COVID-19: support for businesses

Blackpool Council is committed to helping businesses in the town to access the support available to help them cope with the COVID 19 pandemic.

We will be regularly updating the information available here on Blackpool Unlimited to be as current as possible.

*UPDATE* 23.10.20

An open letter to the Prime Minister from Blackpool

The letter, which was delivered to Downing Street yesterday (Thursday), states that the timing of the Tier 3 announcement could not have been worse, falling on the eve of the October half-term holidays, a period that can account for up to 20% of total annual income for some businesses.

22/10/20 at 13:00. We are aware of significant changes to the LRSG scheme and ask that you bear with us whilst we await guidance from Government. (Application process temporarily suspended)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that have been forced to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.

The LRSG supports local businesses which were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then forced to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government. Find out more information

We are currently awaiting clarification from Lancashire leaders on what support and funding will be available for those businesses who don’t qualify for this grant. We will keep this page updated as soon as we have the information

Local restrictions and government guidance

Advice and information from Blackpool Council

Government support for jobs and the economy over the coming months.

22.10.20 - Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers

The government announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus.

Job support scheme

A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. Under the scheme, which will run for six months, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.

Self-employment income support scheme

The Government is continuing its support for millions of self-employed individuals by extending the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant (SEISS).

Tax cuts and deferrals

The temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sectors will be extended to the end of March next year. In addition, business who deferred their VAT bills will be given more breathing space through the New Payment Scheme, which gives them the option to pay back in smaller instalments. Self-assessment taxpayers will be able to benefit from a separate additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the “Time to Pay” self-service facility, meaning payments deferred from July 2020, and those due in January 2021, will now not need to be paid until January 2022.

Giving businesses flexibility to pay back loans

Businesses who took out a Bounce Back Loan will be given the option to repay their loan over a period of up to ten years through a new Pay as You Grow flexible repayment system. Interest-only periods of up to six months and payment holidays will also be available to businesses.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders will be given the ability to extend the length of loans from a maximum of six years to ten years if it will help businesses to repay the loan

The government is extending four temporary loan schemes to 30 November 2020 for new applications: As a result, more businesses will now be able to benefit from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and the Future Fund

NHS Test and Trace app

The NHS Test and Trace App will be released to the public on 24 September. For this to work successfully it will need the support of businesses and venues.

As a business or venue you should download your unique QR code poster and display it prominently at the entrances to your premises. Do this now and be ready for the launch of the app

Find more information and download your QR poster now.

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Lancashire (NOT inc Blackpool) We will keep you updated on any changes to local restrictions

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses for:

Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

More information and how to make a claim

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

Eligibility and how to access the scheme

Paying tax & VAT

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Deferral of Self-Assessment payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time

Support for businesses that pay business rates

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

Check if your retail, hospitality or leisure business is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Further guidance for local authorities is available in the expanded retail discount guidance.

Check if your nursery is eligible for business rates relief

A business rates holiday for nurseries has been introduced

Support for the self-employed - Updated 18th August

If you’re eligible for the second and final grant, and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you can make a claim on or before 19 October 2020. You can claim for the second grant even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Support for small and medium-sized businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the Coronavirus Future Fund

Apply for a Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Support for large businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out more here

Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally.

The guidance here is for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business

Use this service to tell how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus. Check what support is needed here

Coronavirus (COVID-19): fraud and cyber crime

Advice and guidance here on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime.

Additional government resources to support your business during coronavirus disruptions

Other areas of support available from the government that can help businesses, employees, and the self-employed.

Please check here for updates

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