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

Here at London Business Hub, we understand the impact that COVID-19 can have on all aspects of your business.

To help you through, we’ve launched a series of free, dedicated webinars delivered by expert speakers that have been carefully designed to answer your questions and to help guide London’s small businesses through the many challenges presented by COVID-19. We have also brought together a range of resources and information to help you through these difficult times and to help you find the right support.

Hot Topic: Living with COVID 

All remaining legal restrictions in England were lifted on Thursday 24 February as part of the Government’s ‘Living with COVID’ plan.

Guidance for business

The UK Health Security Agency has set out new public health principles for workplaces for businesses, organisations and employers in England to consider in managing the risk to their workforce from respiratory infections such as COVID-19. 

The new guidance sets out actions that businesses should follow to help reduce the spread of infections, including ensuring adequate ventilation and encouraging vaccinations. Whilst there is no longer an expectation that every employer will consider COVID-19 explicitly in their risk assessment, employers should continue to comply with their legal obligations to their staff. Further information is on GOV.UK.

Free COVID-19 tests are no longer available for the general public, but the Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed that tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff.

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result is advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.

‘Long COVID’ is an informal term that is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after an infection of COVID. There are a number of resources to help businesses and employees manage the impacts of Long COVID, including:

Read the latest Government guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, nightclubs or takeaways.

The following resources provide advice and information to help the hospitality sector navigate the COVID-19 outbreak and work safely:

Keeping staff and customers safe

Advice and guidance

As a result of stressful and uncertain times that coronavirus has presented, the need to consider the mental wellbeing of you and your employees has never been more important.

Our guides include information on business support and the latest guidance to help you manage this, by signposting the best resources to help you manage this important issue during the crisis.

Drawing upon resources from the NHS, Mind and other recognised bodies and organisations, our guides will help you navigate the support that is available as well as detailing preventative techniques that individuals use to manage their mental health.

The Mayor of London has published a series of guides to help support the wellbeing of businesses and employees:

Business Help Series

London Business Hub has launched the 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 through various problem areas as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Workplace Checklist

The COVID-19 Workplace Checklist is a helpful resource for businesses of all sizes and sectors to manage the risk of virus transmission in their workplaces. We know time can be tight, so the checklist is designed to fit relevant safety information into busy work days!

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Resources and support

Boosting Community Business London

Boosting Community Business London is a new pilot scheme to grow high streets and civic centers.

Delivered by community business champions Power to Change and Cooperatives UK and supported by the Mayor of  London, the new fund will help local groups to set up and grow a community business. It will also support existing community businesses looking to run a community share offer.

Find out more

We are offering free fundraising to help businesses to secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services. Find out more.

Learn more about the support currently available from the Government.

The following London Business Hub pages provide advice and information to help businesses and the self-employed navigate the coronavirus pandemic:

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