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Advice for businesses

Business Support

A full range of business support measures are available to UK businesses and employees. Use this  link to the coronavirus business support website to find out how to access the support, if you are eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. You can also find out what we are doing to help for Business Rate payers .

Business and premises closures

Government guidance for employers and businesses, including advice for staff, can be found on the Government website.  Please note that guidance for businesses changed on 23 March to include more information on business and premises closures.

For security advice on business premises and working from home, please see icon top 10 tips from the Police and National Counter Terrorism Security Office  [377.74KB] .

Our regulatory services team are here to make sure that businesses are following the new closure rules, if you have a concern please email Regulatory Services.

For information on business rates and reductions, please see our Business rates relief and reductions page.

If your business premises is closed, please take a look at our Coronavirus - Legionella guidance.

Food businesses

If you are a food business such as a restaurant or café and are thinking of starting a takeaway or delivery service at this time, please see our useful Coronavirus - food safety advice for takeaway and delivery web page.

Read our advice on alcohol delivery (off sales) on Coronavirus - licensing advice on alcohol delivery "off sales" .

If you run a mobile street food takeaway business, such as an ice-cream van, please read our Coronavirus - advice for ice-cream van traders and mobile street food traders.

Taxi and private hire drivers

We have written to all taxi and private hire drivers about changes to operations during this time. You can read the email and download the declaration form on the Information for current licence holders.

Animal businesses

We have written to all animal businesses with advice, you can read the icon Guidance for animal businesses [414.68KB] .

The Canine and Feline Sector Group, working with DEFRA, has practical advice for pet businesses, including breeders, rescue and rehoming centres, groomers and dog walkers etc. There is also advice for pet owners who are self-isolating or vulnerable.