Coronavirus Updates

England enters Step 2 of PM’s roadmap out of lockdown

Garment decorators across England can open their doors to the public once again, as the country enters Step 2 of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown. Non-essential retail, hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings such as libraries opened up this morning. Gyms and indoor swimming pools also reopened, as …

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Alexandra donates clothing to online furlough community

Alexandra has donated over 100 T shirts to an online community supporting furloughed employees during the Covid-19 pandemic. FurLearn will be using the shirts as reward for their #Giveitago campaign, which encourages people who’ve been furloughed or made redundant to set themselves a personal goal to achieve as part of …

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Further coronavirus support announced in Budget 2021

In the House of Commons yesterday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled the contents of the Budget 2021. Setting out the government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead, he announced new measures to help business and jobs through the pandemic and to support the UK’s long-term economic …

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BSI issues new face mask requirements

BSI has issued new specification on minimum performance requirements and test methods for community face coverings. The new specification is designed to help UK manufacturers, testing houses, retailers and consumers to ensure single use and reusable face coverings are safe and fit for purpose. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people …

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Further support announced for small businesses

Following the announcement on Monday, January 4 that England and Scotland would be placed in lockdown, further support for small businesses has been unveiled. To support businesses through this period, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £4.6bn of grant funding. This includes a one-off top-up grant for leisure, hospitality and retail …

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Innovate and overcome with market predictions for COVID-19

Innovating now can help your business survive the next wave of COVID-19 restrictions. Mark McCleery, managing director, Ultima Displays outlines its forecast for the industry and the opportunities on offer.  When the UK was placed into lockdown on March 23 many of us forecast the effect on our industry. We …

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Furlough scheme is extended until end of April

The furlough scheme has been extended for a further month until the end of April next year. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would provide certainty for millions of jobs and businesses. It means the government will continue to pay up …

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Screenworks provides Richard House Children’s Hospice with face coverings

Screenworks is offering its commitment to Richard House, London’s first children’s hospice, through a campaign called ‘Wear to Care’. The hospice provides palliative care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across London. Richard House cares for children and supports the whole family, from residential clinical care, to music therapy …

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