Covid-19

Boost; supporting Lancashire businesses

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. In the current situation, focus has changed from growth to supporting businesses as they feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The #BoostYourRecovery service is available to all Lancashire business owners.

Businesses can access the helpline by ringing 0800 488 0057 to discuss all business issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. The team will advise where possible, as well as directing businesses to expert advisers across Lancashire.

Businesses can also access the recovery hub at any time – HERE.  The hub includes resilience guides, access to Government updates and partner advice as well information about webinars, virtual drop-in sessions and other support.

Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership has drawn together information on digital tools and freely available digital training to support the use of those tools. You can access the information here

Government Guidance

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • the Future Fund will open to applications on Wednesday 20 May 2020 for more details click here
  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • a small business loan scheme of between £2k to £50k
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been updated – download PDF
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
  • the Future Fund will open to applications on Wednesday 20 May 2020 for more details click here

For the latest government guidance please click here

Click here for official guidance from BEIS on furloughed staff

Click here for Bounce Back Loan Scheme factsheet for SMEs

Click here for NHS Track & Trace workplace guidance

Keep up to date

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This page will be regularly updated with information for businesses, keep track of the latest developments via the LEP social media feed @lancslep and #WeAreLancashire

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Resources Coronavirus Business Survival Guide LEP Coronavirus Information Hub Bounce Back Loan Scheme factsheet for SMEs