COVID-19 – Resources for Businesses
We appreciate that information relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is changing regularly and wanted to be able to share and signpost information for businesses working in the tourism and hospitality industry. We anticipate that this information will be updated frequently. Please visit the following pages for up-to-date information:
- VisitEngland – business advice hub
- VisitBritain – latest information and advice for businesses
- NHS website
- GOV.UK – UK government response
- GOV.UK – support for businesses
- GOV.UK – business support toolkit
- Bath and North East Somerset website
- Travelwest – coronavirus travel advice
- Invest In Bath – information for businesses
- Acas – advice for employers and employees
- PASC – information and advice for self-catering businesses
Not in Bath and North East Somerset?
Links to other local authority information:
The Skills Toolkit
The Department for Education have launched The Skills Toolkit, a new online platform giving people easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
The platform offers a range of courses at all levels, from introductory to advanced, which were chosen in consultation with top businesses and educational experts. It’s open to everyone, whether they have recently been furloughed and want to learn new skills, are out of work and looking to build up their CV, or if they’re just keen to keep their mind healthy and busy during time spent at home.
Focussing on the skills many employers need the most, The Skills Toolkit is a first step towards recovery, helping to boost the nation’s growth and productivity.
Now that the Government's COVID-19 business support packages are live, they are gathering feedback on how they are being utilised and how best to help businesses to access the support. As such, HMRC are delivering a programme of webinars to support employers, employees and the self-employed through this period of disruption. Click here to watch the first recorded webinar and register for future webinars.
Expanded Retail Business Rates Discount
In the Budget, the Government announced a new Expanded Retail Discount scheme for occupied retail, leisure and hospitality premises. Under the scheme, eligible premises will receive a discount of up to 100% on their bill for 2020/21.
Further Business Support Measures
The Government has also announced further business support measures which include a job retention scheme, new tax deferments and relaxation of Universal Credit eligibility criteria for those that are self-employed. You can find further information here.
The Council’s Invest in Bath service is coordinating support services to local businesses in light of the COVID-19 public health situation. Invest in Bath will be sharing further information about targeted business support and financial assistance that is available as and when further schemes are announced. If you do have specific concerns, questions or needs at this time, please contact Invest in Bath on firstname.lastname@example.org, and the team will respond directly. Alternatively visit the Invest in Bath website for the latest news and links to their Twitter and e-newsletters. You can also read the full government documents in response to the impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
Closures, Cancellations and Postponements
For details of venues that have closed and events that are postponed or cancelled, click here to visit our consumer COVID-19 advice page.
If your venue or event is not listed and is closed, please do let us know and we will update.