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Covid-19 business support - latest updates (updated 18 September)


We understand the concerns of businesses and self-employed people across the county at this very difficult time. We are here to give advice and support to all County Durham businesses, large and small.

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Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs

Source: government, published September 18, 2020 5.00pm

Hospitality venues in England are from today (18 September) legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000.

Regulations come into force today to ensure that businesses comply with the 'rule of 6' and maintain social distancing between customers. Businesses failing to comply could be issued with fines of up to £4,000. Designated venues will also now have a legal requirement to maintain records of customer contact details and display an official NHS QR code poster ahead of the rollout of the NHS COVID-19 app on Thursday 24 September. 

Find out more: Gov.uk: Press release - Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs.


Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Source: NHS, published September 16, 2020 3.00pm

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download NHS QR codes via a website to display as posters at their entrances so customers can use the new COVID-19 app to easily check-in. The app is being launched across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September and the posters will play an important role in NHS Test and Trace, allowing multiple people to be contacted if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues. 

Find out more: NHS: Venue check-in for organisations.


Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

Source: government, published September 9, 2020

Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local COVID-19 interventions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks. The scheme provides a safety net to further protect jobs where a business is required to close.

The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close and smaller businesses will receive £1,000. 

Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a 3-week lockdown period. Each new 3-week lockdown period triggers an additional payment.

Gov.uk: Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme webinar

Source: government, published August 14, 2020 

HM Revenue and Customs has added new dates for their webinar on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Businesses can watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Eat Out to Help Out.

Gov.uk: help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus


Working safely guidance

Source: government, published August 14, 2020 10.30am

A number of guides on how to make a workplace coronavirus secure have been updated to include updated guidance on consulting your workforce before returning to work, and on protecting people who are at higher risk.

Gov.uk: working safely during coronavirus


Small business leaders - leadership programmes

Source: government, published August 3, 2020 3.53pm

The government has announced two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

Source: government, published July 30, 2020 1.30pm

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has today (30 July 2020) announced.

Gov.uk: £20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses


More businesses set to benefit from government loan scheme

Source: government, published July 30, 2020 1.30pm

Changes to state aid rules as a result of UK Government and industry lobbying mean that more small businesses can now benefit from loans of up to £5 million under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), it was announced today (30th July 2020).

Gov.uk: More businesses set to benefit from government loan scheme


Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus

Source: government, published July 27, 2020 9.05am

Guidance has been published on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus. This early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that businesses or organisations know how to recognise and report an incident of coronavirus and are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it.

Gov.uk: reporting outbreaks of coronavirus


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See our Covid-19 business support - previous news and updates page for previous news and updates.

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