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Business Support

We're here to support our local businesses thorough the Covid-19 pandemic.

Current guidance

Latest general Coronavirus guidance from government.

In England, face coverings are no longer required by law.

The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Business Support

Covid-19 Support Grant Schemes

The Covid-19 government business support grant schemes have now closed. This includes the Local Restrictions Support Grants, Restart Grants, Additional Restrictions Grants and Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants.

Current government guidance on Covid-19 can be found here:

For enquiries about grant and loan support available from other schemes, please contact us by emailing

Please visit the Business in South Ribble website for wider information and news on business support.


The Kickstart Scheme providing funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment has also now closed.


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.

Any additional funding opportunities 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: 


NHS Test and Trace

Businesses are encouraged to continue displaying NHS QR codes.


Additional 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 emailing

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.


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


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