Information for City Centre businesses at this difficult time
Lincoln BIG is working alongside organisations in the city to provide support and information to enable businesses to continue to operate despite Covid-19. In partnership with the City of Lincoln, Visit Lincoln we have developed a Recovery Plan for the City Centre, and a copy of this can be found in the Downloads section on this page.
We regularly communicate with our members through the use of an e-newsletter, which we encourage you to sign up to receive. You can do so by clicking here.
We would reiterate the importance of taking the time to read the Government's COVID-secure Safer Working guidance as this provides clear information on the steps that any business must take to enable them to re-open.
This guidance was developed in close consultation with both national and independent retailers, business representative groups, trades unions, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive. This means that for any business to open, they must complete a COVID-19 specific risk assessment and take the necessary steps to manage those risks, as is their legal obligation. Information on how to do so is available from here.
As part of the guidance, the Government has provided a notice that businesses should visibly display in their shop window or outside their door to show their customers they have read and taken steps to follow the guidance. You can also choose to add this poster to your website.
If a business reopens without putting in place responsible steps to reduce the transmission of the virus, they are at risk of being subject to a number of actions, including issuing enforcement notices. Local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive will regularly carry out checks and respond to concerns from the public regarding risks in the workplace.
The team at Lincolnshire Trading Standards have produced a Better Business for All Toolkit which contains everything you need to know about opening your business safely. It is available from the Downloads section opposite.
A good source of information for businesses of all sizes and sectors is available from Business Lincolnshire, which provides a wealth of business information which is relevant to local Lincolnshire-based businesses, including Business Adviser support, grants, webinars and training opportunities.