Business Resource Hub

  • Resources for Businesses

    Latest update, 17 May 2021: restrictions continue to ease, with indoor hospitality and entertainment venues now permitted to open, hotels permitted to reopen for groups of up to 6 or 2 households, indoor and outdoor events allowed to take place in a Covid-secure way, and much more. For the latest advice and full list of what is and isn’t permitted, visit the website.

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

  • Funding


    Budget, March 2021 Update

    The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a range of new support measures for businesses in the Budget on 3 March, including new grants, extending the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (Furlough) to September 2021, an extension of the business rates holiday for three months for retail, hospitality and leisure until 30 June 2021, and an extension on the VAT reduction for hospitality and tourism until 30 September 2021. You can find a summary of the measures here.

    Additional Restrictions Grants Round 2 is now closed and any updates will be published to the Westminster City Council website.

    Restart Grants have been paid. If your payment was not received by 3 May, please contact the Council. All eligibility criteria and further information can be found on the Council’s website.

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

  • Office Advice

    Office Advice

    The Government guidance is to work from home if you can and limit the number of journeys you take where possible. The advise to work from home is expected to lift from 21 June 2021. Further advice and exceptions can be found here.

    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.

  • Retail Advice

    Retail Advice

    Restrictions lifted for certain businesses on 12 April and 17 May:

    • All retail, gyms, personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and beauty salons are now permitted to open. The full list and limited exceptions can be found on the GOV.UK website.

    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.

    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

    Restrictions lifted for hospitality businesses on 12 April and 17 May:

    • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs can open both outdoor and indoor seating areas for customers. In venues that serve alcohol, customers must be served seated. Hospitality venues will also be able to provide alcohol for takeaway, click-and-collect, and drive-through (in addition to delivery services). More information is available here.
    • Hotels can open to guests, as can self-catered accommodation.

    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.

    Pavement licences can be applied for via the Council’s website. Licences that were issued last year expired on 30 April 2021, so if you would like to continue providing al fresco dining you will need to submit a new application. These will be valid until 30 September 2021. Apply here.

    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.

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) has been extended until the end of September 2021. Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the scheme on the GOV.UK website.

    Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme here.

    Seddons Law LLP has also produced helpful guidance to the Furlough scheme here.

  • Covid-19 Testing

    Covid-19 Testing

    Businesses with more than 10 employees can register for free rapid Covid-19 tests for staff to take at home, where on-site testing is not possible. To sign up, register your businesses by 12 April on the Government website. The tests will be free until 30 June.

    Free rapid Covid-19 testing is available to everyone in England twice a week, as well as the workplace test option above. You can find out more here. 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.

    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 can now create a QR code for their premises to allow customers and visitors to scan when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the 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.