Government support for businesses affected by COVID-19

Support for Businesses
Bollington businesses and the self employed affected by the pandemic can access advice from a range of sources which we have summarised below

Latest update: 22nd May 2020


Bollington Town Council offers business support advice via Councillors Sara Knowles and Jon Weston (contact detail below). This includes advice on government guidelines and support, funded services such as online learning events and other advice and support provided by local growth hubs.


Business support finder

If you’re unsure about the financial and other support available to support your business you can use the business support finder tool at


How to safely re-open your business or return to work

As businesses start to re-open, find out how to return to work or re-open a business safely. See:Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)


Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations


Fully-funded online learning events for businesses

To help businesses work safely as they reopen and restart trading, Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub are running a series of webinars designed to help businesses as they prepare to return to work safely. The webinars are sector-specific and will feature expert speakers from that sector, with an opportunity for a live Q&A.

May 29th-10:00 Re-starting, Re-opening: helping businesses to work safely

June 1st- 10:00 Manufacturing

June 1st -11:30 Office based services: Professional Services and Contact Centres
June 3rd – 10:00 Service Industries: opening safely and welcoming customers
June 3rd- 11:30  Logistics and Distribution
June 5th 10:00 Construction
Book your place here:

You may also be interested in the following fully-funded masterclasses from the Greater Manchester Growth Hub: Google Ads and PPC Masterclass - Webinar

Learn how to promote products/services online through Google Ads and Pay Per Click Marketing.

Date: 26th May 2020, Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Strive and Thrive - Digital Marketing Join us for a series of sessions, helping your business innovate, adapt and prepare for a new trading environment.

Date: 27th May 2020 Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Strive and Thrive - Leading Through Challenging Times Join us for a series of sessions, helping your business innovate, adapt and prepare for a new trading environment.

Date: 27th May 2020 Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Strive and Thrive - Supply Chain Resilience Join us for a series of sessions, helping your business innovate, adapt and prepare for a new trading environment.

Date: 28th May 2020 Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

You can find all of their events here.


Below you will find links to the latest information provided by Government including at local level.


COVID-19 business at GOV.UK. This covers all areas of business support including for the self-employed and tradespeople. It explains the funding available for businesses, your responsibilities as an employer and how you can offer support as a business.


HMRC business webinars: HMRC is delivering a series of free webinars on the support available to businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Recordings of the webinars are available online and businesses can register for future webinars on GOV.UK.


BEIS Secretary of State sector letters: On 8 April, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, published open letters to the manufacturing sector and to the retail sector. The letters thank all those who are working during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Launch of emergency fund to support tourism organisations: On 7 April, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) launched a new £1.3 million scheme to support Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) in England affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). The DMOs, which promote and support local tourism, will receive this funding to cover operating costs and the cost of employees that cannot be furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.


HM Treasury support for charities: On 8 April, during the daily Government press conference on coronavirus (COVID-19), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, announced a £750 million support package for charities across the UK. Charities whose work is vital to maintain during the pandemic, such as hospices and domestic violence support groups, will receive direct grants to ensure their continued operation.


Cheshire Business Support Schemes and Services

Business Advice from the Business Growth Hub

Advice and support from business advisers is also available over the phone or online through Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Hub:

Grant funding from Cheshire East Council Cheshire East Council is administering a grant to support small businesses – you can find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply at

Two new grant funding schemes have been announced by the government as part of the pandemic:

· A small business grant fund of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief; and

· Grant funding of £10,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property –where the rateable value is below £15,000

· Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property – where the rateable value is between £15,000 and less than £51,000.

Eligible businesses will be identified through the business rates system and will receive the grants once funds are available.

For businesses that do not pay business rates by direct debit or qualify for small business rate relief, the council does not hold any bank details and will be unable to make grant payments via cheque.

It is important that these businesses confirm their bank details on a simple online form directly with Cheshire East Council, in order to receive qualifying grant payments via BACS transfer.

Further details and the online form can be accessed at:

Support from Bollington Business Forum and Town Councillors

The Bollington Business Forum Facebook page and LinkedIn groups are also frequently updated with information for businesses on business support initiatives including national and local government initiatives, support groups, online learning/training events and resources relevant to Bollington businesses. Please visit:

Bollington Business Forum Facebook Page and Bollington Business Forum LinkedIn Group

Sign up to Bollington Business Forum’s mailing list to receive information bulletins and news at

If you have any queries you can contact our business support leads on the Town Council:

Cllr Sara Knowles

Cllr Jon Weston

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