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

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The UK Government announced a new Eat Out to Help Out scheme on 8 July. The discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020. The discount will be capped at £10 per head for adults and children. Businesses can now register online.

You can register if your establishment:

  • Sells food for immediate consumption on the premises.
  • Provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals.
  • Was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.

Each week in August, businesses can claim the money back, with the funds in their bank account within five working days.

Posters, images and other promotional materials for use by establishments who are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme are available here.

Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back.

The UK Government has updated guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

The UK Government has announced new plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/new-plans-to-ensure-pubs-restaurants-and-cafes-offer-both-smoking-and-non-smoking-outdoor-options.

The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction will apply from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back.

The AA has launched a new COVID CONFIDENT assessment scheme to support the hospitality industry to reopen safely. The accreditation scheme will confirm that an establishment has carried out risk assessments, safety measures and staff training, in line with Government guidelines. Find out more at www.instituteofhospitality.org/aa-launches-covid-confident-scheme-to-support-hospitality-sector/.

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 information for retailers about the sale of age-restricted products in relation to customers wearing face masks or face coverings. Find out more at www.acs.org.uk/news/acs-provides-clarity-retailers-age-verifications-and-face-coverings.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published 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 Department for Education has published updated guidance about preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care.

The Department for Education has updated guidance to confirm that from 13 July 2020 providers can welcome back 19+ apprentices into educational settings, that the flexibility to suspend level 2 functional skills for level 2 apprentices has been extended, and to provide more information on support for redundant apprentices. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response.

On 1 July, The UK Government published guidance about protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during COVID-19. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.

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 Department for Transport has published guidance about safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators.

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 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 updated guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction will apply from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back.

The UK Government has announced £10 million for small businesses to kick-start tourism. The Kick-starting Tourism Package will give small businesses in tourist destinations grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their business following the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-10-million-for-small-businesses-to-kickstart-tourism.

VisitEngland has launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark so businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to COVID-19 guidelines when reopening. Find out more at www.visitbritain.org/visitengland-partners-national-tourist-organisations-launch-industry-standard-uk-tourism.

VisitBritain has published resources that cover practical guidance to help tourism businesses reopen. Find out more at www.visitbritain.org/information-businesses-getting-ready-reopen.

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.

Charities and social enterprises

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched a campaign to support the voluntary sector’s coronavirus response. From 18 July to 31 August, funds raised through selected coronavirus charity campaigns will be matched pound-for-pound through the new ‘Community Match Challenge’. Find out more at  www.gov.uk/government/news/government-invests-85m-to-double-coronavirus-charity-fundraising.

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

The UK Government has announced a new £500 million scheme to kickstart film and television production struggling to secure insurance for COVID-related costs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/dowden-jump-start-for-uks-leading-creative-industries.

The UK Government has announced a £1.57 billion support package for cultural, arts and heritage institutions. Support includes a £1.15 billion pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/157-billion-investment-to-protect-britains-world-class-cultural-arts-and-heritage-institutions.

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/.

The UK Government has announced new measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely. Measures include extending planning permission deadlines, as well as help for builders to quickly agree more flexible construction site working hours with their local council for a temporary period. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/new-plans-to-get-britain-building-in-coronavirus-recovery.

Food and drink

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The UK Government announced a new Eat Out to Help Out scheme on 8 July. The discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020. The discount will be capped at £10 per head for adults and children. Businesses can now register online.

You can register if your establishment:

  • Sells food for immediate consumption on the premises.
  • Provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals.
  • Was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.

Each week in August, businesses can claim the money back, with the funds in their bank account within five working days.

Posters, images and other promotional materials for use by establishments who are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme are available here.

Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back.

The UK Government announced on 8 July that the rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. The reduction will apply from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back.

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 UK Government has published guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation.

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 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.

Care sector

Public Health England has published guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes.

Public Health England has published a resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care.

Events

The GLA has published guidance to support the events sector during COVID-19. The guidance includes a checklist with advice on planning future events, depending on the easing of restrictions. Read the guidance at https://www.london.gov.uk/coronavirus/re-opening-london-safely/guidance-events-during-covid-19.