This Page will contain information for members about good business practice, and keeping safe in the current COVID-19 situation.  The "Collated information" will be updated regularly.

Expert Guidance for Struggling SMEs
In response to the Lord Mayor's call for ideas to weather the Covid-19 emergency, the Management Consultants are exploring an initiative to support businesses via volunteer guides from the livery movement with appropriate expertise and experience.
The scoping exercise for the initiative is underway and they now require guides to test the concept on three businesses: (i) a Restaurant, (ii) a Retail service provider and (iii) an Architect. These businesses are small or medium-sized, have young owners and have been impacted heavily by the pandemic. They are looking for guides in these sectors with relevant business management and domain expertise. Guides will be asked to offer a one-hour guidance slot, sharing their specialist knowledge and expertise to help struggling businesses overcome their current challenges. The Master Management Consultant has asked me if you are willing to disseminate this project to members within your companies. Please contact Rhonda Best at [email protected] or call 07910 276993 to participate.

Return to Work VCOVID-19 Risk Assessment template

Following the government guidance please find attached below a template risk assessment for returning to work.

You may not be able to implement all of the controls and you also might want to add additional procedures, which is fine just alter the document to your specific requirements.

The other thing you will need to do is specify how you are going to achieve the general controls.  

Example of what you need to do to make it specific to your business

I have stated the Control in the attached template risk assessment is :- The Canteen area will be restricted to 3 people at a time to maintain social distancing. 

You would change the wording too:- The Canteen area will be restricted to 3 people at a time to maintain social distancing, this will be communicated to everyone during the back to work induction and a sign on the canteen door.

Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor has announced that the Government’s Job Retention Scheme will continue until the end of October; allowing furloughed workers to receive 80 per cent of their current salary, up to a ceiling of £2,500 per month. In addition, from the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

Stakeholder reaction

Adam Marshall, Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce declared: “The extension of the Job Retention Scheme will come as a huge help and a huge relief for businesses across the UK. The Chancellor is once again listening to what we’ve been saying, and the changes planned will help businesses bring their people back to work through the introduction of a part-time furlough scheme. We will engage with the Treasury and HMRC on the detail to ensure that this gives companies the flexibility they need to reopen safely.

“Our research shows that the scheme has become a key part of wider Government support for businesses, with more than 70 per cent of firms surveyed furloughing a portion of their staff. Over the coming months, the Government should continue to listen to business and evolve the scheme in line with what’s happening on the ground. Further support may yet be needed for companies who are unable to operate for an extended period, or those who face reduced capacity or demand due to ongoing restrictions.”

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, announced: “The Chancellor is confronting a challenging balancing act deftly. As economic activity slowly speeds up, it’s essential that support schemes adapt in parallel. Extending the furlough to avoid a June cliff-edge continues the significant efforts made already and will protect millions of jobs. Introducing much needed flexibility is extremely welcome. It will prepare the ground for firms that are reawakening, while helping those who remain in hibernation. That’s essential as the UK economy revives step-by-step, while supporting livelihoods.”

Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, stated: “The Job Retention Scheme is a lifeline which has been hugely beneficial in helping small employers keep their staff in work, and its extension is welcome. Small employers have told us that part-time furloughing will help them recover from this crisis.”

Other news

Here is the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy documentwhich came out last night. 

The Government has, in consultation with industry, produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. There are 5 key points:

·       Work from home, if you can

·       Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions

·       Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible

·       Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk

·       Reinforcing cleaning processes

There are also 8 guides covering a range of different types of work:

·       Construction and other outdoor work – Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.

·       Factories, plants and warehouses - Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses

·       Homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers

·       Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments

·       Offices and contact centres – Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments

·       Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.

·       Shops and branches – Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.

·       Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar

This a link to the FurnitureMakers page of good information, which they have kindly agreed to share.

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