15th May 2020 in Business
Operational recovery remains the priority for CQ BID business.
Whilst the ongoing health crisis has been the immediate priority, business groups across Belfast are beginning to understand the steps needed to take forward recovery and prepare reopening plans.
The Chancellors recent announcement of an extended furlough scheme to 31st October has been a positive step. It not only provides a reassuring support mechanism to aid bounceback, but the offer alongside these measures to provide part-time furlough for staff was a significant boost.
This weeks NI Executive 5 step ‘road to recovery‘ plan identifies the measures and assurances needed to relax lockdown legislation. Concerns amongst business across the City has been a need for a timetable to aid recovery planning and businesses ‘rebooting’. Lead in times are crucial in any business sector and provide a degree of certainty to build upon.
Got your Grants? (Deadline is 20th May)
£10,000 Small Business Grants
- Rental properties or NAV under £1,590 and below
- NAV 15k and below
£25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
- NAV £15,000- £51,000
Other avenues of financial support ?
All NI applicable funding support has been handily collated by the team at NI Business Info.
Return to the Workplace
Workplace guidelines and measures prevent the transmission of coronavirus
As an employer you must protect the safety and health of everyone in your workplace. This applies to businesses who continue to operate under the current impact of coronavirus.
Health and safety law requires employers to do ‘what is reasonably practicable’ to protect their staff and members of the public.
The UK government, in consultation with industry, has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help to ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.
The guidance covers 8 workplace settings
- Retail / Shops
- Restaurants (Takeaway & Delivery)
- Construction & Outdoor
- Lab & Research facilities
- Other people’s homes
British Retail Consortium have updated their advice for non-food retail stores. You can download the updated information here.
RMI Architects based in CQ BID produced a document offering practical considerations on developing a ‘back to work’ plan here
Willis Insurance offer a HR guide to returning to the workplace here.