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Support from government for businesses affected by COVID-19

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

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 Grant Extension

Claims for the fifth SEISS grant have now closed. The last date for making a claim was 30 September 2021.

For full details see Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

Recovery Loan Scheme

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. 

At the autumn Budget 2021, the government announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme will be extended by six months to 30 June 2022.

Please visit the Recovery Loan Scheme for details of changes.

Paying VAT

The VAT deferral new payment scheme has now closed.

For details on how to pay VAT and advice 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, the  Kickstart Scheme aims to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Please see our for more details. Please note applications to the Kickstart Scheme are closing soon

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)  has advice and guidance on recovery and growth.

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.

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