External Resources, Support and Webinars

A wide range of business support organisations has published advice and information to help employers and the self-employed navigate the impact of COVID-19. This page provides a round-up of the support available.

Guidance for businesses, the self-employed and employers

The following guidance sets out the steps businesses and employers should take to protect themselves and their staff:

ABI has produced a Q&A to support businesses to understand their insurance cover during the coronavirus outbreak.

Acas has published guidance to help employers understand their obligations and protect the health and safety of their staff. It covers sick pay, dealing with incidents of coronavirus in the workplace, and employers’ obligations concerning workers who need to self-isolate or do not want to come into work.

ALVA (the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) has published a webinar about learning lessons from attractions that have already reopened. It covers topics including managing crowds and hygiene.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched the Coronavirus Hub to bring together sources of support and information.

The Business Disability Forum has published information to help employers support disabled employees to return to work as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

CIPD has published coronavirus advice for UK employers, which sets out how they can respond to the coronavirus threat.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has launched a Coronavirus Hub to bring together guidance, support and resources for businesses.

Co-operatives UK has produced a range of practical advice and guidance for co-operative businesses. It covers government support, HR advice, funding, governance and well-being.

Edwin Coe LLP has published a blog about practical considerations for employers, including self-isolation and sick pay.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.

Fragomen has published a guide to help employers understand the policy concessions the UK Government has introduced to help them navigate the immigration system during COVID-19.

Google has committed $340 million in Google Ads credits available to all SMEs with active accounts over the past year. Credit notifications will appear in their Google Ads accounts and can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across its advertising platforms.

Google has launched a dedicated online resource to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This site contains guidance on communicating with customers and employees, working remotely, modifying advertising, and more.

Google Digital Garage has dozens of free online courses that could help at this time – get a business online, make sure customers find you online and connect with customers over mobile. They are also running their free training workshops over webinars.

Google for Startups is repurposing a series of existing tools to provide startups with the emotional and business support they need.

Google My Business is a free resource which allows users to keep customers up to date with any new information about their services – with some automatic changes.

Gowling WLG has published a Q&A about the Job Support Scheme for employers and employees. It provides an overview of the scheme and eligibility criteria.

ICAEW has launched a Coronavirus Hub to support businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes advice, support, guidance and webinars.

IPSE has published an update about the steps it is taking to support freelancers and the self-employed during the outbreak. It also provides advice about other support that is available to tackle the impact of coronavirus.

KPMG is publishing regular updates and insights to keep businesses up to date with the latest coronavirus developments.

Maternity Action has an updated Covid-19 FAQ page outlining rights and benefits during pregnancy and maternity leave.

NMFT (the National Market Traders Federation) has developed a practical guide for market and street traders in the UK. The guide aims to offer advice and guidance to traders starting their business up again in this new world of social distancing and stringent hygiene requirements.

Pinsent Mason has published a comprehensive guide on managing the business impact of COVID-19. The guide sets out practical advice including checklists of things to do including: contracts and supply chain, employment and immigration, facilities – health & safety obligations, public disclosure requirements, event staging and insurance obligations.

Shoosmith has published a guide on what support is available for businesses during COVID-19. This guide is designed to summarise these support measures and help you identify which are applicable to your business.

The UK Government has published advice and guidance about the simple steps business owners can take to protect their firm against fraud and cybercrime.

Which? has published an article about changes to self-employed tax in the 2020/21 tax year. It also provides information about the coronavirus support for self-employed people.

White & Case has published guidance for businesses about legal considerations related to coronavirus. It covers contracts, leveraged finance and employment.

Support to work from home

The following resources provide advice and information to support people to work and run their businesses from home:

Acas has published guidance for employers and their staff about homeworking. It covers health and safety, equipment, setting expectations, staying in touch and pay.

Cyber Aware from the National Cyber Security Centre provides advice on how to stay secure online during coronavirus.

Google has created a site with free resources to help people work, run their business, learn or teach from home.

GSuite by Google Cloud offers advanced Hangouts video-conferencing to all GSuite customers until 30th September. Find out more at https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance for employers about how to protect homeworkers.

LinkedIn has published a blog about how to use the platform to stay connected and work in new ways.

London Business Hub has published a blog on Remote collaboration: tools for small organisations and businesses.

Health and wellbeing

The following resources provide advice and information to help businesses, the self-employed and employees look after their health and wellbeing:

Acas has published guidance about coronavirus and mental health at work. It covers supporting staff’s mental health and managing workplace mental health.

CBI has published a factsheet about mental health and wellbeing in a crisis. It sets out how employers can support employees’ mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mind has published information to help businesses, the self-employed and workers take care of their mental health and wellbeing.

NHS England has published guidance to help people look after their mental wellbeing while staying at home.

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