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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 7 May 2020

07 May 2020

Business rates revaluation postponed

revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.

The Government is continuing work on the fundamental review of business rates, with the key aims of reducing the overall burden on businesses, improving the current business rates system, and considering more fundamental changes in the medium-to-long term. The call for evidence for the review will be published in the coming months.

Webinar Recording: Financial support for small businesses during coronavirus

You can now review individual topics from our webinar on financial support for small businesses during coronavirus.

Other Government departments are also 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.  

New Updates and Guidance

New

Guidance for businesses seeking to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

How businesses can offer services, funds and volunteers to civil society during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more information here.

Dedicated app for social care workers has launched

A new dedicated app for the adult social care workforce in England has been launched to support staff through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more here.

Actions for Higher Education (HE) providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Information is available for HE providers on the Government support package available for universities and students, the process for clearing and student numbers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Ministers urge councils to plan for safe re-opening of recycling centres

The Government has published new guidance on how recycling centres can be safely re-opened during the coronavirus outbreak.

New funding to support dairy farmers through coronavirus

new fund will enable dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Update on Fisheries Response Fund: support for aquaculture businesses

Update on the support for aquaculture businesses under the Fisheries Response Fund.

Over 69,000 loans approved in the first day of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme

More than 69,000 Bounce Back Loans worth over £2 billion have been approved during the first 24 hours of the scheme, the Chancellor has announced. Find out more here.

Updates

Personal protective equipment (PPE): export control process

Information for economic operators who will temporarily need a licence to export PPE outside the EU, EFTA member states and certain other territories. Updated with removed notification form, clarified the date the changes came into force and added a link to the EU's updated FAQ.

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

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Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation 

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Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers 

Tell us about key workers you know that are helping to keep the UK moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please fill in this online form for key workers in the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, consumer goods, scientists/researchers, servicing, postal workers, and  oil/gas/electricity/water/sewage/chemical workers.