Information for Businesses

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. 

Business Closures

On 23rd March 2020, to reduce social contact, the government introduced restrictions on which businesses were allowed to continue trading. The following website link includes specific details about the businesses and venues which are to close (together with information about exceptions ):


Online Business Support Finder

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

MOT Tests for business vehicles

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

Delayed filing of accounts with Companies House

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

RIDDOR Reporting

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:

Article added 9th April 2020