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BID Update Wednesday 8 April 2020

GRANT PAYMENTS, and Guidance on how to maintain social distancing if you’re still operational

Let’s do the really positive news first, and in big letters: I’ve had confirmation from ADC that the first lot of payments for the grants will be starting tomorrow, so I hope that everyone whose businesses are eligible receives their money very, very soon.

The next section is also really helpful, so I hope you’ll stick with me!

The government has just released really helpful information for businesses or tradespeople that are still operating. It gives really clear guidelines as to what you need to do to protect your workforce and customers from coronavirus while still continuing to trade.

The information particularly relates to a range of business sectors, but there is useful guidance for anyone still offering services – even if you don’t fit exactly in the category:

Types of businesses and operations covered in the guidance:

  • Shops and food outlets running a pick-up or delivery service

  • Tradespeople and those working in people’s homes

  • Construction

  • Manufacturing and processing businesses

  • Retail

  • Transport businesses

  • Use of private vehicles and car pooling

  • Logistics businesses

  • Outdoor businesses

  • Farming: visiting farms for animal health and welfare

  • Fishing or other short-term offshore work

  • Waste management businesses

If you’d like to receive regular email updates from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy you can subscribe by following this link:

Even though Clair and I are working from home, you can still contact us by email:, by phone: 07917 692690 or through Zoom meeting software. The software is free to download and works across a wide range of platforms – phones, tablets, PC’s, Macs. If you’d like a virtual face to face, please invite:

Kindest regards, Heather


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