Coronavirus Business Support

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From Monday 30 November, if a business has a confirmed case within their workplace, they must notify their local authority immediately.

To do this, please call 01702 212497 or email providecommunityaction@southend.gov.uk with details of your business name, address, contact number and anonymised information about the confirmed case. Please also give details of any close business contacts you believe may need to self-isolate too. Our Environmental Health department will then call you back.

More information about the test and trace system can be found on the following web pages: a guide to test and trace

The UK Government has developed a tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely during coronavirus. This tool encourages businesses to carry out a risk assessment and helps to identify the workplace adjustments that they should make. Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to easily find out what they should do. Employees can also use this tool to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.  The tool can be found here: Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic.

Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has written a letter which gives information to the UK's construction sector.

Organisations in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace. More information is available on the Gov website.

Non-Compliant PPE

Southend Council Trading Standards team are warning local businesses to be cautious when purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for their staff.

As lockdown eases and businesses reopen, responsible owners want to make sure their staff and customers are properly protected. Some unscrupulous manufacturers and wholesalers see an opportunity to make easy money by selling non-compliant PPE, especially face masks, sometimes with fake documentation.

Here are some simple steps to avoid these scams:

  • all PPE must carry the CE mark of compliance
  • face masks must be made to Standard BS EN 149
  • protective categories should be FFP2 or FFP3

Always ask a new supplier for copies of the Declaration of Conformity and any test reports. If they can’t provide anything don’t buy the PPE.

Some face masks are being sold with fake documentation. If you think someone is selling non-compliant PPE please report it to Trading Standards.

Sports clubs and community organisations

Over 120 sports clubs and community organisations in Essex could qualify for emergency financial support during the pandemic.

The Sport England Community Emergency Fund is a £20m support package aimed to help community sport and physical activity organisations experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Clubs can request a grant up to £10,000 to provide emergency funding until the end of July. Active Essex provides useful tips on how to apply, eligibility and what costs the fund could cover.

For more information, visit the Active Essex website or contact them by email or phone 07917 651667 if you require individual support.

Offer coronavirus support from your business, use this Government survey to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some businesses have also expressed an interest in volunteering their services for the local community. If you would like to get involved with this, visit the Southend Coronavirus Action Page.

Other useful links:

  • Visit Britain / Visit England website for the latest updates and key links for businesses and industry
  • Coronavirus: What charities need to know
  • Government guidance for pubs and restaurants operating as take-aways 
  • extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments 
  • early years and childcare closures

Announced but awaiting further information

Also announced but with further detail still to be finalised is:

  • a package to support airlines and airports

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