Coronavirus Update – 16th April

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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 are eligible for a £10,000 grant.

Businesses in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 are eligible for cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 depending on your rateable value.

Businesses across Cheshire and Warrington are now receiving these grants into their bank accounts, to receive the grants businesses are being asked to confirm/provide their bank details  directly to their relevant local authority. Please click the relevant link below to provide your details.



C&W LEP Growth Hub Talks Podcast

In the second of our COVID-19 podcast series with Cheshire and Warrington LEP, we discuss the financial support available for businesses, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.The discussion is hosted by LEP chair Clare Hayward MBE talking to guests Paul Chapman, Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub, Richard Topliss, Natwest and Sue Barnard, British Business Bank.

Listen to the podcast here



Growth Hub Support

The team are on hand to help, via phone, email or video conference. We’ve worked with hundreds of companies in the past  few 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


Can your business help?

Government and all three local authorities are asking businesses to help with the COVID-19 response.
Ways to help include:
– sharing supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to front-line workers
– offering accommodation to key workers
– utilising laboratory space for testing Find out more


Useful Links and Webinars

We are regularly updating the useful links and webinars listed on our website during COVID-19. The latest webinars are on various topics including: furloughing employees, cash flow and supply chain challenges and social media during COVID-19. Find out more
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The scheme has been updated so employers can now use the scheme for employees that were employed as of 28 February and on payroll and were made redundant or stopped working for you after that, and prior to 19 March, can also qualify for the scheme if you re-employ them and put them on furlough.HMRC have also produced a five step guide in how businesses can prepare for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ahead of the service’s launch later this month.  Find out more


Employee Wellbeing

In these difficult times, it’s more important than ever that businesses think about employee wellbeing. Active Cheshire have created a resource pack which you can download, which includes advice and tips on keeping employees active and looking after their mental wellbeing while they are working from home.  Find out more


Coronavirus Guidance

Our website is being updated daily with the latest information and guidance. This includes official government guidance, guidance on financial support available, links to webinars and other useful links. View the website here


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

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