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: 20th November
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.
Cheshire East Council has launched several new grant schemes to support businesses, which are now open to applicants.
The schemes are available to apply for through a single, simplified form which aims to assess Cheshire East businesses for several government grants on offer, thus maximising the council’s reach to businesses.
Blue Orchid is pleased to be able to confirm that Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership have awarded a further £1 million to provide grants to help small businesses meet some of the extra costs created by the COVID restrictions.
You are eligible to apply if you can answer “YES” to each of these statements. If you answer “NO” to ANY of these statements, your funding request will not be accepted:
- I am a Small to Medium sized Cheshire and Warrington based businesses?
- I am a business who either has commercial premises OR employs additional staff other than myself?
- I am a business who has not previously received a Cheshire and Warrington Covid Recovery capital grant?
- I have a business bank account and will use this for my project spend?
The grant can pay towards capital items only that businesses may need to recover or restructure their business to trade through the Covid-19 outbreak.
Examples of the support that can be provided includes:
- IT equipment, e.g. Tablets used to support customers ‘trace & trace’ obligations and Contact payment systems
- Fixed PPE equipment e.g. plastics screens & sanitiser dispensers
- Building alterations e.g. creation of one-way systems, building of outdoor seating, serving hatches etc.
The awards will be made in 5 rounds. Please visit www.blueorchid.co.uk/cheshire-warrington-restructure-grant/ for details on how to apply.
The C&W Covid Recovery Grant support businesses (SMEs) across Cheshire & Warrington affected by Covid 19. The 100% grant of a maximum £5,000 is to help businesses develop new business models, develop new products and target new markets or customers.
It is anticipated these grants will be provided to SMEs for consultancy support in a wide range of specialisms which will be to assist the business in their recovery efforts. Examples such as;
- Digital Services
- HR, Financial & Legal Services
- Business Management & Strategic planning consultancy
- Product development & Process Management consultancy
Please visit www.blueorchid.co.uk/cwrecoverygrant/ to find out more and to apply
You’ll find the Government guidance here. Businesses should take advice from a qualified accountant as to whether to pass on some, all or none of the VAT reduction to the customer and review their Terms of Business to establish whether or not their prices include VAT, or are a set price plus VAT, as these will require different changes to be made. Read the full press release here
Business support finder
How to safely re-open your business or return to work
Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations
Online learning events for businesses
You may also be interested in the following fully-funded masterclasses from the Greater Manchester Growth Hub:
Below you will find links to the latest information provided by Government including at local level.
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 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.
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: http://candwgrowthhub.co.uk/
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:
Sign up to Bollington Business Forum’s mailing list to receive information bulletins and news at https://bit.ly/33SGVX3
If you have any queries you can contact our business support leads on the Town Council:
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