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Business Support

We're here to support our local businesses thorough the Covid-19 pandemic.

Current guidance

Government has published information through the link below on the current guidelines from 19 July 2021.

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Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) — Business owners can watch videos and register for free webinars to learn more about the support available to help deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

You'll find the latest general Coronavirus guidance from government here.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Business Support

Please see the official website for an overview of Covid-19 business support.

Covid-19 Support Grant Schemes

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG)

LRSG (Open) and LRSG (Closed) schemes have now ended.

Restart Grants

The Restart Grant scheme has now ended.

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG)

The 2020/21 ARG scheme has now ended. However, a new 'ARG tranche 3' scheme will be launched later in the summer.


Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) August 2021 onwards

We plan to launch a new ARG 3 scheme later during the summer. The details will be published here as soon as the funding is confirmed and the grant criteria are available.

If you would like to be notified when the new ARG 3 scheme is launched, please email with your contact details.

Please also email any general enquiries to


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

From 1 August 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

For claims from 1 July 2021, employers must top up employees' wages to make sure they receive 80% of their wages (up to £2,500) for the hours they are on furlough. The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

Find out more about how the scheme is changing here

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme here.



The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

If your business would like to offer a placement, please email us:

Find out more here


Self-isolation support for those who are self-employed

Test and Trace support grants are available to those on low incomes who have been told to self-isolate.

Find out more and how to apply

Any additional funding opportunities will be updated to this page as and when we receive information.

If you have any additional business support enquiries, or would like to let us know your email address to notify you, please email: 

Frequently asked questions for businesses during Covid-19


NHS Test and Trace

Displaying NHS Test and Trace QR code is now mandatory for some businesses 

Certain venues, including venues run by local authorities are now be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues. This includes all venues from the following sectors:

  • hospitality;
  • leisure and tourism;
  • close contact services; and
  • local authority venues.

Further details on the announcement 

Bank of resources which you can share with your own venues or with businesses in your area

Further materials on our business to business campaign which also may be useful 


Additional support

Re-opening your business in a COVID-secure way 

Government support measures - financial

Government Business Support 

Working safely during coronavirus


Lancashire Skills Swap

Launched by the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub to support the local business community.

The service is dedicated to helping businesses who are looking for staff or volunteers, want to train their staff or want to offer people with knowledge and expertise to work for another business.

Businesses can access by visiting Lancashire Skills Swap and registering their details.

Opportunities are posted on the Skills Swap Noticeboard so you can see what is needed and what is on offer.

The Skills Hub team support people and businesses to link up and swap skills, as well as helping businesses access training for current staff, and for furloughed staff in preparation for the future.


Skills support for redundancy

The Skills Support for redundancy programme is available in Lancashire as part of Skills Support for the Workforce. The programme provides a fully funded tailored service for employers, and can support employees at risk of redundancy or who have been made redundant in the last 3 months.

Support includes employability skills, CV developing, IT and interview skills.

For more information email


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