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COVID Business Support Update

5 November 2020

Businesses and residents are preparing for new national restrictions that come at a time the high street was preparing for Christmas and residents are planning their festive shopping. Cheshire West and Chester Council are working with local businesses to provide as much support as possible.

The Government has announced the restrictions to tackle the latest escalation of COVID-19. Subject to Parliamentary approval these measures will be active from Thursday, 5 November, through to 2 December.

The new restrictions require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes, prevent gathering with people from different households and require the closing of certain businesses and venues.

Councillor Carol Gahan, Cabinet Member for Legal and Finance said: “I know how hard these latest restrictions are hitting businesses and residents alike. Grants for businesses required to close from 5 November will be made available as soon as possible.  We will share the guidance and full criteria for how the different grant schemes will work as soon as they are available from Government.

“From talking with our businesses, we are aiming to keep the application process as simple as possible. We will publish an online application form and I would like to encourage businesses to apply for all the grants they are eligible for, when applications open. To save time for business owners, having their bank account details, business address, company registration numbers and VAT numbers to hand will help them.”

Full details on each of the different grants will be explained on the Council’s website and the Let’s Talk Business website as soon as the details are available.

Cheshire West and Chester moved into tier 2 (High Alert Level) on 19 October and there will be an element of support for businesses affected by tier 2 restrictions covering the period from 19 October to 5 November when the new restrictions come into force. More details will be available on the Council’s website shortly.

The Council also offers additional support for businesses including: 
Advice and guidance on accessing all types of business finance, 
Information and support with training and reskilling 
Import and export information, including accessing new markets 
Start-up business support 
Redundancy support for businesses and employees

Keep an eye on the Let's Talk Business COVID-19 page or for more information.

For people who are self-employed, different support exists, with the self-employment income support scheme extension providing critical support.  There are two grants available covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

The Government’s Furlough scheme has also been extended to March 2021, meaning employees can receive 80 per cent of their current salary for hours not worked.

All information, eligibility criteria and details of how to claim is available on the coronavirus business support page