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Covid-19 hub

Croydon BID is fully committed to supporting your business and our community in this incredibly challenging time. In this ever changing situation, we are working hard to help ensure a coordinated local response to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as representing your businesses as a collective voice in the comprehensive, long-term strategy and planning.
We’ve collated key resources in this section to help you and your business find relevant, up to date information fast. Categories include: Advice and Guidance, Business Support, Financial Resources and Transport.
 
Alongside our News section, our Croydon BID Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, we will keep this section updated with useful resources.
 
We also have “Useful Links” in the right hand box for quick navigation to key government advice, guidance and support.
 
We are focused on making a difference, offering you and your business the support, when you need it, as we work through the challenges together
 
If you or your business need any support from Croydon BID at any time, please contact us.

New 'We Offer Testing to our Staff' scheme launched

A new sticker scheme will allow businesses to easily show they are testing their staff regularly.
Business support
Link

Croydon Council launch business Restart Grants

Apply today! Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 from Croydon council. Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 from Croydon council.
Financial resources
Link

Croydon Town Centre Reopening Guide

Croydon BID has created a comprehensive guide to help you and your business reopen from no earlier than 12th April 2021, as outlined by the Government’s roadmap. Our guide provides a host of information on reopening, practical tips alongside the operational needs of the town centre.
23rd March 2021 Business support
Pdf

Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees

You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace. You must register on or before 31 March 2021. You can register to order tests if your business is registered in England and your employees cannot work from home. The tests must be used in the workplace. They cannot be taken home. Your employees can also find out if they can get a rapid lateral flow test from a local test site instead.
Advice and guidance
Link

Evening and Night Time Economy Grant

Croydon Council is opening up their Additional Restrictions Grant funding to further help our Croydon businesses hardest hit by ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Evening and night-time venues with fixed premises costs that have had to close due to local and national restrictions could be eligible for a one-off £10,000 payment. Grants will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis and do not have to be paid back. These grants are for venues who bring our town and districts to life in the evenings. To be eligible, venues must demonstrate that evening and night-time trade usually plays a fundamental role in the day-to-day operation of the business. They must have physical premises from which they trade and pay a regular (monthly) business mortgage or rent. These grants do not cover the retail sector (whether essential or non-essential retail) or businesses who rent out venue space but do not themselves serve paying customers on site. Please check the eligibility criteria and apply through this link.
Business support, Financial resources
Link

HM Government Covid Response Spring 2021

Following the government's announcement on Monday 22nd February, here is the official Covid Response, free PDF to download and/or share.
24th February 2021 Advice and guidance
Pdf

Business Rates Review Update (COVID 19)

The final report of the government’s fundamental review of business rates will now be published in the Autumn, it was announced today, 19th February 2021.
Advice and guidance, Business support
Link

Local Restrictions Support Grant

This is a link to Croydon Council's application for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), which the government has made available for both open and closed businesses for financial support due to restrictions as a result of Covid-19. Check your availability and apply as soon as possible.
Advice and guidance, Financial resources
Link

Additional Restrictions Grant: Application deadline 15th January 2021

Businesses who closed or have been severely impacted by the national restrictions in place from 5 November to 2 December 2020, may be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant. Funding for this grant has been allocated to councils by the government to use at their discretion to support local businesses.
Advice and guidance, Financial resources
Link

Guidance for the Public on Mental Health & Well-Being During Covid-19

This is a link to the official guidance from the government for the public on mental health and well-being during this coronavirus pandemic. There are a couple of useful resources. We will continue to find and share any useful links and resources as we find them.
Advice and guidance
Link

COVID-19 England Lockdown

FREE official poster from HM Government and the NHS on the new lockdown rules available here.
5th January 2021 Advice and guidance
Pdf

National Lockdown: Link to Official Government Advice

On the 4th January 2021, Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown. Here is a link to the official government advice.
Advice and guidance
Link

Job Retention Scheme Extended

The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year, the Chancellor announced today (17th December 2020)
Advice and guidance, Business support
Link

Local Lockdown Grant Fund: Advice for Local Authorities

The only advice currently available in regard to the local lockdown grants is directed at Local Authorities but it gives insights if you would like a little more information.
6th November 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support, Financial resources
Pdf

Extension of furlough scheme

The news that the furlough scheme is going to be extended has been welcomed by many businesses. Here's a useful factsheet that offers more details about the extension.
6th November 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support, Financial resources
Pdf

HM Government National Restrictions

A free downloadable PDF that you can share with your employees and partners, which really clearly and simply explains the national restrictions during this lockdown.
5th November 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support
Pdf

Covid 19 Grants Available from London Business Hub

Applications for the COVID-19 Recovery Grants will reopen shortly. Please note that they will be accepting applications from businesses working in the Visitor Economy on the 10th November and for businesses working in all other sectors (Wider Economy) on the 17th November. Have you checked whether you can apply for a grant to support your business?
Business support, Financial resources
Link

Statement from CEO: Lockdown 2

An internal link to the statement published by Matthew Sims, CEO of Croydon BID, on Lockdown 2, on Saturday 31st October 2020
Advice and guidance
Link

New National Restrictions from Thursday 5th November 2020

A link to the government's guidance on the national restrictions that will take effect from Thursday 5th November 2020
Advice and guidance, Business support
Link

London Dataset (Gov.UK): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Public Health England (PHE) publish daily updated data on confirmed cases of COVID-19. This link provides a summary of the key data for London from this release alongside related data published by NHS and Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Business support
Link

Covid 19 Tier 3 Very High NEW (published 26th November 2020)

What are the rules and guidance for TIER 3 Very High? A free, downloadable, official explainer to be able to share, print and reference.
22nd October 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support
Pdf

Covid 19 Tier 2 High NEW (published 26th November 2020)

What are the rules and guidance for TIER 2 HIGH? A free, downloadable, official explainer to be able to share, print and reference.
22nd October 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support
Pdf

Covid 19 Tier 1 Medium NEW (published 26th November 2020)

What are the rules and guidance for TIER 1 MEDIUM? A free, downloadable, official explainer to be able to share, print and reference.
22nd October 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support
Pdf

Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers

The government today announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus. Here's a link to a fuller explanation.
Advice and guidance
Link

London Business Hub Support for Businesses

London Business Hub has launched a series of free, dedicated webinars delivered by expert speakers that have been carefully designed to answer your questions and to help guide London’s small businesses through the many challenges presented by COVID-19. They have also brought together a range of resources and information to help you through these difficult times and to help you find the right support. This includes access to funding, including our own grant funds for businesses, as well as support to help you reopen your business safely.
Advice and guidance, Business support
Link

Find local Coronavirus restrictions

A link to a useful postcode checker. Enter the postcode of the place you want to find information about. For example where you live, work, or visit. Each area has a Local COVID Alert Level. There are 3 Local COVID Alert Levels. Sometimes this is known as a ‘local lockdown’. You can find out what you can or cannot do. (e.g. today (14/10/20), Croydon is currently the lowest level, which is medium.)
Advice and guidance
Link

NHS Covid 19 app

A direct link to the NHS Covid-19 app, an explainer video and resources.
Advice and guidance, Business support
Link

NHS Test and Trace service: link to information

An overview of the NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.
Advice and guidance
Link

Hands Face Space Video - official government resource

An easy-to-watch video explainer produced to give clear information on Covid-19
Advice and guidance
Link

Practical Guidance on Communicating with a Face Covering

Since face coverings have been made obligatory inside shops, shopping centres, takeaways and public transport hubs, there have arisen considerations to make and new challenges to navigate. The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has produced this useful printable guide on the impact of wearing a face covering (or face mask), to ensure communications are clear and understood and to maintain the ability to identify suspicious activity.
11th August 2020 Advice and guidance
Pdf

Applications for (Extended) Discretionary Grants for Croydon Businesses

Croydon Council has announced that it will make the new Discretionary Grants (launched in May) available on application from businesses affected by Covid-19, even if the rateable value is above £51,000. Please check the eligibility criteria carefully in the PDF before applying at: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/discretionary-grant-fund
21st July 2020 Advice and guidance
Pdf

Covid-19 Queue Management Guidance

Working in partnership, Croydon BID and Croydon Council have created guidance notes on how to effectively manage queues under social distancing within the town centre.
20th May 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support
Pdf

Croydon BID: Business Toolkit

Croydon BID has created a one stop shop of resources including signage for your business, whatever sector you work in alongside a Covid-19 Secure Checklist poster which all businesses must display. These are FREE to download for any business.
20th May 2020 Advice and guidance, Business support
Pdf

Prime Minister announces new local Covid Alert Levels

A link from the Cabinet Office to the official press release from the government.
Advice and guidance
Link

The Winter Economy Plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the government's Winter Economy Plan; here's a direct link FYI.
Advice and guidance, Business support, Financial resources
Link

Croydon BID Vinyl Floor Decal "Keep Your Distance"

Croydon BID's own vinyl floor stickers that are available to our Croydon BID members. Please contact keely.dench@croydonbid.com if you would like some.
12th June 2020 Business support
Pdf

Transport for London Briefing for Retail

TfL has created a special briefing for retail businesses, in preparation for reopening of many shops on the 15th June.
12th June 2020 Transport
Pdf

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

This allows all UK employers with employees on PAYE to designate those employees as ‘furloughed workers’ as per Government guidance.
9th June 2020 Business support, Financial resources

Bounce Back Loans

Businesses have been able to apply for government-guaranteed loans between £2,000 and £50,000 from the 4th May 2020. These don’t have any interest or fees for the first 12 months.
9th June 2020 Business support, Financial resources

London Growth Hub

The London Growth Hub has launched a new portal to support London-based businesses and employers to manage and mitigate their exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Business support
Link

Croydon Council - Business Support

Find out about local business rates and relief schemes, advice for self-employed, and other financial support
Business support, Financial resources
Link

Health & Safety Executive

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Check out the latest updates from the Health and Safety Executive to support your business.
Business support
Link

British Retail Consortium

The BRC’s Coronavirus Hub has been created to help retailers through these unprecedented, challenging times
Business support
Link

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure

The CPNI COVID-19 Workplace Actions campaign is a behaviour change/Security Awareness campaign. This includes a free toolkit, including printable guidance.
Business support
Link

Croydon BID Financial Support Infographic

We collated key financial support information and created this downloadable, interactive infographic with external, up-to-date links, to help you find the relevant information.
30th April 2020 Business support, Financial resources
Pdf

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