COVID-19 Advice & Updates

Updated  5th January 2021

Coronavirus Advice for Businesses – Downloads & Links

Telephone the Business Support Helpline: 0300 456 3565

The Ilkley BID team has been very committed in helping the businesses and the local community during the lock down. There are plenty of Business Support Schemes out there to help you through these unprecedented times.

These are the links to the most up to date information regarding these schemes so that you can review them and see if you are eligible and understand what the next steps are.  All links can be found here:

New National Restrictions from 5 January

Click here for information on the NATIONAL LOCKDOWN – you must stay at home.


Coronavirus financial support for your business

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.


Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government has issued a step by step guide explaining the information employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
It also describes the processes involved.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - step by step guide for employers

The government has issued a step by step guide explaining the information employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
It also describes the processes involved.


The Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed businesses

This first scheme is for businesses with their own business rates accounts that have been mandated by the Government to close. Businesses are asked to complete the application form on the Bradford Council website.

Business Support Links


City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC)

 COVID 19 support for businesses, including Business rates relief, exemptions and grants, Advice for businesses and Coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business etc. You can also sign up for email updates about Coronavirus support for businesses if you are keen to get up to date information as and when it is released.


The Federation of Small Businesses

Gives advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed. This includes free webinars with information on employment concerns, such as; furloughing, payroll issues, workplace pensions and working remotely.

COVID-19: HMG's COVID-19 recovery strategy

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.

BRC-Recommended implementation practices for Non-Food Retail Stores

A guide for retailers on how to implement Government advice.


West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Has different updates and support available on the website, including business impact trackers and announcements on the government funds available

Business Support

Support for businesses can be found on the government website.


  • Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for.
  • Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
  • Find out how to apply for a grant if you’re self-employed.

These links are frequently updated. Ensure you keep checking them as guidelines may have changed. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services:

Hair Salons & Close Contact Services:

Updated guidance for all workplace settings can be found here:

Domiciliary Care:
Hotels and guest accommodation:
The Visitor Economy:
Education, childcare and children’s social care:

Fire safety reminder for business preparing to reopen

To refresh people’s minds about fire safety regulation.


HSE Managing risks and risk assessments at work

How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment.

How to wear and make a cloth face covering

Guidance on making and wearing face coverings.

Create a QR code for your business

You’ll receive your QR code poster by email soon after you have submitted your information.


Customer Logging Toolkit

Useful for businesses or organisations who need to collect customer, staff and visitor details for Track and Trace.


A4 Ilkley Welcomes you to shop safely poster

Maximum Capacity.
To be displayed in your window.

COVID-19: disposing of waste

How to dispose of your personal or business waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

Cleaning your workplace safely.

Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Updated social distancing guidelines.

HMRC Employer Bulletin

October 2020 – the latest Covid-19 updates to help you continue to meet your payroll obligations to HMRC.

Watch Webinars

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are hosting FREE Webinars from 27th May to help and guide businesses before they re-open.

For small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax

These HMRC videos provide an overview of the support available to help businesses, self-employed individuals and employers and their employees deal with the economic impact of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus).