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Latest update, January 2021: The country is now in a national lockdown and Government guidance is to stay at home except where necessary. For further guidance on what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown, visit the GOV.UK website. Further financial support for businesses has been outlined here. We will be updating the information below as more guidance is released over the course of the the next few weeks.
The BakerStreetQ team are available to help so please do email us [email protected] if you have any queries or there is something specific we can find out for you. Penny – CEO, Kirsty – Head of Marketing and Communications, Helen – Senior Operations Manager, Racheal – Events and Communications Producer, Eleanor – Communicatons Manager, Steph – Operations Executive and our Street Team and Environment Manager are also available as usual.
The Government announced new one-off top up grants on 5 January 2021 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property. To qualify for new and existing grants, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria introduced for the November Lockdown Grant. If you haven’t filled out your application form for the November Lockdown Grant you can still apply:
- Check the eligibility criteria
- If you are a hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast, leisure business or a non essential retail business and have not received an application form from the council please email [email protected], including the word ‘Grant’ and business rate customer account number in the subject line
- The Council are asking for this information to be submitted as soon as possible and will continue to pay the November National Lockdown Grant on receipt of valid applications
We understand from the Council that the data within the November National Lockdown application form will be used to calculate and pay other grants that your business may be eligible for. This would include the new one-off top-up payment of up to £9,000 announced by the Chancellor on Tuesday 5 January 2021.The calculation and payment of this will commence once central government has sent the Council the guidance and funding allocations for the new grants. This guidance is expected by 15 January.
For more Coronavirus business advice, visit Westminster City Council’s website.
Government advice for the national lockdown is that everyone who can work from home should do so. Further advice and exceptions can be found here.
The information below is for when the time is right for you to return to the office:
Webinar Office Reoccupancy with Knight Frank
Learn more about the Knight Frank Reoccupancy Roadmap as well as the 12 Dynamics that are shaping the future of real estate and the workplace as we move into the AC (after corona) world. This is suitable for any office occupier of any size. You will hear from Neil McLocklin, Head of European Consulting Practice and Dr Lee Elliot, Global Head of Occupier Research. Webinar available here
Knight Frank Readiness Survey – takes 2-3 minutes to complete
To help inform the government Knight Frank want to find out how prepared UK office based businesses are and would appreciate 2-3 minutes of your time in answering this short survey (or passing on to the appropriate person in your business). The survey follows the Knight Frank Reoccupancy Roadmap as a basis to evaluate preparedness. All responses will be confidential.
Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace by Cushman Wakefield
An outline of some of the best practice to reopening the workplace compiled by thousands of international professionals. The recommended information in this guide has been successfully implemented across the globe here
Office Social Distancing Advice from Colliers International
Colliers International are offering a 48 hour turnaround service on recommendations on social distancing in your workplace. Also to help you with re-occupancy they have created an Office Social Distancing Calculator which calculates the number of work stations your employees will be able to occupy in line with social distancing advice.
Information to help your employees return to the Quarter here perfect for putting into return to work packs
The country is now in a national lockdown. Find out whether your business can stay open:
- Non-essential retail must close
- Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect services
- Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, holiday lets and guest houses must close, with some limited exceptions
- Personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services must close
- Indoor tourism and entertainment venues must close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise
For a full list of businesses that can remain open, restrictions on service and exemptions please visit the GOV.UK website.
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
West End Resilience LIVE series – every month
The monthly West End Resilience LIVE series, brought to you by New West End Company & Microsoft Live Events, celebrates the strength, sustainability, resilience and future of the WestEnd. They are bringing together businesses and employees during these unprecedented times with a selection of inspiring speakers to offer stimulating and engaging information, while keeping you informed about trends and policies that are shaping the future of the WestEnd. More information and past recordings of the series available here.
The country is now in a national lockdown which means hospitality venues, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must remain closed except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect. This includes restaurants and bars within hotels or member’s clubs. More information is available here. Please note that licensed premises are no longer permitted to sell open alcohol for takeaway during this lockdown.
Food businesses that want to move to a takeaway service need to let Westminster City Council know if they haven’t already done so – see the Licensing and Food Guidance section here for more information.
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.
Westminster City Council advice for supporting hospitality during the winter including information on umbrellas, heaters and pavement licensing for when restrictions are lifted 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
Guidance for Employers
Furlough information from Seddons Law LLP
- Seddons Law LLP essential guidance to employers here
- Seddons Law LLP guidance to Job Retention Scheme/Furlough until the end of March 2021 here
Advice on Queue Markers
If you are a business in the Baker Street Quarter and you need queue makers for outside your premises to assist with queue management, please contact us on [email protected] with your address and quantity needed and we will deliver them to you and install them if required. The markers come in four different designs of beautiful landmarks in the area and are completely free of charge.
Further advice from Westminster City Council on managing queues is available here.
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 Gov.uk website to create your unique code.
Government Guidance on going to work here
Government Guidance on working safely during coronavirus for all sectors here
Government Advice on cleaning non-healthcare settings here
Government Job Retention Scheme and Furlough – here
Government Charter for safe working practice – here
The Office for Product Safety and Standards have produced a coronavirus guidance for business and local authorities – here
Public Health England – Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus here
Health and Safety Executive – Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak here
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – Social distancing in the workplace sector guidance here