Business owners

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) now affecting many areas of our services to the residents and businesses of Amber Valley, we are keen to keep you right up-to-date with the changes we are being forced to make. Read more about your council services.

The following information will assist you in getting ready to reopen your business after being closed due to the COVID restrictions, and provides useful links to guidance to help work safety.

Please be aware that information and guidance from gov.uk is changing and being updated frequently so do check for changes regularly. We also have further guidance, including grant information, available on our business advice page at www.ambervalley.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-advice-for-businesses.

Questions and answers on working during the outbreak can be viewed at www.hse.gov.uk.

We are encouraging businesses to register their details so we can bring all relevant coronavirus content to one place to provide dedicated support and share specific information. Register your details for support.

Use the drop down menu below to find useful guidance and links.

Health and safety law requires employers, to do ‘what is reasonably practicable’ to protect their staff and members of the public, and COVID – 19 is a new hazard in the workplace that needs controlling.

To fulfil this duty in addressing the risk from COVID-19 all companies must review their risk assessments and put in place measures to ensure the guidance available from the GOV website is implemented. Please read full guidance at www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19.

Companies need to take into account measures in their risk assessment, to follow general advice regarding distancing and ensure that it is observed between employees both at their workstations and in other areas of their premises. Full guidance can be read at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people.

Government provides further halt to business evictions and more support for high street firms new code provides support to shops and local firms planning their future recovery with their landlord.

  • The UK government will extend measures to prevent high street businesses facing eviction over summer
  • New code provides support to shops and local firms planning their future recovery with their landlord
  • Industry leaders back code and welcome measures to support affected businesses

The UK government has extended measures to prevent struggling companies from eviction over the summer.

The extension, until the end of September, comes alongside further support to help local businesses plan for economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. 

A new code of practice has been developed with leaders from the retail, hospitality and property sectors to provide clarity for businesses when discussing rental payments and to encourage best practice so that all parties are supported.

For further information visit the government website at www.gov.uk.

To help you prepare for reopening, we have produced a handy checklist.

Information about the grants and financial help available to local businesses as a result of Covid-19 local and national restrictions can be found at www.ambervalley.gov.uk/business/covid-19-business-grants.

Guidance on which premises are permitted to remain open and those that must close can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance.

The government has produced guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the Coronavirus pandemic, eight guides have been produced to cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles, therefore, you may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen. Further information can be found on the government website at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government rules. Check if your business or venue can open.

Before your business opens, you should check these five steps issued by government to working safely (you can read further details on each step at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely): 

Make sure you read all the guides relevant to your workplace, each guide has specific actions for businesses to take based on these steps. 

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
  3. Help people to work from home
  4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible
  5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

We have also produced an advice letter for businesses reopening.

The eight guides include: (There is different guidance for educational and childcare settings and public transport operators.)

Guidance for restaurants and cafes keeping customer information for test and trace can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 570222 or email enquiry@ambervalley.gov.uk