In addition to the following notes and articles which are of relevance to most businesses, at the bottom of this page, there are links to additional pages where we have collated further information specifically relating to a number of industry sectors.
The government is working closely with Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations to support the national response to Coronavirus. Visit the Gov.uk website for a list of organisations you can speak with to get advice. These organisations represent a wide range of industries and sectors and many are also happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus.
Article added 11th June 2020
On 23 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced further easements of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions as part of Step Three of the government’s plan to return life to as near normal as we can.
In addition, all businesses and venues can reopen from 4 July, except for the list below, which remain closed in law:
• Bowling alleys and Indoor skating rinks
• Indoor play areas including soft-play
• Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
• Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
• Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
• Swimming pools including water parks
• Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue.
For further information, including guidance about steps to take prior to reopening, visit the Government Website
Article added 24th June 2020
The government has launched an interactive “Support Finder” to help businesses identify which financial support schemes are most suitable for their needs. There are 7 simple questions to help filter the results (e.g. do you employ less than 250 people? are you self-employed? do you pay business rates? etc.):
Article added 21st April 2020
The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance, for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are hosting a series of free one hour webinars between 27 May and 2 June to help businesses make their workplace COVID-secure ahead of June 15.
At the time of writing the workplace settings covered by these webinars were:
Shops & branches
Construction & other Outdoor work
Labs & research facilities
Offices & Contact Centres
Other people’s homes
Click on the Eventbrite Link to register for the event.
Once these webinars have taken place, recordings of the sessions can be viewed on the Government’s YouTube channel
BEIS has also produced a series of guides covering a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles, so you may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. The guides currently published are:
5 Steps to Working Safely
Construction and other Outdoor Work
Factories, Plants and Warehouses
Labs and Research Facilities
Offices and Contact Centres
Other people’s Homes
Restaurants offering Takeaway or Delivery
Shops and Branches
Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.
These can be found at Working Safely Guides
Article updated 1st June 2020
Better Business For All Covid-19 Toolkit
The Better Business For All (BBFA) Covid-19 Toolkit has been launched to help businesses to restart safely. This is a useful resource for businesses as it contains links, action plans, template risk assessment, checklists etc.
A pdf version is available here
MOTs due up to 29 March 2020
What you need to do if your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle MOT expiry date was on or before Sunday 29 March 2020 and has run out depends on whether you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms or you’re extremely vulnerable from coronavirus. You will need to consider renewing the MOT at an open garage or declaring it off-road. For further guidance go to:
MOTs due from 30 March 2020
Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.
MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers
Your lorry, bus or trailer will be exempt from needing an MOT for 3 months from 21 March 2020. You might, however, need to apply for this, depending on your vehicle.
Article added 7th April 2020
The government has announced that if the impact of COVID-19 will cause delays in filing company accounts with Companies House, you can apply for an automatic and immediate 3 month extension. You must apply before your normal filing deadline.
There is an on-line application process (which should take about 15 minutes to complete).To apply, you will need the company number, an email address, information about your extension reasons and any documents that support your application (optional).
Article added 9th April 2020
As an emergency response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), a temporary online service has been developed to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally. Further details can be found on the Companies House website
Article added 10th June
The Health & Safety Executive has issued details of when and how you should report Coronavirus incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).
You must only make a report under RIDDOR, relating to Coronavirus, when:
• an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to Coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence
• a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID-19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease.
• a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to Coronavirus.
For more information (and examples), visit the Health & Safety Executive
Article added 9th April 2020
ICAEW and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) have published guidance for owners and directors of small and medium-sized businesses to assess the prospects of their business. The guidance outlines the importance of cash flow forecasting and how to accurately reflect the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Access a pdf version of the guidance here
Article added 11th June 2020