NHS Test and Trace in the workplace: for employees

Yesterday, we published a blog post on how NHS Test and Trace affects employers. This blog post will talk about NHS Track and Trace from the point of employees and what they should do if they test positive, as well as the support that is available. What should you do? To limit household mixing, you should continue to work from home if you can. If it is not possible, then you are able to travel...
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NHS Test and Trace in the workplace: for employers

After a rough year of lockdowns, restrictions are finally starting to be lifted. This means that more people will be making the return to work. To ensure that we all remain safe, NHS Test and Trace (which we are probably used to by now!) will remain in use, even in the workplace. This blog post will talk you through how this will affect employers specifically. Precautions that can be taken before...
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What to expect when shops reopen on April 12th 2021

Following another easing of the UK lockdown rules, many high street and department stores are set to reopen their doors on Monday 12th April. Our shopping sprees are set to look a little different in the Covid-era, however, and it's likely you may have some questions about what shopping on the high street will look like next week. Every shopping question answered before you hit the high street......
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Rapid testing available to everyone in England from 9th April

The government has announced that from the 9th of April, everyone in England can access free and regular COVID 19 tests twice a week. As society begins to reopen and people return to work, it is important that we get tested to help stop the spread of the virus. What is happening and why is testing important? Currently, rapid testing has only been available to those most in need – frontline...
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‘Recovery Loan Scheme’ launches today!

The government’s new ‘Recovery Loan Scheme’ to support businesses launches today (6th April). This is a new scheme that ensures that businesses can continue to access any loans and types of finance after existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. Businesses of any size can use the scheme. Finance of up to £10 million per business Can be used for any legitimate business purpose, including growth...
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New ‘Coronavirus Restart Grant’ announced

As we start to have some restrictions lifted and with businesses starting to reopen, things are finally starting to look up! The government has announced the 'Coronavirus Restart Grant' to help support businesses through these times so that they can grow and recover from the effects of the pandemic. This blog post will give you an overview of these new measures. What is it? This scheme supports...
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Budget 2021: what it means for your business

On Wednesday 3rd March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his new annual budget. This blog post will summarise the key points and new changes to schemes in relation to businesses. Recovery Loan Scheme This is a new scheme that ensures that businesses can continue to access any loans and types of finance after existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. Businesses of any size can use the scheme. Finance...
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The route out of Lockdown: reopening of businesses and venues

Like all of us here at O’Brien Media, you have probably been following all the news regarding the latest lockdown. On Wednesday 24th February, the government published their official guidance detailing the steps in which the UK will progress from this lockdown. This blog post will summarise each of the steps and the key points that each involves in regard to the reopening of businesses and...
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Greater flexibility announced for Bounce Back Loan repayments

On the 8th February, the government announced that businesses that have taken out the government=backed Bounce Back Loans to help deal with the COVID-19 impact, now have greater flexibility in terms of repayment. What has the chancellor announced? The key aspect of the Chancellor’s announcement is that loan borrowers will be able to delay all repayments for a further six months. There is also...
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Doing business is harder than ever. Square have made things a little easier.

As you guide your business through the lockdown, you can ease the effects while continuing to reach customers with the proper tools, including payment services by Square. Pause your Square subscriptions. Square know that your spending decisions are more important than ever. Pause any Square subscription you have for up to three months. Learn more here. New online payment rates. Online payment...
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