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Sector Specific Guidance

Sector Specific guidance is available for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing


The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has specific guidance for businesses in the Agriculture, Farming and Fishing Industries. 


Ulster Farmer's Union

The Ulster Farmers Union is a voluntary organisation representing farmers and growers in Northern Ireland.

Contact Details:

02890 370 222


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Rural Response Emergency Funding Grant

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:

  • are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
  • are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or;
  • are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

Find out more


Construction Employers Federation

The Construction Employers Federation is constantly updating with information relevant to the construction industry. 

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Construction Industry Training Board

The Construction Industry Training Board NI has a role to encourage the adequate training of those employed or intending to be employed in the construction industry and to improve the skills and productivity of the industry in Northern Ireland. The CITB have announced health and wellbeing support for the NI Construction Industry.

Contact Details:

028 9082 5466


Health and Wellbeing Support

CITB NI, the Industry Training Board for the construction industry, has announced a partnership with mental health and wellbeing charity Inspire. The partnership will provide a range of support services for registered employers and staff throughout the Covid-19 crisis. These include a confidential telephone support helpline and a range of mental health and support webinars.

A free, confidential telephone service staffed by the Inspire specially trained support team is fully independent and available 24/7. The team can provide, if required, access to a network of accredited and highly experienced counsellors. The contact number is 0808 189 5052 or e-mail

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Letter from the Secretary of State

A letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the UK's construction sector.

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Digital and Creative

Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen have a range of information for the screen industry on how COVID-19 may affect them. 

Contact Details:

028 9023 2444

Go to NI Screen

Arts Council NI

Arts Council NI is an agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland.

Contact Details:

028 9262 3555

Go to Arts Council NI

Craft NI

Craft NI is the champion for Craft in Northern Ireland. 

Contact Details:

028 9032 9342

Go to Craft NI

Arts and Business NI

Arts and Business NI advocate the power and creativity of the arts and engage in business development and advocacy in order to grow the corporate marketplace for partnerships with the cultural sector.

Go to Arts and Business NI


Advice for Catering Businesses

Ards and North Down Borough Council Environmental Health Team has put together information for catering businesses who may have started a delivery service during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Hospitality Ulster

Hospitality Ulster is a trade association for Hospitality in Northern Ireland. 

Contact Details:

(028) 9032 7578

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Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

NIFDA is a voluntary organisation committed to helping Northern Ireland food and drink companies compete successfully and to representing and promoting their interests.

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Sport NI: Hardship Fund

Sport NI released a sports hardship fund to help organisations and clubs. Sport NI recognise the huge contribution that your club, and so many other sport clubs and organisations, are making on a daily basis to provide community resilience through the current emergency and the unique challenges that the current essential public health restrictions present to you in maintaining your club and facilities.

NOTE: Sport Northern Ireland has suspended new applications to the Sports Hardship Fund pending confirmation of additional funding

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Manufacturing NI

Manufacturing NI is a campaigning organisation for the manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland.

Contact Details:

They also have a COVID-19 Information Hub.

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Coronavirus: Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for businesses who can support the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of their response to COVID-19.

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Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

The letter thanks all those who are working in manufacturing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Read the letter


Retail NI

Retail NI provides support for the Retail Industry in Northern Ireland. 

Contact: 028 9022 0004 or 

Go to Retail NI 

Northern Ireland Retail Consortium

The NI Retail Consortium is the trade association for retail in Northern Ireland providing information and advice for retail businesses

Go to NI Retail Consortium

The team at has been working around the clock to develop the first end-to-end COVID-19 support programme for independent high street businesses. You will develop and implement a personalised plan to weather the Coronavirus storm while setting you up for success on the high street, now and for the future.

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Tourism NI

Tourism NI has set up a COVID 19 Business Support Helpline. A dedicated telephone line service and online enquiry facility for the tourism industry. Please get in touch with any queries that you have, and Tourism NI will work to get you the answers you need.

Please call 028 9592 5313, lines open Monday to Sunday 9-5.  Outside of these hours please submit an online query via the Tourism NI website contact us form.

Tourism NI are providing regular updates and the latest advice for tourism businesses.

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Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance

The Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance are updating regularly with information relevant to the Tourism industry in Northern Ireland. 

Go to NI Tourism Alliance 

NI Hotels Federation

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation is the representative body for hotels, guesthouses and other accommodation providers in Northern Ireland.

Contact Details:

028 9077 6635

Go to NI Hotels Federation

Transport and Storage

Freight Transport Association

The Freight Transport Association supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics. 

Go to Coronavirus Advice Hub

Department for Infrastructure

The Department is regularly releasing updated information relating to Infrastructure.

Contact Details:

028 9054 0540

Go to Department Infrastructure

Science and Technology

Matrix NI

Matrix is the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel. An industry led panel advising government and informing academia and industry on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology.

Contact Details:

028 9052 9628

Go to Matrix: Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Business Advice and Support

The AND business team is here to support you.

For further information or if you need help and advice, please get in touch via email or telephone 028 9147 3788