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Trading standards advice during COVID-19 and beyond

Need guidance on trading standards during COVID-19? Our Trading Standards adviser Angela Kane is available to offer remote support, as well as share advice on reopening your business during this confusing time.

Get in touch:
Email: Angela.Kane@lincolnshire.gov.uk
Or call: 07766072504

 

Downloadable health and safety compliance posters for businesses

The government has released health and safety posters for businesses to show they have complied with the Five Steps to Safer Working guidelines upon reopening - you can download one for your business below. 

 

Test and trace workforce guidance

The government has released advice on how employers can best utilise the new test and trace service to help prevent a second wave of COVID-19. This guidance should be used in conjunction with the guidelines for working safely during COVID-19. Click the links below to find out more. 

Test and trace for employers guidance

Working safely during COVID-19 guidance

Maintaining records 

To assist Test and Trace in preventing clusters and outbreaks of COVID-19, businesses should keep a 21-day temporary record of your customers and visitors. Managing these records should be done so in a way that is practical for your organisation, but makes it possible to supply NHS Test and Trace with the data if needed.

For more information on maintaining records, visit the gov.uk website.

 

Pension guidance for employers

For everything businesses need to know regarding pensions and COVID-19, please visit The Pensions Regulator’s website.

 

Supporting your employees during coronavirus: Domestic abuse

The order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. As an employer, you can play an important role in reassuring staff that they can still leave their home if they are experiencing domestic abuse and that there is still support available, including online support, helplines, refuges and the police. We encourage you to share this important message with staff using the information provided in the Home Office’s employer pack.

 

Business Against Scams

Business Against Scams is an element of the successful Friends Against Scams initiative introduced for businesses by National Trading Standards.  The initiative provides free tools for businesses to help upskill and train their workforce. For more information visit the Friends Against Scams website.

 

Coronavirus Business Support Blog

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has created the Coronavirus Business Support Blog to help businesses get the support they need to help with the impact of coronavirus. For all the latest up to date government guidance on coronavirus support for businesses, please visit the gov.uk website.

 

Government Skills Toolkit

An online platform giving 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.

You can access the toolkit here - please note that all courses on the Skills Toolkit are UK wide. 

 

Small Business Leadership programme

Help your business leaders enhance their confidence and boost their strategic leadership skills with this fully-funded 10 week programme. The course is designed to develop business resilience skills and support recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Find out if you are eligible here. 

 

Peer Networks programme

The Peer Networks programme is designed to support business owners to improve their problem-solving skills, through a series of guided exercises. The programme offers interactive learning, discussion and reflection on a series of common business issues, from finance to sales to marketing, to strengthen your business and overcome any periods of standstill or low growth. Find out more and apply here.