The NHS test and trace service forms a central part of the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery strategy, which seeks to help the nation return to normal as soon as possible for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects the NHS and social care sector.
This service will also play a vital role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. This information will then be used to inform the government’s approach to stop the spread of the virus.
The guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives, click here to read more. The guidance should be used in conjuction with Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19).
The government is working closely with Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations to support the national response to coronavirus.
Click here to find sector specific information and a list of organisations you can speak with to get advice. Many of these organisations are also happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus. The websites also include sector-specific guidance and Q&A. This list does not cover all trade associations and business representatives.
As an emergency response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government has developed a temporary online service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally.
The National Trading Standards Scam Team has released free online resources under the Businesses Against Scams scheme to educate organisations on a variety of common business related frauds including Government grant and tax rebate scams, CEO fraud, invoice/mandate fraud and tech support scams. Click here to find out more.
Keep up to date with the latest advice on fraudsters and scams from the National Crime Agency or visit the Government site for advice and guidance on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime.
Find out the Department for International Trade latest advice to support businesses who trade internationally and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus.
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More information can be accessed here.
The Government has launched The Skills Toolkit to provide free digital and numeracy courses online for people to complete during lock down.
Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.
You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts. Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills.
Google Digital Garage offer various courses to encourage development of digital skills and help businesses discover new tools which will effectively help them to increase their online presence.
Discover a range of free learning content designed to help your business or in your career. You can learn by selecting individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end. Click to find out more about courses.
They are also running free live training through webinars which are designed to help you develop new skills, click to find out what events are taking place.
Visit Britain have created a dedicated webpage to support businesses in the tourism sector which have been effected by coronavirus. This includes the latest advice and support, useful webinars and Government updates which effect the tourism industry.
Find out the latest Government guidance and support for employees during coronavirus here. This information includes information on the furlough scheme and advice for people who are still going to work.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service have issued advice to support both employers and employees which have been effected by coronavirus. This includes information on simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff, sick pay and absence from work.