Support & Updates for Businesses During The Coronavirus Period
To support the businesses in this challenging time, we will have regular updates on this page to provide factual information for businesses.
SaveTheHighStreet.org is an industry movement on a mission to ensure diverse and successful high streets, now and for the long term. Yesterday (26 March) they launched the first in a series of short You Tube videos called Idea of the Day for all businesses to view, visit; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdcVKIrcjHJuE5PDkVMzU1g/videos
These short videos are aimed at supporting businesses during coronavirus and the challenges faced by everyone on the High St during this period. The videos aim to provide simple ideas and steps to take to generate sales and grow and strengthen ties in the community. The first video considers the fact that millions are now working from home / stuck at home with an idea to support your customers by creating care packages – watch the vide to find out more!
West Suffolk Council are here to help you keep up with the latest support to business during this difficult time. Please visit http://westsuffolk.gov.uk/c19business for the latest or call the team on 01284 757114
The BID is working closely with the Economic Growth Team at West Suffolk Council to provide you access to the most up to date information to assist your business. Please click on this link to see the latest statement from the Council.
I have spoken to 3 local Commercial Agents today about concerns businesses have expressed to me regarding rent payments that are due this month. They have all encouraged concerned businesses to contact them to discuss their individual circumstances.
They have also suggested that this might be prudent to do once more is known about how businesses can access the Government funding that was announced on Tuesday.
You can sign up here to receive email alerts with the latest updates and guidance around COVID-19 from the UK Government. https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?link=/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
If you have questions or concerns about leave, pay, remoteworking and what steps you can take to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, join Acas experts this Friday at 10:30am to chat live on Twitter. Send your questions in advance to @acasorguk #AskAcas.
Acas are also running a number of free webinars to provides practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus on businesses. Register here: https://www.acas.org.uk/webinars
For a good guide for business owners in regards of their rights and responsibilities visit ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
For information about support for businesses from the government visit; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses Please note accessing this support will be via the Local Authority and we await details of this process.
Owner of Casa, Maria Broadbent, appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show at lunchtime today to talk about how her business is adapting to the current challenges. A number of Bury St Edmunds restaurants have started to offer takeaways, click and collect and delivery during this period. You can listen to the interview again here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gc92