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Environment Secretary hosts No 10 Press Conference

Today Environment Secretary George Eustice hosted the No10 Press Conference. He promoted the Pick for Britain initiative, urging people to “lend a hand to help bring the harvest home”. A full video of the conference is available.

Pick For Britain backed by The Prince of Wales

UK Government and Prince of Wales urge workers to pick fruit and veg for Britain.

UK Global Tariff backs UK businesses and consumers

The Government has announced the UK’s new MFN tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT)

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

Government extends maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme from £50 million to £200 million.

Booking process for Covid-19 Tests

DHSC have now digitised the process for booking Covid-19 tests. The portal enables individuals to book a test themselves, accessible via

Alternatively, employers can refer staff using an employer portal. Accounts for this portal can be requested by emailing

Seasonal Workers update

Pick for Britain website has launched. The website is a joint public sector and industry initiative to bring together those who are looking for work on UK farms over the harvest period with recruiters who have roles to fill. The website will act as a central hub to signpost people to the jobs available and to provide information about this type of work.

Defra is asking if you can make your members and supply chains aware of the Pick for Britain and Find A Job sites, and encourage suppliers and growers to list seasonal labour opportunities here

Please direct any enquiries about the hub to:

How business can help respond to coronavirus

Business which can provide products and services, such as medical equipment, hotel rooms, transport and logistics, and expertise, can offer their assistance to government through

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Find out the latest statistics, risk level, what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus here.

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