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General COVID-19 Related Information 

Useful information for businesses.


Ventilator Readiness - Call to engineering firms

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Government's response to COVID-19

Companies House Accounts Filing Extension

From 25 March 2020 businesses will be able to apply for a 3 month extension for filing their accounts. 

This joint initiative between the government and Companies House will mean businesses can prioritise managing the impact of Coronavirus.

UKRI Research and Innovation Opportunity

UKRI have announced an open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19.

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UK Government Request for Business Support in response to COVID-19

Businesses can use this service to tell the UK Government how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.

For example, with the manufacture of medical testing equipement, PPE for healthworkers, expertise in ICT, communications and other business areas, or provision of hotel rooms). 

Skills Focus Training Programme

Skills Focus is a skills development programme funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and delivered across Northern Ireland by the six further education colleges. It aims to help local businesses upskill their staff.

The Skills Focus programme is available for SMEs with fewer than 250 employees. Businesses can now access free upskilling for their staff, including those who are furloughed. Funding for the scheme had been at 75 per cent with businesses making up the other 25 per cent. The 25 per cent cost to businesses has now been removed, until 31 March 2021, to support companies throughout the pandemic. Courses, with accredited qualifications, are delivered by the local further education colleges across a range of areas including customer service, health and social care, leadership and tourism.

BIRA Coronavirus Membership Package

Bira is offering a free membership package to help businesses through the Covid-19 crisis.

Independent retailers who sign up for the Coronavirus Membership Package can gain complimentary access to Bira member benefits for three months, in return for a nominal donation of £1, £5 or £10 to the Rainy Day Trust.

The deal, available until Tuesday, June 30, 2020, will support the independent retail community through the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.

Salesforce Small Business Grant

As part of Salesforce’s commitment to small businesses and giving back to the community.

Salesforce is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak.

DVA driving license extensions and service updates

Department for Infrastructure aims to help customers get back on track by either restoring services or extending expiry dates for driving licences

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