Covid-19 Resource Hub For Businesses

  • Latest update: all Covid-19 restrictions put in place under Plan B have been lifted. Wearing a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport is advised.  Full details of current restrictions can be found here.

    The BakerStreetQ team are available to help so please do email us info@bakerstreetq.co.uk if you have any queries or there is something specific we can find out for you.

  • Funding

    Funding

    Latest update, 21 December 2021

    The Government announced a new package of support for businesses on 21 December 2021, including:

    • One-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises for hospitality and leisure sectors
    • Statutory Sick Pay costs for Covid-related absences a new package of support for hospitality and leisure businesses affected by the latest restrictions for small and medium-sized employers
    • £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund

    Full details can be found here.

    The support will be distributed by Westminster City Council and eligibility criteria can be found here. We continue to advocate for further financial support for business impacted by the new restrictions and uncertainty and are grateful for any insight you are happy to share in this respect to support our efforts. Please get in touch to share your business’s experiences.

    Additional Restrictions Grant is open and is offered on a first come first served basis more information is available here Westminster City Council website.

    For more Coronavirus business advice, visit Westminster City Council’s website.

  • Office Advice

    Office Advice

    Find out the latest government guidance for those with a possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection in their household here. For those who are a close contact of, but do not live with, someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, see the latest guidance here.

    Employers have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business, including conducting health and safety risk assessments that include:

    • Conducting health and safety risk assessments that include COVID-19 risks
    • Cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly
    • Identifying poorly-ventilated areas and taking steps to improve air flow
    • Ensuring staff and customers who are unwell do not attend the premises
    • Communicating to staff and customers the measures you have put in place

    The information below can help you plan a return to the office:

    Download our handy Ready For Your Return PDF featuring information to assist your employees’ return to the workplace here.

    Information to help your employees return to the Quarter here is perfect for putting into return to work packs.

    Government guidance on workplace safety during Covid-19 can be found here.

    The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published a helpful guide for businesses who are working towards a partial or full workplace reopening, including advise on risk assessments, health and safety measures and reassuring employees. Read it here.

    Knight Frank’s (Y)our Space 2021 has a host of reporting and ideas on what the future workplace looks like, from flexible working to office design.

    Read Cushman & Wakefield’s paper on how and where the world will work post Covid-19 here.

    For practical tips on arranging hybrid meetings (with a mixture of online and in-person attendees), the Corporate Research Forum has advice here.

  • Retail Advice

    Retail Advice

    It has been advised that face masks should be worn in most indoor public spaces and on public transport. Full details can be found here.

    Find out the latest government guidance for those with a possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection in their household here. For those who are a close contact of, but do not live with, someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, see the latest guidance here.

    There is also new guidance on ventilation, testing and fitting rooms for high street businesses, and the extension to opening hours for non-essential retail, which you can find here. Coronavirus is still a risk to all and businesses should follow the government’s ‘Working Safely’ guidance.

    Further advice for retail:

    London Growth Hub

    There are a range of resources from London Growth Hub to help SME organisations during this period:

    Free 1:1 Support – available for ERD eligible SME’s. Appointments can be booked here

    Government Guidance on working safely during Coronavirus for all sectors can be found here.

  • Hospitality Advice

    Hospitality Advice

    Find out the latest government guidance for those with a possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection in their household here. For those who are a close contact of, but do not live with, someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, see the latest guidance here.

    Coronavirus is still a risk to all and businesses should follow the government’s ‘Working Safely’ guidance.

    Full guidance on indoor and outdoor dining from Westminster City Council can be found here. Advice from HospitalityNet is available here and you can sign up to regular bulletins to keep-up-date as more information about reopening comes through.

    Information on adapting restaurants to food businesses for takeaway and food delivery from FSA here.

    FSA guidance for food businesses – The Food Standards Agency has collated guidance for food businesses operating during the coronavirus. Advice is available to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food sector. The FSA’s website provides information for food manufacturers, restaurants and takeaways. The link to guidance can be found here. If you are seeking to convert your business to a takeaway service please view current guidance here.

    Government Guidance on working safely during coronavirus for all sectors can be found here.

  • Covid-19 Testing

    Covid-19 Testing

    Free rapid Covid-19 testing is available to everyone in England and a postcode finder is also available to help organisations direct their staff to local authority testing services here.

  • Travel Insights & Statistics

    Travel Insights & Statistics

    We are receiving weekly data from Transport for London about the number of travellers using Baker Street, Bond Street or Marble Arch. You can access the figures at any time here.

    While TfL is running a near-full service, it’s recommended that employees travel at quieter times where possible. Use the new TfL Go app to help plan your journeys and find more advice here. Face coverings remain compulsory on the TfL network, except for those who are exempt.

    Find information to share with employees and colleagues on how TfL is keeping travellers safe here, and for more advice, visit our Safe Travel To And Through The Quarter page.

  • NHS Covid-19 App

    NHS Covid-19 App

    Businesses are encouraged by Westminster City Council to continue displaying QR codes for customers using the NHS Covid-19 app, or to continue collecting customer contact details to support NHS Test and Trace. Although this will no longer be a legal requirement, it helps prevent the spread of Covid-19 by letting people know they’ve been exposed. Alerts will not tell people to self-isolate or name the venue, and venues won’t need to close if there is an alert.

    Visit the Gov.uk website to create your unique code.

  • Safety & Social Distancing In The Workplace

    Safety & Social Distancing In The Workplace

    Government Advice on cleaning non-healthcare settings can be found here, and sector-specific advice for working safely during Coronavirus can be found here.

    The Office for Product Safety and Standards has produced a coronavirus guidance for business and local authorities here.

    The Health and Safety Executive has produced this guidance on making your workplace Covid-secure.