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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations that can support the supply of ventilators and ventilator components as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19.

More details can be found here

Please email ventilator.support@beis.gov.uk if you can help in any way.

How will COVID-19 affect my business?

The Office for Budget Responsibility believes that Coronavirus will have a significant impact on the UK economy and expects COVID-19 will bring temporary disruption to supply chains, exports and global markets.

British Marine recognises how concerned its members are at this time and is working closely with industry and Government to ensure these concerns are fully communicated and understood.

We want to hear from all affected businesses to enable us to build a clear picture of the challenges facing the industry and discuss the support available with Government, councils and other public bodies. Please contact us directly by calling 01784 223663 to discuss the support available.

Should I close my business

There has been a significant amount of confusion following Government’s announcement that all non-essential businesses should close with immediate effect.

Government has produced guidance on those businesses they deem to be “Non-essential”. In their latest guidance, government have made it clear that:

“People can travel to and from work, but only where the work they do absolutely cannot be done from home.

With the exception of the organisations covered by non-essential shops and public spaces, the Government has not required any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.

Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.

Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services.”

Date – 25.3.20

Should I continue to export outside the UK?

The Government has published advice for businesses that export outside the UK and are worried about the impact of COVID-19 on their day-to-day operations.

Businesses concerned about late payments, export insurance and direct lending are advised to contact UK Export Finance in the first instance for more information on the support available to them. UKEF can be contacted by emailing customer.service@ukexportfinance.gov.uk

What action is British Marine taking to help my business at such a difficult time?

British Marine recognises that this is a very difficult time for many of its members and is taking a number of steps to support them throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began in the UK, we have been proactively calling our membership to provide details of the support available to them, including guidance from our in-house technical and training teams, and contact details for our legal helpline EPOQ.

We have also created our own dedicated Coronavirus Hub on the British Marine website, which is accessible to all and includes answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. We continue to post updates to the website, issue weekly updates through Latest News and hold webinars giving you, our members, the opportunity to ask further questions and provide feedback on our activities.

We will continue to support our members by lobbying the UK Government and Members of Parliament to ensure the leisure marine industry receives the support it needs. More information on our lobbying activities can be found on the Coronavirus Hub.

What is the advice on social distancing in the workplace

The Government has published detailed guidance on the use and application of social distancing in the workplace. Sector specific guidance has also been published which includes information for manufacturers.

The guidance says that manufacturing plays a vital role nationally and work can continue if done in accordance with social distancing. Where it is not possible to follow the social distancing guidelines in full consideration should be given to whether that activity needs to continue.

In the event the work needs to continue, staff in the manufacturing sector should work side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face. Staff should be assigned to the same shifts to limit social interaction with others and cleaning within the workplace should be done more frequently.

The guidance also recommends taking action to prevent staff congregating at break times, including staggering break times where necessary so that staff can continue to practice social distancing. It also says staff should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more at the beginning and end of every break, when they arrive at work and before they leave. To help with this, employers are encouraged to add additional pop-up handwashing stations or facilities, providing soap, water and/or hand sanitiser.