Local businesses and residents are being made aware of the variety support out there caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Worcestershire has a lot of support on offer and below is a breakdown of where you can go to get the information and advice you are after in your unique situation. All of the advice and information you will find below has been provided down from Central Government and then localised to help communities understand the implications on their way of operating.
The UK Government has issued new guidance on how all businesses should operate with their staff working from home, or if needed, from a COVID secure work place to keep customers and staff safe. You can find all this guidance on their website here.
The NHS has also launched the COVID-19 App, businesses are encouraged to use this with their staff to help track and manage the transmission of COVID-19. For more information on the NHS app, follow the link here.
The main websites we are advising businesses and residents to look at are as follows:
Business Support, Loans & Grants and Skills Development – Worcestershire Business Central
Worcestershire’s local growth hub, Worcestershire Business Central are the one stop business support team. They have prepared a helpful page summarising all the business grants, funds and loans out there during the pandemic. This includes the latest announcements from the Summer Statement and Winter Economic Update. Contact their team in the first instance if you would like to learn more about how you can apply or access these funds to support your business.
Furlough and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – ACAS UK
ACAS UK have put together a useful web page of information around Furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employers. This has been broken down into 4 easy to follow chapters that cover how employers can utilise this service to keep staff on the payrole whilst COVID-19 restricts work and travel.
Latest information and advice – Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council have updated their website to feature all the latest information and guidance from Central Government. This page will be constantly updated with the latest information for Worcestershire.
Worcestershire County Council have prepared a helpful flow chart to help organisations and staff identify the steps they need to follow if they test, or are presuming positive for COVID-19.
Wellbeing, Mental Health and helping your community advice – Here2Help Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council have also put together a new website called Here2Help. This new website provides users with information on what they can to do to stay safe and help others in their community. There are areas for how to manage your mental health during the outbreak and a place to showcase how others are helping their communities during this tough time.
Making Connections – Updates from Worcestershire LEP and the business community
“Making Connections” is a new series of podcasts and videos to support businesses in Worcestershire. The initial episodes are specifically aimed at the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, covering what businesses can and should do from a variety of aspects such as HR, Insurance and Leadership. These episodes will give advice relevant right now and share links to save time in getting the support you need.
Residents and businesses should also be aware that Local District councils have published advice and guidance for their local communities and you can find what each district council has said on the links below.
These links contain information relevant to businesses looking for advice or guidance on the Business Rate relief grants as well. New Recovery Grants will be made available in the coming weeks and businesses can find out more about these on the below websites or through Worcestershire Business Central.
These webpages will be updated as the latest information is released and to read the official latest UK updates, go to the Government website here – https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response