Covid-19 hub for local businesses
from Fri 20 March 2020
For speed, we temporarily made the front page of the SE19Lates website available as an information hub for businesses and local services dealing with the impact of Coronavirus / Covid-19 (20 March 2020 - 14 June 2020).
This web page gives local businesses easy access to key information and resources available from local authorities.
Please use this UK Central Government link (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) for the latest UK-wide directives, including social distance guidelines.
This also includes links to the latest advice on employment and financial support and other important information for businesses.
If you are a hospitality business with eat-in facilities, you can register now for Eat Out to Help Out, for the August scheme. Scheme closes on 31 August.
Subscribe to UK central government daily e-bulletin for businesses here
Contact your local authorities with questions.
Register with Shop SE19
Local peer support network for local business owners in SE19
Connect with other local businesses for advice and support.
Currently FREE to register for ALL shop-fronted and hospitality businesses in SE19.
Put safety first
Please respect safety measures put in place. They are there to protect you and our community.
It will be compulsory for members of the public to wear face-coverings in shops/enclosed public spaces from 24 July. Some local venues have already started to implement this policy voluntarily in preparation.
Government guidelines have been updated and published to allow for reopening of non-essential retail on 15 June, further reopenings on 4 July 2020 (including pubs, restaurants and hair salons) and from 13 July 2020 (some close contact services).
Workplace safety guidance for all settings can be found here.
It is the responsibility of every business to check guidelines for their settings/workplaces, bear in mind you may have more than one setting to think about (e.g. home deliveries; back office, shop service and catering).
5-steps safety principles and risk assessments
Some settings and services cannot safely open to the public yet. Check https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support for updates and sign-up for email alerts.
Croydon Council recommends the following supplier for bulk PPE purchases (Link)
Campaign group Save the High Street has organised a supply deal with TFL's supplier for bulk purchases of sanitiser/sanitiser stations. 20% discount available, using discount code SAVETHEHIGHSTREET (Link)
Previous lockdown content
A useful BBC Science article on safety precautions you can take for home-deliveries and take-aways (27 March 2020).
West Norwood BID (Station-to-Station) has produced helpful resources on social distancing and community protection for small retail businesses (18 April).
UK government-issued safety in workplace guidelines for multiple settings including shops, food outlets, offices, in-home services and home delivery (11 May)
Council contacts for local businesses
Key points of contact for Covid-19 support, based on the London borough location of your business.
All these linked resources are being kept updated regularly by local authorities.
Croydon Economic development
Council general advice link
Council business advice:
Contact: Economic Development unit
Nabeel Khan (Director Economic Development) email@example.com
Council general advice web link
Lambeth business advice
Council general advice link
Advice for businesses link
Use the business link to sign up for e-bulletin updates.
If you cannot find the information you need on Bromley website, please call new Bromley COVID-19 business assistance line: 020 8313 4897. The line is open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:30pm.
If your business is registered in Southwark or Lewisham, please refer to those local authority websites.
Southwark business and employer support
Lewisham business and local economy advice
To request support & advice from your local ward Councillor, look them up at
London-wide support for business
Businesses: this is a recommended support resource for you with useful links https://www.growthhub.london/covid-19-coronavirus-support-for-businesses-and-employers/
Mayor of London "Pay It Forward" scheme - a free crowdfunding platform for small businesses launched 20 April 2020
Nationwide support for business
Federation of Small Businesses is lobbying and offering many useful services to non-members (including self-employed)
Special Covid-19 service / FAQs via Federation of Small Businesses/FSB
Subscribe to FSB newsletter.
to browse or list a local business. Listings include pharmacies, food / essentials, community services and other local businesses operating online, via home-delivery or safe social distancing collection services.
You can search, browse by category or look at the map.
It's locally managed, self-service and free for businesses and local services to list.
Other community resources for SE19 and area
Grassroots / Volunteer led
Local finance advice
A local Facebook group has been set-up to share latest news on financial support/relief for small businesses/self-employed in Crystal Palace.
In common with many local areas, Crystal Palace has set up a Covid-19 Mutual Aid network via Facebook, where individuals can offer assistance or request support.
Access Crystal Palace COVID-19 Mutual Aid group.
Friends of Gipsy Hill are maintaining a helpful list of community resources across all five local boroughs.