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Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19

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

This special bulletin provides a summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. Specific online guidance, with regularly updated content, is available here.

Business Support

As the UK goes through this unprecedented period, the Department for International Trade is committed to standing behind businesses and is asking businesses to do their best to stand behind their workers. We understand that as a business owner or employee, you may be concerned about the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on your business, your colleagues and employees.

The Government is supporting businesses and employees through a package of measures to help manage the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19). These measures include financial support packages for businesses and support for employees' wages.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has also expanded the scope of its Export Insurance Policy (EXIP) meaning UK businesses will now be eligible to secure export insurance cover to all major markets.

You should now:

  1. Visit the Business Support website for more information about these and additional measures and support available to your business. This website will continue to be updated with the latest information.
  2. Pay particular attention to the guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.
  3. Read the guidance for UK businesses trading internationally.
  4. Take steps to protect yourself and others.

Remember: stay at home, protect our NHS, save lives

Ongoing Support from the Department for International Trade

If you are experiencing difficulties in international trade we are here to help and the Department for International Trade remains available although working remotely following guidelines. We are also aware that many of you are helping support other businesses and your communities. If you want to shout about it or there is anything we can do to help in this regard, please make contact.

You can either contact your International Trade Adviser directly where you have an existing relationship, or get in touch with the East Midlands team on 0345 052 4001 or email:

Published on Wednesday 15th April 2020

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