Coronavirus Support Page

Important update 

We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight our ongoing partnership with Peninsula, the UK’s market leader in Employment Law and Health & Safety support.

As the Government are lifting restrictions of lockdown, the focus will be to reopen the economy and get people back to work. Employers have been told it is “critical” they provide safe workplaces once lockdown measures are eased. Which is being referred to as being Covid secure. This will include correcting/updating current health & safety polices procedures, risk assessments, safety guidance forms in line with Covid -19 & any remaining health & safety legislation.

To make sure we get this correct for our members. I am pleased to say that Steve Oakes from Peninsula has agreed to provide a comprehensive critique at no cost of your health & safety documentation, policies and procedures. Not only to ensure they are optimised for your business, but also they are fully compliant with imminent Covid-19 measures, which are likely to change over time.

Steve has kindly provided the attached Back to Work Guide for employers highlighting six simple steps to help you prepare, plan and implement any changes you may need to make in order to adhere to social distancing measures and other advice from the government.

Please remember Steve is also available to discuss any HR issue around furlough and business restructuring.

To arrange either a meeting or a video conference review, please simply reply to my email. Alternatively you can contact Steve Oakes directly on 07814 585089 or via email on

Business Support during the Coronavirus Crisis –

There is quite a comprehensive business support package on offer from the Government detailed here

This includes information on

  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption loan Scheme
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • The Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • Statutory Sick Pay Rebate
  • Support for businesses paying tax
  • The Covid 19 Corporate Financing Facility
Online Resources

The Growth Hub are updating their website and are also hosting some webinars which might be of interest:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Growth Hub website

The government has updated its guidance to assist employers and businesses:

COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses – GOV.UK website

Advice is available on decontamination for businesses, where a possible or confirmed COVID-19 case has spent time while symptomatic:

COVID-19: decontamination in non-healthcare settings – GOV.UK website

Businesses can also download and print the government’s coronavirus poster to display within their workspaces:

Coronavirus public information poster (.pdf) – GOV.UK website

To assist with planning, it may be useful to refer to the Cabinet Office checklist for businesses (this refers to pandemic influenza, but the checklist may be useful):

Pandemic influenza checklist for businesses (.pdf) – GOV.UK website

If you have a query that isn’t covered by the government guidance you can contact the Business Support Helpline:

Phone: 0300 456 3565


The Oldham Council

Website has been updated with a webform for businesses to complete to access the Small Business Rate Relief and the Hospitality, Retail and Leisure grants.  It can be accessed via the following link

Potentially eligible businesses need to complete this webform and need to include their contact and business details, business rates account no and bank account details.  This information will then be checked and verified and payments will be made straight into business bank accounts.    To alert businesses to the above, letters will be going out from Oldham Council to potentially eligible businesses this week.  They  shall also be promoting via social media, local press and partner networks.

Please feel free to share this with your networks as well as information on the other support that they can access to help them through this difficult time available at

Health Advice

Guidance for businesses and other venues on social distancing measures has also been updated by government. This includes a list of businesses and venues which have been asked to close to help reduce the spread of the virus and reduce the mounting pressure on our National Health Service: Guidance for businesses and other venues on social distancing measures – GOV.UK website

Food delivery and takeaway guidance

We understand that businesses may look to change their operating model and diversify during this time. Oldham Council’s website has guidance on this here Food delivery and takeaway guidance
Keep well! We need you!

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