With the current government advice on COVID-19 urging everyone to adopt social distancing by working from home, businesses may face a number of uncertainties regarding their cash flow which may ultimately impact their workforce.

With that in mind, we have collected the best practical advice on matters relating to people and employees, including contracts and working hours, annual leave and statutory sick pay and absence, which we hope will be useful to you not only for this current situation, but will also increase your wider knowledge of the topic.

Key Information

• Ward Hadaway: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and How To Make A Claim

• North East Growth Hub: Coronavirus Toolkit

• Tees Valley Combined Authority: Online Support

• UK Government: Advice for Employees, Employers and Businesses 

• NHS: Isolation Notes


If you need some mentoring support around People, please contact Michael Dixon at the Entrepreneurs' Forum at, or by phone on 07734 925 971 and we will endeavour to connect you with someone.

Peer Group Support

We are running a series of conference calls and video calls to bring Entrepreneurs' Forum members together in small groups. This allows us to help each other and share key information, but importantly to give you a peer group to speak to during challenging times.

Please visit our events page for upcoming conference and video calls with experts and peers.

Top Tips and Advice

• Forum member Jayne Hart, The HR Dept Newcastle: What You Need to Consider When Asking Employees to Work from Home