Items of Interest

1. Bristol City Council is carrying out a short survey of the city’s businesses and organisations to gain a more detailed understanding of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. While we fully appreciate this is a challenging time, any information you provide will help inform any future business support we might develop, either as a council, or with partner organisations, to work alongside that offered by the UK Government. You can access the survey here, and please circulate amongst your networks. And thanks to those who have already contributed.

2. The FSB is hosting a webinar on Friday 17April (2pm-3pm) looking at the financial options available in the form of loans from banks, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), how the system should work and what you need to do in order to get these loans from your bank; more here.  

3. Read more here about what scams you need to be aware of currently, what to do if you think you or someone you know has been approached by a scammer, how to report price hiking and unauthorised products.

4.This website lists an extensive range of local independent businesses offering online and delivery services during the lockdown.

5. Click here for an official list of business representative organisations and trade associations providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors; and here for a UK Government-compiled list of organisations outside government offering support for businesses.

6.Voscur have created a digest of coronavirus emergency grants available in the voluntary sector, which is being regularly updated; view it here.

7.The UK Government has issued guidance for various sectors on social distancing in the workplace during the current outbreak; more here.

8.And the UK Government has published a list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by COVID-19. The list includes annual leave, delivery driver’s hours, filing accounts and annual statements, and destroying spoilt beer; read more here.

9.Visit the new Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) employment and benefits support website here to keep up to date with the latest guidance and messages on sick pay, existing benefit claims, new claims to benefit, self-employment, housing and more.

10.Are you an early stage social enterprise looking to make your business more resilient and increase your trading potential? Could you use a match trading cash grant of up to 4k for your business? Then the School for Social Entrepreneurs/Lloyds Bank Trade Up Programme may be for you. Further details, including how to join virtual information sessions before applying, here. Application deadline Thursday 30 April.