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COVID-19 – help and advice

Medilink North of England is here for you and remains open for business at this uncertain time to ensure that we can continue to support our members and clients. Here is a collation of useful information courtesy of our partners and members.

Please check this page on a regular basis to stay up to date with new information.

Apply for a coronavirus test - check if you're eligible

Funding and finance

Biomedical Catalyst - an Innovate UK grant funding programme which helps companies to carry out innovative development work to enable market access or attract further investment for later stage development and commercialisation. 

Access coronavirus business innovation support package

Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

UKRI Coronavirus Hub

Free HMRC webinars to support employers and employees

Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement during the COVID-19 outbreak

Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million


Hill Dickinson - COVID-19: impact on trading contracts

Hill Dickinson - UK ports and coronavirus - employment considerations

Hill Dickinson - suspension of competition law provisions for health providers to tackle coronavirus pressures

Hill Dickinson - guidance on NHS contracting and payment arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic

Intellectual Property (IP)

Advice and updates from HGF - intellectual property specialists

Funding available to accelerate innovation in the battle against COVID-19

The Legal Position of Electronically Executing Documents

UK - billion pound support package for innovative firms hit by coronavirus

Chain of Title - the importance of getting it right


We have made the difficult decision to postpone upcoming Medilink North of England events. However, we are currently exploring how we can keep the life science community connected.

Please see our events calendar here.

International Trade

COVID-19 guidance for businesses trading internationally

Moving goods through customers during the coronavirus

Customs authorisations during the coronavirus

Duties and custom procedures for exporting goods

Export Insurance Policy

Research and innovation

Supporting the restart of paused NIHR research activities with a 'Framework for restart'

Government calls for support

The Ventilator Challenge - Cabinet Office

Testing Methods Sourcing Platform

The Open Call - COVID-19 fast track

Help the government increase coronavirus testing capacity

COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

COVID-19: The Ventilator Challenge

Offer coronavirus support from your business

UKRI - get funding for ideas that address COVID-10

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption (de minimis)

The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers

Government information

COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan

Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19

Claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

COVID-19: Business support

MHRA guidance on coronavirus

Exceptional good distribution practice (GDP) flexibilities for medicines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Coronavirus: business support grant funding - guidance for businesses

Guidance on coronavirus tests and testing kits

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses on working safely during COVID-19


Yorkshire and Humber AHSN's response to COVID-19

NICE - COVID-19 rapid guidelines and evidence summaries

NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19

NIHR - government support for research related to COVID-19

Procurement and supply

Health Research Authority - guidance about COVID-19 for sponsors, sites and researchers

Healthcare Engineering Facilitator - Bringing UK Healthcare Manufacturers, Supply Chain and End Users Together

NIHR Surgical MedtTech Co-operative - COVID-19 PPE Challenge

COVID-10 NHS Supply Chains

BSI - PPE standards

Technical Specifications for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - government advice