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The coronavirus pandemic is firstly a health emergency, but secondly an economic emergency.  In order to help ensure our BID levy payers are fully informed, we have created this page to keep businesses up to date with the latest advice and information for businesses.

If Penrith BID can do anything to support your business then please get in touch. We are part of a great business community and we will all work together to get through these challenging times.

Updates and Guidance (updated 22 June 2021)

Details of all government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.

Roadmap out of Lockdown information can be found here

Restart Grant application form can be found here

Additional Restrictions Restart Grant application form can be found here

Older Information

Lockdown 3 (January 2021)

For full details of what you can and cannot do, please check here.

During lockdown the Chancellor announced the following to support businesses and protect jobs. More details can be seen here. For full details of the support available to businesses, see here.

Eden District Council are responsible for issuing the government grants.  Check here for their information on support for business.

Guidance and Support for Businesses is available at

If you believe you are entitled to the next government grant, but have not had an email from EDC, you need to apply for the money via the EDC website. Full details and application link available at:

Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan sets out the programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping the NHS and the economy going and providing a route back to normality.

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

Updated guidance for business flowing from the Prime Minister’s statement of 22 September outlining new measures to help control the spread of coronavirus is available at:

A page outlining what has changed, with links to further advice on social distancing and a FAQs page that you may find helpful can be found at:

Track and trace: create a QR code to display in your venue here:

Updated Workplace Guidance –

Hands Face Space –

Local Restrictions from Monday 14th September – More information will be available on GOV.UK via:

Launch of the NHS Test and Trace App – following a successful pilot, it has today been announced that the app will launch in England and Wales on 24 September. The NHS Test and Trace app will provide users with local risk information, alert them if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and has a built-in QR scanner to check-in at venues. As such, local businesses will be required to display NHS QR posters so visitors and customers can start checking in safely and securely to venues from 24 September.

Bounce Back Plans – on 8 September, the Dept for International Trade announced a series of new measures to support businesses in the consumer and retail industry to export overseas as part of efforts to help the sector recover from Coronavirus. More information is available at:

Support for Restaurants and Tourism Based Sectors

Guidance for hotels, B&Bs etc:

Guidance for Restaurants:

Business Reopening Online Help:

‘We’re Good to Go’ Accreditation Scheme from Visit Britian –

Cumbria Tourism Recovery Hub –

Covid-19 Secure Status | Working Safely through Covid-19

Before shops and businesses can reopen, the government has laid out guidance you must follow to make your business ‘Covid-19 Secure’ and to keep yourself, your staff and your customers safe.

For help with getting your business Covid-19 Secure, see the link below or contact us at and we will be happy to share best practice.

Mandatory wearing of Face Coverings in Retail premises:

Disposing of Business Waste:

Advice by Business Sector
Read through the advice for your business sector (eg retail shop / office) and work through the guidance. Once you have everything in place, you should then print off the ‘Covid-19 Secure’ poster below to display at the entrance to your shop or business.

Poster staying-covid-19-secure – to download, sign and display in your shop window to give customers confidence to shop with you

Our Reset and Restart Resources are available here:

Form to fill out and send back to to be included in the restart marketing:  04.07 Reopening Business Template  (for hospitality and hairdressers) or Business Reopening Details and Check – general shops

HSE Risk Assessment Template and Example Risk Assessment from HSE

If you have more than 50 employees the guidance says you must have your risk assessment online. If you have more than 5 employees the guidance says you must have a written risk assessment.  Guidance we have received from national organisations suggests that a written risk assessment is good practice for all businesses, no matter the number of employees. They are a good way of giving your customers confidence to shop with you and a good way of communicating with your employees.  So, we recommend all businesses complete a written risk assessment and share it online if you have a website.

Once you had your ‘Covid-10 Secure’ blue poster in your window, why not snap a photo and send it through to us to share to Discover Penrith. Again, it is a great way of showing that you have taken all the necessary steps.

Reset | Restart | Recover

Penrith BID are working with key stakeholders in the town to ensure there is a full recovery plan in place. Details of this plan, and the associated actions can be found below:

Penrith Recovery Plan | Penrith Recovery Plan – Penrith BID Actions

From 15 June, businesses that are COVID19-Secure and comfortable managing the requirements that will keep customers safe are able to reopen their premises.


26.05.2020: Guidance for reopening can be found here:

21.05.2020 BEIS working safely webinars

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme:

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme:

Future Fund launch:

Fast Start Competition:

15.05.2020: Roadmap Taskforces:

Trade Credit Insurance:

Holiday entitlement and pay:

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme:


– Phased opening of schools, colleges and nurseries:

– Travelling safely:

– How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment:

– Cleaning your workplace safely:

29.04.2020: DfE Skills Toolkit

28.04.2020: Bounce Back Loan Scheme (launches 4th May)

27.04.2020: Rent Collection On Business Premises

20.04.2020:  Government Tool to Find Business Support

16.04.2020: Social Distancing in the Workplace – advice from Usdaw

Protecting your Mental Health – advice from Usdaw

Furloughed Employees Legal Direction

The future of Food Retailing  – an opinion piece

14.04.2020: Guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, has been updated:

As of yesterday, Cabinet Office have provided further clarifications including:

  • Confirmation of what should form the basis for furlough pay for employees furloughed on return from (maternity/paternity/shared parental/ adoption/ sick/ parental bereavement) leave;
  • Confirming employees subject to TUPE transfer/ business reorganisation/ payroll consolidation can be furloughed
  • Confirming position for contractors in scope of IR35 in the public sector
  • More information on what information employers need to claim the grant
  • Clarifying circumstances where an employee shouldn’t be furloughed by multiple employers

The OBRs coronavirus analysis – 14th April 2020

08.04.2020:  Government Business Support Page

Sector Specific Guidance for Employers on Social Distancing

Guidance for the Charity Sector

06.04.2020: Extended Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

New Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund

03.04.2020:  Eden District Council have asked that businesses complete a short online form to confirm eligibility for each business before they release payments. They are responsible for distributing £27m of grant funds and they need to ensure this money goes to the right businesses, so please go to the following link for full details: Link to Apply for Small Business, Retail/Leisure Grant

04.032020: HMRC Webinars

26.03.2020: Self-employment Income Support Scheme

26.03.2020: FAQ Section for Business Support

25.03.2020: How to apply for a three month extension to file accounts

Business rates: expanded retail discount – guidance

24.03.2020: Government Guidance to businesses and premises to close

23.03.2020: Full Press Release from Home Office

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s updated statement 20.03.2020 – full speech

Updated advice from Dodd’s Accountants following Chancellor’s speech on 20.03.20

Eden District Council Support For Business

Main Government coronavirus page

Following the Chancellor’s business support announcement relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are keen to ensure that you have access to business information as soon as it is available. The relevant page can be found at: GOVERNMENT ADVICE LINK

Government Guidance for businesses and other venues on social distancing measures

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

acas advice – employee related

Confederation of British Industry Coronavirus Hub

Eden District Council Guidance for Takeaway Service

KPMG Advice on Pandemic Planning as part of a resilience strategy

Bank of England Advice on Financing Facility

30.03.2020: Advice from our insurer, Marsh Commercial regarding Insurance considerations

Financial help for the self-employed
HMRC  help line for the self employed and businesses 0300 456 3565
HMRC number (0800 0159 559) for anyone with any tax worries

Tourism Related Businesses

30.03.2020:  Government information relating to business closures, including holiday rentals

30.03.2020:  Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Form from EDC

Other Links

Our friends at Dodd Accountants are updating their website on a daily basis – Dodd Accountants advice for clients

We have also produced some resources for businesses. These are free to download and share. Click the link to go to the page: Resources for Businesses



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