The Government has announced guidance on how businesses can return to work from today, if you have restrictions and safety measures in place to ensure a Covid-Secure workplace.

At MSO, we’ve been ahead of the curve of our larger competitors for sometime in creating a Covid-Secure environment across all our buildings, to ensure our clients and visitors are aware of the enhanced safety, health and hygiene practices, introduced in line with both the Government and WHO guidance and adapting to the practices required to keep our centres safe, clean environments.

As a business or employee, it can be difficult to know where to turn for support in these challenging times. Here, we have compiled a list of the current official resources available to help business owners and employees during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We aim to continuously update our blog resources in-line with the latest news, current advice and guidance to help you explore your business options during the months ahead:

Latest news:

UK furlough scheme extended until end of October: The chancellor announced 12th May 2020 that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until then end of October 2020.

UK government releases guidance on how to create a safe workplace during the coronavirus pandemic.

discretionary fund has been set up by the UK government to support small businesses, under 50 employees, with grants of up to £25,000.

Financial support available for employers:

Bounce back loans for small businesses: Small and medium-sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can apply to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 in this 100% government-backed loan scheme.

CJRS: A Step-by-Step guide for employers: HM Government guide for employers on how to claim for employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Self-employed Income Support Scheme: This scheme allows those who are self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

The Future Fund was also announced last week, providing government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. Full details can be found here.


COVID-19 support for businesses (British Government) Targeted short-term advice for businesses from the UK government during the pandemic, including financial support options, advice on paying employees, and paying sick pay and tax.

Package of measures announced at Budget 2020: The UK government measures to support public services, individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19.

Employers and Businesses guidance: Information and guidance for employers, businesses and staff in remaining open during COVID-19 safely.

Government webinars to help your business: Free webinars hosted by the government departments to help businesses navigate and understand the support available.

Information about protecting your business, British Chambers of Commerce: A list of third party resources covering everything from policy changes to employee wellbeing and fraud to help support employers and employees during changing circumstances.

We encourage customers to share their best practices on any enhancements that could help to protect all of us within the centre. A more detailed guide will be available in the centre containing protocols that are location specific.

As part of the MSO Workspace Group we also offer free business advice, guidance and support for all companies impacted by Covid-19 and looking to revise their workspace as a result. Find out more here.

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