Support and advice

Getting back to work safely

You can find information and advice for employers and employees by visiting Health and safety at work.

All businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance. Whilst the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, a gradual return over the summer is recommended.

Helpful resources for employers and employees

  • Coronavirus business support
  • the BEST Growth Hub signpost businesses to more financial support
  • the Federation of Small Businesses give advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed
  • South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) offers advice, training and grants for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in the South East.
  • Backing Essex Business is fully-funded by Essex County Council and delivered by Let’s Do Business Group, Backing Essex Business can provide SMEs with up to 12 hours of fully-funded advice and guidance.
  • Essex Trading Standards is part of Essex County Council and responsible for making sure businesses and consumers understand their legal rights and responsibilities in relation to legislation that falls within its remit
  • Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) helps businesses become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions
  • The KEEP+ programme provides businesses with flexible opportunities for innovation with a focus on the development of new products and services
  • Transport and Logistical Efficiencies programme (TALE) run by the Haven Gateway partnership supports SMEs in the Logistics sector to better understand and analyse their data to increase their efficiency. It also helps them understand cyber security and the implications on their data. Specialist expertise is provided by the University of Essex and University of Kent.
  • The Manufacturing Growth Programme provides free advice and support funding to SMEs in the manufacturing sector. A team of Business Navigators meet you at your business premises to discuss your needs and identify ways to help your business to succeed and grow. Get advice on grants, loans and up-to-date latest business support opportunities in your area, as well as news and events.

Business helplines

You can call the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice on 0300 456 3565. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

HMRC operates a helpline for businesses on 0800 0159 559.

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