COVID-19 Update

    COVID-19 Guidance and Updates




    As the current situation regarding coronavirus is having an increasing impact on us all we have pulled together some information you, as a business, need to know at this time. We also wanted to make all of our levy-payers aware that the Bradford BID has not ceased working on your behalf in this short term situation, in fact quite the opposite, we want to show an united front and offer help and support in these difficult times. After all the BID stands for ‘Business Improvement District’ so we want to help your businesses as much as possible even in times of immense adversity. This web page will go through information that has come straight from the Government and NHS England to ensure you have the most up to date and more importantly the accurate information and guidelines. There’s a lot of ‘fake news’ out there so we at the BID wish to ensure you have the correct knowledge in order to get through this period and be even stronger on the other side. This time of unsettling and uncertainty for us all will pass and we are here to support you all the way! This post is kept up to date on a regular basis and will provide you with all the most recent advice and guidance that has come straight from the Government and NHS England. We also want to hear from you on how best we can support you and your business during this difficult time so please get in touch with us via and follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we will share all the up to date guidance and support on offer. Please also check out our latest newsletter here. Stay Safe, Stay Positive, Stay Well-Informed and Stay United!

    The Bradford BID Team


    Useful Web Links

    For guidance, advice and symptoms:

    As we are advised not to go to the doctors if we think we have symptoms please use the 111 link:

    For current information and Government responses:

    For guidance for employers and businesses, including HR:

    For up to date information on business support and funding streams being released by LEP:

    The toolkit focused on business support can be found here: 

    For information on cash grants for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses please use:

    For Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance with specific reference to National Insurance and pension contributions for furloughed workers please use:

    For self-employment income support information please use:

    For advice on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme available to businesses please use:

    To register for HMRC webinars on all the support available to businesses click the following link:

    The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Support page:

    Find further details on Extended Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme here:

    Find further details on New Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme here:

    Here’s some useful advice if you are working from home, make sure your workstation is safe:

    You can now claim online for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees’ salaries. This scheme will be open until the end of June 2020. You can get all the information here:

    Bradford Council Survey to help them help you:

    Businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months. Find all the details here:

    The Government Skills Toolkit has been launched to give people easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects. Scrub up on your skills set here:

    Self-employed people, you can check your eligibility here for Coronavirus support and you’ll receive a date to start making your claim. Find the details here:

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a trade association for all UK retailers. They have useful advice and support for retailers and answer some frequently asked questions. Please use the links below for more information:

    With some places of business encouraged to re-open here is the Government guidance on safety in the workplace along with frequently asked questions.…/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covi…

    With a new message being given from the Prime Minister of ‘Stay Alert’ found out what the new guidelines are on social distancing and PPE.

    The Government have released their “roadmap" of how and when they will adjust their approach in relation to the Coronavirus crisis. More can be read here:

    Further guidance has been published to help you and your business return to work safely:
    – How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment:
    – Cleaning your workplace safely:
    – Travelling safely:
    – Phased opening of schools, colleges and nurseries:

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. Full details below:

    A new Roadmap Taskforce has been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can safely re-open. Details in the link below:

    The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Scheme has been launched this month and you can now check to see if you can claim back statutory pay paid out to your employees due to coronavirus. Use the link below to find out:

    The Government guidance on working safely during COVID-19 has been updated and can be find below: