Covid-19 support for businesses
Reopening businesses and venues
The government has published the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how restrictions will be eased over time. From 12 April 2021 some businesses are permitted to reopen.
Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed. You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app, or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group.
This is to ensure that everyone receives the necessary public health advice in a timely manner.
Find coronavirus financial support for your business
Information about the support available: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.
The government website provides a business support finder to help businesses see what support is available to them.
The business support finder: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder
Kent and Medway Growth Hub business helpline
Business helpline 03333 602 300. Open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
A local team of Business Support Navigators can help you identify relevant programmes, initiatives or funding schemes currently on offer across Kent & Medway and can help you to access them.
This service is funded by Kent Local Authorities and delivered by the Kent and Medway Growth Hub.
Job Retention Scheme extended to 30 September 2021
Visit the gov.uk website for a step by step guide which explains the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It also describes the processes involved.
There are monthly deadlines for claims. Use this list of dates to help you submit your claim before it’s too late.
Please note that if you are an employer making a claim, you need to follow the processes explained in the guidance page Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Government guidance is available on the Gov.uk website to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic is available.
Planning a public event
If you’re planning to stage a public event as lockdown eases, you are legally responsible for making sure attendees and staff are safe.
Staying secure during Covid 19
The conditions resulting from the pandemic may mean there are greater risks to the security of your organisation. The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) provide guidance on mitigating any increased threat at this critical time.
Take time to review your organisation's current processes against the guidance which can be found by visiting:
Guidance from the British Chambers of Commerce
Learn more about the steps that the Bristish Chambers of Commerce and its members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government's strategy.
Visit the website here: