Many of the business support organisations in Northern Ireland, as well as government departments, are prepared to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 outbreak.
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
3 in 5 businesses have reported a significant fall in income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with most businesses claiming they will run out of money in the next 6 months. This is according to the latest COVID-19 survey conducted by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and business advisors BDO.
The survey, which was carried out during the period 22-24 April 2020, was a follow-up to the first COVID-19 impact survey published by NI Chamber & BDO earlier this month.
The NI Chamber of Commerce have launched a COVID-19 Information Hub which gives key business information from the Chamber including FAQ's, Guidance and Advice and the Chambers response.
InvestNI has an online resource for our customers and Northern Ireland businesses affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Invest NI are providing support and guidance for businesses. They are actively working with stakeholders to develop business continuity programmes for all businesses across Northern Ireland
Alongside their NI Business Info website they also have a dedicated helpline for businesses: 0800 181 4422
Tourism NI has set up a dedicated telephone line service and online enquiry facility for the tourism industry.
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 is there to help the Tourism sector during this time. They are continuing to provide regular updates and support.
Tourism NI have put together a specific programme of support for Tourism Businesses. A variety of webinars are available for businesses on topics including, cash flow, business resilience and leadership and working capital management.
Health and Safety Executive NI
The Heath and Safety Executive have released COVID-19 Safety Measures Advice for Businesses. This information can be viewed here.
If you employ people, you should review your risk assessments based on the most up to date information provided by the Public Health Authority. HSENI have released an example risk assessment which shows the kind of approach HSENI expects a small business or workplace to take when carrying out a risk assessment for COVID-19 in the workplace.
Labour Relations Agency
The Labour Relations Agency has a wide range of information available for employers and employees on how to handle the Coronavirus outbreak.
The LRA have put together practical information for employers and employees on the Job Retention Scheme
The Workplace Information Service provides information to employers and employees about employment matters.
Telephone 03300 555 300
British Safety Council
The British Safety Council are offering free training to employers to help them make the change to a remote workforce. The courses include:
Hospitality Ulster are providing up to date support and guidance for the Hospitality Industry. They have launched a hotline for members affected by COVID-19.
This hotline which can be accessed for free by calling 07736284764 will provide members affected by COVID-19 with all the necessary legal guidance as they face many difficult challenges now and in the coming period.
Federation of Small Businesses
FSB have put together various information and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.
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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.