Coronavirus Business Guidance and Webinars

We have collected support and advice for local businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

For the most up to date and complete information about the Government's schemes to support UK businesses, visit the GOV.UK website for financial support for businesses during coronavirus.

GOV.UK also has a list of upcoming webinar events from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations.

Local information and support

New Forest Business Partnership (NFBP) is now hosting free weekly business support events. If you cannot attend live, the events can be watched anytime via the NFBP YouTube channel.

Future events can be found on the NFBP website where you can pre-register to attend.

WSX Enterprise is providing webinars on Support for Businesses Across the South Overcoming COVID-19 Disruption. They will share the latest information, advice and guidance for businesses in the south who are facing disruption due to the impact of coronavirus.

Find out more about WSX Events and Workshops.

The FSB (Federation of Small Business) has regular webinars on a range of business support issues.

Find out more about FSB upcoming events.

Support for business resilience

Solent LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) is putting in place a number of support mechanisms to help businesses. These include a free online diagnostic tool to review the current business position and identify tactics for building greater resilience.

Register your interest in updates by emailing enquiries@solentlep.org.uk or visit the Solent LEP website.

HMRC has produced guidance to help employers find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus.

Visit the GOV.UK website to check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home.

Commercial property tenants

There is Government guidance for landlords and tennants of commercial property. 

Visit the GOV.UK website to learn more about the ban on evictions for commercial tenants.

Guidance for food and drink businesses

Government guidance for food and drink businesses includes information about:

  • coronavirus and food
  • food hygiene guidance
  • managing employee sickness
  • maintaining social distancing in specific food business settings.

Visit the GOV.UK website for guidance for food businesses on coronavirus.

There is also local support and guidance provided by our Health and Safety for Businesses.

The Professional Association for Self-Caterers (PASC) is sharing regular coronavirus updates and advice for self-catering businesses. This includes Government information and support, deferring bookings and other tips.

Find out more and sign up to the newsletter on the PASC website.

Producing hand sanitiser and gel

HMRC has produced guidance on temporary changes to the use and supply of denatured alcohol and duty-free spirits, to help businesses who produce hand sanitiser and gel.

Visit the GOV.UK website for guidance on producing hand sanitiser and gel for coronavirus.

Guidance for tourism businesses

Go New Forest is providing regular updates and newsletters to the New Forest's tourism and hospitality sectors.

Find out more and sign up to the newsletter on The New Forest website.

Register for 'We're Good to Go' license: Visit England have launched a quality mark 'We're Good to Go' to signal when a tourism and hospitality property has worked hard to follow COVID-19 guidelines and is safe to visit.

Businesses can register in all parts of the UK and are assessed according to their respective national social distancing and cleanliness protocols.

In England, businesses must align with the Government's official guidance for the sector including 'Working Safely during Coronavirus: the visitor economy'.

An 'alert' system ensures that businesses signed up to the standard are notified of any changes to official guidance and a Business Support Hub provides further help. Assessors will undertake random spot-checks on businesses to ensure that they are adhering to requirements.

Guidance for arts, museums and libraries

Arts Council England is making £160 million of emergency funding available for arts, museums and libraries affected by the coronavirus.

Find out more on the Arts Council England website.

The Arts Council has also compiled information on the support available for this sector, including the Job Retention Scheme and clarity on tax relief for museums and galleries.

Find out more about support for organisations from Government and other sources.

Guidance for transport businesses

The Department for Transport has set up a dedicated page for the Government's latest advice for the freight transport industry.

Visit the GOV.UK website for advice for the freight transport industry.

Guidance for export businesses

The Department for International Trade has published guidance for UK businesses trading internationally, including a business support helpline.

Visit the GOV.UK website for support for UK businesses trading internationally.

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