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COVID-19 impact - support for businesses

As we all face these unique and difficult circumstances together, we know that COVID-19 is having a serious and immediate impact on businesses. We are hearing and listening to their concerns.

We remain committed to supporting our business community through this challenging period and will be expanding support through our Growth Hub – a free source of business advice.

Like others, our Growth Hub will be collating all intelligence received about business impact in our local area and sending this directly into government for planning and policy development. We will be doing this on a weekly basis as circumstances are continuously changing.

We would therefore be very grateful if you would be willing to share with us any insight into the impact of COVID-19 on your business, the wider sector you work within, and any specific challenges you are currently facing.

We know that the fast pace and volume of information isn’t easy for businesses to contend with. Our Growth Hub will be collating the latest relevant guidance and business support resources, and we encourage SMEs to visit https://www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/business-advice/coronavirus – which we will be updating regularly.

The latest government guidance on support for businesses can be viewed here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Further information on the UK governments response can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators

The Government is looking for businesses who can support in the supply of ventilators as part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

If you think your business can help, a specification and further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-ventilator-supply-specification 

APPEAL: Supply of COVID-19 Antigen Testing Kit

The BIA is helping the UK Government (Office for Life Sciences) to raise awareness of an urgent call out to the life sciences sector to help increase the supply of antigen testing kits for COVID-19.

The requirement is for commercial supply of the following:

* Full testing packages

* Any of the separate components within the testing package

* Any alternative tests government should be considering

A full specification can be found at: https://innovationwm.co.uk/2020/03/23/urgent-appeal-supply-of-covid-19-antigen-testing-kit/

Any organisations that can supply for sale any or all of the below should email: covidtestingtriage@dhsc.gov.uk