DIT East Midlands: Special News Bulletin: COVID-19

This bulletin has been provided to us by the Department for International Trade

This special weekly bulletin provides a comprehensive summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. We also highlight the availability of additional resources that are available to help local businesses get through these unprecedented times.

If you have any other queries, please contact us at or call us on 0345 052 4001.

Government Business Support

Businesses facing disruption due to the spread of the virus can visit the dedicated business support hub. Coronavirus (Covid-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business here.

UK Transition

The UK has left the EU. The transition period will end on 31 December this year and the UK will leave the single market and customs union. You should take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will be in effect from January 2021.

Visit GOV.UK/transition for more information about what you need to do to prepare for the changes coming into effect from January 2021.

Bounce-back Plans Unveiled for Consumer and Retail Industry

A series of new measures to support businesses in the consumer and retail industry to export overseas as part of efforts to help the sector recover from Coronavirus.

The new measures will offer immediate support to businesses by ensuring specialists provide advice on online retail and international market-places. Additionally, the launch of a new Consumer and Retail Export Academy will provide businesses with the critical knowledge, skills and networks needed to increase exports. The plan will also outline long-term support for the sector as new export opportunities arise from trade deals being negotiated with the US, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

The full range of measures can be found here.

Published on Tuesday 15th September 2020

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