Coronavirus Support for Businesses

Blaby District Council has established a Business hub with a specialist team who will work hard to support local firms and businesses both during and after these challenging times.

We have created below a self-service area where you will find useful information, current resources and support on a range of issues to help businesses reopen safely across Blaby District and move towards recovery.

Government Covid19 Response:

Reliefs and Exemptions - Grant Support for local Blaby District Businesses

Full details and criteria on the businesses grant support available for local Blaby District businesses can be found on the Business Rates Reliefs and Exemptions page and applications can be made via the online forms.

 

Business Hub Support Request

If you would like to discuss the support available for businesses impacted by COVID-19 then please get in touch with us by completing the form below.  One of our Account Managers will get back in touch with you.

Financial Support

Information is available direct from central Government on gov.uk detailing the full package of financial support and grant funding being provided to respond to cash flow pressures, help you stay in business and retain your workforce. Follow the Gov.uk link below for further information.

Guidance for Businesses

The new Government Business Support Hub contains information for sole traders and the self-employed as well as businesses in general and brings together all of the up-to-date information, advice and guidance published by the Government. Please see the link below.  

The NHS COVID-19 app launched on the 24 September 2020.

You must not reopen if your business is closed under current Government rules. You can check if your business or venue can open on the link below.

Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19) and guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace can be found in the links below.

Insurance

Businesses that have cover for both pandemics and government-ordered closure should be covered, as confirmed on 17 March 2020 by government. The advice to pubs, theatres etc is sufficient to make a claim as long as all other terms and conditions are met.

Insurance policies differ significantly, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers. Most businesses are unlikely to be covered, as standard business interruption insurance policies are dependent on damage to property and will exclude pandemics.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, will continue to 30 September 2021.

Businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs.

Please see the external link below for more information.

Paying Sick Employees

For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay per employee will be refunded by the government in full. The eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of SSP to those staying at home comes into force.

More information is provided on the external link below.

Self Employed

Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.  Details in the links below.

The online service to claim the fifth grant will be available from late July 2021.

You must make your claim on or before 30 September 2021.

Redundancy Support for Employers

The Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR Programme)

If you are facing an organisational restructure or the prospect of making hard decisions about staff redundancy, there is funded support available to you.

The Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) programme will ensure your employees get access to bespoke training and careers guidance and support them to find suitable employment.  Further information in the link below.

Please contact  Howard.Cordingley@Serco.com 

Redundancy Support - Futures

If you have already made employees redundant or are about to make redundancies (up to twenty people), please refer those individuals for direct advice and careers support to Sarah Baranyai of Futures.

Email: Leicestershire@futuresforyou.com or call Sarah Baranyai on 07570 671594

Please ensure your contact includes:

• Notification of redundancies and scale

• Number and job roles affected

• Last day of work for affected individuals (if known)

If you are planning to make larger-scale redundancies (twenty or more) see the advice on the link below on Gov.uk, you will need to complete an HR1 form which will go to the DWP.

Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALS)

Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALS) is offering free training and support packages for local businesses to help staff who are facing the risk of redundancy or on extended furlough.   

To find out more about the redundancy support package available through Leicester City Council’s Adult Skills and Learning Service, email anna.parr@leicester.gov.uk or call 0116 454 1908.

Companies House - Filing On-Line

Companies across the UK are being urged not to leave filing their annual accounts until the last minute and consider going paperless, as the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect people’s lives, businesses and the economy.

Companies House’s online filing service (find in the link below) - which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - can take as little as 15 minutes and has inbuilt checks to help directors avoid mistakes. Accounts filed on paper are 6 times more likely to be rejected than accounts submitted electronically (7.5% compared to just 1.2% respectively).

Business Advice

Business Gateway Growth Hub

The Business Gateway Growth Hub has developed a range of guidance to help businesses access the support available.  This includes free advice from a team of expert business advisors, finance and grant information and virtual support sessions and webinars.

Telephone - 0116 3668487

Website linked below

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)

Acas gives employers and employees free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. They also offer training and help to resolve disputes.  Follow the link below for further information.

Sector Support

Inclusive Recruitment Support

Recruiting from a diverse range of backgrounds has a number of business benefits. Now more than ever, considering candidates from a wider talent pool can bring the skills needed.

The guidance below has case studies and information about how employers can attract, recruit and retain people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Retail, hospitality and leisure support

Updated guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation can be found in the link below.

Food and Drink

The link below takes you to current Government guidance for food businesses on COVID-19.  It is intended for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, retailing and service of food.

This also includes important information about the risk of community dissemination of COVID-19 from circumstances or activities related to the workplace such as transportation and accommodation arrangements.

Tourism

The Road to Recovery -  Free expert support programme for tourism and hospitality businesses

A new programme of support has been announced for visitor economy businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire to combat the economic impact of Covid-19. The Business Gateway Growth Hub has joined with industry experts to create a support programme for tourism, hospitality, sport and leisure businesses to help businesses with recovery and to reach new consumer markets to help generate sales.

This free support package offers a series of webinars and smaller group clinics hosted by a range of industry experts. To find out more and to book your place, visit the external link below. 

The 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard

You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance.

To support with re-opening and welcoming customers, the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 consumer mark is available.  It provides reassurance for businesses, attractions and destinations and also to local residents and visitors, that clear processes are in place.

Please see the link below for further information.

Farmers, Landowners and Rural Businesses

The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with regular updates is available on the following link below.

Drivers, Operators and Owners of Taxis or Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs)

Actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus are in the link below.

Training, skills and development

Apprenticeships

The link below takes you to the latest Government guidance on providing apprenticeships during Covid-19 and is for employers, training providers and assessment organisations.

Adult Learning

In response to Covid-19, GoLearn! (Leicestershire County Council’s Adult Learning Service) has created Online Learning resources for adults across Leicestershire to access free of charge (linked below).

There is a wide range of learning materials, activities and courses which are open to all members of the public. This new site offers a range of opportunities from Digital Skills to Languages and Wellbeing to Family Learning.

Digital Boost

The Covid-19 crisis has presented many challenges for small businesses and charities, particularly in building digital capability. In response, Digital Boost (linked below) has been created to provide much-needed digital support for small organisations. The platform is founded by Founders4Schools and BCG Digital Ventures, with support from DCMS.

The platform hosts a community of digital experts who offer one-to-one digital support to small businesses and charities free of charge to help them improve their digital capability to grow and prosper.

The Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit

Free courses to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Including general skills that apply to all sectors and more specialised skills.

Trading internationally

DIT support

There is new advice on the support available for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of Coronavirus. It includes:

  • DIT support for UK business trading internationally, for example in providing assistance with customs authorities or sourcing new suppliers
  • financial support for business trading internationally

Health and Wellbeing Support

There are resources available to provide advice and information to help businesses, the self-employed and employees look after their health and wellbeing.  Further details are in the website links below.

Business Restrictions - Environmental Health Advice

On 1 June, the Coronavirus Restrictions Regulations were again amended, by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2020. Changes have been made to implement further aspects of the Government’s phased approach to easing the current restrictions and a number of amendments provide further clarification in certain areas, particularly in relation to leisure and recreation.

These amendments have now been reflected in the Coronavirus Restrictions Regulations on Legislation and Government guidance is being updated to reflect the changes.

Reporting business breaches of COVID 19 restrictions

Please email any breaches to environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk, including the business name and details of what restrictions they are breaching.

We are appealing to local businesses who can support their local community and vulnerable residents.  If you can for example donate excess stock or offer transport please get in touch by completing the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page.

Can't find what you're looking for?

You can call the National Business Support helpline 0300 456 3565 for help to deal with the impact of coronavirus or subscribe to get our business newsletter updates directly using the form at the top of the page.

Last updated 14 July 2021
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