Coronavirus Update – 30th March

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On behalf of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub provides support and information to businesses.  During this time, we will be providing the very latest guidance in relation to Covid-19 for your business along with details of existing and new support packages to help our businesses minimise the impact on their immediate and longer-term operations.

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Grant Funding


All businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property;

 Rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.
– Rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Businesses are being asked to confirm/provide their bank details for the grants to their relevant local authority. Please click the relevant link below to provide your details.



Growth Hub Support

The team are on hand to help, via phone, email or video conference.  We’ve worked with hundreds of businesses in the past two weeks and are here for all businesses in Cheshire and Warrington. We can help you make sense of the financial support available, company obligations, staff welfare, employer responsibilities and more. Request further support



Coronavirus Updates

We are updating our website daily with the latest information and guidance. This  includes official government guidance, guidance on financial support available and useful links, as well as information about the latest measures introduced. View the website here



Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The scheme will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns to calculate the size of the grant.
HMRC is urgently working to deliver the scheme; grants are expected to start to be paid by the beginning of June 2020. 
 View more information here


Business Support Website

The national business support website has been updated to include a coronavirus section. This has the latest details about the various schemes available and a useful FAQ section.  Visit the website


Coronavirus Survey

So that we can better understand the extent of the COVID-19 impact on business, and inform Government what help businesses across Cheshire and Warrington need, we are asking as many of you as possible to complete a short survey. Please take a couple of minutes to do this if you can, to help us understand what support is needed. Complete the survey


Fraud Warning

Action Fraud UK is urging businesses and individuals to be vigilant, after there have been several scams and fraud relating to COVID-19. Some of these have included: Emails pretending to be from HMRC offering a tax refund.
Loans being offered that require a payment upfront.  Please be careful and vigilant. Visit the website

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