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.

COVID-19 Business Help Series

London Business 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 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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Hot Topic: Reopening and working safely

On 14 June the Prime Minister announced a delay on the removal of all restrictions by four weeks until 19 July – although a review will take place in two weeks.

What has changed? 

However, a few restrictions are being lifted:

  • The number of guests at a wedding will no longer be limited to 30, although venues and hosts will have to do a risk assessment to ensure social distancing. A similar rule will apply to wakes.
  • Pilot events will continue, including more Euro 2020 games.

What are England’s remaining Covid restrictions?

A number of restrictions that were expected to be lifted, will remain in place for the moment:

  • Limits on the number of people who can mix indoors and outdoors.
  • Pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas still have to operate within capacity limits.
  • Limited numbers of people allowed to attend sports events.
  • Nightclubs remain closed.

Find out more about the easing of restrictions, and read the latest government guidance on working safely during COVID-19.

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

Keeping staff and customers safe

Advice and guidance

The Prime Minister has outlined a four-step roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England. There will be at least five weeks between each of the four stages, and the Government will assess the impact of any previous easing of restrictions before moving to the next step.

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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.

Resources and support

Recovery Grants

The London Business Hub COVID-19 Recovery Grants are now closed.

However, we have several programmes open that support businesses across a wide range of issues, such as accessing funding, negotiating property agreements and building business strategy.

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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.

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

Back to Business Fund

The Mayor’s £1m Back to Business Fund will offer up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform. Find out more at

The Government has allocated additional funds to local authorities to enable them to provide grants to businesses that have been severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions, or have been unable to access other COVID-19 government support.

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Learn more about the support currently available from the Government.

London Business Hub has also brought together previous Government announcements on COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more. 

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