COVID-19 – Business & Employers

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The Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership has used their knowledge and expertise to bring together resources from trusted organisations to help guide you through the main considerations for restarting your business safely. This Covid-19 Toolkit provides useful documents such as a risk assessment template and action plan, business checklists and useful guides to help you. Click on the image to open the Tool Kit

In addition to the considerations suggested in this Toolkit, please ensure you also keep up to date with current Government guidelines relevant to the control of COVID-19. For your convenience links to these latest guidelines are also included on this page. If you have any additional information that you feel would benefit local businesses at this time please e-mail us as

Business owners may also be interested in signing up to the North Devon Council local business e-bulletin for all the very latest local updates – Click Here

The very latest business support information can be found on the website. This covers in depth all financial aspects, support, self employment and sole traders, employer responsibilities, how to run a business safely and which businesses can or can not open. Please click on the Business Support image below to find out more.

Working Safely during the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Health and Safety Executive have produced guidance to help you work safely (be COVID-secure) and manage the risk associated with running your business at this time.

It includes practical measures you can take, for example putting in place social distancing measures, staggering shifts, providing additional handwashing facilities and how to talk with workers to help them stay safe.

Full details can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website – Here

A short guide to working safely during the outbreak and how to talk with your workers about working safely can be found by clicking on the respective images below.

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently hosted a series of free one hour webinars to help businesses make their workplace COVID-secure ahead of June 15.

These can now be viewed on You Tube

Working safely in factories, plants and warehouses

Working safely in shops and branches

Working safely in vehicles

Working safely in labs and research facilities

Working safely in offices and contact centres

Working safely in construction and other outdoor work

Working safely in other peoples’ homes

Covid-19 | Tourism in Ilfracombe & District

The IDTA (Ilfracombe and District Tourism Association) is a volunteer run body that has nearly 90 members mainly from the leisure and tourism sectors of our economy. Right now as lockdown measures are easing, we have put together this short survey for business within the town and around. The purpose is two-fold. 1. To assess which businesses are thinking, planning or have re-opened/been open; and 2. To get a sense of outlook for trade.
Your response and survey results will help the IDTA and especially our TIC (Tourist Information Centre) plan to support members and the towns economy. Your responses are anonymous unless you wish to stay in touch.
The survey can be accessed by clicking the image

The Barnstaple Chamber of Commerce website is also a useful source or relevant and updated information and can be accessed here