Sector-specific support

This page provides advice and information about the support that is available for specific sectors during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sector-specific support

Sector support from business organisations and trade associations

The UK Government has published a directory of the business organisations and trade associations that are providing coronavirus-related support for specific sectors.

The directory covers more than 30 different sectors. Many of the organisations listed provide sector-specific guidance, and are often happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus.

Visit the directory at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-support-from-business-representative-organisations-and-trade-associations#small-businesses.

Hospitality

The UK Government has relaxed planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and bars to alter their mode of operation and trade as hot food takeaways without making a change of use planning application. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-grant-permission-for-pubs-and-restaurants-to-operate-as-takeaways-as-part-of-coronavirus-response.

UK Hospitality has created a page specifically about coronavirus, which provides advice, information, daily updates and a weekly newsletter. Visit the page at www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/coronavirus.

HMRC has introduced a temporary measure to help brewers and publicans in the destruction of spoilt beer while coronavirus social distancing restrictions remain in place. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/destroying-spoilt-beer-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

PPL PRS Ltd has announced that many hospitality businesses will not have to pay music licensing fees while they are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. It has also made its payment policies more flexible and suspended late payment surcharges. Find out more at https://pplprs.co.uk/business-update/.

Retail

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published new guidance for retailers in the convenience sector about providing home delivery services. Read the guidance at www.acs.org.uk/news/acs-launches-new-guidance-retailers-home-delivery.

Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) has launched a Coronavirus Hub to support the independent retail sector. Visit the Hub at https://bira.co.uk/coronavirus/.

The British Retail Consortium has a dedicated page on its website to support the retail sector to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at https://brc.org.uk/priorityhub/.

The Department for Business has published new social distancing guidance for retailers. It sets out how retailers can ensure workers and customers keep a safe distance from each other. Read the guidance at www.gov.uk/guidance/social-distancing-in-the-workplace-during-coronavirus-covid-19-sector-guidance.

Childcare and education

The UK Government has published advice for schools and other educational settings about COVID-19. Read the advice at www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19. 

The UK Government has announced a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020/21 tax year. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19.

Ofsted has suspended all routine inspections of schools, further education, early years and social care providers in England as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/ofsted-coronavirus-covid-19-rolling-update.

The Department for Education has published guidance for early years settings and childminders about childcare provision following the coronavirus outbreak. Read the guidance at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures.

Transport, logistics and distribution

The UK Government has published guidance on COVID-19 for staff working in the transport sector. Read the guidance at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that all road user charging schemes will be temporarily suspended across the capital to help supply chains keep moving, and to support critical workers and emergency vehicles. Read more at https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2020/march/tfl-suspends-all-road-user-charging-schemes-to-help-critical-workers?intcmp=62502.

The Freight Transport Association has confirmed that the expiration dates for the Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS) have been extended to support hauliers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The SLPS identifies the vehicles and trailers that meet the safety standards required for admittance to fuel and gas loading terminals. All vehicle Safe Loading Passes, which expire between 25th March 2020 and 25th June 2020, will now remain valid until 25th July 2020. Find out more at https://fta.co.uk/media/press-releases/2020/march/updates-to-the-safe-loading-pass-scheme-in-wake-of.

The Government has announced a temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules in England in order to ensure that vital supplies of food and medicine can continue to be delivered. The relaxation applies to drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food and other essential items. The relaxation will apply until 16th April 2020 and does not include drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers. Read more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-relaxation-of-the-enforcement-of-eu-drivers-hours-rules.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that all MOT testing of lorries and trailers will be suspended for three months from 21 March 2020. Find out more at www.rha.uk.net/news/press-releases/2020-03-march/lorries-exempted-from-mot-testing-for-3-months.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance about arrangements for driver access to welfare facilities and hours of work. Read the guidance at www.hse.gov.uk/news/drivers-transport-delivery-coronavirus.htm.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has produced a new document, endorsed by Public Health England, to keep drivers safe. Read the document at www.rha.uk.net/getmedia/88b345e4-cd73-4437-88a9-0b84dd944272/Keeping-Drivers-Safe-Endorsed-by-Public-Health-England.pdf.aspx.

The Department for Transport has published guidance for the freight transport industry on international travel. Read the guidance at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-freight-transport.

The UK Government has published guidance on COVID-19 for shipping and sea ports. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-shipping-and-sea-ports-guidance.

Life sciences

UK Bioindustry Association has published a page on its website to keep the life sciences sector up to date with the latest developments related to coronavirus. Visit the page at www.biacovid19.org/?utm_campaign.

Tourism

The UK Government has launched a new emergency fund to support local tourism organisations throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible Destination Management Organisations will be able to receive up to £2,500 per month for two members of non-furloughed staff who provide crucial business support services and up to £5,000 to cover operating costs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/tourism-minister-launches-13-million-fund-to-support-destination-management-organisations.

VisitBritain has published advice and information to support tourism and events businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at www.visitbritain.org/business-advice/advice-tourism-and-event-businesses-affected-covid-19.

The Government has published COVID-19 guidance and advice for businesses providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK. It sets out the circumstances under which an accommodation provider is able to remain open, such as if they are part of the response to support vulnerable groups. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-advice-for-accommodation-providers.

Charities and social enterprises

The London Community Foundation is providing crisis response grants of up to £10,000 to help organisations meet the immediate and urgent needs of their communities. This could include food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs. Find out more at https://londoncf.org.uk/apply/coronavirus-response-funding.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is providing grants of up to £100,000 to front-line food aid charities in England. The grants will support charities to continue to provide funding to the vulnerable during COVID-19. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-apply-for-the-food-charities-grant-fund#eligibility-to-apply.

The National Lottery Community Fund is providing grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary or community organisations that are providing support to people affected by the coronavirus crisis. Find out more at www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england#section-1

WRAP is providing grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to small not-for-profit organisations that can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers and wholesalers, to people in need. Find out more at https://wrap.org.uk/content/covid-19-emergency-surplus-food-grant-phase-2.

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund provides loans from £100,000 to £500,000 to social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. Find out more at https://sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund.

The Charity Commission has published advice for charities about coronavirus-related fraud and cybercrime. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-increased-risk-of-fraud-and-cybercrime-against-charities.

The UK Government has announced £750 million of funding to support charities to continue their work during the coronavirus outbreak. £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-sets-out-extra-750-million-coronavirus-funding-for-frontline-charities.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more at www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus.

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has published guidance and information to help charities during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector.

Social Enterprise UK has published resources, guides and webinars to help social enterprises during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at www.socialenterprise.org.uk/coronavirus-information/.

The Institute of Fundraising has published advice, guidance and resources to support fundraisers during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/guidance/coronavirus/.

Creative and cultural industries

Arts Council England has announced it is making £160 million of emergency funding available to support arts organisations and individuals affected by coronavirus. Read more about the support at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid-19.

The Creative Industries Federation has published a roundup of the support available for the creative industries. Find out more at www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/covid-19-sector-specific-support.

The Film and TV Charity provide grants of up to £500 for people working in the film and TV sector. The grants can cover urgent and immediate needs, such as general living costs, urgent repairs or medical costs. Find out more about the grant at https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/we-can-help/financial-support.

The British Film Institute and the Film and TV Charity have launched a new emergency fund to support active workers in film, TV and cinema facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak. It provides one-off grants of between £500 and £2,500. The deadline for applications is 22nd April 2020. Find out more about the Emergency Relief Fund at https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/covid-19-help-advice/covid-19-relief-fund/.

The Mayor of London has launched a £2.3 million Culture at Risk Business Support Fund to support London’s creative and cultural industries at risk due to the impact of coronavirus. The fund will support grassroots music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, artist workspaces and independent cinemas across the capital. Find out more at www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/new-fund-to-support-londons-at-risk-culture.

The Creative Land Trust is delivering a £1.5m grant fund to support activity that will help studio and creative workspace providers reduce occupancy costs for artists, makers and other creative tenants. The Fund is now open to organisations that provide space for artists, makers and other creatives space to work. It is estimated that the average grant per organisation will be between £5,000 and £15,000. Grants over £20,000 will be exceptional. The deadline for applications is 20 May 2020. Find out more at www.creativelandtrust.org/covid-19-grant-fund.

The Music Venture Trust (MVT) have set up a new Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Service, which is supported by the London Growth Hub and Mayor of London. The service will provide sector support, advice and interventions to help halt threats to venues. If all practical avenues are exhausted without success, and financial challenges remain, MVT will consider whether it can give direct financial assistance to a venue in order to alleviate specific challenges it faces. Find out more at http://musicvenuetrust.com/gmv-crisis-service/.

Construction

Build UK provides advice and information about the support available for construction firms affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at https://builduk.org/coronavirus/.

CITB (the Construction Industry Training Board) has announced a package of measures to support construction employers through the coronavirus crisis. Find out more at www.citb.co.uk/urgent-messages.

NHBC has launched free virtual training for the house-building industry during the coronavirus lockdown. Training covers topics including building regulations, standards and health and safety. Find out more at www.nhbc.co.uk/media-centre/articles/pressreleases/free-virtual-training-building-industry/.

Food and drink

The UK Government has relaxed planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and bars to alter their mode of operation and trade as hot food takeaways without making a change of use planning application. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-grant-permission-for-pubs-and-restaurants-to-operate-as-takeaways-as-part-of-coronavirus-response.

The Government has published guidance for food businesses. It covers food hygiene, managing employee sickness and social distancing. Read the guidance at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses/guidance-for-food-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19.

Sports and fitness

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) has launched a digital support hub to provide support for individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information about government, legal and financial support, along with a range of free resources for mental health, well-being and professional development. Find out more at www.cimspa.co.uk/cimspa-news/news-home/stronger-together—cimspa-launches-digital-hub-to-support-the-sector-during-the-coronavirus-crisis.

Sport England has launched a package of funding support worth £195 million to help the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus outbreak. As part of the package, the £20 million Community Emergency Fund will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 for sports clubs and community organisations. Find out more at www.sportengland.org/news/195-million-package-help-sport-and-physical-activity-through-coronavirus.

Property letting and management

The Government has confirmed that residential house moves into vacant properties can continue while social distancing rules are in place. Where the property is occupied, moves should only take place if contracts have been exchanged and it is impossible to postpone. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.

The Treasury has confirmed that estate agents and letting agencies in England that are closed due to COVID-19 measures will be exempt from business rates in 2020/21. Find out more at www.naea.co.uk/news/march-2020/business-rates-exemption-make-sure-you-receive-your-nil-bill/.

The Home Office has announced temporary changes to right to rent checks. Under the changes, landlords will not be required to see original documents during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/temporary-changes-to-right-to-rent-and-right-to-work-checks.