Government support for businesses affected by COVID-19

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 October

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 & Warrington Restructure Capital Grant

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. There will be 3 online Q&A sessions to find out more.

Friday 23rd  October at 2.30pm, Monday 26th October at 2pm, Tuesday 27th October at 2pm.

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?

Eligible projects 

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.

Cheshire & Warrington Recovery Grant

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;

  • Marketing 
  • 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

VAT reduction.

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

If you’re unsure about the financial and other support available to support your business you can use the business support finder tool at https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

 

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) gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations

gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

Online learning events for businesses

To help businesses work safely as they reopen and restart trading, Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub ran a series of webinars designed to help businesses as they prepare to return to work safely. 

  • Re-starting, Re-opening: helping businesses to work safely
  • Manufacturing
  • Office based services: Professional Services and Contact Centres
  • ervice Industries: opening safely and welcoming customers
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Construction

To view the recordings please follow this link  

You may also be interested in the following fully-funded masterclasses from the Greater Manchester Growth Hub: 

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.

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/

Cheshire East Council Business Support Page

Business Rates Information

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

Bollington Business Forum LinkedIn Group 

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:

Cllr Sara Knowles sara.knowles@bollington-tc.gov.uk

Cllr Jon Weston jon.weston@bollington-tc.gov.uk

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