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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Information for businesses


UNIVERSITY BUSINESS CENTRES

We understand that your business may be going through a very challenging time and we want to assure you of our continued support through this difficult period. Our staff are now working remotely as we have closed our university campuses but we remain open for business. We are continuing to deliver as many of our business support projects as possible during this time.

Plus Icon What business support can you offer during this time?
  • Mentoring
    • Please email ubcleeds@leedsbeckett.ac.uk if you would like to book an appointment with our business mentor, qualified accountant, Steve Baker.
  • Legal
    • University Business Centre partners, Lupton Fawcett, have legal advice on their blog pages.
Plus Icon Is there any wider support available for businesses?

The Government has announced a business support campaign and published guidance for employers and businesses, support for businesses and for those affected by coronavirus (Covid-19).

Guidance on reducing the risks from coronavirus (Covid-19) is also available from the National Federation of Self-Employed and Small Businesses (FSB).

Additional advice is available from the Government’s Business Support website.


Plus Icon What support is available to the self-employed?

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) introduced by the Government will support self-employed individuals whose income has been negatively impacted by coronavirus (Covid-19). You can find more information on eligibility and how to access the scheme on the Government website.

Plus Icon How can I stay up to date with the Coronavirus national situation?

Refer to gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information from the Government on the coronavirus (Covid-19). The Government has also set up an email alert system which you can sign up to here.

Plus Icon What security is in place to protect the University Business Centre buildings and our belongings during this closed period?

For those buildings still closed, our usual security protocols are in place, all buildings have been locked down and will have a daily sweep by our designated security teams at each centre. Additionally, each building has intruder alarms set.

Plus Icon For any technical equipment left in the office running through the network (such as a server), will the network be maintained during closure?

There are no plans to turn off or reduce the capacity of the network at any of our centres. If there are any issues with the network our IT support will investigate but please be aware they are working with a reduced team onsite, so it may take slightly longer than our SLA stated period during this emergency.

Plus Icon When do you expect each centre to be open again?

UBC Leeds is now open as per the letter sent to you on 12th June.

For UBC’s Halifax & Wakefield, we will follow advice from the Government and Public Health England in ensuring these are Covid-19 safe, we will continue to liaise with you.

Plus Icon I missed the opportunity last week to come in and collect belongings from my office, will there be another opportunity?

We are reviewing whether if it is possible to provide a brief window to open Leeds and Wakefield to clients who have an urgent reason to access their space. Any clients that require this are asked to email: ubcleeds@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. We will work with you to assess the urgency, safety and need on a case by case basis. We understand that this is a very difficult time and we will do our best to accommodate any requests where it is possible and safe to do so.

Halifax University Business Centre will not be accessible during our closures due to health and safety compliance limitations.

Plus Icon Are we able to collect post and/or will post be forwarded to my home address?

Wakefield:

Post is currently collated and forwarded on a Friday, reception is open from the hours 10:00 – 11:30 if you would prefer to collect your mail. Once the post has been re-posted it will be dependent on the Royal Mail’s ability to deliver and not within our control.

Leeds:

All previous postal activities have resumed, post can be collected from reception between the hours of 10:00 – 15:00. Mail is forwarded on Thursday’s only rather than every day, this is due to restrictions in the mail room.

Halifax:

Post will remain in Royal Mail's possession. We are still looking at a safe method to forward any post that was already held in Admin at University Business Centre Halifax.

University Business Centre clients are urged to contact their suppliers and customers and to make alternative arrangements for mail such as redirection, holding mail, sending digitally or paying electronically, in order to minimise the amount of unnecessary contact and travel.

Plus Icon Are you offering a rental holiday/period whereby we can pay this rent at a later date or no rent at all during the closed period?
Please see the letter sent via email to you on 31 March 2020.
Plus Icon We have no income at present, do we still have to provide the notice period to relinquish the office/desk?
Please see the letter sent via email to you on 31 March 2020. There is no necessity for any clients to relinquish any space whilst our Business Centres close due to coronavirus (Covid-19).
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