daily update from John Bridge OBE DL

NEW COVID-secure webinars for hospitality, salons, and other close contact workplaces

Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to recap COVID-secure guidance on how to operate safely and to hear your feedback on implementing the guidance in practice, and where you would seek further clarification.

• Working safely during Coronavirus: Close Contact Services: 11.00am, Tuesday 28 July – Recap how to make your workplace COVID-secure by joining this webinar providing guidance for close contact services, such as hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers. Register here .

• Working safely during Coronavirus: Restaurants, Pubs and Bars: 3.00pm, Tuesday 28 July – Recap how to make your workplace COVID-secure by joining this webinar providing guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and takeaways. Register here.

A new webinar on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is also now available here .

Working safely during coronavirus

Updated guidance is available as detailed below:
• Business events and conferences can resume from 1 October provided rates of infection remain at current levels. More information is available here.

• Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace includes a new section on collecting customer and visitor data, and with information on if a worker develops symptoms and orders a test.

• Guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation has been updated to include guidance on business events and meetings.

• Safer transport guidance for operators has been updated with the latest advice on communications.

New plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options

People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas following an amendment to legislation. An amendment will ensure that customers are given more choice by ensuring premises offer separate seating for smokers and non-smokers outside. Find out more here .

Apply for the Queen's Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses recognising and rewarding their outstanding achievements in the fields of: Innovation, Sustainable Development, International Trade and Promoting Opportunity through social mobility. 90 per cent of the 2020 winners were SMEs. The Awards can bring sustainable benefits to winners, including: increased staff morale, boosts to turnover and international trade, greater recognition and excellent marketing opportunities. Winners are also invited to a reception in Buckingham Palace.

Almost all UK businesses can apply, applications are open until 9 September. Find out more here .

COVID-19 Business Impacts Tracker: Tranche 10

In this three minute Business Impacts Tracker, please tell us the immediate economic conditions you are facing, usage of Government support schemes, and what obstacles you may be facing in restarting or maintaining operations.

On a daily basis, your input from this tracker is briefed to officials and decision makers at the heart of Government to shape the response to Coronavirus.

As a business leader, your views have never been more important. Please take part here.


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