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Our office is currently closed for the wellbeing of our staff due to the Government’s COVID-19 precautions.

To ensure we can continue to look after our membership, we have staff working from home who are prioritising work and are monitoring and responding to e-mails and phone calls on the usual numbers.

The BATF and the Trade Associations are monitoring the changing situation and will continue to keep all our members updated on help available to businesses. Your understanding is appreciated in what is a difficult time for everyone.

Information sources

Further information, updates and advice from your Trade Associations can be found on their websites:


The GA


Latest Government advice and policies

Government Guidance

Advice for businesses trading internationally

HM Government Business Support


How to create a Covid - secure workplace from Birmingham chambers of commerce - 4th June 2020

Business support

CIPD have issued a downloadable Returning to the Workplace Guide

Business support toolkit

Employment Information from ACAS

Bulletins from our Auditors Crowe UK LLP

Use your Trade Association as a route to Government

Latest information from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

Birmingham City Council - Business Rates Grant Form 

Financial support for exporters

UK Export Finance (UKEF) works with banks and insurance brokers to help companies of all sizes fulfil and get paid for export contracts. It provides guarantees, loans and insurance on behalf of the government that can protect UK exporters facing delayed payments or transit restrictions. Help from UKEF:

·         if your business is facing disruption due to late payments, UKEF can help ease cash flow constraints by guaranteeing bank loans through its Export Working Capital Scheme

·         if you are concerned about getting paid, UKEF offers an export insurance policy that can help you recover the costs of fulfilling an order that is terminated by events outside your control

·         UKEF can also support finance for overseas buyers through the Direct Lending Facility scheme, so they can continue to buy your goods and services

·         UKEF has over £4 billion of capacity to support UK firms exporting to China, as well as significant capacity across other markets affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to help cover these risks.


To find out if UKEF covers your region, email


DISCLAIMER: Please note that the above links are for information only, and although they are from reputable sources, the BATF (British Allied Trades Federation) cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of any of the information/advice/guidance