Month: May 2020

by Richard Siddall Richard Siddall No Comments

HM Government’s new guidance on social distancing and health and safety in the workplace

Yesterday the government published its 60-page Covid-19 Recovery Strategy and how the UK will move from present lockdown to phased return to work. There were no new financial business initiatives announced but it was stated that the present support system will be extended until September but with the caveat that business owners might have to make financial contributions to keep the furlough scheme going.

One part of the document that we believe is the most pertinent for our clients and partners is on page 55 covering workplace safety and how business must adopt measures to get co-workers back into the workplace safely. That guidance is linked to further HM Gov high-level guidance also published yesterday to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

This guidance is on the following workplaces:

  • Construction and other outdoor work



  • Factories, plants and warehouses



  • Offices and contact centres



  • Restaurants that offer takeaway or delivery (not in-dining)



  • Shops, branches and stores



  • Vehicles (including couriers, lorry drivers, mobile workers and field forces)



All business owners need to assess and manage the risks of COVID-19 and if you have 5 workers or more you must have a written assessment. Your risk assessment should identify practical actions that protect people from harm and injury. There is a useful toolkit published by the Health and Safety Executive at:

Tracy Taylor MIPA FABRP

For more details on this or other concerns or enquiries you may either: –

  • see our earlier postings under News on our website.
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Government Finance Schemes Covid 19

Abbey Taylor Business Rescue and Recovery is here to help our Partners and Clients during the COVID-19 pandemic – including making it easier to navigate the full breadth of support that’s available. This document highlights the many different support measures aimed at UK businesses and employees, explaining who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. The Government have put together a comprehensive guide of these measures and can be found here.

Government Backed Schemes:


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Click here

Asset Finance Accredited Click here

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Click here

Small Business Grant Funding Click here

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Click here

Time to Pay Click here

COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility Click here

VAT Deferral Click here

Deferral of Self-Assessment Tax returns – ICAEW  Click here

Self-employment Income Support Scheme Click here


British Bank Coronavirus Financial Support:

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme Click here

Coronavirus Business Interruption Bounce Back Loans Scheme Click here

Coronavirus Future Fund Click here

This document was last updated on 5th May 2020. The information on this document is not intended to be comprehensive, and many details which may change. Correct at time of printing. @AbbeyTaylorLtd.