Back to Business
Back to Business
Your one-stop-shop for getting safely back to business.
With the Government's gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, our focus has shifted towards getting the local economy back on track. We recognise that the need for continued social distancing, and enhanced hygiene measures, is challenging for many local businesses. Therefore, we have set up our Back to Business Hub to help you find the right support to go back to business safely.
From 15th June 2020, our dedicated hotline will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
Are you #openforbusiness?
Find local businesses near me app
We have set up a new online application facility for people to find businesses that are open locally. The map-based app is available on our website, and people can search by location or postcode. The results show a listing of traders open for business in the district, along with their address, contact details, and websites (where applicable). The search radius can be personalised to cover local areas or the whole district.
Put your business on the map by completing our "Find local businesses near me app" form or contacting the Back to Business Hub (contact details above).
Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
BEIS also wants to celebrate businesses that have reopened. Please see link for more information:
Businesses that can be open
Check government guidance to see if your business can open.
You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government rules.
Further easing of lockdown restrictions announced
On 09 July, the Government announced additonal easing of lockdown restrictions. Please see:
The government has also updated its FAQ for the public on what they can and can’t do:
Before your business opens
Once the Government gives your business the green light to open, you can't just open your doors. You must carry out a risk assessment and ensure that you have the correct measures in place so that you can open safely - for you, your staff and your customers.
The government has set out guidance on how to get people safely back to work
The main steps within this guidance are:
- Work from home if you can
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Maintain social distancing
- Manage transmission risk
- Reinforce cleaning processes
Industry Guides: There are now fourteen industry-specific guides and, depending on your business, you may need to use more than one guide as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. The Government will publish further guidance as it permits more businesses to reopen.
For practical advice on these actions please see the Government's 5 steps to working safely.
You can also use the Government's online tool to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce: Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
NHS Test and Trace: Collecting details and maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors
Employee return-to-work tool: The Government has developed a tool to help employees in England easily assess if they can return to work. The tool guides employees through questions that may influence their ability to go back to work safely. Employers can share this tool with employees to aid discussion on how employees can return to work safely: Coronavirus Employee Risk Assessment (01 July).
Please also see our 'Information and support' pages below.
Reopening Guide and Checklist
Please see our reopening guide and checklist to help your business get back on its feet after a period of closure.
These guides are currently being reviewed following the Government's announcement of further easing of lockdown restrictions on 23 June 2020.
We've created posters for you to download, print and put in the window of your business, to help people know what they should be doing to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and help you open safely.
Businesses are also advised to display a poster to confirm they have read and are folowing the Government's COVID-19 secure guidelines (please see sections below for further information):
Information and support
With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from Government can change quickly. For all the latest Government information on COVID-19 and the measures the Government is taking, please visit the GOV.UK coronavirus pages.
We are currently updating the following pages to include more information to help you to get Back to Business.
Video guide to re-opening non-essential businesses
It is impossible to cover every scenario and all businesses are individual. If you have any specific questions please contact our Back to Business Hub: