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

We are currently waiting for further guidance  from Government on additional financial support that may be available during the new Lockdown from 5 January 2021 so that we can support affected eligible businesses. 

We will update our website when we have more information.

The current grants available are on Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) 

The furlough scheme will be extended across the UK until the end of April 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed.

Visit GOV.UK to find out:

The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended. If you were not eligible for the first and second grant based on the information in your Self Assessment tax returns, you will not be eligible for the third.

To make a claim for the third grant your business must have had a new or continuing impact from coronavirus between 1 November 2020 and 29 January 2021, which you reasonably believe will have a significant reduction in your profits.

The third taxable grant is worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months' worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

The online service to claim the third grant is open. Make your claim from the date we give you either by email, letter or within the service. If you're eligible, you must make your claim for the third grant on or before 29 January 2021.

The grant does not need to be repaid if you're eligible, but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance and must be reported on your 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return.Loan schemes.

Support for small and medium-sized businesses

Support for large businesses

Tax cuts and deferrals

The temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sectors will be extended to the end of March next year.

In addition, business who deferred their VAT bills will be given more breathing space through the New Payment Scheme, which gives them the option to pay back in smaller instalments.

Self-assessment taxpayers will be able to benefit from a separate additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the "Time to Pay" self-service facility, meaning payments deferred from July 2020, and those due in January 2021, will now not need to be paid until January 2022.

Paying tax

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

A Job Retention Bonus - Find out if you're eligible to claim the Job Retention Bonus and what you need to do to claim it. You will be able to claim it between 15 February 2021 and 31 March 2021.  You cannot claim the Job Retention Bonus until 15 February 2021. This guidance will be updated by the end of January 2021 with how to access the online claim service on GOV.UK.

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.

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)
  • Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)
  • New Future Fund

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