Coronavirus – Business Updates and Latest News

Swansea BID is working hard to keep stakeholders up to date with the latest news, updates and information as the coronavirus situation changes across the UK. We have created this new page to help do this which will be updated regularly as we get the information, but also keep an eye on our social media channels for updates as they come in. 

We are all in this together and we can and will emerge from this crisis with dignity and with resolve. NOW is the time for us all to be strong and for us all to realise that we can and will come through this working together to turn all our firepower on the virus.

 

Key information

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses – updated 26.3.2020

Guidance from gov.uk for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus – Information for individuals and businesses in Wales updated 30.3.2020

The latest guidance on the virus for people in Wales

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Coronavirus – support for businesses updated 30.3.2020

Information from the Welsh government on business rate relief, grants and loans for businesses to help during the disruption caused by COVID-19.

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ACAS advice for employers and employees reviewed 25.3.2020

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Latest updates and information

 

6.4.2020

Coronavirus – supply and demand resources platform

Information from Business Wales on a platform that enables all companies in Wales and beyond to share supply and demand opportunities resulting from the current economic and trading situation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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6.4.2020

Workplace social distancing set to become law in Wales

New rules to protect workers during the coronavirus outbreak will come into force on Tuesday morning, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.

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6.4.2020

£5M relief fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have announced the launch of a £5million fund to help young entrepreneurs across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

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6.4.2020

Coronavirus – debt implication and safeguards

Article from Business News Wales on the impact of coronavirus on finances.

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5.4.2020

Business Secretary appeals to everyone to stay calm and carry on the good work

Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, writes for The Sun on Sunday thanking workers and businesses for their support during the coronavirus pandemic.

5.4.2020

Testing for coronavirus

Updated information from Welsh Government on testing for coronavirus

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3.4.2020

What Does it Mean to be Furloughed?

What does it mean to be furloughed? Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at global employment law consultancy, Peninsula, explains..

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2.4.2020

Welsh Businesses Adapt to Covid-19 Outbreak in Variety of Ways

Interesting article from Business News Wales on how some businesses are adapting in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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1.4.2020

Latest Coronavirus update from Swansea council

Includes information on financial support for businesses

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1.4.2020

1.4.2020

Business Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 April 2020

Business Secretary Alok Sharma gave the 1 April 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1.4.2020

COVID-19: Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus

Information from Welsh Government

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1.4.2020

Development Bank Launches £100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme

The Development Bank of Wales have launched a £100 million fund to support businesses in Wales affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

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31.3.2020

Coronavirus update from Swansea council

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31.3.2020

The Coronavirus Lockdown: An Employer’s Duty of Care for Remote Workers

Employers still have a duty of care for employee well-being, so far as is reasonably practicable, even when they are working from home. Here are some important considerations for employers with remote workers.

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31.3.2020

Financial Support and Grants

Information from Business Wales on the financial support available to businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

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31.3.2020

Keeping empty commercial properties safe from crime

A document from Swansea BID with advice on preventing crime in relation to commercial properties that are currently empty as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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31.3.2020

COVID-19: Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years, under measures introduced by the UK Government on Friday 27 March 2020.

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30.3.2020


30.3.2020

Foreign Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 March 2020

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave the 30 March 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

30.3.2020


30.3.2020

Welsh government to announce £1.1bn funding

A £1.1bn support package for the economy and public services in Wales is to be unveiled this week.

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30.3.2020

Grants to Start Reaching Businesses in Wales This Week

Businesses will start receiving emergency coronavirus grants by the middle of this week, Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates confirmed.

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30.3.2020

New Coronavirus Business Support Hub Launches

The South Wales Chamber of Commerce has created a dedicated platform for businesses to connect and support each other during the coronavirus pandemic.

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30.3.2020

Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online

Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus and five to ten incidents are being identified and tackled each day.


29.3.2020

New advice to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak.

People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope.


28.3.2020

27.3.2020

Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19.

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.


26.3.2020

Welsh government business grants

How to apply for the business grants created in response to the coronavirus outbreak – for businesses in city and county of Swansea.

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26.3.2020

Furlough leave update – the job retention scheme

Selena Baker, Associate Director of Greenaway Scott, summarises what we know and what we do not yet know about Furlough leave.

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26.3.2020

Financial support for the self-employed as a result of coronavirus

Millions of self-employed individuals will receive direct cash grants though a ground-breaking UK-wide scheme to help them during the coronavirus outbreak, the Chancellor announced today.

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26.3.2020

Increase to working tax credits

As part of a number of measures to support the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Working Tax Credits payments will be increased by £1,045 to £3,040 per year from 6 April 2020 until 5 April 2021.

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26.3.2020

Latest coronavirus update from Swansea council

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26.3.2020

New powers to enforce social distancing come into force in Wales

The First Minister has signed into law new public health regulations strengthening police enforcement powers in Wales.

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26.3.2020

Grants to start reaching businesses

Businesses will start receiving emergency coronavirus grants by the middle of next week, Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates confirmed today.


26.3.2020

Welsh Government business grants

The Welsh Government has announced a £1.4bn support package for all businesses listed on the business rates register, covering Business Rate Relief and Business Grants

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You can also find the information on these grants here.


25.3.2020

Coronavirus update from Swansea council

A round up of the latest news and changes from Swansea council in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

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25.3.2020

Advice on home working for employers during the Covid-19 outbreak

Advice from Business Wales for those who have employees working from home at the moment.

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25.3.2020

Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is giving immediate financial backing for all NHS trusts to provide free car parking to NHS staff for the duration of coronavirus (COVID-19).


25.3.2020

Prime Minister’s statement 

The transcript of Boris Johnson’s latest statement about the coronavirus outbreak

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25.3.2020

Government launches coronavirus information service on WhatsApp

The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp.


25.3.2020

Swansea BID work with NCP and Local Authority to provide free city centre car parking to key workers

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25.3.2020

Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during Covid-19

Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

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25.3.2020

Vehicle owners to be granted MOT exemption due to coronavirus outbreak

Vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.

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24.3.2020

Protection from eviction for commercial tenants 

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction.

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24.3.2020

Support for the third sector

Document of advice and support for the third sector and charities during the disruption caused by Covid-19

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24.3.2020

Response to Covid-19 economic crisis

A written statement from Rebecca Evans, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, and Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales addressing the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

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24.3.2020

Coronavirus – closure of businesses and premises

Link to a pdf with latest information on non-essential businesses and premises that must shut from 23.3.2020

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24.3.2020

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Updated information on staying away from others.

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24.3.2020

Business Wales launches new webinars to help SMEs manage the impact of Covid-19

Business Wales is launching a new package of support for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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23.3.2020

Prime Minister’s address to the nation

Transcript of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation with the latest information

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23.3.2020

Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.

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22.3.2020

Statement from First Minister Mark Drakeford about travelling in Wales and social distancing

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22.3.2020

First Minister launches Looking Out For Each Other campaign in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has launched a new campaign about how to help people who are staying at home because of coronavirus.

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19.3.2020

Additional support for businesses in dealing with Covid-19

“Following our announcement of a £200 million package of support for businesses on 17 March, the Welsh Government is today announcing that we will be providing almost £1.4 billion of support for businesses during this difficult period…”

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19.3.2020

Ministers announce new £1.4bn business support package

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans and the Minister for Economy, Ken Skates have announced a new £1.4bn business support package to help businesses across Wales.

17.3.2020

Support for businesses in dealing with Covid-19

A written statement from Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd

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