Helpful information & links for Creative Businesses in the UK dealing with Covid-19

Helpful information & links for Creative Businesses in the UK dealing with Covid-19

Please note: we will try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible but this is a rapidly changing situation so please be aware that information that is presented here or linked to may have changed or become incorrect.

This is an incredibly uncertain time for small businesses in the creative sector.

We’ve put together all the information and resources that we have found whilst learning about the support on offer to UK businesses as well as advice that is industry-specific.

We hope that this is useful,

The Ideas Factory Team, NUA

Important info for everyone:

Here is information that will be useful to businesses regardless of their specialism.

The Creative Industries Federation has created a brilliant resource that brings together a lot of information from across the creative industries. This is essential reading for anyone in the creative sector.

https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/covid-19-guidance-sector

We would highly recommend visiting The Federation of Small Businesses Covid-19 Pages. The FSB is doing a fantastic job of interpreting information from the government, especially on things like the Income Support Scheme or the Small business Grant Fund.

https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

For businesses that wish to claim their 10k grant from Norwich City Council please fill in the form below. Please note: to be eligible you need to have an office, shop, or studio that you either pay business rates on or have business rate relief.

https://www.norwich.gov.uk/xfp/form/2676

Norwich BID in partnership with the City Council have produced a pack of assets that will allow businesses to put some physical distancing measures in place in order to open as safely as possible to the public again. 

https://www.norwichbid.co.uk/news/free-physical-distancing-resources-for-businesses-in-the-norwich-bid-area/

 

Universal Credit

If you are recent freelancer, you should look at claiming Universal Credit whilst business is slow. You can find the details here:

 
 

Useful Support Resources

An in-depth guide on creating a healthy and productive workspace for people working from home:

https://www.cotswoldco.com/working-from-home/index.html

 

Sector Specific Information

Film & TV Freelancers

BECTU has put together an incredibly detailed resource that goes into detail about how lockdown should affect your contracts and your business in general.

 
Screen Skills is offering free remote training for the sector. You can get involved here:
 
 
Also, take a look at the Film + TV Charity who has set up a live chat to support freelancers in the industry.
 
 

Illustrators

The Association of Illustrators have put together some useful resources:

https://theaoi.com/illustrators-and-covid-19/

 

Photographers

The British Journal of Photography has put out a statement offering guidance and support including 3 months membership to their 1854Access platform for £1.

 

Artists

The Arts Council England has shared some information about the support package they are coordinating but expect more info to come out soon.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

Are you a graduate artist or a freelancer working in the art sector? You could be eligible for an A-N bursary through their Time Space Money Programme. 

https://www.a-n.co.uk/about/a-n-bursaries-time-space-money/

Graphic Designers

Design Week has collected a lot of useful information here including portfolio reviews, a slack group for Designers, and links to useful resources.

https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/23-29-march-2020/coronavirus-guide-online-resources-supporting-designers/

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