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Latest update, 12 April 2021: restrictions have eased and more businesses and venues are now open, including non-essential shops, outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants, hairdressers and gyms. For the latest advice, visit the GOV.uk website.
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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, and an extension on the VAT reduction for hospitality and tourism. You can find a summary of the measures here, and once the process for applying for this additional support has been announced we will update this page.
Top Up Grants, January 2021
Westminster City Council has information on top up grants, announced by the Government on 5 January 2021 for hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast, leisure business or a non-essential retail business. Also to note, hospitality businesses are eligible for grants even if they have been offering takeaway and/or delivery services while closed. Hotels and bed & breakfasts may also still submit a claim if they have been offering accommodation to essential business travellers.
Additional Restrictions Grants
The allocation for these funds from central government has been based on the number of residents within the borough, not the number of businesses per borough and as such Westminster’s original allocation was limited to only £5.2m. All Local Authorities have since received top-up funding from central government, still based on the number of residents formula. Westminster City Council’s top-up allocation is £2.3m bringing the total funding envelope to £7.5m.
The second round of Additional Restrictions Grants opened on 26 February for applications.
Visit Westminster City Council’s website to apply.
For more Coronavirus business advice, visit Westminster City Council’s website.
The Government guidance is to work from home if you can and limit the number of journeys you take where possible. 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
Restrictions lifted for certain businesses on 12 April:
- All retail is now permitted to open
- Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs can open outdoor seating areas for customers, but indoor areas must remain closed. In venues that serve alcohol, customers must be served seated
- Gyms, personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services are now permitted to open
- Self-contained holiday accommodation may open, but all other accommodation, such as hotels, must remain closed, with some limited exceptions
For a full list of businesses that must remain closed, 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
Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs can open outdoor seating areas for customers, but indoor areas must remain closed. 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.
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
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.
The Government has also confirmed that free rapid Covid-19 testing will be 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.
Travelling To The Quarter
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.
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