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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - support for businesses

What to do if there is an outbreak in your business

The government has developed a number of ‘action cards’ or quick-reference guides outlining the key steps to help you quickly identify, report and respond to any potential Covid-19 outbreak (one or more confirmed cases reported to you by employees, visitors or NHS Test and Trace) at your business. 

Report an outbreak

Support from the County Council

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has impacted the economy across the UK and Staffordshire, but the county council is here to help all businesses to survive, recover, renew and thrive.

The county council has always invested in directly supporting businesses by running services such as the Growth Hub . During the Covid-19 crisis we have offered the Emergency Grants Scheme, the Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service and the Start-Up Programme for new businesses

Now the county council’s five-year Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy shows have the council will work with partners to support business to recover, continue to invest in the conditions that all businesses need to thrive and support the creation of those clean, digital, highly-productive businesses that will provide the jobs of the future.

Plans to extend both Cannock and Silverdale Enterprise Centres to support new business have been revealed as part of the strategy. 

Staffordshire's Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy (2.4 MB)

Letters to businesses - 31 July 2020 (148 KB)

Weekly businesses update - 7 August 2020 (146 KB)

Weekly Business Update from the Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills (149 KB)


Guidance for opening safely from 4 July

The Prime Minister has announced that a number of businesses can reopen from 4 July 2020.

General guidance on social distancing until 4 July and guidance to be followed after 4 July has been released

New sector specific guidance has also started to be released.

Local Outbreak Plan

We have published how we will proactively prevent, identify and contain any possible outbreaks of Covid-19 in the county to help control the virus and keep businesses open. 

Businesses in the food industry sector have been identified as being at high risk of Covid-19 outbreaks. Read the letter from the Director of Health and Care in Staffordshire (284 KB).


Advice and support

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub

You can also find advice and guidance on the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub website.

To speak with someone who can help, call the Staffordshire Business Helpline on 0300 111 8002.

Useful links and further information

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