COVID-19 Information Hubs
For local information relating to COVID-19, stay up to date on the Mayor of London’s coronavirus hub with the latest police and NHS guidance, as well as helpful FAQs and business advice. Vauxhall MP Florence Eshalomi also has a great coronavirus support hub for locals and businesses.
For general COVID-19 legal advice, find helpful information on the John Gaunt & Partners website. For licensed premises in particular, head to the Licensed Trade Charity website for employee grants and a dedicated helpline, and the BBPA website for template letters to local authorities and MPs.
The Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk office works with cultural, creative industries and night-time businesses to ensure those affected by the COVID-19 crisis get the support they need. Register with them to use their services, including mediating disputes and reviewing planning applications.
The Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Service provides sector support to Grassroots Music Venues facing urgent and immediate challenges due to COVID-19. Access support from a team of leading experts on tenancy issues, rent and mortgage negotiations, planning, licencing, legal contractual issues and more. Apply for the service here.
Diversifying Your Business
As well as the Pay it Forward scheme, offering 100% free fundraising to help businesses secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services, COVID-19 has also provided an opportunity to offer new and different services.
For pubs, cafés and restaurants, the Morning Advertiser has advice on how to launch a takeaway offer including licensing guidance and examples of best practice.
Returning to the Workplace
Find free business-specific resources on crisis communications and managing remote work on the FindCourses website, and get sector-specific guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic on the GOV.uk website. Sectors include restaurants offering takeaway services, shops and offices.
Stuck for where to begin on a COVID-19 risk assessment? Use the London Growth Hub’s checklist to help plan, communicate and manage risk in the workplace during the enforcement of social distancing measures. You can find example risk assessments on the HSE website broken down by business sector, as well as advice on how to work safely during the pandemic, how to report any cases and how to protect your employees.
For businesses handling food, great advice can be found on the Food Standards Agency and GOV.uk websites, including advice on hygiene, food packaging, managing employee sickness and maintaining social distancing.
Lambeth Council have also created handy posters for customer-facing and staff areas with social distancing guidance and helpful reminders.
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