Information regarding additional restrictions can be found via the links below
15 January 2021
Small firms breathe sigh of relief following Supreme Court’s interruption insurance verdict.
14 January 2021
The First Minister announced new restrictions for click and collect, takeaway businesses and tradespeople working in homes in Scotland.
Financial support for small businesses
National grants and schemes available to small businesses and the self-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The furlough scheme has been extended until April 2021. Find out how the extension works and what you need to do as an employer.
New ways of working
What does the new advice mean for your business? Find out with our guide.
Our guide covers who needs to collect data, how to do it and how to keep it secure.
Letting your customers know you are COVID-secure is crucial. Learn how you can fuel customer confidence with our tips and advice.
Looking after your mental health
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left a deep and lasting impact on the mental health of millions in our country. Research from Mind revealed more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said their mental health deteriorated during lockdown.
As we head into an uncertain winter which sees the resumption of working from home for some and restriction on socialising for many across the country, finding simple ways to manage your mental health and that of your colleagues, friends and employees is vital.
FSB Care share advice for looking after your mental health and where you can go if you need support.
Download our checklist from FSB Care on how you can support the mental health of your employees during COVID-19.
Resources to help support the mental health of yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic
Health and wellbeing: Boosting productivity and resilience in your business
The current pandemic has forced many small businesses to focus on business survival above anything else. Wellbeing may not seem like an important topic at the moment but being actively engaged in improving the health and wellbeing of your staff can help you build a strong, resilient workforce ready to face the challenges of the current climate.
Research from Sport England has shown 62% of adults currently consider exercise to be more important than ever and 65% of people believe exercise is helping with their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UK's Chief Medical Officer has continually stressed the value of physical activity: “Anything that can be done to encourage and to allow people to take exercise is clearly a good thing”.
Taking steps to include daily physical activity and movement while reducing the sitting time of yourself and your employees contributes to a longer healthier life.
Adults spending eight hours a day sat at a desk are up to 60% more likely to die early from diseases such as cancer and heart disease. This risk is reduced with regular, moderate physical activity
Small businesses and sole traders can be hit hard by business interruption through illness and the costs this incurs
2019 research found that if the recommended physical activity guidelines were met globally, it could make employees up to 5 days more productive each year and boost the world economy by an estimated $100bn a year.
24.6% of adults in England are currently classed as inactive, this means over 11 million people are currently doing less than an average of 30 minutes activity a week.
Government Guidelines state that being active reduces your chances of Type II diabetes by 40%, cardiovascular disease by 35%, joint and back pain by 25%, colon and breast cancers by 20% and can reduce the risk of mental illness by 30%.
Research by CBRE showed that 80% of employees agree that a company’s culture will be crucial in recruiting and retaining them within the next 10 years.
Developing a wellness based culture doesn't need to be complex and expensive, simple solutions to encourage healthy behaviours such as boosting activity levels can positively impact on how your current and future employees perceive your organisation.
Sources: Sport England covid-19 Physical activity tracker | Government press briefing 15th April | The Lancet, July 2016 – physical activity series | Fitter bodies, fitter economies – Vitality and RAND, 2019. | Sport England Active Lives Adult Survey November 2018/19 Report, published April 2020 | Wellness in the workplace: Unlocking Future Performance – CBRE – occupier survey 2015 –2016
Squeeze some activity into your daily commute with our guide.
Download our guide to building activity into your working day.
Moving meetings held via phone allow you to catch up while talking a walk
When can my business reopen?
Each part of the UK is following a different aproach for businesses, reopening dates may be subject to reviews and relevant criteria being met. Businesses that are reopening should carry out a risk assessment to ensure they are COVID-19 secure.
Information on the latest lockdown in Scotland
Find guides and resources to help you build your business skills in our Skills Hub.
Free events for all small businesses to help you find support, build your skills and meet other business owners.
Download our free guide to help you and your employees continue to be productive while working from home.
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