The Government website is regularly updated with all of the latest information and COVID-19 business support. Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. A new ‘support finder’ tool helps businesses and self-employed people quickly and easily determine what financial support is available during the coronavirus pandemic. Business Support Finder Tool.
Supporting a return to work
The government has published new guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed to understand how to work safely during the pandemic. There are eight guides that cover different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory or fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Read the full set of guides.
Free Membership for the Federation of Small Businesses
We have invested £20,000 to be able to provide a number of small businesses in the district with free 12-months membership of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). FSB members can access a wide range of vital business services including legal help, cyber protection, financial expertise, debt recovery and access to FSB’s funding platform.
The offer covers the first 12 months of membership and is available to new FBS members, and businesses with 10 or fewer employees. To apply for the free FSB membership, businesses need to complete the membership application form. They will then be contacted by a member of the Economic Development team.
North Yorkshire County Council have launched a new website to support North Yorkshire businesses and tradespeople - and help people find local services available to them during coronavirus. All eligible traders and businesses are urged to register at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buy-local to help create a comprehensive one-stop shop for North Yorkshire residents.
Business Closures and Social Distancing in the Workplace
As you will be aware the Government issued advice to certain businesses that they should stop trading. Following the advice, emergency legislation has been put in place, you can find out more about business closures here. The Government have also prepared guidance for employers on social distancing during coronavirus: Sector-specific guidance for employers on social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus.