Business support and advice
Ongoing support and advice for businesses as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Support from government for businesses affected by COVID-19

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) support available to businesses from the Government

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
  • Help for Employers 
  • Help for Self-employed people 

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.

Additional support

The current grants available are on Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended. The fourth grant covers 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021. 

There will also be a fifth grant covering May 2021 to September 2021.

Guidance on how to claim the fifth grant will be provided in due course.

For full details and how to claim see Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

Support for businesses

  • The Recovery Loan Scheme is to help businesses of any size access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period.  Up to £10 million is available per business. The actual amount offered and the terms are at the discretion of participating lenders.The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt. The scheme is open until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

Support for large businesses

Paying VAT

Find out how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020. You can pay now or join the VAT deferral new payment scheme.

For details see Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

As part of the government's Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme aims to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Please see our Recruitment, Training, Skills and Apprenticeships for more details.

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.

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