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Guidance & Quick Links

Quick Links

For quick access to useful documents and resources to support your business to prepare, minimise and manage the risks of Covid-19.  Links are in bold.

Four-Nations Action PlanGuidance for Employees & Employers (ACAS) 

UK Finance Support for SMEs 

Health Advice

Public information in Scotland
The Scottish Government is currently working closely with the NHS in Scotland, as well as the UK Government and other devolved administrations, to ensure the provision of consistent and up-to-date public health advice.
Full and up-to-date advice is available from NHS Inform, including
  • what to do and who to contact if you have symptoms
  • how to prevent infection
  • high-risk areas around the world
  • advice on self-isolation
  • a helpline for those who do not have symptoms and are looking for general information
The Scottish Government is publishing numbers of test results, updated daily.
Coronavirus symptoms and health advice
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
  • high temperature or fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
Public health advice can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) on NHS Inform.
A free helpline has been set up for people who do not have symptoms but are looking for general advice: 0800 028 2816. 
Overseas visitors to Scotland, regardless of their residency status, are exempt from NHS charges for both the diagnosis and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Travel advice
Travel advice and country specific information can be found at: FitForTravel.
Information for professionals and organisations
The latest information and advice for professionals and organisations is on the Health Protection Scotland website. For businesses in Scotland, there is a direct helpline being provided by Scottish Enterprise for enquires relating to the virus:  0300 303 0660
Contact your Local Chamber
To find your local Chamber of Commerce, search below:
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Advice from UK Government
If you are an employer or a business owner, the UK Government has provided the following guidance for employers and businesses.
This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:
  • The novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • How to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • What to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
  • What advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, as outlined by the Chief Medical Officer
  • Advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19
  • The government’s coronavirus action plan provides detailed information about the UK Government and devolved nations response.
Information for employees and employers
Access to Finance
Banks and finance providers have the capacity and commitment to support SMEs and the industry is encouraging businesses across the UK to speak to their finance provider early to discuss any potential funding requirements.
UK Finance’s Let’s Talk Business website provides dedicated guidance to SMEs on access to finance. The campaign advises firms to:
  • Think about how your customers, suppliers and staff could be affected by Covid-19, so you are prepared for any potential impact.
  • Ask your bank or finance provider early on if you think you might need additional finance, or changes in your current arrangements. The earlier you engage the easier this will be.
  • Look into alternative finance options. Most applications are successful, but if your first choice doesn’t work out, there are many different providers and types of finance available.
  • Know where to go for more information to help your business. Use relevant guidance to consider what plans you should be making and actions you should be taking.

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