UK Government / Scottish Government Business Advice

Updated 4th June 2020

The latest bulletins and updates from the Scottish and UK Government.

Scottish Government Update

Following the first minister's announcement on 21st May the following document: Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis has been published. This includes information on the steps which will be taken in relation to the restart of the Construction Industry.

The following letter from Kevin Stewart MSPMinister for Local Government, Housing and Planning's letter to Ken Gillespie, Chair of Construction Scotland and Construction Leadership Forum members gives more detail of the proposals for re-starting construction.

COVID-19 Committee launches consultation on moving out of lockdown

The COVID-19 Committee has launched a consultation on moving out of the current lockdown phase. The consultation will form part of the Committee’s inquiry on the Scottish Government’s Framework For Decision-Making and any proposals to change the current rules. The Committee is particularly interested in hearing views on the overall strategy set out in the Framework; the scope of differing approaches taken by the Scottish and UK governments; the robustness of the data used to inform the response; and the Scottish Government’s messaging strategy.COVID-19 Committee launches consultation on moving out of lockdown.

More information here.

Enterprise Resilience fund

Scottish Government have announced that the £45 million Enterprise Resilience fund will now double to £90 million, with grants available to small and medium sized businesses that are "potentially vital to our economic future”.

UK Government Update

This business readiness bulletin for trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries provides important information for you and your business members and networks on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This bulletin provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). All guidance, information and announcements can be found at GOV.UK. Organisations should pay particular attention to the guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.

The Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. The Business Support website helps you find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your business. This website will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply here.

4 June 2020

Contents

• Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK
• Trade Credit Insurance backed by £10 billion guarantee
• New Updates and Guidance
• Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK

From 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules are for residents and visitors. When these rules are in place, you will:

• need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK
• not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’).

You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, and you were there for 14 days or more.

Some travellers, including some specific workers, will be exempt from new English border rules. These workers may need to show a letter from their company or the company they are coming to work for at the border. More details are available here. Similar rules may apply across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Trade Credit Insurance backed by £10 billion guarantee

Trade Credit Insurance, which provides essential cover to hundreds of thousands of business-to-business transactions, will receive up to £10 billion of government guarantees.

• The Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which has been agreed following extensive discussions with the insurance sector, will see the vast majority of Trade Credit Insurance coverage maintained across the UK.
• The guarantees will support supply chains and help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic to trade with confidence, safe in the knowledge that they will be protected if a customer defaults or delays on payment.
• The scheme is available on a temporary basis for nine months, backdated to 1 April 2020, and available insurers operating in the UK market.
• Please see further information here.

New Updates and Guidance

New

Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms

Advice for seasonal agricultural workers coming to England to work on farms and their employers has been published. The rules on self-isolation for seasonal workers are different from those for other international travellers to the UK because of the importance of the work for food supply. If you’re coming to England to work on a farm, you and your employer must follow this guidance. Find out more here.

Rural Payments Agency

Rural Payments Agency have rural payments, grants and services available including: Countryside Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and the Basic Payment Scheme with a closing date of 15 June. Details on how to submit applications, claims and supporting documents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, can be found here.

**3D printing (additive manufacturing) of medical devices or component parts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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The requirements on manufacturing 3D printing will depend on whether the item is classed as a medical device or personal protective equipment (PPE). There has been an increased number of enquiries about the use of 3D printing to manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more here.

Updates

**Final date for the furlough scheme

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Update: The final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June 2020, in order for the current three-week furlough period to be completed by 30 June 2020. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June. Further details can be found here.

Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Offer coronavirus support

Tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus by using our online service.

Share the impact coronavirus is having on your organisation 

Let us know how the outbreak is impacting your business. Please send your intelligence, including information and feedback on the safer workplace guidance, to intel@beis.gov.uk. Commercially sensitive information will be treated accordingly.  Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence and does not provide business advice.  

Help us shine a light on the stories of key workers

Tell us about key workers you know that are helping to keep the UK moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please fill in this online form for key workers in the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, consumer goods, scientists/researchers, servicing, postal workers, and oil/gas/electricity/water/sewage/chemical workers.


Other useful links

Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available. In England, Growth Hubs can advise on local and UK Government business support - including schemes to help businesses through the current situation. Find your local Growth Hub here.

All previous Coronavirus Bulletins can be found here. Please note the information in previous bulletins was accurate on the date it was published and will not be updated. Guidance, information and announcements on all aspects of Coronavirus can be found at GOV.UK.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
Business Intelligence and Readiness Directorate

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