UK Government COVID-19: support for businesses

UK Government COVID-19: support for businesses

as at 24th March 2020

Full post on teh Government website can be accesses here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Check the business support website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Local resilience forums: contact details:

Local resilience forums: contact details:

Resilience forums contact details

As at 25th June 2019 all from: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-resilience-forums-contact-details

England

Northwest

RegionContact details
CheshireCheshire Police Headquarters, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2UA. Contact: Sheila Hand Tel: 01606 364 009 Cheshire LRF Community Risk Register
CumbriaCRF Secretariat, Resilience Unit, Penrith Community Fire Station, Carleton Avenue, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2FA. Contact: Emergency planning Tel: 01768 812 500 Cumbria LRF Community Risk Register
Greater ManchesterAGMA Civil Contingencies & Resilience Unit, c/o Greater Manchester Police, Openshaw Complex, Lawton Street, Openshaw, M11 2NS. Contact: Richard Battersby Tel: 0161 234 4444 Greater Manchester LRF Community Risk Register
LancashireLRF Secretary, Lancashire Constabulary, Headquarters, Saunders Lane, Hutton, Lancashire. Contact: Caroline Suart Tel: 01772 410528 M: 07535 529812  Lancashire LRFCommunity Risk Register
MerseysideMRF Secretariat, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service HQ, Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L30 4YD. Contact: Contact: Diane Smith / Martine Corrigan or Ian Voce Tel: 0151 296 4536 or 0151 296 4773, Merseyside LRF Community Risk Register

Northeast

RegionContact details
ClevelandCleveland LRF Secretariat, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit, Ash House, III Acre, Princeton Drive, Thornaby, Stockton on Tees TS17 6AJ. Contact: Cleveland LRF Tel: 01642 301 515 Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit Community Risk Register
Durham & DarlingtonDevon Lawton, County Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue Service Service Headquarters, Belmont Business Park, Durham, DH1 1TW E: Devon Lawton, T: 0191 3755615, M: 07776 226388 Durham & Darlington LRF Community Risk Register
NorthumbriaNorthumbria LRF Coordinator, Newcastle City Council, Room 709, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PB. Contact: Joe Gallant Tel: 0191 211 4993 or 07976 594 788 Northumbria LRF Community Risk Register

Yorkshire and Humber

RegionContact details
HumberHumber LRF Secretariat, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA Contact: Jonathan Brown, Tel: 01482 393 055, Email,  Humber LRF Community Risk Register
North YorkshireEmergency Planning Manager & LRF Secretariat, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AD. Contact: Tom Knox Head of Resilience & Emergencies at NYCC and North Yorkshire Local Resilince Forum Secretariat, Tel: 01609 532 110 or 07891 587 376 North Yorkshire LRF Community Risk Register
South YorkshireSouth Yorkshire LRF, South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex, Europa Link, Sheffield, S9 1XX. Contact: Sarah Whatley Tel: 0114 220 2961 South Yorkshire LRF South Yorkshire Emergencies Community Risk Register
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire Resilience Forum, Room 2.17, Sovereign House, Carr Gate Complex, Bradford Road, Wakefield, WF2 0QD. Contact: Inspector Paul Akerman Tel: 07595 006719 West Yorkshire LRF Community Risk Register

West Midlands

RegionContact details
StaffordshireCivil Contingencies Unit, c/o Stafford Fire Station, Beaconside, Stafford, ST18 0DD. Contact: Bethan Morgan Staffordshire Prepared Community Risk Register Know your risks
WarwickshireWarwickshire Local Resilience Forum, c/o CSW Resilience Team, Communities, Warwickshire County Council, PO Box 43, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4SX. Contact: Robert Coe and Samantha Ayton-Hill, Tel: 01926 412 060 Warwickshire PreparedCommunity Risk Register
West MerciaWest Mercia Local Resilience Forum, Ledbury Police Station, Worcester Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1PL. Contact: Steve Pooler or Vivian Howells (WMLRF Co-ordinators)Tel: 01905 747 205 West Mercia LRF Community Risk Register
West MidlandsWest Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum, Events Control Suite, Tally Ho, Pershore Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 7RN. Contact: Gregg Arrand Tel: 07920 275 579 West Midlands Conurbation LRF Community Risk Register. @WMidsPrepared@PreparedPanda

East Midlands

RegionContact details
Derby & DerbyshireEmergency Planning Division, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG. Contact: Elizabeth Partington Tel: 01629 538 364 Derbyshire LRF Community Risk Register
LeicestershireResilience Partnership – Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Local Resilience Forum, 1 Romulus Court, Meridian East, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1YG. Contact: Julia Draycon Tel: 0116 305 6101 Leicestershire LRF Community Risk Register
LincolnshireHead of Emergency Planning & Business Continuity, Lincolnshire County Council, County Emergency Centre, South Park Avenue, Lincoln, LN5 8EL. Contact: Ian ReedTel: 01522 843409 or 07768 996083 Lincolnshire Resilience Forum Community Risk Register
NorthamptonshireLocal Resilience Forum Coordinator, Northamptonshire Police, Operations Department, Mere Way, Northampton, NN4 8BH. Contact: George Cooper Tel: 03000 111 222 (ext 776501) Northamptonshire LRF Community Risk Register
Nottingham and NottinghamshireNottingham and Nottinghamshire LRF Secretariat, Emergency Planning Team, Nottinghamshire County Council, County Hall, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP. Contact: Katie Harrison-Sharer Tel: 0115 977 3471 Nottingham and Nottinghamshire LRF Community Risk Register

East of England

RegionContact details
Bedfordshire & LutonBedfordshire Local Resilience Forum, c/o Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ. Contact: Bedfordshire Prepared Tel: 0300 300 4145 Bedfordshire LRF Community Risk Register
Cambridgeshire & PeterboroughCambridgeshire & Peterborough Local Resilience Forum, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hinchingbrooke Cottage, Brampton Road, Huntingdon, PE29 2NA. Contact: Jane Ashwell Tel: 07715 076 679 Cambridgeshire & Peterborough LRFCommunity Risk Register
EssexEssex Resilience Forum, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, Headquarters, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB. Contact: ERF Secretariat Tel: 01376 576 375 Essex Resilience Forum Community Risk Register
HertfordshireHertfordshire LRF Secretariat, Hertfordshire County Council, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DE. Contact: Owen Tomlinson Tel: 01992 555 959 Hertfordshire LRFCommunity Risk Register
NorfolkNorfolk LRF Secretariat, Norfolk & Suffolk Constabulary, OCC, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0WW. Contact: Gemma Bailey Tel: 01953 424866 Norfolk Prepared – Norfolk Resilience Forum Community Risk Register
SuffolkSuffolk LRF Secretariat, Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit, Endeavour House (GFB3), 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX. Contact: Karen Chambers Tel: 01473 265 316 Suffolk LRF Community Risk Register

South West

RegionContact details
Avon & SomersetAvon & Somerset LRF, Risk Intelligence Unit, Avon & Fire Rescue Service, P.O. Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ. Contact: Kelly Vince Tel: 0117 926 206 Avon & Somerset LRF Community Risk Register
DorsetDorset Local Resilience Forum, Civil Contingencies Unit Offices, Dorset Police HQ, Winfrith, Dorset, DT2 8DZ. Contact: Deborah Haynes Dorset LRF Community Risk Register
Devon, Cornwall & IoSDevon & Cornwall Police, Emergency Planning Unit, 7-9 Hamilton Drive, Middlemoor, Exeter, EX2 7HQ. Contact: Neil Hamlyn Tel: 0139 222 6469 or 07809 689 426 Devon & Cornwall LRF Community Risk Register
GloucestershireGloucestershire Tri-Service Centre, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AX. Contact: Matthew Steele Tel: 01452 888 768 Gloucestershire LRF Community Risk Register
Wiltshire & Swindonc/o Wiltshire Police, Police Headquarters, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2DN. Contact: Paul Williams Tel: 01380 861 823 Wiltshire LRF Community Risk Register

South East

RegionContact details
Hampshire & IoWHampshire & Isle of Wight LRF, Hampshire County Council, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ. Contact: Laura Edwards Tel: 01962 846 846 Hampshire LRFCommunity Risk Register
KentKent Resilience Team Support Team, Kent Fire and Rescue Service HQ, The Godlands, Straw Mill Hill, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6XB. Contact: KRT Support Tel: 01622 212 409 Kent LRF Community Risk Register
SurreySurrey Local Resilience Forum, Surrey County Council, Room 194, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN. Contact: Ian Good Tel: 0208 213 2800 Surrey LRF Community Risk Register
SussexSussex LRF Secretariat, Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, Malling, Lewes, BN7 2DZ. Contact: Sussex LRF Tel: 01273 404 385 Sussex LRF Community Risk Register
Thames ValleyThames Valley LRF Secretariat, TVLRF, Joint Operations, Thames Valley Police, Headquarters South, Kidlington, OX5 2NX. Contact: Ben Axelsen or Emily Merritt. Tel: 01865 541650 Thames Valley LRF Community Risk Register

London

RegionContact details
LondonLondon Resilience Group, London Fire Brigade, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 0LL. Contact: London Resilience Forum Tel: 020 8555 1200 (ext 30175) London Prepared @LDN_PreparedCommunity Risk Register

Wales

The Welsh Assembly, emergency services, local authorities, health authorities and other emergency planning organisations work together to strengthen the resilience of services in Wales. The Wales Resilience website has more information.

RegionContact details
Wales Resilience Forum (pan-Wales forum)Head of Resilience Team, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ. Contact: Paul Critchley Paul.Critchley@gov.wales Tel: 0300 025 3593
Dyfed PowysDyfed Powys LRF Partnership Team, Strategic Co-ordination Centre, Dyfed Powys Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, Carmarthen, SA31 2PF. Contact: Peter Nicholas / Steve Roberts DPLRF.external@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk Tel: 01267 248454 / 01267 248452  Dyfed Powys LRF Community Risk Register
GwentGwent Local Resilience Co-ordinator, Monmouthshire County Council, County Hall, Rhadyr, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1GA. Contact: Natalie Phillips Tel: 01633 644025 / 07891 416395 Gwent LRF Community Risk Register
North WalesNorth Wales Resilience Forum Secretariat, North Wales Police Headquarters, Colwyn Bay. Tel: 07884 068 032 Contact: nwrf@nwales-fireservice.org.uk Community Risk Register
South Wales Local Resilience ForumSouth Wales Local Resilience Forum Co-ordinator, Vale of Glamorgan Council, The Alps, Quarry Road, Wenvoe, CF5 6AA. Contact: Melanie Haman Tel: 07703 468901 Fax: 01685 387740 or SWLRF@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk Tel: 029 2067 3058 Community Risk Register

Scotland 

 

Details for Regional Resilience Partnerships (RRPs) in Scotland are on the website of the Scottish Executive.

Northern Ireland

Details for Emergency Preparedness Groups (EPGs) in Northern Ireland are available from the Northern Ireland Civil Contingencies Policy Branch.

Maintaining business proactivity

Maintaining business proactivity

Maintaining business proactivity

By Philip Ingram MBE

Travel is being restricted, people are being told to work from home, meeting cancelled, companies are desperately trying to take business online and remote, events are cancelled or postponed. The great British wartime spirit is being displayed by most as the few riot over toilet rolls, panic buy on a first come first served basis, forget our elderly, our sick, it’s me first; but one thing will be at the back of everyone’s mind; “what next?”  This brings out the best in many if not most and the worst in some; a sad reflection on elements of our community. Businesses must be asking “how do I maintain my business proactivity?”

For businesses, many that can afford to are looking for ways to provide support to front line services. Only yesterday I was contacted by the investigation’s software company Altia-ABM asking for introductions to front line services who may benefit from their capabilities for free. We are seeing reports of major manufacturers like JCB and Dyson changing their production lines to make medical ventilators, we are hearing of distilleries switching to the production of alcohol-based hand gel (and not for internal use).

One thing is clear, the current COVID-19 pandemic is changing and will change the business landscape for some time to come if not make a permanent change. However, the first thing to recognise is that capabilities will still be needed, help provided, services delivered. The world is not stopping completely, so businesses that take a proactive approach are more likely to come out the other side of this crisis better than those that don’t. That is just simple logic.

So, what do I mean by a proactive approach in an environment with no meetings, increasingly restricted travel and no events? It is all about communicating, about informing, about contributing. It’s all about keeping a sense of perspective and as much of a sense of normality as possible. The crisis will pass, and a newer version of ‘normality’ will return so it is important that businesses don’t just disengage completely.

So how do you engage, what should you be doing?

First and foremost, inform, inform, inform. Keep your staff and customers up to date with what is happening. Ensure you have clear statements and contact details on the front of your websites if appropriate and in your telephone answering system.  You know who your main customers are, make sure you or your team are talking to them throughout this crisis.

Secondly, secure, secure, secure. Threats to your data, your IP are not going to go away and will likely increase over the crisis period. GDPR fines will not be waived for careless data breaches so ensure your working practices for remote working are as secure as your practices in the office.  Those that were a threat before COVID-19 hit are still a threat and will see this as an opportunity.  Be on the lookout for phishing, malware, ransomware and people exploiting online social engineering opportunities.

Thirdly, engage, engage, engage.  Don’t fall into the trap of isolating yourself, your business, your services. There are lots of ways to remain engaged. Talk to your suppliers and customers, keep them reassured. Publish articles, blogs, thought pieces, updates on your website and use email and social media to distribute them widely.  Engage on social media, a perfect way to keep your followers confident that all is as normal as it can be. Finally look for different opportunities to communicate. I am doing PODCASTS and will likely start restart VLOGS as well.  Webinars have long been an excellent way of delivering informed content and good debate.  The key to getting and maintaining your audience is to provide good informative content.

With all of the social media enabled communications means almost enabling the building of a virtual world, this is a perfect opportunity to stand out from the rest and show how progressive you can be making the transition back to proper normality that much easier. So, don’t sit and wat for something to happen, take the initiative and be proactive that is the key to standing out in this crisis