21st May 2020


Dear Member,




Over the next two weeks, BEIS is holding a series of sector specific Coronavirus webinars for businesses which we thought may be of interest to our members.


Further details are below, along with links to the Eventbrite booking pages.


The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses to help ensure workplaces in England are as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.  You can join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

The webinars cover a range of different types of workplace settings which are allowed to be open. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of the guides/webinars as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

  • Wednesday 27 May, 11am: Factories, plants and warehouses – Guidance for people who run factories, plants and warehouses
  • Wednesday 27 May, 3pm: Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery – Guidance for people who run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
  • Thursday 28 May, 11am: Shops and branches – Guidance for people who run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
  • Thursday 28 May, 3pm: Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.
  • Monday 1 June, 11am: Construction and other outdoor work – Guidance for people who run outdoor working environments.
  • Monday 1 June, 3pm: Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments
  • Tuesday 2 June, 11am: Offices and contact centres – Guidance for people who run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments
  • Tuesday 2 June, 3pm: Homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers

VAT:  We have been told that HMRC are not going to Appeal the recent decision in the Rank/Done Bros case which they lost earlier this year. We are awaiting a note from HMRC on what businesses will need to do to claim any refund of VAT for the relevant period.  As previously advised it would be worth ensuring all your paperwork related to any claim you may have is readily to hand. 

DCMS:  The Culture Secretary has announced representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting worlds who will join a new taskforce aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again.   These are:


Tamara Rojo (English National Ballet)

Alex Scott (former England international and Arsenal footballer and now a Sports Broadcaster)

Sir Nicholas Serota (Arts Council England Chair)

Edward Mellors (Mellors Group Events)

Neil Mendoza (Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal, Entrepreneur, publisher and philanthropist)

Lord (Michael) Grade of Yarmouth (TV executive and former Chair of BBC and ITV)

Baroness (Martha) Lane-Fox of Soho (Founder of

Mark Cornell (Ambassador Theatre Group)


Please see their biographies here:


Kind regards




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