Coronavirus (COVID-19) - latest news and info PLUS a member business support link-up service

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - latest news and info PLUS a member business support link-up service

The news and information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)  is constantly changing.


BACK TO WORK – Products and Services

Below are some BECBC members that can help:




A new BECBC member COVID-19 support link-up service is now live – CLICK HERE TO VIEW
If you have a need/requirement or can offer support to BECBC members at present, you can add entries direct using your member login (held by your main named membership contact – contact Hazel if you need help). 
Member to member support has been very important for positive outcomes in previous crisis situations and this new tool will allow you to help and contact each other quickly and easily.

Download the COVID-19 Business Key Priorities Action Plan for BECBC members

Download the Wellbeing Forum Mental Health Handbook for BECBC members


Register as a volunteer with Support Cumbria

Cumbria Community Fundation has launched the CUMBRIA COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND


Latest news from organisations including Sellafield Ltd, CCF and LLWR are listed on the BECBC News Page

For up to Government and Health details go to (these pages are regularly updated so please keep visiting them for new updates):


A new Business Support Hub from BEIS is now live - they will post all new info there now (updated 8 Apr 2020)


The UK Government webpage includes:

  • Coronavirus Action Plan
  • Public Information Campaign
  • Public Health England Blog links
  • Contact Tracing to prevent the spread of infection

UK Government Business Support Helpline –  Tel: 0300 456 3565 (England).

UK Government Business Support

UK GOV launches new COVID-19 business suport finder tool (21 Apr 2020)


CITB and Construction Leadership Council factsheets, checklists and templates to help companies get Back to Work (uploaded 18 May 2020)


BEIS: A series of back to work webinars wil be held 27 May to 2 June 2020 (uploaded 23 May 2020)

UK GOV: Charter for safe working practice during COVID-19 (uploaded 14 May 2020)

UK GOV: Working safely during COVID-19 in labs and research facilities (uploaded 18 May 2020)

UK GOV: Working safely during COVID-19 in factories, plants and warehouses (uploaded 18 May 2020)

UK GOV: Working safely during COVID_19 in offices and contact centres (uploaded 13 May 2020)

UK GOV: Working safely during COVID_19 in construction and other outdoor work (uploaded 13 May 2020)

UK GOV: Staying safe and social distancing guidance (uploaded 11 May 2020)

UK GOV – Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy (uploaded 11 May 2020)


UK Government BEIS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletins:

UK Government guidance for businesses and employers webpage includes:

  • Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
  • What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site
  • Travel arrangements
  • Sick pay
  • Certifying absence from work
  • What to do if an employee needs time off work to look after someone
  • Limiting spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in business and workplaces
  • Cleaning and waste
  • Handling post or packages

UK Government Online isolation notes - providing proof of coronavirus absence from work

UK Government guidance for employees

UK Government COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

UK Government Business Rates Guidance: expanded retail discount

UK Government, Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government: Business Rates 
(expanded Retail Discount 2020/2021 COVID-19 Local Authority Guidance)
 (uploaded 5 April 2020)

UK Government Guidance for Staff in the Transport Sector

UK Government Support for those affected by COVID-19
More information about the package of measures announced at Budget 2020 to support public services, individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19

Chancellor announces additional support to protect businesses

UK Government – Ministry of Housing, Communicaities and Local Government:
DOWNLOAD Guidance: Further businesses and premises to close

UK Government –  DIT
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses trading internationally
 (uploaded 24 Mar 2020)

UK Government COVID-19: apprenticeship programe response (uploaded 24 Mar 2020)

UK Government Department of Health & Social Care: Coronavirus bill: summary of impacts (uploaded 24 Mar 2020)

UK Government Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally (uploaded 30 Mar 2020)

UK Government Guidance for exporters (uploaded 16 Apr 2020)


UK Government: Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (uploaded 12 May 2020)

UK Government: Top up to local business grant Funds scheme (uploaded 4 May 2020)

UK Government Guidance: New Bounce Back Loans Launched (uploaded 4 May 2020)

UK Government Guidance Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (uploaded 20 Apr 2020)

UK Government Guidance with Help to Clain on the Coronavirs Job Retention Scheme (uploaded 16 Apr 2020)

UK Government Guidance for businesses and workers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (uploaded 27 Mar 2020)

UK Government Guidance: Claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (uploaded 27 Mar 2020)

UK Government Guidance: Check if you could be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (uploaded 27 Mar 2020)


UK Goverment Guidance: Procurement Policy Note (Supplier relief due to COVID-19) (uploaded 27 Mar 2020)

Cabinet Office: Procurement Policy Note - Responding to COVID-19 Information Note PPN 01/20


HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update for employers (uploaded 18 May 2020)
To ensure you receive a payment by the end of May, you need to apply by Wednesday 20‌‌ May 2020

HMRC COVID-19 support webinars (uploaded 10 May 2020)
Find out if you can use the COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, or how to make a claim on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, by joining a live webinars. 

HMRC COVID-19 support videos (uploaded 23 April 2020)
providing an overview of the support available to help businesses, self-employed individuals and employers and their employees deal with the economic impact of COVID-19

HM Revenue & Customs – Tax Helpline

If you would like to receive updates on the government’s response to COVID-19 you can sign up for their email alerts.

HM Revenue & Customs – Deferral of VAT payments as a result of COVID-19 (uploaded 29 March 2020)

UK Government, Companies House: Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19 (updated 25 Mar 2020)

UK Government BEIS: Grant Funding Schemes  – Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance Version 2 - DOWNLOAD (updated 26 Mar 2020)

UK Government Notice: Self-employment Income Support Scheme - check if you are eligible to receive support (uploaded 30 March 2020)


NHS Information webpage includes:

  • overview
  • advice for travellers
  • FAQs

‘Your NHS Needs You’ – NHS Call For Volunteer Army (uploaded 25 Mar 2020)
The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.
Apply to be an NHS Volunteer Responder - download application form 

111 NHS Online Coronavirus Service

NHS Inform includes:

  • Self-isolation advice for people without symptoms

Public Health England - Emplyers and Businesses Guidance POSTER


Scottish Government webpage includes:

  •  Workplace advice contained in new Coronavirus Guide
  • Action plan

Visit Scotland Advice for Businesses includes:

  • NHS Covid-19 communication toolkit

Welsh Government Info includes:

  • Guidance to employers and businesses on COVID-19


Cumbria LEP updates on COVID-19:

Cumbria Local Resilience Forum 21 April 2020 Update 


Cumbria County Council includes:

  • Coronavirus latest information
  • Information for education settings
  • Information for Cumbria County Council employees
  • Information for local communities (uploaded 23 April 2020)

Allerdale and Copeland Update Bulletins:


Allerdale Borough Council - resources for business includes:

Borough of Barrow in Furness includes:

Carlisle City Council - resources for business includes:

  • £10k grants for small businesses
  • grant funding of £25k for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • business rates holidays
  • temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • latest general Carlisle info

Copeland Borough Council - resources for business includes:

Eden District Council - resources for business includes:

  • £10k grants for small businesses
  • temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year
  • latest general Eden info 

South Lakeland District Council - resources for business includes:

  • businesses support (statutory sick pay, business rates, business loans and hardship grants)
  • childcare provision for key workers
  • Cumbria Tourism support and advice


The CBI, a BECBC member, has information on supporting businesses impacted by the Coronavirus, as does the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses).
Also download CBI's COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme Factsheet (uploaded 29 March 2020)

The CIPD has a downloadable factsheet with advice for UK employers.

ACAS: Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees

Build UK: Site Operating Procedures – Protecting Your Workforce (uploaded 24 Mar 2020)
Updated version (uploaded 5 April 2020)

COVID-19 DSA Workflow - if anyone’s stalling on design projects/tasks simply because they can’t access the SL Drawing Registry from home FETL may be able to help.

Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) COVID-19 Update (updated (26 Mar 2020)


If you require advice on legal, financial or HR issues there are a number of BECBC members who may be able to help you including those listed below: 
(A full list of members is available on the online BECBC Member Directory)


Further financial info (business and personal):

The Money Advice Service includes info on:

  • Employment, sick pay and benefits
  • Coronavirus and claiming Universal Credit
  • Travel plans and travel insurance
  • Coronavirus and borrowing
  • Coronavirus and your money
  • Coronavirus scams

WHICH - Coronavirus: what it means for mortgages, savings, borrowing and benefits

Banking Information

British Business Bank – FAQs FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: BOUNCE BACK LOAN SCHEME (uploaded 12 May 2020)


British Business Bank  – Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) - OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS (uploaded 24 Mar 2020)

British Business Bank  – The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is now available through participating lenders (uploaded 24 Mar 2020)

Lloyds Banking Group – ready to support UK small businesses impacted by COVID-19

HSBC Bank – general advice and busines support information

Royal Bank Of Scotland – business support.

TSB  – personal (mortgage, credit card, savings, current account holders, loans) and business support

Barclays – FAQS for personal and business customers

NatWest –  business support and pledges £5bn Working Capital Support for SMEs during Coronavirus outbreak


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