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Support for businesses affected by Covid-19

COVID-19 Support for businesses

New covid measures and what it means for your business

Lancashire has been moved into the "very high" Covid alert level by government.

It means that there will be significant additional restrictions on people and businesses across the entire area. Pubs and bars (which do not serve substantial meals) are to close from 0001 on Saturday 17 October and residents will only be allowed to socialise with people they live with or those in their social bubble in any indoor setting or private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.

From 0001 on Monday 19 October, the following venues will also close:

  • Licensed clubs
  • Adult gaming centres 
  • Bingo halls 
  • Casinos  
  • Bookmakers and betting shops
  • Children's soft play centres

Car boot sales will also be prohibited, and universities are being asked to move to remote learning where possible.

Frequently asked questions 

More information about the restrictions can be found here. 


Funding support

New support has been announced by Government including Local Restrictions Support Grants, the Kickstart scheme and the Job Support scheme (updated 13 October 20)

Lancashire has been moved to Tier 3. The Local Restrictions Support Grants have been announced to help in these circumstances, the grants will be triggered after businesses have been closed for 2 weeks. Revised guidance will be published by Government soon and the South Ribble support scheme will be launched when the updated guidance is available and funding has been confirmed. The grant application process will appear on this page.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates
  • is in a local lockdown area and has been required to close because of the formal publication of local restrictions guidance that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September. This funding is not retrospective
  • has been required to close for at least  2 weeks because of the lockdown
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

For example this could include non-essential retail, personal services or cafes/restaurants that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.

Check the eligibility criteria for the Local Restrictions Support Grant

The grant application process will appear on this page when the revised guidance is published.


Job Support Scheme expanded

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work. The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. In line with the rest of the JSS, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December. Find out more


The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

If your business would like to offer a placement, please email us: info@businessinsouthribble.com

Find out more here


Self-isolation support for those who are self-employed

Test and Trace support grants are available to those on low incomes who have been told to self-isolate.

Find out more and how to apply

Applications are now closed for:

  • Business Recovery grants - expressions of interests were taken from Monday 24 August and if eligible, you will be invited to the next stage once the scheme is launched in mid-September
  • Discretionary grants
  • Small Business grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants - payments for eligible applications will be made by 30 September

Any additional funding opportunites will be updated to this page as and when we receive information.

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 


Frequently asked questions for businesses during Covid-19


NHS Test and Trace

Displaying NHS Test and Trace QR code is now mandatory for some businesses 

Certain venues, including venues run by local authorities are now be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues. This includes all venues from the following sectors:

  • hospitality;
  • leisure and tourism;
  • close contact services; and
  • local authority venues.

Further details on the announcement 

Bank of resources which you can share with your own venues or with businesses in your area

Further materials on our business to business campaign which also may be useful 


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


Additional support

Re-opening your business in a COVID-secure way 

Government support measures - financial

Government Business Support 

Working safely during coronavirus


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 Lancashire Skills Swap 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 in the last 3 months.

Support includes employability skills, CV developing, IT and interview skills.

For more information email info@businessinsouthribble.com.