

NHS England has published guidance to help people look after their mental wellbeing while staying at home. Read the guidance at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/.

Webinars

The London Growth Hub has a directory of external events and webinars that are taking place to help businesses and the self-employed during coronavirus. To see more events, go to www.growthhub.london/events/.