To help our partners get all the latest updates on the Coronavirus outbreak we have pulled together all the information below, which we will keep updated over the coming weeks.
Updated 3:15pm - 28th May 2020
Cheshire and Warrington Updates:
- For our latest consumer insights, summary of government updates and a regional summary relating to business recovery, please click here.
- Small businesses in Cheshire East may be eligible for financial support. Applications open on June 1st 2020, and will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis. More information here.
- £50 million high street fund announced. Find local authority allocations here.
- Cheshire West and Chester Council are offering grants of £25,000, £10,000 or up to £10,000 for business not eligible for other support. Find out more here.
- Warrington Borough Council are offering grants of up to £10,000. Find out more here.
- Cheshire East Council are detailing their support scheme. Find out more here.
- Several Cheshire golf courses have now reopened, subject to strict social distancing procedures.
- Warrington Borough Council has enhanced its business relief tool to help ensure many more can get support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- You can apply for a small business grant via the Warrington.gov.uk website here.
- Business rates grants available from Cheshire West and Chester Council for west Cheshire’s businesses during the Coronavirus crisis.
- Cheshire East businesses should apply for funding directly using this form.
- Here is a form that businesses can use to register any services they are providing during the Coronavirus pandemic. This could be take away deliveries or a pick up option for orders that have been called in and paid for in advance, particularly if people are being supported through isolation by neighbours, friends or relatives. If your business is offering such services please complete the form and return to Gemma Baxter - email@example.com
- Temporary Job Vacancies
- Sub-regional response (Cheshire East Council) for business support against COVID-19
- Sub-regional response (Cheshire West and Chester Council) for business support against COVID-19
- Updates are on the Growth Hub website, being updated daily.
- The Growth Hub are also sending regular newsletters, which can be signed up to here. The latest editions can be viewed here.
- The Growth Hub is continuing to support businesses and is offering video and telephone meetings.
- Marketing Cheshire have created a guide for their members and the wider retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism sector businesses.
- Marketing Cheshire are also liaising with the hospitality sector offering support and providing advice and information through social media. They are also maintaining the profile of Chester, Cheshire and our destinations.
- Any Cheshire West and Chester resident who requires online help and support getting back into employment as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, please contact the Cheshire West and Chester Work Zone team for advice and support. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Local telephone numbers can be found here
Latest advice for Visitor Economy businesses:
- New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure
- UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more here.
- Heritage Emergency Fund launched to help sector. The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Information for hospitality businesses about how to close safely from the British Institute of Innkeeping.
- Support for pubs, bars, restaurants and brewery people from the Licensed Trade Charity.
- Letter from Minister Hall to caravan and park home owners
- Updates to guidance for hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people.
- New guidance for food businesses which details need to know information about coronavirus and food, food hygiene guidance, managing employee sickness, social distancing and maintaining social distancing in specific food business settings.
- The Business rates: expanded retail discount guidance has been updated to cover certain properties previously excluded from the relief, but that have been forced to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
- Guidance on Grant Schemes - This guidance sets out details and eligibility criteria for the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), informing local authorities about the operation and delivery of the two funding schemes.
- Latest update and advice from VisitBritain
Businesses and other organisations:
- A new free online learning platform has been launched, ‘The Skills Toolkit’ will help people to build their skills during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.
- HM Treasury and HMRC are setting out new timelines for tax policy consultations and other work in the light of the current COVID-19 crisis
- Update to the local authority payments to SMEs page. As of 27 April, over £7.59 billion has been paid out to 614,181 business properties. This is over 61% of the grant funding allocated to local authorities.
- New guarantee on death in service benefits for frontline health and care staff during pandemic
- The Bounce Back Loan scheme opens for applications on Monday 4th May. The scheme will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 which will be interest free for the first 12 months, and accessible within days. Funds will be available through a network of accredited lenders.
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now LIVE. Click here for a step by step guide, and here to begin the process.
- This document provides guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures.
- Find further clarifications on the Job Retention Scheme here. Are you covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme? Claim for wage costs through the Coronairus Job Retention Scheme.
- A new scheme to provide finance to mid-size and larger businesses affected by the Coronavirus will open on Monday 20th April.
- Important news for any businesses wanting to apply for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), make sure you have submitted your tax return for 2018-19 by 23 April 2020 or you will not be able to claim through this scheme.
- Find a list of all the financial support available to businesses here.
- Find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to reclaim employee's coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
- Who is classed as a furloughed worker and what support do they get during coronavirus?
- The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Insufficient security is no longer a condition to access the scheme.
- Government is asking for coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business. They are looking for businesses who can provide: medical testing equipment, medical equipment design, protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser, hotel rooms, transport and logistics, for moving goods or people, manufacturing equipment, warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage, expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications and social care or childcare. Complete the form here if your business can help.
- A new HMRC helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Up to 2,000 experienced call handlers are available to support businesses and individuals when needed. The new number is 0800 024 1222.
- Support for self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme
- Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- From 25 March 2020, businesses can apply for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts with Companies House. This will help businesses to prioritise and manage the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can find more details: http://ow.ly/F6qu50z0TA8
- The Government has announced a series of measures to significantly increase the economic support available to businesses and workers during coronavirus.These measures include unlimited loans and guarantees to support firms and help them manage staff wages and cashflow through this period. For more information about the Government coronavirus measures available and eligibility, please visit their website.
- New Coronavirus Business Support Website launched.
- Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.
- Guidance for businesses and other venues on social distancing measures
- How to keep your employees safe
- How to clean workplaces safely
- Check what you need to do about Statutory Sick Pay
- Find out what to do for different businesses and organisations
- What the government is doing to support businesses
- Download information about the Government's Support Package for individuals, businesses and public services.
- Find guidance about business insurance here
- For business support in Cheshire and Warrington visit the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub website.
- Sector specific guidance.
- Pick for Britain website.
How to protect yourself and others:
- Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK
- Working safely
- Accessing green spaces safely.
- If the Coronavirus is impacting your mental health or you need mortgage or rent advice during these troubling times please take a look at Hospitality Action's latest help sheets.
- Guidance for those who are self isolating and need support
- How to keep yourself and family safe at home
- Find out what social distancing is and how to protect vulnerable people
- The latest guidance on COVID-19 is being updated daily by the Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England.
- Department of Health and Social Care are updating Twitter daily
- How to undertake a Covid-19 risk assessment.
- How to appropriately clean your workplace.
- BEIS working safely webinars
Employment and financial support:
- Social Distancing in the workplace
- People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
- The guidance defining key workers can be found here.
- Check if you can get statutory sick pay (SSP)
- Check if you're eligible for Universal Credit
- Check if you're eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Your rights if your hours are cut or you’re laid off
- What to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time
- Future Fund launch: The government’s £500 million Future Fund opens for applications yesterday with innovative and high-growth British businesses able to secure investment to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Fast Start Competition: As well as the Future Fund, Ministers have allocated £40 million to support innovative start-ups.
- Information for British citizens living or travelling abroad
- How to travel safely.
- Foreign travel advice for each country
- What to do if you're visiting the UK from China and you can't travel home
- Foreign Secretary advises all British travellers to return to the UK now.
- The Home Office has published new guidance on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). The Home Office is providing visa extensions for those affected by coronavirus. Visitors are asked to check GOV.UK.
- Educational institutions to have a phased re-opening: Find out more here.
- Educational institutions to have a phased re-opening. Find out more here.
- School closures: advice for parents and carers
- School closures and children of key workers
- Schools, childcare, further and higher education: advice for headteachers
Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the UK:
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