News - Category: COVID-19

21/07/2020 in COVID-19 Safer

‘COVID-19 Secure’ Guidance for gyms and leisure facilities by UK Active

21 July 2020 – Last week the Prime Minister announced that the Govt intended to allow indoor gyms and sports facilities in England to re-open from Saturday 25 July. In line with last week’s announcement, the Govt published top-line guidance for…

19/08/2021 in Business COVID-19 Guidance Stronger

‘Recovery Ready’ online hub for small businesses

The FSB has launched a new online resource for small businesses The resource is a ‘Recovery Ready’ hub which highlights the following support: Moving on from COVID-19, how to make new business contacts, managing your cash flow and being ready for the unexpected. The Hub contains free downloads. To…

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28/09/2020 in Business Design Centre COVID-19 COVID-19 Safer Stronger

Business Design Centre opens as a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination centre

The Business Design Centre has opened its doors as one of London’s large-scale COVID Vaccination Centres. The venue’s interior space has been transformed to incorporate hundreds of vaccination booths, hand-washing and hand sanitisation stations and post-injection waiting areas, all socially…

09/09/2020 in Business Business Design Centre COVID-19 Events Stronger


9 Sept 2020 – A positive sign for the Angel economy is that the Business Design Centre will be hosting its first conferences and events since lockdown from next month.   The Business Design Centre gets back to its conference…

04/08/2021 in Business COVID-19 COVID-19 Uncategorised

Changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 August

From the 1st August, employers are now required to make a 20% contribution towards the hours their staff do not work if they are part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Employers will continue to pay employer National Insurance Contributions and…

26/08/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

Changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in September and October

25 Aug 2020 – Updates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Changes from 1‌‌‌ ‌September For September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 for the hours an employee is on furlough. Employers will pay…

11/09/2020 in Business COVID-19 Guidance Uncategorised

COVID-19 – New measures from Monday 14 Sept. including mandatory rules for businesses

11 September – On Wednesday 9 September, The Prime Minister announced new measures in England to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. Unless where stated, the new measures will come into force from Monday 14 September.   The new ‘Rule…

23/09/2020 in COVID-19 Safer Uncategorised

COVID-19 – PM’s statement on new restrictions, including mandatory rules for businesses

22 September – The Prime Minister has announced new measures in England to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. Businesses should ensure that they are fully conversant with the new regulations to ensure that they continue to trade legally. From Thursday…

11/08/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

COVID-19: Arts Council Cultural Recovery Fund

11 Aug – Applications for the Cultural Recovery Fund, administered by the Arts Council, are now being accepted. The fund will award grants of between £50,000 and £1 million to cultural organisations that were financially stable before COVID-19, but are now…

01/06/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

COVID-19: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extension and ‘flexible furloughing’

1 June Last Friday, 29 May, the Chancellor announced details of the extension and terms of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for businesses. Tapered furlough support from 1 August From August 2020, the level of government grant provided through…

02/09/2020 in COVID-19 Guidance Uncategorised

COVID-19: Free downloadable posters to encourage hand-washing and social distancing in the workplace

2 Sept 2020 – As more people return to the workplace, it’s useful to ensure practical messaging about controlling the spread of COVID-19 is visible. A number of printable posters are available to aid this – simply click on each of…

12/05/2020 in COVID-19 Safer Uncategorised

COVID-19: Govt. guidance on how to make workplaces safe published as at 11.05.20

Yesterday, Monday 11 May, the government published guidance to help business owners ensure their workplaces are as safe as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic. The eight guides cover different types of workplace and are designed to help employers prepare for…

22/05/2020 in COVID-19 Training Uncategorised

COVID-19: Govt. Webinars to help businesses be COVID-19 Secure

To support businesses in the safe re-opening of their workplace, the Govt is running a series of free webinars starting next week (w/c 25 May) Each webinar will cover a different type of workplace and are designed to help employers…

18/05/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

COVID-19: Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus

18 May 2020 Last Wednesday, 13 May, the Government published guidance in relation to holiday entitlement and pay for employers whose staff have been placed on furlough as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or continue to work. The…

03/08/2020 in Business COVID-19 Stronger Uncategorised

COVID-19: Mayor of London launches ‘Back to Business Fund’

03 Aug – The Mayor’s £1m Back to Business Fund will offer up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform. Pay It Forward London enables businesses to raise vital funds…

26/08/2020 in Business COVID-19 Grants Uncategorised

COVID-19: New grant funding opportunity for London SMEs to access specialist support

26 Aug 2020 – The Government has confirmed plans to provide the London Growth Hub with £1.6m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to launch a new SME Grant Fund. Eligible SMEs will have access to grants between £1,000 –…

17/06/2020 in COVID-19 Uncategorised

COVID-19: New Guidance for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

17 June 2020 – Last Friday the Govt published detailed Guidance for the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for businesses from 1 July. The new online Guidance covers: Changes to the scheme and key dates that you…

02/06/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

COVID-19: Test & Trace – Workplace Guidance as at 02 June

02 June 2020 The Government has published guidance for employers and businesses on the implementation of the NHS Test & Trace service. The document contains details regarding the responsibilities of employers in relation to this measure including the payment of…

17/07/2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19: Update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including the Retention Bonus

16 July 2020 – Earlier in the year the Govt. launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to support employers in retaining their employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. In May the Govt. announced an extension to the scheme until the end…

26/05/2020 in Business COVID-19 Safer Shopping Uncategorised

COVID-19: Updated guidance for shops on working safely during COVID-19.

26 May 2020 Yesterday, Monday 25 May, the Prime Minister announced that the Govt intended to allow ‘non-essential’ shops in England to re-open from Monday 15 June. The re-opening is subject to the Govt’s ‘Road Map’ conditions being met and…

26/05/2021 in Business Council COVID-19 Grants Uncategorised

Cultural and Evening Economy Support Fund

Islington Council has today (25 May) launched a new grant fund for organisations and businesses in the cultural and evening economy sectors.   The new Cultural and Evening Economy Support Fund covers independent venues that offer theatre, cabaret, comedy, dance and live music that have been…

11/06/2020 in Business COVID-19 Stronger Uncategorised

Discretionary Grants Fund – Islington Council announces scheme details

10 June 2020 Islington Council has announced that the application process for businesses wishing to apply for a grant under the ‘Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund’ will open from w/c 15 June. The council has been awarded £2.8 million by…

29/06/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

Enhanced Guidance and Risk Assessments for Hospitality Businesses to become COVID-19 Secure

29 June 2020 – Last week the Prime Minister announced that the Govt intended to allow hospitality businesses in England to re-open from Saturday 4 July. In line with last week’s announcement, the Govt published guidance for hospitality businesses to ensure…

11/05/2021 in Business Cleaner Council COVID-19 COVID-19 Recycling

Ensure your business is COVID-19 Secure

It is vital for businesses to ensure that they are COVID-19 Secure and adhering to the rules around NHS Test & Trace, service procedures and social distancing etc.  Hospitality venues check-in Since 29 March, every visitor to a hospitality venue is required to check-in…

09/04/2021 in Business Cleaner Council COVID-19 Guidance

Free ‘Welcome Back’ Pack from Islington Council

Islington Council is offering all customer facing businesses a free ‘Welcome Back’ pack. The Welcome Back pack includes social distancing posters for display in your window, bright floor stickers to help you manage queuing and one way systems and additional guidance and advice that will…

06/04/2021 in Business COVID-19 Grants Stronger

Islington Council confirms ‘Restart Grant’ payment procedures

Islington Council has confirmed its procedures for making ‘Restart Grant‘ payments to eligible businesses.   If you applied and were eligible for the previous Local Restrictions Support Grant you will automatically receive a Restart Grant and you should receive this payment by…

24/06/2020 in COVID-19 Guidance Safer Uncategorised

New Govt Guidance for businesses to become ‘COVID-19 Secure’

Yesterday, Tuesday 23 June, the Prime Minister announced that certain businesses can re-open to the public from Saturday 4 July. Details of which business types can, and cannot, open from 4 July is available HERE Official Guidance for businesses to ensure…

06/04/2021 in Business COVID-19 Food & Drink Guidance Safer

New test & trace rules for hospitality and close contact businesses when re-opening

The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed – everyone will need to check-in, not just the ‘lead’ party member. From 12 April, it will be mandatory for hospitality and close contact businesses…

21/09/2020 in Business COVID-19 Uncategorised

NHS Test and Trace App – QR Code Poster creation tool and guidance

21 Sept 2020 – The NHS COVID-19 ‘Test and Trace’ App will launch nationally this Thursday, 24 September. Hospitality businesses (inc. hair and beauty salons, pubs, restaurants and cinemas) can now create a unique QR Code and create posters to display…

20/03/2020 in Angel Police Team Business COVID-19 COVID-19 Safer Stronger Uncategorised

Operational update for businesses 20.03.20

  SAFER The Angel Town Centre Police Team will continue to patrol the town centre as normal until further notice, supporting businesses as required. If you, or your employees, require assistance relating to non-emergency business crime, you can contact the…

31/07/2020 in COVID-19 Safer Uncategorised

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus – workplace action cards

30 July 2020 – Whilst we all hope that any business in the Angel doesn’t experience an outbreak linked to their organisation, it is vital for owners or managers to know how to report one should this happen. Public Health…

17/03/2020 in Business COVID-19 COVID-19 Uncategorised

SAFER: Coronavirus: Updated information for businesses as at 16.03.20

The ongoing situation relating to COVID-19 is having a major impact on businesses of all sizes and types and the situation is changing daily. As a business-led organisation, we will do all we can to support businesses within the Angel…

12/03/2020 in COVID-19 COVID-19 Uncategorised

SAFER: Novel coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest guidance for businesses as at 12.03.20

The Government and Public Health England has produced specific guidance for employers and businesses in response to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 – the latest information can be accessed HERE   If you are circulating information to your employees, it is important…

18/03/2020 in COVID-19 Uncategorised

SAFER: Updated support for businesses as at 18.03.20

  Yesterday (17 March 2020) the Chancellor announced further support for businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of the support packages can be found here: A summary of the expanded support package includes: a statutory sick pay…

19/07/2021 in COVID-19 COVID-19 Guidance Uncategorised

Step 4 Roadmap – 19 July 2021

England moved to Step 4 on the Recovery Roadmap from Monday 19 July. In line with the Step, the Government has published updated Guidance for different business types to ensure that they are COVID-19 Secure. To see the latest Guidance for each…

21/05/2021 in Business COVID-19 COVID-19 Guidance Safer Stronger Uncategorised

Supporting employers to encourage staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine

  The take up of the COVID-19 vaccine has thankfully been very high, with the Angel’s Business Design Centre welcoming thousands through its door to receive the vaccination. However, there is still reticence among some members of the population to receive the vaccination, and this could cause some…

19/08/2021 in Business COVID-19 Tfl Transport Uncategorised

Travel safety information for businesses from TfL

As the economy opens up and businesses are welcoming their staff back to the workplace, TfL has produced updated information for businesses to pass onto their employees to show how the public transport network in the capital is COVID safe….

04/08/2020 in Business COVID-19 Food & Drink Stronger Uncategorised

Updated ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ venues in the Angel

4 Aug – The ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Scheme launched yesterday and even more dining venues across the Angel are participating. The list of venues now includes The York public house offering great pub grub and Katsute 100 serving…

20/07/2020 in COVID-19 Guidance Safer Shopping Uncategorised

Wearing a face covering in shops becomes mandatory from 24 July

17 July 2020 – Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering in shops will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport and just as with public transport,…