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As all non-essential retail across England reopened from Monday 15 June, thousands of shop owners and retail workers have since returned to work. The industry which was forced to close since the beginning of the pandemic has been one of the most impacted sectors facing a series of financial and operational pressures.

According to our latest business survey, the majority of businesses within the retail and wholesale sectors have reported a significant decrease in sales.

In addition, businesses in the industry have been called to adapt operations to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers resulting in additional costs (signage, equipment, training and additional cleaning) as well as a reduced capacity in many cases to ensure social distancing.

To support businesses and individuals working in the sector respond to these challenges, we have developed this toolkit to help you access a series of resources and business support.


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Business support

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Our advisors are on hand to provide you with support, contact us today.

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Support for individuals who's employment has been affected by COVID-19

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Regulatory and compliance support Regulatory and compliance support

Regulatory and compliance support for business during the coronavirus pandemic

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Skills Support for Employment Skills Support for Employment

Improve your skills and knowledge, boost your confidence and access to a wide range of employers and exclusive job opportunities.

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The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.