Support for Lancashire Businesses in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic



Boost – Lancashire’s Growth Hub has launched their #AskForHelp hub to help Lancashire businesses affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. They have set up a telephone helpline on 0800 488 0057

There is more guidance and information on the Boost website at



Boost have also launched a Business Mentors scheme to help Lancashire Businesses. Eligible businesses need to be 3 years old or less than 3 years old, providing they have an experienced owner. For more details on this scheme, please call 0800 488 0057 or email Tim Smith



1. Government Grants for businesses in response to Coronavirus Covid-19 there are two grant funding schemes:


The Small Business Grant Fund
The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund


These schemes are funded by Central Government. The qualifying criteria are set by the Government. Detailed Guidance on qualification can be found at:


NB The Government Guidance on grants has changed several times since it was first announced on 18th March.


Entitlement to awards will be in line with the latest Government Guidance. Rossendale Borough Council aims to keep these pages up to date, but will make payments in accordance with the most up to date Government Guidance, currently 3rd April 2020.



2. Small Business Grant Fund


Who qualifies?
Businesses which were in receipt of small business rate relief as at 11th March 2020

Businesses which were in receipt of rural rate relief as at 11th March 2020


You will be able to see this on your business rate demand notice.


You will not qualify if:

The property was occupied for personal use, for example private stables, industrial units used as personal storage etc.

Car parks and parking spaces do not qualify
Businesses in liquation or dissolved as at 11th March do not qualify



What happens next?

The Council have written to all potential qualifiers in The Rossendale area. If you have not had a letter, but believe that you should qualify for one of these grants you can still apply at


The Government has said ‘The eligible business is the ratepayer in Local Authority records for 11 March. However, Local Authorities have the discretion to depart from this if they know that record was incorrect.’. That means we may still be able to pay a grant if you appear to be a qualifying business, but had not yet registered for business rates by that date.


In such cases, you will also need to register as well as complete the grant fund application.


• complete an occupation form:


• Provide evidence that you were a business in occupation before 11th March


• Provide an explanation why the Council had not previously been advised of occupation.



4. Other support:


If you do not qualify for one of these grants, the Government has announced a range of other business support measures:

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

SSP Relief package for SMEs

Lending facility from the Bank of England

HMRC Time to Pay scheme


Government – Business Support:




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Rossendale is on the up. We’re delivering real lasting change to the borough. It’s a great time to invest and be part of something exciting

Alyson Barnes
Leader of the Council

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