COVID-19 Live

Updates for community businesses

This is Plunkett’s regularly updated page for advice and guidance for all community businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Executive’s Update
Community Businesses

News and support from Plunkett

From Plunkett
Pubs

Advice and support for community businesses

Advice & Support
Community Businesses

The latest guidance from the government

Government Guidance
Shops

Watch the latest videos from Plunkett and others

Videos

Guidance for Devolved Nations

Guidance
From Plunkett

Watch Plunkett’s recent webinars

NEW From PLUNKETT: Watch recordings of recent webinars which have covered a variety of topics relating to how community businesses can deal with Covid-19.

Recent webinars

Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme

From PLUNKETT: Award winning East Anglian housebuilder Hopkins Homes has teamed up with Plunkett to support community businesses across the region as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic with advice and guidance on a range of issues.

Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme

More Than A Pub support scheme

From PLUNKETT: Small grants – To help trading community pubs in England to adjust their activities, to provide redesigned services and community support in response to the Covid-19 restrictions, small grants of up to £2,000 have been made available.

More Than A Pub Small Grants

New support scheme

From PLUNKETT: C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme from Power to Change to provide help to community businesses facing a loss of trading income due to Coronavirus.

Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme

New programme of support

From PLUNKETT: Thanks to the Co-op, Plunkett has launched a dedicated programme of support to help rural community busniesses across the UK as they deal with the challenge of Covid-19.

New Programme of Support

Plunkett Foundation: Save our social enterprises

From PLUNKETT: Plunkett has joined other organisations in signing an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for action to protect Britain’s social enterprise sector.

Save Our Social Enterprises

Plunkett’s joins calls for rural needs to be understood

From PLUNKETT: Plunkett has joined other organisations in calling for the government to take account of rural needs as it implements measures to control the spread of the coronavius.

Plunkett News

Plunkett’s Community Business Support update

From PLUNKETT: Plunkett’s advisers are here for you – ready to listen to, learn from and respond to the needs of community business.

Community Business Update

My Community

From PLUNKETT: A new website has been launched bringing Plunkett and 11 other leading community organisations that champion and support community action together in one place and to make it easier for community groups and organisations to find what they need.

More About My Community

Closure of Pubs and Cafes

From PLUNKETT: A message from James Alcock, our Chief Executive, following the Prime Minister’s announcement that pubs, cafes and restaurants are to close as of 21 March 2020

Plunkett’s Message

Responding to concerns of supplies to rural shops

From PLUNKETT: Our chief executive James Alcock responds to concerns over supplies to rural community shops.

Blog from James Alcock
Advice and Support

Pubs operational advice and risk assessment

From the BII, BBPA and UK Hospitality:The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and
UK Hospitality have developed guidelines to assist pubs in risk assessing their businesses.

Pubs operational advice and risk assessment

Coronavirus and mutual societies annual return submissions

From the Financial Conduct Athority: Here you can find all the forms you need to submit applications under the mutuals legislation. The FCA is continuing to review its processes in light of the current coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus and mutual societies annual return submissions

Defra Food Charities Grant Fund

From the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs:If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

Apply for the Food Charities Grant Fund

National Lottery Awards for All England

From the National Lottery Community Fund: This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme is looking to award funding of £300 – £10,000 to cover six months of expenditure.

National Lottery Awards for All England

WRAP Emergency Surplus Food Grant

From WRAP: The aim of this grant is to provide vital financial support to small not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme

The Princes Countryside Fund

From The Prince’s Countryside Fund: £100,000 of emergency funding for farming and rural community support groups has been announced.

Prince’s Countryside Fund

Good Finance Resource

From Good Finance: COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises. This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.

Good Finance Guidance

ACS Resource Centre

From ACS: This page contains resources for retailers with regard to the developing situation on COVID-19.

Resource Centre

Advice for pubs

From CAMRA: This page aims to provide helpful resources for the publicans, brewers and cider makers while highlighting ways the public can help protect venues from closure.

Pulling Together Campaign

Coronavirus: support materials

From CIPD: Download practical materials from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development including template policies, letters and a checklist, to assist their response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Support materials

A guide to staying connected

From Local Trust: Information on Covid-19 for Big Local partnerships, workers and Locally Trusted Organisations.

Guidance from Local Trust

Locality’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support

From Locality: Information and advice to support Locality Members and community organisations during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Locality Advice

Business support guide

Advice from Co-operatives UK: A quick guide to government support – including grants and tax breaks – focused on helping small businesses cope with COVID‑19 disruption.

Government support

Full Facts

Facts on Coronavirus: A guide from the UK’s independent fact checking charity.

Full Facts

Beer and Pub Briefing

From the Beer & Pub Association: Here you will find all of the BBPA’s briefing on COVID-19 and how to access Government support.

BBPA’s briefing

ACS Advice Page

From ACS: This page contains resources for retailers with regard to the developing situation on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

ACS Guidance

HR advice

Advice from Co-operatives UK: Social distancing and school closures are just two of the COVID‑19 impacts on absenteeism from work.

HR advice

Home Deliveries

From ACS: This new guidance details what retailers should consider when starting a home delivery service.

Home deliveries

NCVO Guidance Page

From NCVO: This information is intended to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus.

NCVO Guidance

Governance advice

Advice from Co-operatives UK: Advice on holding annual general meetings (AGMs) has been updated after liaising with the Financial Conduct Authority.

Governance advice
Government Support and Guidance

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

NEW From HM Revenue & Customs: Find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19

Advice from the Government: COVID-19 secure guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.

Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in pubs

Update on Coronavirus furlough scheme 

Update from HM Treasury: Under the UK’s Job Retention Scheme Employers emploers can start to bring furloughed workers back part-time from July. The furlough scheme will remain available and will continue to pay 80% of salary on any hours that the employee cannot work.

Job Retention Scheme

Bounce Back Loan

From the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus to access loans of up to £50,000.

Bounce Back Loan

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

From HM Revenue & Customs: Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

From BEIS: The Chancellor has set out a package of measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Guidance for employees, employers & businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

From the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: The Chancellor has set out a package of measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Guidance for employees, employers & businesses

Coronavirus – Business support launch

From HM Treasury: Businesses will be able to access government support from Monday 23 March to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus.

Business Support
Guidance for Devolved Nations

Welsh Government Updates

From the Welsh Government: The latest updates and advice for Wales.

Welsh Government Updates

Wales Co-operative Centre Covid-19 updates

Wales Co-operative Centre: This page contains updated resources for co-operatives in Wales.

Guidance from Co-operatives Wales

Business Wales guide

From Business Wales: A guide to the measures available to support businesses and workers across Wales.

Business Wales Guide

Scottish Government Updates

From the Scottish Government: The latest updates and advice for Scotland.

Scottish Government Updates

Third Sector Resilience Fund

From the SCVO: The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

Third Sector Resilience Fund

Information Hub for Scotland

From SCVO:This information hub will be regularly updated with official information for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in Scotland.

Third Sector Information Hub

Northern Ireland Executive Updates

From the NI Executive: The latest updates and advice for Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Executive Updates
News articles

Irish Times: Pop up shops

From The Irish Times: The experience of a restaurant which has opened a pop up shop to help residents during the pandemic.

Irish Times Article

Cooperative & Community Finance: A Tale of Two Pubs

From Cooperative & Community Finance: A feature on the Cornwood Inn near Ivybridge and The Hive in Winsford (formerly called De Bees) in Cheshire.

Cooperative & Community Finance
Videos

More Than A Pub

From The Abingdon Arms, Oxfordshire: Plunkett is sharing advice and experience from community pubs. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

The Abingdon Arms

More Than A Pub

From The Lamarsh Lion, Essex/Suffolk boarder: Plunkett is sharing advice and experience from community pubs. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

The Lamarsh Lion

More Than A Pub

From The Craufurd Arms, Maidenhead: Plunkett is sharing advice and experience from community pubs. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

The Craufurd Arms

NHS: Coronavirus stay at home advice

He’s here to share information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, when you will need to stay at home and importantly, how long for.

NHS Guidance

More Than A Pub

From The Bevy, Brighton: Plunkett is sharing advice and experience from community pubs. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

The Bevy

More Than A Pub

From The Kings Arms Inn, Stockland: Plunkett is sharing advice and experience from community pubs. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

The Kings Arms

Chief Executive Update

Update: James Alcock with an update on the world of community business during the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

Watch on YouTube

More Than A Pub

From The Crown, Hesket Newmarket: Plunkett is sharing advice and experience from community pubs. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

The Old Crown

More Than A Pub

From The George & Dragon, Hudswell, North Yorkshire: Plunkett is sharing advice and experience from community pubs. If you have an experience to share get in touch by emailing communications@plunkett.co.uk

The George & Dragon

Webinar on COVID-19 and support for co-ops

Co-ops UK: Advice from representatives from Co-ops UK’s Advice, Policy and Membership teams. They also answered questions from co-operatives experiencing issues as a result of COVID-19.

Webinar on COVID-19
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