Government support for businesses affected by COVID-19
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.
Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations
You may also be interested in the following fully-funded masterclasses from the Greater Manchester Growth Hub: Google Ads and PPC Masterclass - Webinar
COVID-19 business at GOV.UK. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support. 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.
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/
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: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/business/business_rates/business-rates-relief/coronavirus-covid-19-help-for-business-rates-customers.aspx
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