The Chancellor has made announcements in respect of:

Please note you do not need to employ Rating Agents or other organisations outside of the Council to claim the business rate and grant support that is available. These agents will probably take a percentage of any relief or grant they claim on your behalf.  Please be extra careful with what you sign and seek further advice before entering into any contract.

Information and guidance is changing daily.  The Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub are capturing the latest support information on their website and are offering telephone and video conference meetings if you would still like to access support: visit the Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub website.

The Government website for COVID-19 business support contains the latest information on the schemes being mentioned by the Chancellor.  The website includes links to other organisations involved with the schemes including the British Bank, Bank of England and HMRC.

The CBI are hosting daily updates on coronavirus, how it’s impacting the business community, and what your business can do to mitigate the impact.

Blue Orchid business advisers are filming regular updates to help business understand the advice and support that the UK Government is providing to small businesses during COVID19.  The regular updates give a brief overview of what's available and how to access it.  Blue Orchid provide a number of business advice and support programmes in the UK.

The FSB (Federation for Small Business) website offers advice and guidance on reducing the risks from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus to you and your business; they also host webinars to help businesses learn more about the support available.

Check out our News Section for the further updates.

Please complete our Business Support Form if you have any further questions.



COVID19 - Crime Prevention

 The Metropolitan Police Business Crime Hub has shared general crime prevention tips that may assist your organisation; things to consider to protect premises and staff at this time.

COVID19 - Apprentices, Employers, Training Providers and Assessment Organisations website sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Local college updates

Warrington & Vale Royal College

Cheshire College – South & West

Reaseheath College and the Reaseheath Business Hub


COVID19 - Recruiting, Making Staff Redundant or Furloughing Staff?

Furloughing staff

There is information about the Job Retention Scheme on the Government website, which gives details on how employers will be paid to cover 80% of furloughed employee wages.

Are you making staff redundant?

Are you considering making staff redundant as a result of COVID 19?  If so support is available through the Council’s Work Zones.  This page includes a register function where residents can enter their details should they be keen to look for alternative employment.

Are you recruiting staff?

Alternatively, should you be looking to recruit staff, even on a temporary basis, please complete the Work Zone Job Vacancy Post form so that we can circulate and ideally match suitably skilled individuals looking and available for work.

COVID19 - Health and Wellbeing

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Flyer with helpful information and guidance to support our mental health during these challenging times.

If you are searching for a local service that can offer advice or support please use our LiveWellCheshireWest to assist.

The Every Mind Matters NHS website also has useful information.

The Samaritans offers free, confidential support 24 hours a day, call free on: 116 123.

The Mental Health Foundation also offers guidance to getting help.

COVID19 - Financial Support for Sport

Sport England has announced £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus.

The money will help their partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic.

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