During the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, the British Exporters Association remains committed to supporting its members and the wider exporting community. The BExA office continues to operate as normal via remote working and our Member Helpline will be available as usual so there should be no reduction in service.
For the latest information and advice, we would encourage all members, UK employers and business owners to visit the official guidance for employers and businesses. Businesses should check for daily updates and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information.
The Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. The Business Support website helps you find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your business. This website will continue to be updated as information becomes available.
Schemes introduced to provide support for businesses and employees affected by COVID-19 include:
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ABOVE SCHEMES, AND TO ACCESS ALL THE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SUPPORT INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE .
IN ADDITION, A NEW 'BUSINESS SUPPORT FINDER' TOOL HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO HELP BUSINESSES AND SELF-EMPLOYED PEOPLE ACROSS THE UK TO QUICKLY AND EASILY DETERMINE WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO THEM DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is also available.
The government's Business Support Helpline is also available to answer business questions over the phone, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm. The FREEPHONE number to call is 0800 998 1098. (Devolved Administrations have their own equivalent services in place - the Business Support Scotland helpline is 0300 303 0660, Business Wales helpline is 0330 060 300 and the Invest Northern Ireland helpline is 0800 181 4422).
You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.
Companies House have announced that businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Full guidance on applying for an extension can be found here. In addition, changes announced on 16 April will help businesses avoid being struck off the Companies House register as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak - find out more here.
To assist businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HMRC have temporarily changed customs policy and authorisations. Additional information on moving goods and clearing customs can be found here. These changes are made on an exceptional basis, and guidance will be updated when this change ends.
REQUEST FOR BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND ASSISTANCE
Can your business offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support?
UK Government is looking for businesses who can offer support in the multiple areas and has set up an online tool where businesses can register. To find the list of areas and offer support click here.
Business Intelligence: share the impact Coronavirus is having on your organisation
The Government has called for information from businesses on impacts across supply, demand and labour markets, actions to address these impacts, and any gaps in the Government response from your perspective.
Please send your intelligence to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Any commercially sensitive information will be treated accordingly. Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence only and does not provide business advice).
Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found here.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available. This advice was published on 23 March and takes effect immediately.
Advice from the NHS on Covid-19, including how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus and what to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms.
Updated 19 May 2020