UK

Five-point plan to get Brits safely back to work released to employers

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New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible. It follows the Prime Minister setting out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund the country’s vital public services. The government has consulted approximately 250 stakeholders in preparing the guidance and has been developed with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health
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Coverdrone updates Flysafe App in partnership with Altitude Angel

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Coverdrone has updated its Flysafe App, launching with new, additional features. In partnership with Altitude Angel, the Coverdrone team has been working to develop its mobile app, which helps commercial and recreational drone pilots safely plan and operate their flights. New Features: Location Pin: A pin will now show on the map when searching for a location.Map Scale: A handy scale is now visible on the top-left corner of the map.UTM Connectivity Indicator: We’ve made it easier for users to request permission to fly in restricted airspace. Look out for the ‘UTM Connectivity’ section in the details for Flight Restriction
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Government tops-up local business grant funds scheme

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. Business secretary Alok Sharma, and minister for regional growth and local government, Simon Clarke, spoke to local authorities in England yesterday to set out that up to £617m would be made available. This is an additional 5% uplift to the £12.33bn funding previously announced for the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF). The exact amount for each local authority will be confirmed this week. This additional fund is aimed at
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GEO Business team sends supportive message to industry ahead of September return

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The GEO Business team has sent a message to the industry head of the rearranged show dates planned for September. Planned for 24-25 September, the event will also see the event move from the London Design Centre to the ExCeL for the first time. The message released this week said: “You're probably reading this from your home, taking a break from homeschooling your children or sitting in a very empty workplace. Either way, we know you're not having an average day at work.” It continued: “As the events of the last few weeks have unfolded, we've never felt more connected
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