Advice for businesses regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn what support is available for businesses in Suffolk to cope with the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last updated: 29 April 2021 (reviewed daily)

Read the guidance for businesses and premises on GOV.UK

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Coronavirus tests for your employees

Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe. With regular testing, alongside the vaccine, we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown. You are encouraged to sign up to Suffolk's Yes2Test campaign.

  • Anyone in England can now get regular, rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.
  • About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Getting regular tests is the only way to know if you have the virus.
  • If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Outbreaks and cases resource pack for Suffolk businesses

In partnership with Public Health England, we have developed a resource pack to support businesses to effectively manage COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in the workplace.

The resource pack contains a simplified version of the different COVID-19 definitions, checklist for what to do during outbreak, step by step risk assessment and mitigations, sample letters and messages that can be used in communications to staff and more.

View the resource pack contents

The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is happy to offer help and advice to any Suffolk business that has questions or concerns in these challenging times. It doesn’t matter if your business is a Chamber member or not.

New Anglia Growth Hub

Get free business support and advice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis from qualified advisers. It's a challenging time and information is changing very quickly.

Suffolk Growth Partnership Board

The Suffolk Growth Partnership Board has membership drawn from Suffolk Local Authorities, New Anglia LEP, the University of Suffolk and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

The SGPB website pulls together surveys, funding and economic impact analysis of COVID-19 at a local, regional and national level to support Suffolk's businesses, Local Authorities and all partners.

Federation of Small Business (FSB)

The FSB has created a hub to support businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The hub aims to answer many questions for small business owners and the self-employed. 

Information is available to you regardless of whether you are a member of the FSB or not.


HMRC now have a helpline for any businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID19).

Borough and District Councils

Businesses are to receive financial support in the form of grant funding announced in the government’s package of measures designed to help smaller businesses. Borough and District Councils are responsible for payment of these grants, and can support businesses through the process:

Businesses and venues

In light of the government’s announcement on Thursday 9 July, the government is publishing further COVID-19 secure guidance, and more businesses and venues will be permitted to reopen from 11 and 13 July 2020.

Find advice about how to report a business if:

  • a business is not closed or complying with social distancing directives
  • you have concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) related scams
  • wish to report an incident of social gatherings or social distancing

Health and safety

Guidance for businesses about working safely with coronavirus (COVID-19).