Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Support for your Business

In order to help support local businesses the LLEP are offering advice during this difficult time.

Our business advisers are here to help if you have any questions, just call us on 0116 366 8487.

Having originated in Wuhan, Hubei Provence, China, coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate as a global issue.

While the main priority is clearly the well-being of individuals affected by the virus, there is nevertheless a growing impact on business.

As a region renowned for making things and transporting across the world – including China – businesses based in the East Midlands are clearly not immune to this impact.

Some of the ways businesses are being – or have the potential to be – affected include, but are not limited to:

  • Interruptions to the transportation of goods due to shutdowns
  • Decreased consumer demand in China and countries most affected by coronavirus
  • Tourism impact due to fewer people travelling both in and out of the UK
  • Potential supply chain impact when importing/exporting

Businesses of all sizes – whether they are currently trading internationally or not – will also need to plan ahead to mitigate possible disruption.

Below we’ve provided information and help from a range of organisations.


ACAS has provided information on its website for both the employer and the employee.

  • Supporting an employee or a member of the public becomes unwell and believe they have been exposed to COVID-19;
  • People returning from travel overseas to affected areas;
  • What to do if a member of staff or the public with suspected COVID-19 has recently been in your workplace;
  • What to do if a member of staff or the public with confirmed COVID-19 has recently been in your workplace;
  • When individuals in the workplace have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

Visit this link for details.


National guidance from the Government has been developed to provide the appropriate response to these enquiries. Guidance for employers and businesses can be found here.

The most important current action for managers is to encourage staff to maintain high levels of personal hygiene in order to protect themselves and others.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;  NHS Guidance on cough etiquette here.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away;
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available: see guide here.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell;

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments.

For further details please: https://bizgateway.org.uk/coronavirus-planning-ahead/?dm_i=36DV,10MOR,5N7FNU,3V84G,

Kelly Hill
Author: Kelly Hill

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