These are extraordinary times at the moment so we will pull together all useful information for Frome businesses here and keep it as up to date as possible.
Advice from the government – bookmark this page for the latest updates for businesses and employees.
You can also sign up for government updates – things are changing very rapidly so keep checking links and guidance documents because they seem to be changing almost daily. Sign up here.
This page gives more information from the government on the schemes they are putting in place to help businesses pay employees. Read here about the steps you need to take. It includes information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to pay furloughed workers.
There is information on Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) which supports small and medium-sized businesses and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme which supports large businesses (not due to open until the end of April).
This page gives information and guidance to businesses on the actions they can take to protect employees and deal with issues within your business.
This is a guide on the new small business grants that will be administered by local authorities.
This is the government guide on statutory sick pay for employers.
This is government advice for employees, including sick pay information.
This is the government’s advice on social distancing.
This is a government guide on cleaning your business premises.
The government has set up a dedicated Business Support Helpline – 0300 456 3565 – to enable businesses to find the right help and support across a wide range of topics, from business rates relief, grants and employee advice.
HMRC COVID-19 Helpline 0800 0159 559 is available to support businesses and self-employed people who are worried about paying their tax bills due to Coronavirus.
Other advice hubs
Mendip District Council’s coronavirus information hub is here.
British Chambers of Commerce also has an information hub here.
Heart of the South West Growth hub has an information hub here.