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: 4th August 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.

A new grant programme to help small businesses across Cheshire & Warrington get back to work

The Cheshire & Warrington Recovery & Restructure Grant can offer an 80% grant up to £5,000 (or 60% on items purchased from 01 May – 23 July 2020) to support eligible Cheshire & Warrington businesses adjust to the Covid-19 outbreak.  

The Grant is open to trading small & medium enterprises, social enterprises, charities or sole trader* based in the Cheshire or Warrington LEP area. Unfortunately new businesses which have been trading for less than 12 months are not eligible for support throught this programme. Learn more and find out how to apply here.

NEW - Guidance for Hospitality Businesses

The Government has announced that from the 11th July outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs and jacuzzis may reopen, with indoor pools, hot tubs, gyms and fitness studios permitted to open from the 25th July. Businesses with beauty salons with nail bars can reopen from Monday 13th July, subject to all necessary measures being in place. Performing arts (including theatre, opera, dance and music) can also resume so long as they take place outside with a limited and socially distanced audience. 

Read the full press release here


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


Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

The general details of the scheme are:

  • It will run from 3rd - 31st August 2020 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • It is a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person
  • It applies to food and non-alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises
  • There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme
  • The offer applies individually to all members of a group who are eating or drinking together – can’t be applied where a person in the group is not eating (e.g. if a couple have a baby, they can only a get a maximum of £20 discount on their meal).

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


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

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:

Small Business Grant Fund

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 Cheshire East Business Support during COVID-19

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:

Local Discretionary Grant Scheme

A new Cheshire East grant a scheme became available for businesses. It could be suited to small businesses that may have been unable to apply for a grant from CEC under the earlier eligibility criteria. 

The Local Discretionary Grant Scheme is an additional fund to the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Fund, aimed at small businesses not eligible for those funds, which have relatively high ongoing property costs, and which can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Council received confirmation on 20 May 2020 of the exact amount of funding available under this scheme. This has now been confirmed at £4,287,250.

More information here: coronavirus-local-discretionary-grant-scheme

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

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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