The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a package of measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
  • Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can't work
  • Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months

What you can do now

More information is available at GOV.UK - about the government guidance to employers, employees and businesses.

There is also a new Business Support Helpline Number 0800 998 1098

The Government Business Support helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England - which currently includes business advice on Covid-19.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme: Guidance has been updated with details about how to ask HMRC to verify if having a new child affected your eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.  

Employers will be able to make claims to the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme through a new online service. Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020. 

HMRC and GOV.UK has published online guidance on if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

Latest News: A Job Retention Bonus - a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Guidance has been updated with new information on the maximum number of employees you can claim for.

You can now claim online (HMRC) for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees' salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

This scheme will be open until the end of June 2020*.

*The government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October as announced by the Chancellor on 12 May 2020.

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October
  • furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500
  • new flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost economy

From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month.

Before you make a claim

Chamber of Commerce Toolkit

The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce has produced a toolkit to help businesses with the coronavirus pandemic.

The FSB advice and guidance

The National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited (FSB) also has advice and guidance on the coronavirus.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership website will be updated regularly to provide information on the support packages available and how to access them.

Boost Business Lancashire

The #BoostYourRecovery service from Boost Business Lancashire is available to all Lancashire business owners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please call them on 0800 488 0057 to discuss all business issues related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Their team will advise where possible, as well as directing businesses to expert advisers across Lancashire.

Small Business Grant Funding

If you are a business rates payer and wish to apply for the small business grant funding please visit our Business Rates page and complete the online form.

Grant Fund request for information form

Other COVID-19 Finance Support 

The Government has announced a number of loan schemes and support to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please visit our Business Finance and Grants Section for more information on these and other sources of help.

  • Bounce Back Loans
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
  • The Prince's Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund
  • Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)
  • New Future Fund

You can also fill in this online form if you need signposting to general business support from the Government and we will do our best to help.

General business support enquiry