Topic: Coronavirus

Latest headlines – Stay up to date on Covid-19 news with key industry insights

By Richard Kleiner

04 Jun 2020

As we have all tried to stay up to date with the influx of government updates surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a barrage of articles and insights aiming to provide the latest information. It can be difficult to sift through all of this information and identify those articles that really matter to you and your business.

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is providing regular updates from a variety of sources, finding the most pertinent headlines. Along with this resource and our own research, we have collated a number of titles, grouped by individual sector, to help you find genuinely useful news updates. 

General 

Test and trace strategy unveiled – The government has announced its test and trace strategy to track local outbreaks.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson set to announce cut in two-metre social distancing rule tomorrow - The PM is set to announce his plans for the reopening of pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers on 23 June.

PM Boris Johnson promising £1bn to rebuild crumbling schools 

Economy

Sunak damps hopes of big UK tax cuts

UK unemployment: 612,000 workers lose jobs as vacancies crash to record low in lockdown

Brexit: UK to reopen temporary market access regime for EU financial firms

Fresh calls for guarantees on digital taxation in future UK-US trade deal

Business

New fund launched to create apprenticeships in London - A new fund has been launched to provide retraining opportunities to London businesses affected by coronavirus.

Coronavirus loans: UK companies borrow £38.4bn to survive lockdown

One in seven SME owners using personal savings to keep businesses afloat during pandemic - One in seven small business owners are digging into their own pockets to ensure their business survives. 

Property 

Landlords Union – Gerald Edelman conducted a survey amongst our landlord clients to understand their opinion of this union and its initiative. Learn more about the Landlords Union and view the results to our survey.

Soho Estates leads call to pedestrianise area as it warns 'at least a third' of restaurants may struggle to reopen - John James, MD of Soho Estates, is asking the council to pedestrianise the area to allow restaurants to utilise outside space to continue following social distancing measures whilst trading.

Retailers pay less than 15 per cent of rent for June quarter as property crisis deepens - Britain’s retailers paid just 13.8 per cent of their rent for the last quarter, in a sign of how hard the coronavirus pandemic has hit the sector.

Travel 

Congestion charge to rise to £15 next week and apply at evenings and weekends, Sadiq Khan confirms 

City of London Corporation steps up its transport recovery plan - Phase one has been largely completed and phase two is now underway, temporarily changing some road layouts to allow pedestrians to have more space.

London airport says passenger numbers may not return to pre-coronavirus levels until 2024

Hospitality

New hope for stricken bars and restaurants over easing of two-metre rule

Pubs and restaurants may be forced to keep register of all guests - This model is currently being used in New Zealand to trace potential outbreaks.

Retail

London’s ‘non-essential’ shops begin emergence from Covid lockdown - Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June.

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