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Business interruption

The spread of coronavirus COVID-19 has resulted in significant disruption to business activity. This page collects together ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources which offer practical advice on risk and contingency planning, maintaining business operations, and changes to business law and regulations.

Check our UK practical business advice page for a quick summary of government support available to businesses and individuals, including new guidance on the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Contingency planning

Responding to COVID-19: key business considerations

PwC 09-03-2020

Guide for businesses on how to set up their COVID-19 response. It illustrates three potential scenarios to help inform crisis planning and outlines the possible impact of each scenario on the workforce, supply chain and the economy. The guide contains an example strategy and operating model checklist alongside detailed checklists of response strategy considerations.

Covid-19 coronavirus: 10 key points for effective contingency planning

Allen & Overy 06-03-2020

Detailed checklist from the law firm Allen & Overy highlighting key issues for businesses to consider in managing the impact of the pandemic. The advice covers coordinating your response; managing the impact on the workforce; managing contractual risks; managing financial arrangements; insolvency risks; maintaining appropriate data and documents; potential insurance claims; managing wider operational risk; the impact on potential M&A transactions; and staying up to date on your rights and obligations.

Information hubs

PwC's Global Crisis Centre: COVID-19

Regularly updated hub providing advice on how organisations can prepare and respond to potential business impacts of COVID-19. Articles focus on crisis planning, effective communication, the workforce, supply chain, and importance of reliable information. Country-specific information is also available covering Australia, China, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US, and Vietnam.

Business law and regulation

ICAEW insights

External resources


External resources

Global Guide: Measures adopted to support distressed businesses through the COVID-19 crisis

Guide to the government assistance packages from 38 countries by INSOL International, the international association of restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy professionals. The individual country guides present a clearly presented overview of the policy responses, legislative reforms, financial sector measures implemented by regulators and measures introduced to deal with increased insolvency cases.

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