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Support for businesses affected by Covid-19

COVID-19 Support for businesses

Covid-19 Discretionary Business Grant applications are open - closing date 10 July

Small and micro businesses, which are NOT eligible for the Small Business Grant, the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant and the Self-Employed support may be eligible for support through the Discretionary Grants scheme - details here 

The maximum grant in South Ribble will be £5,000.

Click here to apply and express your interest

 

Small Business grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant applications are open 

Click here to apply

You will need your unique application reference number 

  • Please make sure that grant applications include your unique reference number and as much detail as possible as this will speed up the application verification process.
  • Please note: We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries. Our team is dealing with them and will reply as soon as possible. 
  • Letters containing the reference number have been sent to eligible businesses. 
  • Bills already sent out for properties currently in receipt of retail discount will show the discount as 50%. This is because the bills were sent out before the budget announcement was made. If your business already qualifies for the relief we will be issuing a revised bill in due course, showing the 100% discount. 
  • If you already receive retail relief or other small business rate relief, there is no need to contact us about your bill. We will contact you as soon as the claim system is in place.

If you have any additional business support enquiries, or would like to let us know your email address to notify you, please email: businessgrants@southribble.gov.uk 

Our advice page on re-opening your business in a COVID-secure way can be found here

This includes signage, sector specific guidance and health and safety advice including legionella awareness.

Frequently asked questions for businesses during Covid-19

We have created a suite of frequently asked questions in relation to businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Government Coronavirus Business Support

Click here  to find out the latest information and announcements on business support measures from central Government

 

How can the council help you?

The key measures identified by Government to be delivered by local authorities are:

  • Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • Cash grants for small businesses receiving Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief
  • Support for retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses that pay business rates

South Ribble is delivering these business support programmes as the detailed guidance is received from Government.

For additional non Covid-19 business support information, please go to our Business in South Ribble pages

 

Advice on business and premises closures, and sector-specific social distancing and safety advice

The Cabinet Office has issued some guidance here regarding businesses and venues that must remain closed to members of the public.

The latest Government advice for businesses on funding, support, employer responsibilities and advice on managing your business during Coronavirus can be found here.

Guidance on sector-specific social distancing for employers is here.

For more general support information, please go to our Business in South Ribble pages.  

New 'Working Safely During Coronavirus' guidance was recently outlined (on 11 May 2020) by the Government.

 

Lancashire Skills Swap

Launched by the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub to support the local business community.

The service is dedicated to helping businesses who are looking for staff or volunteers, want to train their staff or want to offer people with knowledge and expertise to work for another business.

Businesses can access by visiting the Lancashire Skills Swap page — bit.ly/skillswaps — and registering their details.

Opportunities are posted on the Skills Swap Noticeboard so you can see what is needed and what is on offer.

The Skills Hub team support people and businesses to link up and swap skills, as well as helping businesses access training for current staff, and for furloughed staff in preparation for the future.

Benefits for businesses:

-   to reach a wider audience with their staff recruitment needs  
-   to offer their organisation's skills and expertise to others
-   to take advantage of funded training for staff, including those who are furloughed
-   to encourage their furloughed staff to consider volunteering.

Skills Support for Redundancy:

The Skills Support for Redundancy programme is available in Lancashire as part of Skills Support for the Workforce. The programme provides a fully funded tailored service for employers, and can support employees at risk of redundancy or who have been made redundant within the last 3 months. Support includes employability skills, CV developing, IT skills and interview skills.  For more information please email info@businessinsouthribble.com

 

How is the council performing when it comes to handing out cash support to businesses?

Click here to view infographic showing what we've achieved so far towards helping businesses  (6 May 2020)