As businesses throughout the UK, and around the world, try to weather the COVID-19 storm, it can be hard to know where to find support. To help, we’ve compiled some key information from the UK Government and local industry associations.
On these websites, you can find support, important information, strategies for managing change, advice for handling tough conversations and more.
To easily locate your industry, simply select from the options below:
- Resources from the UK Government
- Resources for electrical businesses
- Resources for HVAC businesses
- Resources for plumbing businesses
- Resources for facilities management businesses
- Resources for security and fire businesses
- Publications to follow
What is the UK Government doing?
The UK Government has released unprecedented support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic some of which can help you.
A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
A statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
A small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
A grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
Direct cash grant of 80% of their profits, up to £2,500 per month for the self-employed
- The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (BILS)
- Bank of England lending facility
- The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Employers and Employees - Ireland
- Coronavirus Guidance - Scotland
Resources for Electrical businesses
The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA)
The ECA represents and supports the interests of electrotechnical and engineering services, businesses and organisations. It has launched a portal containing comprehensive information about coronavirus.
SELECT - Scotland
SELECT is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. Below you will find its latest updates about COVID-19and other helpful resources about dealing with the pandemic.
Resources for HVAC businesses
The Building Engineering Services Association is the UK's leading trade organisation for building engineering service contractors. BESA is holding daily webinars and updating its COVID-19 portal regularly. You can sign up to the BESA webinars and latest news via the link below.
Resources for Plumbing businesses
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC)
APHC is a not-for-profit trade body for the plumbing and heating industry in England and Wales. It has provided some guides and templates about COVID-19 for its members.
Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF)
SNIPEF is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can access details on financial support and advice here:
- Clarification on Critical Workers
- Message from SNIPEF CEO
- News and Updates 27 March
- Guidance for dealing with COVID-19
- Financial Support 27 March
- Employment information
- COVID-19 and Legal and Contractual issues
Resources for Facilities Management Businesses
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)
IWFM is the professional body for facilities management. It promotes excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society by supporting and representing over 17,000 members. To help members, IWFM has created a dedicated portal filled with advice, support and answers to key questions you may have.
Resources for Fire and Security Businesses
Fire Industry Association (FIA)
The FIA is the largest fire protection trade association in the UK with 850+ members. The association helps its members with technical support, guidance and opportunities for professional advancement through education and appropriate regulation. Follow the news stream on the FIA website for up-to-date information on COVID-19.
British Security Industry Association (BISA)
BSIA is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. Check out its dedicated portal for all the information you need on coronavirus.
Publications to follow:
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