Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
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COVID-19: Business information hub

Our project managers and small business experts are ready to support with advice and guidance free of charge. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at wmgbusiness@warwick.ac.uk to find out how we can help you.

We understand this is a very challenging time for businesses, and finding the information you are looking for can be difficult. Below, we have compiled a list of useful resources:

Organisation

Link Resources

Gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Crown Commercial Service

Catalogue of Supplier Offers
  • A list of products and services offered to support the public sector and health services.
  • Matchmaking service for sourcing particular materials and services.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Coronavirus Hub
  • Latest insights and news
  • Practical advice
  • Guides to Government and financial support, including the Job Retention Scheme
  • Emergency legislation and regulation
  • Employment law

Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT)

COVID-19: Business support
  • Latest updates
  • Resources and guidance
  • Information on emergency regulation specific for the automotive sector e.g. relaxation of Special Vehicle Testing rules.
  • Webinar series on relevant topics such as financial support and business schemes

Motorsport Industry Association (MIA)

COVID-19: Guidance and resources
  • Information on manufacturing challenges, e.g. ventilator challenge, PPE and rapid sanitising technology
  • Guides to Government support such as the Coronavirus Business Interuption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
  • Daily webinars on topics such as sick pay and benefits, HR and crisis management

British Plastics Federation (BPF)

Coronavirus advice for manufacturers
  • Plastics supplier catalogue for COVID-19 related products.
  • Practical advice for preventing the spread of COVID-19 specifically for manufacturers, including:
    • Cleaning routines
    • Managing shift changeovers
    • Supporting vulnerable workers

High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult

COVID-19: The Ventilator Challenge
  • Latest updates on the Ventilator Challenge, which HVM Catapult are co-ordinating along with the Cabinet Office.

MAKE UK

Impact of coronavirus on manufacturing
  • Latest news
  • Letter templates for Furlough of employees; and Work Authorisation for critical workers
  • FAQs
  • Webinar series on topics such as pay, absence and travel

Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub

Coronavirus Outbreak Information and Updates
  • Government updates
  • Finance and policy information
  • Downloadable posters and advice for the workplace
  • Practical guides for business, including 'Workplace Hygiene' and 'Assessing Risk in the Supply Chain'

Other local Growth Hubs will have similar guidance.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Coronavirus: The Science Explained
  • Dedicated website containing the latest science information behind the coronavirus outbreak
  • Evidence and facts about the virus, the epidemic, and its control
  • Newsletter

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub
  • Practical guides for businesses to emergency regulation and business schemes, including:
    • Furlough guidance
    • Time to Pay
    • Job Retention Scheme

Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Toolkit
  • FAQs for business
  • Sector specific fact sheets on coronavirus guidance
  • Support for companies involved in the Ventilator Challenge
  • Guides to business support schemes including CBILS, Job Retention Scheme and VAT deferral.

Contact your local chamber of commerce for similar guidance in your area.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Advice on home working
  • Advice on preparing your staff and organisation for home working
  • Guidance includes:
    • Controlling access to corporate networks
    • Security of laptops and other devices
    • Phishing scams

Coronavirus COVID-19 Hub
  • Weekly COVID-19 bulletin
  • Government guidance
  • Guidance for manufacturers and industry
  • Live calls for industry support

Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA)

Covid-19 Business Support
  • Links to Government support and guidance
  • Contact details for support services, e.g. BEIS and HMRC
  • FAQs
  • Regular updates on Vehicle Manufacturer shutdowns as a result of COVID-19

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