Coronavirus: sector-specific support

Information and advice is available here for a range of sectors. If your area is not covered or you need additional support, just get in touch.

Quick reference guides

We have created a range of quick guides based on businesses in our region to walk you through the kinds of support that you might be eligible for. These may not be an exact fit to your business but much the advice will be similar. However, please call 01609 797471 if you want to discuss your individual circumstances.

Working safely guidance

The government has issued new guidance to help businesses in the UK to get back up and running, and operating as safely as possible. This follows the Prime Minster setting out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy.

The guidance is broken down according to type of workplace rather than sector, with eight sets of guidelines in total. It is important that businesses understand that they may need to look at several publications according to their particular circumstances. It sets out practical steps for businesses focused on five key points:

  • work from home if you can
  • carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment in consultation with workers or trade unions
  • maintain 2 meters social distancing wherever possible
  • where people cannot be 2 meters apart, manage transmission risk
  • reinforcing cleaning processes.



Currently, if work can be undertaken in accordance with social distancing rules and staff safety upheld, then businesses in this sector are allowed to operate.

Guidance about working safely has been issued by the government. It is important that you refer to all of the publications relevant to your business.

Make UK

MakeUK have a range of resources for manufacturing businesses, as well as set of Coronavirus-related FAQs.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Fund have developed a range of resources and guidance to ensure SME manufacturers have the support to ensure that they can act quickly as the situation unfolds.

They also provide grant funding towards the investment of an external expert. Their specialism could cover a range of topics and there is a lot of flexibility with regards to the projects that it can cover.

Can you help?

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has an open call for Rapid Sanitising Technology. Find out more here.

Manufacturing SMEs are urged to have their say on the impact the Coronavirus is having on their business in the Manufacturing Growth Programme’s Spring 2020 Manufacturing Barometer. Find out more here.

The NHS have a team looking at all offers and directing them to right people in both NHS Supply Chain and wider government organisations. More information and where to register your details can be found here.


If you are working with young people in an education setting, you can find the Department for Education’s guidance for schools and educational settings here.

Digital & Creative

Digital & Creative

Arts Council England

Supporting people working as artists, freelancers and in publicly funded cultural organisations. Find out more.

Grants up to £35,000 for organisations in the cultural sector, who are not National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) or Music Education Hubs. Find out more here.

Grants up to £2,500 for individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. Find out more here.

Digital Advantage Grant Scheme

The Digital Advantage Grant scheme, funded through the European Regional Development Fund and Coventry University, has been extended for a further 3 years to help SME’s in North Yorkshire (excluding York) grow through the adoption of digital technology. You can read more in our news item.

Tech Nation

Tech Nation has put together a series of webinars, blogs, advice and free products for the tech community, which you can access here.

The Prince’s Trust

Enterprise Relief Fund from The Princes Trust Natwest for 18 – 30 year olds. Find out more here.

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund

One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available through the Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund from the Film & TV Charity and BFI. Find out more here.

Hospitality and tourism

Hospitality and tourism


The government has published guidance on which businesses and premises should close during the outbreak. This can be found here

Restaurants and cafes can continue to operate, serving takeaways only. The Communities Secretary has announced that planning rules will be relaxed to allow establishments to do this without a planning application. These measures apply to hot food and drinks, serving of alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws. More information can be found here.

Welcome to Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire have a range of business support and resources on their industry website, which are accessible to all businesses in the tourism sector and not just their members.

UK Hospitality

Specific advice has been published by UK Hospitality for businesses can continue to operate, which can be found here. They have also published advice for employers, which can be found here.

Visit Britain

The Tourism Industry Emergency Response group (TIER) is holding weekly meetings to explore the impact of the Coronavirus. The latest information from this is published on the Visit Britain website here.

They are also conducting a regular survey to monitor the impact of COVID-19, which will be used to support the industry through these challenging times. The link to the survey can be found here.


VisitEngland have a business advice hub offering advice for businesses affected by COVID-19, which can be found here.

Tourism KnowHow

The Tourism Network have launched a new site with Coronavirus-specific advice for tourism businesses in our region. Tourism KnowHow offers recovery marketing plans, workshops and virtual networking opportunities.




The ADHB have a dedicated Coronavirus page that includes articles, podcasts and videos on subjects that are affecting the sector, as well as links to key sources of support.


The NFU have provided a range of resources for members and non-members covering support measures, regulation and issues, which can be accessed here. They are also lobbying government on key risks facing the sector at this current time.

Can you help feed the nation?

As well as providing detailed advice about the Coronavirus, the CLA have started a campaign to tackle the potential shortfall in seasonal workers and are asking people if they can help feed the nation.

Food and drink

Food and drink

The government has published advice for food businesses which you can find here.

Deliciously Yorkshire

Deliciously Yorkshire have a specific page that provides further support and information for the food and drink sector in Yorkshire. You can locate this here.



Guidance about working safely has been issued by the government. It is important that you refer to all of the publications relevant to your business.

Advice about site operating procedures during COVID-19 have been produced by the CLC and can be accessed here. They have also produced a video about safe working.


The CITB have put in place a range of support measures for CITB registered construction employers. This includes:

  • the suspension of industry levy collection for an initial period of 3 months
  • advanced payment of apprenticeship attendance grants for 2nd and 3rd year apprentices, plus higher apprentices in their final year, to help ensure future skills are retained in the construction industry amid the coronavirus outbreak
  • a skills and training fund for micro and small businesses where businesses can apply for a maximum of £10,000
  • a skills and training fund for medium-sized businesses where employers with up to 250 employees are eligible to receive up to £25,000
  • a leadership and management development fund

 You can find all the information here 

Build UK

Build UK has produced a directory containing sector-specific advice and information.


If you are working with young people in an education setting, you can find the Department for Education’s guidance for schools and educational settings here.