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Supporting our Sectors

Our Sector Champions are here to support your business with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

From speaking to our business community we are aware that different sectors are being affected in different ways and different support is needed for each.

Below we have outlined what support is available in specific sectors.

 

Guidance for Manufacturers for working safely during COVID-19

Read the latest guidance from Government here.

Letter from Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Alok Sharma MP, has written a letter paying tribute to the manufacturing sector and its contribution to the Covid 19 fight and the economy. Read the letter here.

MTC

The Manufacturing Training Centre are offering access to free training courses. Find out more here.

Make UK

www.makeuk.org/coronavirus

Make UK are also providing 1 hour of free HR advice here.

Made Smarter

Maintaining Manufacturing Continuity through COVID – find out more here.

Made Smarter and engineering skills organisation Enginuity have worked together to launch a unique platform which delivers digital engineering skills in one place. Find out more here.

IFM

Structured Decision Making in Uncertain Times: An IFM Approach – find out more here.

GOV.UK

Guidance for Businesses Manufacturing High Volumes of PPE – find out more here.

The Manufacturer Magazine

Coronavirus online community for help and advice find out more here.

The Manufacturer’s Recovery Toolkit – Your ultimate guide to surviving during COVID-19 – read it here.

bsi

Resilience in Manufacturing webinar series. Find out more here.

McKinsey

Managing a manufacturing plant through the coronavirus crisis – read more here.

SMMT

COVID-19: Automotive Business Support. Read more here.

ADS

Coronavirus COVID-19 Hub. Advice for the Aerospace industry.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

www.theiet.org/help/covid-19-coronavirus-update

Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)

www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/manufacturing-and-covid-19-ways-your-company-could-help

Trade Union Congress

www.tuc.org.uk

Unite

unitetheunion.org/

News and Support

Cars, motorcycles and vans to be granted MOT exemption to allow people to carry on with essential travel. Find out more here.

Regulatory status of equipment being used to help prevent coronavirus. Find out more here.

Calls for action

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) open call for Rapid Sanitising Technology. Find out more here.

Manufacturing SMEs urged to have their say on COVID-19 impact in Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) Spring 2020 Manufacturing Barometer. Find out more here.

 

 

Build UK

Information for the construction industry. Find out more here.

CITB

Information on what CITB is doing to support construction employers through the coronavirus crisis and beyond. Find out more here.

RIBA

Information and tools to navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more here.

Creative Industries Federation

Creative Industries Federation is also offering 3 months free membership for freelancers to join their network and receive the latest news and information on how COVID-19 is affecting the sector.

Navigating Uncertainty

Form – a growth consultancy for creative and tech businesses – has produced a series of three videos on ’Navigating Uncertainty’, focusing on how companies in the sector can survive, stabilise and sustain during this global crisis. They are available to watch for free via the link below.

https://bit.ly/navigating_uncertainty

They will help you to:

  1. Get control of your numbers
  2. Manage your cash
  3. Plan for growth beyond the storm

ProCreative

Professional Liverpool’s Creative Digital & Tech group is organising a number of webinars/ online conversations to support the sector. Find our more here.

Tech Nation

Tech Nation Founders’ Network – peer to peer network. Find out more here.

Tech Nation has also pulled together a series of blogs, advice and free products for the tech community. You can access them under ‘Useful community resources’ here.

UKIE

Supporting the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry has set up a contracts hotline with Sheridans. Find out more here.

BIMA

BIMA are running daily virtual meet ups covering a range of topics and for different people all related to the pandemic.

These events are free for anyone to join. Right now it’s their members who are running them and their expert speakers are breaking things down and clearly explaining some of the Govt’s measures but they are opening up attendance to anyone in digital as a way of support for the industry. You can find more info about this weeks events here.

Gather

Gather, a place for the digital, creative and tech community to connect, unite, and grow.
Feel supported. Get advice. Stabilise your business. Find out more here.

KTN UK

The Young Innovators programme, which includes annual awards for young people with creative and ground-breaking business ideas and a high-profile #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, is a partnership between Innovate UK and the Prince’s Trust. By 2023, the Young Innovators programme will award up to 100 young people from diverse backgrounds with a £5,000 grant, one-on-one business coaching and an allowance to cover living costs. Find out more here.

Liverpool City Region Film & Development Fund

Liverpool City Region Film & TV Development Fund is now live and open for applications. The Fund has been created in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Find out more here.

Youth Music Network Funding

A national charity supporting young people’s lives in music. Find out more here.

Call outs

Welsh Government Face Masks Challenge
How can we supply clinical staff with more appropriately fitting, safe and economical respiratory protection, and ensure more efficient delivery of an assured fit?

Opens: 11/11/2020 Closes: 04/12/2020

Any business capable of producing Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation System (RMVS) should go to this new portal as soon as possible with and complete: https://ventilator.herokuapp.com

Offer COVID-19 support from your business

Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus. Find out more here

Guidance

The MHRA has provided an update on the Regulatory status of equipment being used to help prevent COVID-19. Find out more here.

 

Support from the PBS sector

NWRS carried out a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Visitor Economy business in Liverpool City Region. Read the report here.

Current Restrictions: National Lockdown – Stay at Home

The Prime Minister addressed the nation on Monday 4th January, outlining a national lockdown in England. This means that some Visitor Economy businesses and venues must close, including:

  • Non-essential retail (these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect and delivery services).
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls and golf courses.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks.
  • Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves).
  • Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes.
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services.

View the stay at home guidance here.

The Government has published a “Stay at Home” poster which highlights the new rules and restrictions. This provides a reference guide for customers and staff.

New lockdown grants to support businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors

A series of one- off top-up grants for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure.

The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

We will keep you updated as soon as more details are made available on how to apply for the grants.

You can read HM Treasury’s press release here

Business Evictions Ban Extended Until March 2021

Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021. This final extension to protections from the threat of eviction will give landlords and tenants 3 months to come to an agreement on unpaid rent. Where businesses can pay any or all of their rent, they should do so. Find out more here.

Local Restrictions Support Grants

There are 5 different types of grants available to businesses, depending on their circumstances and the restrictions that have been imposed in their area:

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (pubs that derive less than 50% of their sales from food) that were severely impacted over the Christmas period due to temporary restrictions. Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of £1,000 from their local council. Find out more here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Extended until April 2021, meaning workers in the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and will be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2,500 per month.

More information can be found here.

HMRC has published data on the uptake of the CJRS for periods up to 31 October, which shows that the tourism and hospitality sectors were the most impacted by COVID-19. The figures show that:

  • There were 2.4m people in the UK on furlough (8% of total employment).
  • 1 in 4 people on furlough were in the accommodation and food services sector (27% of the sector).
  • 1 in 15 people on furlough were in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector (24% of the total).
  • Almost 1 in 3 people furloughed were in tourism and hospitality.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

This provides the self-employed with two grants, each available for three-month periods covering November 2020-January 2021 and February-April 2021. The government will provide a taxable grant covering 80% of 3 months average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500 in total.

Further details can be found here.

Government backed loans

  • The application deadline for all coronavirus loan schemes – including the Future Fund – has been extended until 31st March 2021.
  • Bounce Back loans can be extended from 6 to 10 years under a Pay as You Grow scheme.
  • Business also move to interest only payments or suspend payments if they are “in real trouble” for up to 6 months.
  • A new successor loan scheme will be launched in January.

Reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions:

From 15 July 2020 to 31 March 2021, VAT has been cut from the standard rate of 20% to 5% for certain supplies of hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation, and admissions to certain attractions. Find out more here.

Extension to Takeaway services

Restaurants, pubs and cafes will receive automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for food (alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to licensing laws) for another year until 23 March 2022. Find out more here.

Local Support

Hospitality Relief Package – Ritual ONE
Hospitality businesses in Liverpool can unlock Ritual ONE, a commission-free online ordering tool, for free until the end of January 2021, thanks to Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool Hospitality. This means businesses will be able to reach their customers by offering a variety of ways to order safely, while keeping 100% of their sales. Find out more and how to apply here.

Liverpool Without Walls Hospitality Fund Winter Proofing

Liverpool Without Walls, Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council’s project to create outdoor areas for bars and restaurants in the city’s centre to create a “Winter-proof café culture”. Businesses on the pedestrianised areas of Bold Street and Castle Street will be able to add semi-permanent structures and electric heaters to their outdoor seating areas.

The pilot project was launched in July as hospitality venues began to reopen post lockdown. Allowing bars and restaurants to extend their space into the pavement and onto closed roads on Bold Street and Castle Street enabled them to extend their covers while social distancing and mixing regulations remain in place.

Find out more here.

Tech Solutions for the Visitor Economy Webinar Series

Join us for a Growth Platform webinar series to discuss what tech solutions are emerging to support the Visitor Economy following the global pandemic.

Catch up on our first webinar here, and our second webinar here.

Arts Council England Funding

Arts Council England have put into place several funding streams to help address the COVID-19 crisis. To support the organisations and people working in arts and culture, they are delivering the government’s emergency funding package, and complementing it with their own grants programme. Find out more here.

Culture Recovery Fund Round 2 – Arts Council England

The Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Second Round is now open for cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021. You can apply for this fund if you are a cultural organisation (both profit and not for profit) based in England or can demonstrate that the majority of your work takes place in England. Grants of between £25,000 and £3 million are available.

Applications are open from 6 January – 26 January. Find full eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.

Culture Recovery Fund Round 2 – National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing funding to organisations in England, in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set out by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3 million for organisations and businesses that own, work with or manage heritage in England.

Applications are open from 7 January – 26 January. Find full eligibility criteria and information on how to apply here.

‘We’re Good To Go’

VisitEngland have launched of a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening.

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses across the sector can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and check they have the required processes in place.

To obtain the mark businesses must complete a self-assessment through our online platform including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in their premises and online.

The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the sector.

Reopening Guidance

In order to be able to obtain the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark detailed above, businesses are required to follow the national guidance and align with the UK Government’s official guidance for the sector.

Sector-specific guidance is available for the following:

Advice has also been published on accessing green spaces safely and for food businesses on coronavirus. The Charted Institute of Environmental Health has also published guidance on food delivery and takeaway, which can be found here.

To compliment these guidelines, UKHospitality have published COVID-19 Secure advice and risk assessments for hospitality businesses, which has been created through consultation with members, Government and hospitality organisations. The document has consolidated advice and good practice from many parts of the hospitality and visitor sector into one guidance document, to help businesses make their workplaces COVID-19 secure, in line with Government guidelines.

To comply with the Government’s COVID-19 Secure guidelines, businesses must undertake a risk assessment. The UKHospitality document gives detailed advice on how to complete this risk assessment, as well as providing a COVID-19 Secure risk assessment template.

NHS COVID-19 app to support track and trace

Launching on 24th September, the new NHS COVID-19 app will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.

Once the app is launched, customers and visitors in England will be able to check-in on entry with their phone, which will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice if there is a COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code. An alternative check-in method must be maintained to collect the contact details of those who don’t have the app, for example, a handwritten register.

You should create and display a QR code if you are:

  • A business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
  • An event which is taking place in a physical location

A video explanation of the app can be found here.

Once you have registered for your QR code you are encouraged to display the NHS QR code posters in a place that is visible on entry. Find out more here.

Other Guidance

  • VisitEngland is continuing to update a page on their Business Advice Hub, offering advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19.
  • UKHospitality have published COVID-19 secure advice and risk assessments for hospitality businesses and are also continually updating their FAQs as new guidance and regulations are laid down, which can be found here.
  • VisitBritain/VisitEngland are hosting a series of business recovery webinars over the coming weeks to help get businesses back on track following the pandemic. Registration details and more information on these webinars can be found here.
  • Liverpool BID Company, in consultation with Public Health England, Liverpool City Council, blue light services and other public bodies, have developed guidance to support businesses with external queues as lockdown is eased, found here.
  • The National Museum Directors’ Council have published Good Practice Guidelines on the Reopening of Museums, to help those in the museums sector understand how to work safely during the pandemic, found here.
  • The Meetings Industry Association (MIA) are inviting event professionals to sign up to their ‘Extraordinary Matters’ mailing list, to keep up-to-date with the latest discussions, information and advice regarding COVID-19.

Early Outbreak Management

The following PHE Action Cards provide advice for businesses on what to do if you have been alerted to one or more positive cases in your workplace. They explain what information will be required by the local infection control team to help you manage a potential outbreak in your workplace, and include a reminder of the key things to do to help prevent further spread of the infection.

Action cards are provided for the following businesses:

Technology Solutions

Now more than ever is the time to boost your digital business skills. LCR START is a new initiative to support Liverpool City Region SME business develop their digital strategy. Find out more here.

What3words is a free tool to help visitors find attractions/places with more specific location tagging than coordinates, to avoid people getting lost/wasting time.

TXGB is an integrated booking platform and can even be used to start a new booking channel if business don’t have one.

If you’re interested in more technological solutions for your business and to provide the ultimate visitor experience – check out this latest digital technology with Attractions.IO.

Qbunk allows your customers to enjoy every minute of their night out, even at the busiest times. With this app, they can place an order from their phone and send it straight to your team. Find more information on the Qbunk website here.

As the novelty of going out post-lockdown wears off, customers may become put off if they have to stand in the cold or rain to enter a venue. Yooqoo can help venues plan for their customers and help customers plan for their nights out. Find out more here.

Draw & Code offers various immersive tech options that can be useful both in day to day situations as well as one off showpieces. Enhancing your customers’ experience through the use of augmented reality will appeal to a certain clientele and leave your customer with a memorable experience they will want to share. Find out more here.

Evoke Create (a Wirral based company best known for their touch screen technology in the likes of McDonalds and JD Sports) have been looking at touchless temperature checkers for entry points of venues, which incorporate hand sanitisers. While this new screening technology is not mandatory, it gives consumers faith that the venue is operating in their best interests and keeping them safe. Find out more here.

DATP collect GDPR compliant data in order to provide businesses with insights into their customer profiles. They are keen to develop their NEO product by working closely with the hospitality industry – if you are looking for a data solution or to understand how this technology can help you, or to be one of five companies to trial this for free during Q3 2020, then visit here.

Zooniversal are developing technology to be trailed in Liverpool music venues, which will give musicians a chance to survive and gain traction using QR code technology. This will give consumers the opportunity to ‘tap to pay’. Find out more on this technology here.

VisitEngland’s ‘Escape the Everyday’ campaign

VisitEngland’s Escape the Everyday domestic autumn campaign is now live, inspiring Brits to travel and enjoy the country’s amazing tourism offer from this autumn.

For the launch, they are encouraging businesses to share their top three favourite ways to ‘escape the everyday’ on social media.

Find out more and get involved here.

Arts Council England Funding

Arts Council England have put into place several funding streams to help address the COVID-19 crisis. To support the organisations and people working in arts and culture, they are delivering the government’s emergency funding package, and complementing it with their own grants programme.

Find out more here.

Liverpool Without Walls Hospitality Fund Winter Proofing

Liverpool Without Walls, Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council’s project to create outdoor areas for bars and restaurants in the city’s centre to create a “Winter-proof café culture”. Businesses on the pedestrianised areas of Bold Street and Castle Street will be able to add semi-permanent structures and electric heaters to their outdoor seating areas.

The pilot project was launched in July as hospitality venues began to reopen post lockdown. Allowing bars and restaurants to extend their space into the pavement and onto closed roads on Bold Street and Castle Street enabled them to extend their covers while social distancing and mixing regulations remain in place.

Find out more here.

Sector Advice

VisitEngland is continuing to update a page on their Business Advice Hub, offering advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19.

VisitBritain/VisitEngland are hosting a series of business recovery webinars over the coming weeks to help get businesses back on track following the pandemic. Registration details and more information on these webinars can be found here.

The Tourism Industry Emergency Response group (TIER) is holding weekly meetings to discuss the impact of COVID-19. VisitBritain are publishing the latest information from these meetings here.

UKHospitality have a dedicated coronavirus page, which includes the latest advice and guidance for the sector, as well as links to a series of webinars designed to support the industry.

The Meetings Industry Association (MIA) are inviting event professionals to sign up to their ‘Extraordinary Matters’ mailing list, to keep up-to-date with the latest discussions, information and advice regarding COVID-19.

Consumer confidence & perceptions around the impact of COVID-19

Our North West Research and Strategy team has been providing the the latest review of research and intelligence from the Visitor Economy sector. We are currently sourcing further sources of intelligence. Download the reports below.

You can also download the latest Tourism Data for Liverpool City Region here and the Liverpool City Region Hotel Occupancy Report 2020 here.

Advice for commercial landlords and tenants

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a code of practice on how commercial landlords and tenants should seek to resolve disputes regarding rent that arise from the pandemic. The code is voluntary and non-binding but seeks to get both parties to work in a co-operative manner to resolve rent payment problems.”

Job Portal

A free jobs portal has been created by HospitalityUnite, backed by the Scottish Tourism Alliance and UKHospitality, to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who are out of work due to COVID-19.

The portal can only be accessed by businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry. If you would like to send the link to employees whom you have had to let go, please email HospitalityUnite@Harri.com to request access to the portal.

If you are an organisation with urgent vacancies you would like to advertise, please also email the above address.

If you are worried about the impact to your business please get in touch with us and we will respond to you directly or through one of our partners.

Get in touch by emailing localgrowthhub@growthplatform.org

Whilst we will continue to monitor the situation and update this page when more information is released we advise you visit the Government website for the most up to date and accurate information.

Please be aware the information provided above is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance.