USEFUL LINKS: SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Continuing with the series on useful links, her are links to useful links for businesses.
The British Chambers of Commerce has a Coronavirus Hub. This provides information based on official guidance from the UK government and it is amended as and when they receive the updated information. There is a FAQs page on UK government support measures and also a general FAQs page which looks at cash flow and travel and trade.
The government also have a FAQs page regarding business support which will be regularly updated according to the latest advice and guidance.
UK Finance, which represents banks and other organisations that lend to businesses, has a ‘Let’s Talk Business – COVID-19’ article. This explains the measures that its members are taking. It also has a section where questions that businesses may have are answered.
BBC News offers a guide to applying for government business support, breaking down how the Business Interruption Loan Scheme works, what help there is for bigger businesses and how big companies apply for this.
The Bank of England has a page designed for companies, and banks acting on behalf of companies, that would like to participate in the HM Treasury and the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF). This also has a useful Q&A section for companies.
Visit Britain has a page which contains useful links to information on general advice and support for businesses as well as all of the latest tourism-related news and information for UK tourism businesses on the outbreak of COVID-19.
People unable to work for more than 7 days because of the virus can now use an online sick note system.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has a practical business advice page which quickly summarises the help announced by the government. This has links for employers, all businesses, self-employed, small businesses, small and medium businesses, large businesses, retail, hospitality and leisure businesses and nursery businesses.
Gov.uk provides advice on developing business continuity plans which include a Business Continuity toolkit.
The FCA has a page providing information for firms on Coronavirus.
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has produced a document with tips for communicating with employees at times of crisis.
Companies House has allowed companies to receive a 3 month extension period to file accounts during the outbreak.