The current global crisis is unprecedented for many businesses. Some are merely adapting to remote working practices in order to maintain ‘business as usual’ whilst others are forced to close operations completely to maintain the social distancing needed to flatten the curve, protect the NHS and safeguard as many lives as possible. Those who can remain open are often providing vital services to keep the country up and running.
A great example of how we are collectively meeting the challenges that the current adversity presents, is the sheer volume of support and guidance that has been created for businesses to navigate the crisis. IEMA has gathered some of these together to provide useful signposting in these challenging times.
Whilst we are all used to receiving a daily update from the government on the current measures being taken, they have also set up a Coronavirus resources page on the .gov.uk website. Here you can find advice for nearly all businesses and self-employed workers.
- Support for businesses
- Guidance for employees
- Self-employment Income Support Scheme
- Coronavirus job retention scheme
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
The Institute of Directors (IoD)
With a range of both member and non-member tools, links and resources, the IoD have created a Coronavirus Support Hub. With links to the government support and guidance from all regions of the UK this hub provides advice for company directors.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
In a similar way to the IoD, the CBI have created a Coronavirus hub detailing the latest insight and information from the UK and globally, the kind of support available for UK businesses and how the CBI are working to support businesses – both immediately and in the longer term. They also have a dedicated area for how businesses can help in a variety of ways.
- CBI Coronavirus Hub
- Latest insight and information
- Support for businesses
- The CBI in Action
- How you can help
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)
The BCC has Coronavirus hubs for both British and International Chambers (do you see a pattern forming here?). The UK version includes the latest UK government guidance, the support available, general and government support FAQ’s and an impact tracker based on member feedback.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
The FSB like many others have the general advice and guidance, signposting businesses to the help measures introduced by the government in recent weeks. They also have a series of free webinars along with some advice on looking after your mental health.
The British Standards Institute (BSI)
Risk management and business continuity standards have been identified as key support tools by the BSI. Working with national and international partners they have updated many of their standards to support organisations working hard to mitigate the potential impact of this global health issue. Their standards have been made accessible for the purposes of organisations that are involved in the UK COVID-19 response and can be found here.
Whilst the above is not an exhaustive list of the resources available, we hope it provides a useful starting point for helping to build the resilience needed.
If you have any other links or sites that you think other businesses need to know about please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure they are added to this page.