Better Business For All Re-starting Safely Toolkit

A toolkit to help businesses in the Heart of the South West to reopen safely following the easing of lockdown has been launched.

Better Business For All (BBFA) is a partnership of local authorities, business groups, regulators and trading standards services in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, who, in partnership with the Heart of the South West Growth Hub, have created a resource providing guidance and advice to businesses.

It follows the government’s announcement that from June 15 non-essential businesses, can reopen.

The toolkit provides information and links to help businesses understand what their regulatory and legal responsibilities are and what they have to do to restart their business safely.

It provides useful documents including a risk assessment template, action plan, business checklists and safety guides.

It will answer questions ranging from ‘can I open?’ right through to how to reopen safely; travel advice for employees and visitors; and guidance on personal protective equipment and hygiene.

Heart of the South West LEP Chair Karl Tucker said: “This is an excellent resource from the award-winning partnership Better Business For All. It provides very thorough and detailed guidance, as well as useful documents such as a risk assessment template, an action plan and business checklists.

“The Heart of the South West economy has been hit hard by the impacts of COVID-19, so it’s important that those businesses that can open are given the support they need to stay safe and resilient.

“This new toolkit has been produced in partnership with the BBFA and our Growth Hub, which is on hand to provide wider business support to any company in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.”

The BBFA Toolkit is available here. For the latest Covid-19 support and guidance for businesses, and information on Government schemes, please visit the Heart of the South West Growth Hub website.

And for further trading standards information visit the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards website.