COVID-19 - Information and Resources

Page last updated 30th April 2020

Given the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves, here at BIC we thought it would be helpful to share links to a selection of useful resources with you. Hopefully you will find these helpful and informative. If you have any suggestions for others, please do get in touch. 

 

Contents:

 

Health – including mental health and well being
Please see below for links to up-to-date health guidance and information: 

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Click here for the CDCP website. 

Mind
Advice for coping in these strange, and for many unsettling, times from mental health charity, Mind, can be found here.

NHS
Support and advice from our heroic NHS can be found here.

World Health Organisation (WHO)
Guidelines and information can be found here.
WHO mental health guidance can be found here

 

HM Government guidelines and information regarding employment, school closures, businesses, travel, etc. 
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Business Support
General support, here
For employers, employees and businesses, click here.

HM Government webinars & YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8EcnheDt1zhTsyhT9ak3xiXnmlvbHJJV

 

Risk managment and business continuity
The BSI have collated a set of standards (covering continuity and resilience, risk management, community resilience, and emergency management) in response to the crisis and are also hosting a set of free webinars in partnership with the Emergency Planning College (EPC), part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat to assist and advise during this time.  Click here for more information. 

 

Small businesses
Click here for useful resources from the Federation of Small Businesses (including a free webinar and latest news).

 

Coronavirus job retention scheme and wage rebates, aka “furloughing”
This Government scheme allows eligible PAYE-enabled businesses to get a grant paying 80% of the wages of ‘furloughed’ workers, (capped at £2,500 a month per worker). Until confirmed, and full details of the scheme are announced, there is still uncertainty about exactly how this will work, who will qualify and so on. In the meantime, you can access a summary of the scheme and learn how to apply in due course here.

 

Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)
This Bank of England facility to buy short-term debt from qualifying organisations, has been set up to help UK incorporated companies, including those with foreign-incorporated parents and with a genuine business in the UK; companies with significant employment in the UK; firms with their headquarters in the UK. All companies must demonstrate that they were in good financial health prior to the crisis. More information including qualifying criteria can be found here.  

 

HMRC and Tax
Tax help and support information can be found from HMRC, here.

 

Supporting booksellers
The Booksellers Association has recently written to publishers and suppliers suggesting ways to support bookshops – read the open letter, here

We know your nearest independent bookseller would value your support at this difficult time. You might like to think about calling them to request a book (or two!) be delivered to you at home. Have a look for your nearest store by using the BA’s Find Your Local Bookshop facility. 

 

Free resources from our members
Please click here for links to free resources from BIC member organisations.

 

Communications 
Please find (below) links of organisations that are currently offering free video/conference calling facilities: 

Google Hangouts 
Google are giving free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all current G Suite and G Suite for Education until 1st July 2020. Find out more here: stay connected

GoToMeetings (GTM)
GTM are offering a free 14 days trial – more info here.

Zoom
Video calls are free for up to 40 minutes – more info here.

 

After hours
Once the working day is done, and if you have any spare time, here’s a list of some boredom busters, including virtual tours of galleries, museums, etc., music and so on:

  • Free access to 500 museums and art galleries, here.
  • Access to free videos from the British Museum, here.
  • 30 days of free subscription to Marquee TV gives you access to ballet, opera, dance, documentaries and theatre, here

 

Keeping in touch

Do please get in touch if you have any other suggestions for useful links for any of the above categories, or even categories we’ve not yet thought of. New boredom busters always welcome too! 

If you are a BIC member and have any free resources that you would like us to share on this page, please get in touch with your usual contact or via info@bic.org.uk

BIC staff are now working from home, keeping normal office hours and keeping to BAU as much as possible under unusual circumstances and what has now become the “new normal” for the foreseeable. We can be found on the regular office numbers still: 0207 255 0516/3, and of course there are the usual social media places: twitter (@BIC1UK), Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube

Now more than ever it is important that we stay connected – so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need us. 

Stay well.