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We know that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing concern for businesses. If your business is feeling the impact of this economic shock, and is in need of advice of how to prepare and communicate with your staff, or are looking for the latest guidance for dealing with customers in your business please find below a useful links to the current information available:

  • Coronavirus Guidance to Employers and Businesses: Guidance to employers, employees and support for businesses:
    • Guidance to Employers: on providing advice to your staff on COVID-19, how to help prevent the spread of respiratory infections, what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings and advice on travelling overseas.
    • Guidance to Employees: advice to employees on working from home, sick pay, and frequently asked questions.
    • Support for Businesses: government guidance on what support is being provided to businesses. Including paying sick pay, small business rate relief, and business interruption loan scheme
  • HMRC Covid-19 Helpline: If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559.
  • FSB Advice to Small Businesses: Advice and guidance on reducing risks of disruption from the COVID-19 virus to you and your business and other funding options.
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Details on how to apply for the business interruption loan scheme. This will temporarily replace the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG); with details being made available over the coming days.
  • ACAS Advice to Employers and Employees: Practical HR advice and a simple step guide on how to protect the health and safety of staff.

VisitBritain website is continually being updated and includes travel advice.


A one-off grant of £3,000 is to be available for businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief. Government is providing funding to Local Authorities for this.

(HINCKLEY BID will advise BID Members in due course when details are available and when the scheme becomes operational).