Article Government unveils £200 million package to help innovative businesses bounce back

Source: Gov UK Almost £200 million boost to help businesses across the UK drive forward cutting-edge new tech and recover from the impacts of coronavirus government investment to support innovations ranging from AI systems managing city traffic flows to the latest reusable packaging materials research and development (R&D) intensive businesses urged to apply for funding to […]

Article PM announces easing of lockdown restrictions: 23 June 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Tuesday 23 June) set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs. From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants […]

Article Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May. Retailers will need to take certain steps to […]

Article COVID-19: Global Real Estate Implications Real estate policy Countries around the world have implemented changes to real estate policy in order to lessen the burden on tenants and in some cases landlords: In the U.S., many decisions are made at the state and local level, and at least 34 states have temporarily prohibited evictions. At the same time, the […]

Article Selecting employees for furlough – Q & A Sessions by CIPD Q: What if employees have some work but not enough? If employees have some work but not enough then they cannot be furloughed under the job retention scheme. Employees are not allowed to carry out work for the employer during the furlough period. The scheme is only aimed at supporting employers who otherwise could […]

Article Creative & Media sector

Future of Culture and Creative sectors in post COVID-19 Europe Arts Council makes £160 million available to support organisations and individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic Arts Council England will make £160 million available to support individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector during this unusual time. Organisations outside of their National Portfolio have been […]

Article What should employers be doing in the current situation?

From the CIPD’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): employer response guide (21 April 2020) Organisations should focus on planning and prevention with both urgency and calm. Do what you can to immediately protect staff and to cope with the changing environment. The government has introduced measures (starting 23 March) requiring that people should only leave home for one of four […]

Article Manufacturing sector

Updated guidance on takeaway procedures (NCASS Nationwide Caterers Association, 27 April 2020) Following collective lobbying of government, particularly Defra and BEIS, regarding the importance of the takeaway sector, the government has updated its guidance on takeaway procedures. The guidance previously stated that no orders should be taken on-site at all, posing an obstacle to many […]