COVID-19 Advice & Updates

Updated  27th July 2020

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:

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen if they are COVID-19 Secure. You can read the new guidance here:

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:

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

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million. There are over 50 lenders participating in the scheme including all the main retail banks. You should approach a suitable lender yourself via the lender’s website.


Business Top up Grant

For small businesses who are concerned about ongoing costs the government has announced a top up to its grants scheme targeted at businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.


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.

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.

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.

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) / Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

This guidance sets out details and eligibility criteria for: the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). It informs businesses about the operation and delivery of the 2 funding schemes. The schemes will be delivered by Local Authorities – if you are eligible, your Local Authority will be in touch with you to arrange payment.


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.


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.

BRC-Recommended implementation practices for Non-Food Retail Stores

A guide for retailers on how to implement Government advice.


Department of Health and Social Care

Updated data on Covid-19 every day at 2pm until further notice.


Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000 and with no interest to pay for the first 12 months. (You cannot apply if you are already claiming under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme).

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

The Future Fund

This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. This may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access CBILS.


HMRC Employer Bulletin

June 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).