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Latest Government Coronavirus updates for business

Over the weekend the Governement released a number of updates and clarifications that may help businesses during this difficult time.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued a list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by Coronavirus – see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rules-that-have-been-relaxed-to-help-businesses-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic for information.

The UK government has provided further clarification on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including details businesses will need in order to make a claim once the portal goes live. The portal for claims goes live on 20 April. Please share these details with your members so that they can take timely action – see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme for information.

BEIS, working with the Cabinet Office, launched the Coronavirus Business Support campaign on 23 March to help businesses across the UK meet the challenges they faced as a result of the pandemic. The next phase of advertising has now commenced to increase awareness and provide clear advice on how to access help and financial support available across government and elsewhere. The campaign is now encouraging businesses to visit the new Business Hub on GOV.UK (gov.uk/business-support) providing an improved experience for businesses.

A new hub containing guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), and infection prevention and control (IPC) is now available, containing information for both health and social care settings and other workers and sectors.

The hub also links to the Cross-government UK-wide PPE plan to ensure that critical PPE is delivered to those on the frontline. This includes a new ‘Make’ strategy of encouraging UK manufacturers to produce PPE. We would welcome support from manufacturers who wish to offer their production facilities where they can meet the required specifications for use by the NHS and care sector. New offers can continue to be made via www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business.


The Home Office has published an employer’s guide to the new points-based immigration system. It provides an overview of the key changes that the new system will bring for businesses, the steps they can take to prepare and signposts to more detailed information.


Details of the new system can be found at https://images.gv-c.com/216/Documents/4044/Points-based_Immigration_System_Employers_Online_compressed_copy.pdf