Coronavirus Business Advice for Local Businesses - 11 May

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Plymouth business news

11 May 2020

Please find below an overview of the latest advice and guidance for COVID-19. In today's newsletter you will find news and updates including:

  • Staying alert and safe
  • Social distancing in the workplace
  • The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
  • Supporting Plymouth businesses through the coronavirus pandemic
  • Virtual events/webinars
  • Latest Economic Development blog

If you have any specific concerns or are in need of support please contact us.

Staying alert and safe

People and employers should stay safe in public spaces and workplaces by following COVID-19 secure guidelines. This should enable more people to go back to work, where they cannot work from home, and encourage more vulnerable children and the children of critical workers to go to school or childcare as already permitted.

Businesses and workplaces should make every possible effort to enable working from home as a first option. Where working from home is not possible, workplaces should make every effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines set out by the government.

The government has set out a roadmap for lifting further restrictions and opening more businesses and venues, but this plan is dependent on successfully controlling the spread of the virus. If the evidence shows sufficient progress is not being made in controlling the virus, then the lifting of restrictions may have to be delayed. If, after lifting restrictions, the government sees a concerning rise in the infection rate, then it may have to re-impose some restrictions in as targeted a way as possible.

Find out more here

Social distancing in the workplace during COVID-19: sector guidance*

The guidance provides a list of tailored advice for different scenarios as an example of how social distancing and other measures might be implemented by employers in England to help protect their workforce and customers from coronavirus while still continuing to trade,

It provides guidance for those working in delivery, construction, retail, tradepersons, nannies, cleaners, in logistics, farming, fishing, cargo, transport and waste management.

Businesses should also look to the advice being published by trade associations and similar groups on how to work out government guidance in their sector.

Find out more here

*Last updated 4 May 2020 – we will share further social distancing information when it is available from Government.

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

The strategy document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.

The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread. The roadmap will be kept constantly under review as the epidemic, and the world’s understanding of it, develops.

Find out more here

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as they can, for as many people as they can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS.

Find out more here

Supporting Plymouth businesses through the coronavirus pandemic

Read the latest update from Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council and portfolio holder for Economic Development, about the support we have been delivering to businesses.

The update (published 7 May) includes information about the city’s economic recovery programme ‘Resurgam’, business grants, business support, Shop4Plymouth, Call 4 Fish and lobbying.

Find out more here

Meet the Expert Webinar – Leading successfully through the crisis tools and strategies

Thursday 14 May 2020, 1pm to 2.30pm

You are invited to join Oceansgate's Microsoft Teams Business Support Webinar.

The webinar is kindly being delivered by Richard Miller of Dafferns as part of our "Meet the Expert" Business Support Programme. If you are looking for practical advice and tools to help support your business to survive, adapt and thrive you will not want to miss this event.

Find out more here.


Government webinars

Government departments are hosting a series of free webinars this week to help businesses understand the support available including: 

Keep up to date with all the latest available webinars here

David Draffan, Service Director for Economic Development, Plymouth City Council Blog

David Draffan, the Service Director for Economic Development at Plymouth City Council, regularly writes blogs on Linkedin which sets out some of the work that is being done for the business community that you may find interesting to follow.

View the latest blog here


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Keep up to date with news and advice on our COVID-19 business support page 

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