The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a package of measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
The government has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
HMRC expects to be very busy so please only call them if you can't find what you need on GOV.UK or through their web chat service - this will leave lines open for those who need our help most.
The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce has produced a toolkit to help businesses with the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited (FSB) also has advice and guidance on the coronavirus.
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership website will be updated regularly to provide information on the support packages available and how to access them.
The #AskForHelpservice from Boost Business Lancashire is available to all Lancashire business owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.