News websites and social media channels are full of business information that event professionals, event suppliers and freelancers could find useful.

Stand Out has pulled together all the best bits together so that it is all in one place.

If there is something that we have missed, email caroline@standoutmagazine.co.uk and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep checking back, as this list will grow as and when we find more useful information.

Financial support and advice

  • Any business receiving Small Business Relief will automatically get a £10,000 grant. Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will get all get a £25,000 grant. Full details can be found here.
  • Government advice on COVID-19 can be found here.
  • Have questions regarding insurance? The Association of British Insurers Coronavirus has put together some information. Find a useful Q&A here.
  • A Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme delivered by British Business Bank will enable businesses with an annual turnover of no more than £41 million to apply for a loan of up to £5 million.
  • A number of private lenders are also making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including Barclays, Lloyds, RBS and Natwest.
  • Employers with fewer than 250 employees can get a full Government refund on the cost of providing 14 days of statutory sick pay per employee.
  • Time to Pay – businesses can arrange to delay paying taxes by contacting HMRC.
  • A dedicated HMRC helpline has also been set up to help businesses and freelancers with tax issues – 0800 0159 559. It is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and on Saturday from 8am to 4pm.
  • If you are a freelancer and struggling for money, Turn2us is a national charity that helps people through tough times. It can walk you through financial advice, as well as how to apply for Universal Credit.
  • Scottish businesses can contact Business Gateway for business advice.
  • The Welsh Government has announced a package of support worth £1.4bn for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here.
  • Scottish Enterprise has launched a business helpline. Call 0300 303 0660.
  • Scotland’s economy secretary, Fiona Hyslop, has confirmed that Scottish businesses will get £2.2 billion of support.
  • The Federation of Small Businesses has useful advice for small business and Tysers has been working hard to advise event businesses on insurance measures they need to consider, including how they can reduce insurance policy premiums, as well as other insurance measures that need to be considered.
  • MOT due? All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be granted a six-month extension from March 30, 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. For full details, click here.

Freelancer groups

If you would like to network with other event industry freelancers, check out the following groups.

Here’s a group on LinkedIn dedicated to people who have sadly been made redundant and on Facebook, there’s a dedicated group for freelancers called UK Live Event Freelancers Forum. Join it is full of great support and advice.

And, if you are looking to increase your skills during this time, jump on LinkedIn. Rupert Bassadone has done a great job of bringing together events professionals for short training webinars. The series is called The Event Knowledge. Check it out.

Associations

The Production Services Association (PSA), Events Industry Forum, AIF, AFO, Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations, National Outdoor Events Association, Business Visits and Events Partnership, Events Industry Alliance and Night Time Industries Association have all been incredibly pro-active at lobbying Government and taking part in conference calls.

The PSA, in particular, has been incredibly active, pushing out advice to the wider events industry, including job opportunities for freelancers that find themselves without work.

Mental health support

Feeling stressed, anxious and under pressure? Here are some great websites and resources where you may find help and comfort:

Stress Matters

Event Well

The Samaritans

Music Industry Therapists and Coaches guide

Headspace

Fun stuff

If you are working from home, and you have kids, here are a couple of websites with things you could do: