University Business Centres

Page last updated 24/02/2021

The University Business Centres remain accessible to allow clients who urgently need access to their office to be able to do so. We strongly encourage businesses to work from home where they can, in accordance with the Government guidance.

We are continuing to adhere to Government advice on working safely during COVID-19 in offices and contact centres and guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed, as well as new guidance as it becomes available. If you need to work in the building, we would advise that you keep your workspace well ventilated.

Please be aware, the majority of our team are working from home during the national lockdown. Please refer to the letter from 8 January 2021 and subsequent emails from 15 January 2021 for Centre staffing times.

The Government has launched a further £2.2 billion in funding for businesses across England to see them through the current period of national restrictions.

The Government has announced a business support campaign and published guidance for employers and businesses and support for businesses. The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership have published information about business support available for businesses affected by coronavirus.

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.

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) introduced on 26/03/2020 by the Chancellor, has been extended. The Scheme provides grants for self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The grant is worth 80% of profits up to a cap of 3 months at £2,500 per month. The deadline for claims is 29 January 2021. To check eligibility please visit the Government website.

You can also read further advice below:

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.

We would refer you to the financial support available from the Government at this time. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020), section 82 and section 83 has been extended to 31 March 2021. Clients/tenants in business premises are protected against non-payment of rent during this period.

Please discuss your individual situation with your Centre Coordinator in regards to notice periods.

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.

A mail forwarding option will be offered to Registered Business Address clients with the additional forwarding fee waivered.

All post and parcels must be collected in staffed hours (please refer to the Letter of the 8th of January 2021 and email of 15th of January 2021 for staffing times). Clients collecting post are required to adhere to COVID-19 safety measures including wearing masks, using sanitisation stations, adhering to social distancing and COVID-19 signage.

Please check local arrangements for parcel deliveries.