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: Grants and support

The Government has announced additional support will be available for businesses that have been impacted by the Omicron variant, including:

  • Businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors in England will be able to apply for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises. The grants will be administered by local authorities, and the amount available will depend on rateable value as follows:
    • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will be eligible for a £6,000 grant.
    • Businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 will be eligible for a £4,000 grant.
    • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or below will be eligible for a £2,667 grant.
  • More than £100 million of discretionary funding will also be made available for local authorities to support other businesses.
  • Government will cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for COVID-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK.
  • £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund, enabling more cultural organisations in England to apply for support during the winter.

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Hot Topic: Working safely

The following ‘Plan B’ measures have been introduced in response to rising cases and the spread of the Omicron variant: 

Face masks

  • Since Friday 10 December, face masks must be worn in most public venues, including theatres and cinemas.
  • There are exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. Face masks are not mandatory in certain hospitality settings.

Work from home guidance

  • Since Monday 13 December, guidance to work from home has been reintroduced for those who can do so.

NHS Covid Pass

  • Since Wednesday 15 December, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App is mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
  • People can demonstrate proof of their vaccination status via the app. Proof of a negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test that was taken within the last 48 hours will also be accepted.
  • The Government has published guidance to help venues and businesses carry out COVID-19 status checks.

Read the latest guidance

London Business Hub has published a series of guides to support businesses across London to reopen and work safely during COVID-19:

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:

London Healthy Workplace Award

The London Healthy Workplace Award (LHWA) is a free accreditation scheme led by the Mayor of London’s Office and supported by Public Health England.

In the case studies below, businesses in London explain why they took part in the LHWA and the benefits they’ve experienced.

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.

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 https://payitforward.london.gov.uk/fund.

Learn more about the support currently available from the Government.

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